I am a secondary school chemistry teacher in the UK. I had PLIF at L5S1 on 16th October and am due to return to work on 4th Jan for half days until I see my surgeon on 12th Jan. If he sees evidence of fusion then he will release me to work full days. I am only part time so actually only really do one full day a week so it's not too big a deal (I hope).
I am worried about how well I will cope when I go back. I am fairly old fashioned and my lessons are pretty much chalk and talk so I spend most of my time stood up. I have had a few rough days recently when I have "done too much". The thing is that too much seems to only be standing/sitting for too long!
I am also concerned that the people at work are expecting me to be normal when I go back. As we all know it takes ages to get back to normal after this surgery. As it is my heart still sinks every time I drop something on the floor! Loads of people seem to think that I should be totally fixed by now. Even a close friend expressed surprise when I said that I am still suffering muscle pain.
I supppose what I am looking for is three fold:
1) Reassurance that I will actually be ok
2) Any ideas on how I can make my work day less challenging on my back
3) Advice on how to explain to colleagues my physical situation.
Merry Christmas to you all.