I haven't posted a lot or been on a lot just because I haven't always been able to find a great position to use the computer. I am 9 days out from my minimally invasive TLIF l4-S1. So far I am really happy with how things are going. I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon today to have my stiches taken out (which thankfully was not bad at all). They were very happy with where I was on my recovery. I really noticed yesterday that I started to feel a little more like myself. They told me again that they don't want me laying around very much and how important walking was. They said I should listen to my body as far as length of sitting. I start physical therapy on December 22 (just under 3 weeks out), so I am pretty excited about that). I will be going 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks after which they will have me get an x-ray and go back to the surgeon. They have me using a bone growth stimulator for 4 hours a day for 4 months, which doesn't hurt but can be a pain because it is big. Thankfully it doesn't have to be 4 hours straight so I try to use it more when I am up and walking around.
I still have issues with pain, but I feel like things are on the right track (much more than after my laminectomy 5 years ago which had bad results).
One piece of advice, if you can have someone to stay with you a while, do everything you can to have them there. My mom just left today and I am a little nervous about not having her help now. :SS But DH only has 1 week of work before Christmas break so that will help.
I hope this info helps someone. If there are any questions that I can answer for someone, I would be very happy to do so. You all have been sooooo helpful for me. >:D<