Re: work suggestions post fusion please
I usually don't post, but I am in a similar situation. My honest thoughts are not to return back to those job duties because if you are not fully healed, you could injure yourself much more than you are now! So possibly, see you could change your duties for the next year until you are fully healed. No one would want to be on permanent disability when it could have been avoided!
As for school, I am completing my Masters degree. I need to have a TLIF, and I'm hoping to have it scheduled between my winter break. This way, I won't have to worry about meeting the requirements and trying to heal from surgery at the same time. During the summer when I was out on disability, school was my sanity! I do online learning so it gave me something other to focus on than my back issues. Plus, with online learning you can do it at your own convenience. So if you had to choose, and you are comfortable within a learning environment, I'd pick to go to school. If not, change your duties to meet the needs of your health.