I just thought I would give a little update on my progress.
I am just over 8 weeks post op now and am still feeling pretty rough. On a positive note quite a lot of my back pain is easing off and I have more mobility now. On a negative I am exhausted still.
My GP has now said that I won't be going back to work until after Christmas. It is a rellief, actually, because it means I have time to get better.
It turns out that having had this infection for so long (PLIF two years ago with signs of a deep infection appearing about 18 months agao) my body has had enough. She had already warned me to expect to take 12 months to fully recover and says that I am actually doing well. My activty level is restricted to about a couple of hours out and about maximium at the moment but I am building up slowly.
I have just had to alter my expectations of my days so that I don't feel too disappointed with the little I can achieve.
I have read a lot of books and can manage to do some cooking - I can even manage to do a little bit of shopping for ingredients now!
I am sure I will get there in the end - I am better now than I was 6 weeks agao it is just taking a long time.
Anyway, I will be seeing the surgeon on 31st for blood test results. I just hope that they come back clear, I don't want to have to deal with anymore surgery thank you very much!