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Feeling pretty decent so far today. I dropped the Lyrica to half dose for the daytime pill to see if the foot/ankle swelling it causes is reduced. It's a nice drug for nighttime use. Non-narcotic, sends you to sleep pretty quickly. Hoping the drop for daytime will also reduce some of the grogginess.

My younger daughter wants to take me out shopping today, we'll see in an hour or two. Thus far my back is feeling great and the incision isn't as sore as usual. Sleeping without the brace is doing wonders.

I find it interesting your doctor's approach is not to baby yourself. It seems there are extremes out there in how surgeons approach fusions. I'm in a brace for 6-9 months, but it seems that's pretty rare. Apparently some doctors put more faith in the hardware then others, and I find myself wondering why. I wonder if some doctors start off with heavier hardware then others, although looking at my xrays one would wonder how the hardware actually fits in there :D

Gonna start practicing getting in and out of my car on my own in the next few days. Since my car is very low to the ground, this should prove interesting (and entertaining for my neighbors.)

Enjoy Starbucks!
[QUOTE=paula456;3684482]Feeling pretty decent so far today. I dropped the Lyrica to half dose for the daytime pill to see if the foot/ankle swelling it causes is reduced. It's a nice drug for nighttime use. Non-narcotic, sends you to sleep pretty quickly. Hoping the drop for daytime will also reduce some of the grogginess.

My younger daughter wants to take me out shopping today, we'll see in an hour or two. Thus far my back is feeling great and the incision isn't as sore as usual. Sleeping without the brace is doing wonders.

I find it interesting your doctor's approach is not to baby yourself. It seems there are extremes out there in how surgeons approach fusions. I'm in a brace for 6-9 months, but it seems that's pretty rare. Apparently some doctors put more faith in the hardware then others, and I find myself wondering why. I wonder if some doctors start off with heavier hardware then others, although looking at my xrays one would wonder how the hardware actually fits in there :D

Gonna start practicing getting in and out of my car on my own in the next few days. Since my car is very low to the ground, this should prove interesting (and entertaining for my neighbors.)

Enjoy Starbucks!

Yes Paula, getting in and out of the car and hitching the seat belt is a challenge. I have a small car also low to to the ground. One thing I have started doing is taking more vitamin D. Between my one-a-day multi vitamin and my supplement, I have incrased my D intake to 800 IU per day plus whatever I get from the sun and the food I eat. I've read on this board the vitamin D assists in the fusing process. What the heck, I figure it can't hurt. My doc never mentioned anything about it however.

Yes also that he wanted me out of the brace after 3 weeks post-op to build back the muscles and he has essentially pushed me to test the limits.

'Just came back from Starbucks. Beautiful day to sit outside with the paper and a coffee. It's these little things that can make all the difference in the world when you're in our situation. Enjoy the day.