Recovery, SOLC 2015, 28 of 31

Two days ago, my husband had lower back surgery. He came home yesterday with a strict set of instructions for recovery. Neither of us realized how difficult the recovery would be before it got better. At the hospital, the restrictions started:

No BLT (bending, lifting or twisting) for 6 weeks to 3 months
No driving for 2 weeks.
No shower for 3 days.
Get up and walk every 30 minutes.
Roll in and out of bed.
Push with your arms to get up out of a chair.
Make sure that when doing computer work, your work station is ergonomically correct (screen at eye level, hands at 90 degrees)
No physical activity for 3 months

It seemed like a lot then, but now, home, it feels like even more. Without him able to get out of bed on his own right now, we were both up every two hours last night.

Currently, he can’t dress himself or put on his on shoes – now MY back is aching too!

It’s amazing what we take for granted – and healthy and fitness and flexibility shouldn’t be one of them. I realize that now for sure! He will mend and be moving around more and more each day. Until then, we’ll try to keep following doctor’s orders.



  1. mvervinck said,

    March 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Wishing him a speedy recovery. It is amazing how much we can do on our own when all of the sudden we can’t do those same thing without help. It is difficult, but in the end, it will be worth it for him once he doesn’t have any pain anymore. Hang in there!

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I can completely relate to this. Each day will get a little easier. It will be worth it when there is no more pain. Take care of your back! Call if you need help.

  3. mrssurridge said,

    March 29, 2015 at 3:23 am

    What a blessing that he has you. It’s those little things we do every day that we never think about that make us so thankful for healing.

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