On Wednesday January 11, 2016 Don had surgery on his back. Below is his report and email address if you wish to send him a note.
The surgeon was pleased with my progress and the X-rays showed that the back is healing properly. The leg is still giving me problems. It's better than it was, but is still considerably weaker than the other. The surgeon reminded me that it can take from 6-12 months to completely recover from this type surgery. I told him at my age I could probably spare six months, but a year was really stretching it. Anyway, some things can be rushed, and other things can't, and I'm just going to have to get my head - and body - around that. That's about it in a nutshell. Don
Golf? I haven't even asked the question, but I plan to at my next appointment on April 4. I've had three weeks of physical therapy to get some additional strength back in my right quadricep. I won't be able to play until I can be sure that it won't give way on me in my backswing. It's coming along, but much slower than I'd hoped for. Everything else is good; no back pain, etc.
The 24th visit went well. The doc was very pleased with my progress, and said to just keep doing what I'm doing, which is walking. I try to get out at least twice a day, and I'm walking a mile on one jaunt, and about half that on the other. I plan to try to gradually increase my distance. The right leg is still weak in the front thigh area, but seems to be getting better.
I can drive as long as I'm not taking any narcotics for pain, which I haven't for almost two weeks. I'm having very little discomfort. I see him again on February 28. Don
I'm doing pretty well. My surgery was Wednesday, and the doc was very pleased with how everything went. I wound up with two grafts, two rods, four screws, and he cleaned out some stenosis and arthritis, as well as removed some spurs. I came home yesterday and am fairly mobile. My pain level is fairly low, so I'm able to be pretty comfortable. I see the surgeon again on the 24th.