I know that no one can tell me in absolutes but I woke up this morning in a panic that I may not be able to go back to work. My work is one of my loves in live! I have always known that I wanted to be a therapist and spend my life helping others. Initially I worked in spinal cord and neurology and after about 15 years, my back started taking a toll and I switched to pediatrics. For the past 10 years, I have specialized in working with babies from birth to 3 years of age. The problem is, that babies and toddlers live on the floor so I spend the majority of my working days on the floor and often as I help teach the parents how to strengthen muscles, I'm leaning forward. I can't imagine not working with these most amazing babies and there families! I must be able to return. Not having the surgery isn't a possiblity to me as the compression on my nerves has resulted not only in unbelievable pain, but significant weakness, "brisk" reflexes, signif. tremors. I cry as I write this, praying that I am able to go back to work. Please keep me in your prayers. I so wish I could have had surgery 12/23 when it was originally scheduled. Too much time waiting equals incredible stress!