Today was the day. I checked into the hospital at 6:30 A.M. The surgical team came around and met me, which I thought was awesome. Then it was off to the operating room.
I remember nothing about the surgery, but when I awoke the back pain from the surgery was worse than I could have imagined. On a scale of 1-10, it was a 12. It took about two hours to get the pain under control; even then, it wasn’t eliminated by any means. But at least it was bearable, and my surgeon assured me that the surgery was a success.
The first 48 hours were the worst. Finally the pain was eliminated as long as I was lying down, but of course they had to get me up and moving. I was finally released to go home on 4/25, four days after checking in.