Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dad's Back Surgery {2010}

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Dad had back surgery (posterior lumbar fusion) on the L5 and L4 vertebrae. It is a major surgery and thankfully has been doing well recuperating thus far. He is out of work for about 2-3 months and cannot do much of anything for about 6 months.  

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I was there for most of the day with my Mom and my sisters. I like how his preferred name is "Les."

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Sitting and watching TV while Kate laid in the bed playing DS. We read magazines and talked a lot. He was progressing faster than most back surgery patients. The next day he was getting in/out of bed and walking to the chair/bathroom.

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Mom (of course cleaning up after everyone)

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Me, Kate and Amie (behind the curtain)

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It is now the end of his 3rd week of recovery. He is doing very well. He goes on frequent walks around the neighborhood and soon he will be able to drive, but he cannot do many things he enjoys doing. If you know him, you know he has a very hard time sitting still. He is always doing something. He loves to putz around the yard and/or garage, 4-wheel, hunt, snow blow, shovel, anything that takes him outside. Well, he isn't supposed to do any of those things, which is so hard for him. He is already getting very antsy and bored.

You can watch a VERY helpful, short and to the point video on Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery here.

If you would like to read more about Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery you can go here.

Thanks.

Leah