update - 5.5m post-SLIF
This is pulled from my blog w/ a bit of expansion in the first paragraph to fill in info that was talked about recently...
I've definitely been improving this week after nearly three solid weeks of physical troubles. I decided I was ready to stop Lexapro (just pre-2012, not as a NY thing, that's when i ran out and i just felt ready...i did talk to and get an okay from a doc) and, despite having lowered the doasge beforehand, I got VERY sick....eight days very ill, including not-back-friendly dry heaves and the most awful "oil sludge in the head" feeling. Honestly, WORSE than the first post-op week. Finally saw light coming and got a head cold that knocked me way back. THEN, last Sat, I got a nasty bout of food posioning (again, as the PT said, throwing up is about the hardest thing one can do to a back).
I'm still incredibly tired but I've tried to kind of let myself submit to it. I'm typing from a warm bed because it just sounds better than the couch. That is not a healthy forever solution, but I gave myself the full week to indulge such predilections.
I go to the back doc on February 1 for an early version of a six month exam (would be "due" 2/8). Despite the struggle of the past month, I have finally noticed some small improvements. I move better. My pain still maxes out at a 7 on the beloved pain scale, but I'm not there nearly as often as I had been even as recently as Thanksgiving. I can get out of bed easier and I can even grab a dropped blanket in the night. Seriously, folks, you don't know how nice that is!!
I did talk to the PT a bit today about my continued lack of flexibility. I've NEVER been a toe-toucher and I certainly don't expect it. But I'm still getting only a bit past my knees whereas my "usual" norm was mid-to-lower calf. I know I may have sacrificed a bit of movement with the fusion, but he is hopeful we can get some improvement. He does amnual stretching for the hams each appt and suggested trying a doorway-lying stretch on my own a bit. I will not be able to get my legs up straight in a right angle but he said to just do whatever angle I can for now and relax into it.
We added a couple exercises today on the strength side and I'm already feeling them! It included stability ball crunches although I only did about eight to start. He was impressed though, as trainers have been, that I'm the exception to the "no hands behind your head" rule...I truly do just cradle my head in my intertwined hands without pulling on my neck or anything of the sort. He said he was ready to jump in and stop me until he saw the form was spot-on. He did have me try moving them just to help focus on the abs a bit since my back was feeling it a lot but said he'd generally allow me to do them "my" way since I keep it clean. I do take pride in having always had pretty darn good form in the strength arena....not sure about running, though I'm still stuck in power-walk-land for now.