I had my 12-week follow-up visit with the back surgeon today, and he was very happy with my progress. I am too, notwithstanding some soreness and stiffness I’ve been experiencing for the last week or two. I’m told it’s par for the course and can be expected for the next 6 to 12 months.
The road ahead now includes physical therapy, through which I hope to gain some flexibility and range of motion. That said, there’s a part of me that wishes I didn’t know that the above image is an x-ray of my lower spine as of yesterday, with an interbody cage where my L5-S1 disc used to be and two pairs of screws holding it in place. While I’ve never subscribed to the belief that ignorance is bliss, knowledge — while very much the source of power — cannot be unknown.
take a deep breath and hold —
that holds me together