It has finally been 3 months since my spinal fusion and that is how long I promised the neurosurgeon I would stay away from work. I am self-employed so if I don’t work I don’t get paid anything. So on Saturday I plan on going back. I am still in some pain but hope that getting back to work will help me work through that pain. If I can get through the first month I think I will make it back. I love my job, I feel like a duck in water when it comes to finishing sheetrock. There is a lot of lifting pushing and pulling that goes with my job. Although I can’t spell very well, the business of drywall is something that I am very good at and I have worked hard to make myself one of the best finishers in the area, and am paid very well for my skill. Now I will have to work to get back into the physical shape I was in before the surgery. I know that it will take time and work.
My surgeon told me that it could take up to a year before I am 100%. I couldn’t do anything before the surgery. I was in so much pain I couldn’t sit or stand for more then 5 minutes at a time, and that was on heavy pain meds. My father-in-law was kind enough to drive me to all my doctors appointments. I am truly blessed to have such a nice mother and father-in-law that live so close. Then after surgery, at first, I couldn’t walk without a walker and had to learn how to do that again. When it come to pain before and after, my pain has been reduced 90% so the surgery was the right choice and a success.