Welcome the to boards!
I will be 11 weeks posterior fusion at L4/L5 on the 4th of July! I am a pretty healthy person for the exception of my back injury 3 yrs ago. Very active person by nature. I thought I would be one of those that would quickly bounce back and be back at work part-time at 4 weeks. Prior to surgery I asked my surgeon about this.. and he said.. it's possible but unlikely, more like 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on me. I set my target return date with my boss at 6 weeks. I am a paralegal.
I was back at 7 weeks, on 1/2 day two days a week to start off. And a good thing.. as I was really sore and it took a bit of transitioning getting back into the swing of things. I still can not get into the files below my knees and putting paper in one of the copiers is difficult. But I have a great office environment and everyone is ready to help me whenever I need it. I keep a grabby at the office so I am not constantly asking for help each time I drop something etc. If you don't have a grabby.. it's by far the most helpful tool for post surgery patients. I have TWO!!
You will NOT be able to bend down and get things for sometime.. nor will you be able to carry anything of weight either. So you will need assistance on getting your teaching materials to and from for awhile. So that is something to be thinking about when you return to teaching.
I am just now able to work a full week at work, but it really takes a toll on me. I am just beat at the end of the day, which is not normal for me. But things are progressing, and I am in PT which just started recently a few times a week.
Expect to be really sore from the surgery, but considering the pain that you have been in prior to, it's all seems quite tolerable. Just communicate any woes you have with your doctor post surgery. Don't be afraid to call and explain any symptoms or pains you have.. as they are used to having post surgery patients call them with issues.
Hopefully you will have someone at your home post surgery to help out with things. I also hired a cleaning service to come once every 2-3 weeks for general cleaning to help keep things under control until I can do it all again myself.
Well gobs of others will post here too and offer some great advice. There are many of us seasoned veterans as well as newbies all here to share our stories with each other. Best wishes on your surgery.. and take care. Tammy