I finally got a surgery date for a two-level ACDF, January 3rd. Doc said that I should expect 4-6 weeks before I can return to even "light duty" activities at work.
But when you're married and have a house to take care of and kids (5 and 16) to contend with, you know that your "work" is not just what you get paid to do!
I'm trying to get a realistic idea as to what I will and won't be able to do (or shouldn't do, even if it feels like I can) around the house during that recovery time. I'm not the only one who does work around the house of course, but the things I do would typically not get done (or, let's be realistic, not get done according to my standards and timelines) if I didn't do them.
The big things I normally take care of include cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, washing dishes (we have no dishwasher), getting the 5yo ready for bed (bath, story, etc.), and making/packing school lunches.
How difficult is it likely to be for me to do those things? Which will I need to plan to have someone else do for the entire time? Which will I probably be able to do with help or modifications? Which will I probably not be able to do for the first couple of weeks but should be able to do after that?
I totally know that everyone is different, I'm just trying to get a general sense so that I can plan for whatever help I'm going to need.