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Hi Onthegomom and Overwhelmed Mom-

I too have four children. Mine are ages 6, 4, 3 and 1.5 - all boys. I am 5 wks post op an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion L4-L5. I know the feeling of not being able to rest and also know the "still taking pain meds". I'm there with you. I still take Vicodin once or twice a day. I was feeling very guilty about this. My husband is against me taking the pain meds b/c he feels that it numbs (or reduces) the pain and therefore I feel better and then tend to do things I wouldn't do if I felt more of the pain. Although I believe this and agree with it somewhat, I still take them b/c I still have pain. And as odd as it may sound, I have things to do and children to take care of. My husband helps a lot too, with the kids, laundry, housework... etc. But he also has to be at work 40 hours a week. Try to not overdo things. I had a setback at 2.5 wks because I did something I knew darn well that I wasn't supposed to do. This set me back about 2 weeks of recovery. I am just now, at 5 weeks, healing from that "re-injury".

Applying ice does help a lot with pain for me. Although heat feels better at the time, ice tends to really help with pain afterwards. And when it comes to walking, my dr said 10 minute walks up to 6 times a day. Now mind you, these are just short little walks down your street and back. My house has a "circle" on the main floor and I walk that a lot too.

Please do be careful. For some reason I've heard of many people having some sort of setback at around 2 weeks. I'm not sure if this is a really crucial time in healing or what. But for me it was the "I'm feeling so much better, I think I'll just go back to doing a few of those things I could do before surgery...". Thinking I was supermom or something. My body informed me differently. Do rest as much as possible. It's important for your body to heal. I know it's hard with children. Hopefully your older ones can pitch in and do many of the things you usually do.

Keep us informed on how you're doing.

God bless,
Elaine