Glad to hear you had a good appt. I sure hope you are not getting nerve pain. So, will say an extra prayer on that one. Keep a close eye on that problem with your dr. Very good to hear the fusion is looking good. Thats important that its becoming solid. Do be very careful, I know you have kids can't remember the ages but please do not be lifting any kids. I know its hard. But, now its so important that you do everything as instructed. I have heard many say they get a tightness in their back after surgery and usually a muscle relaxer will help with that. Its good to hear you say the old pain is gone. It is strange how we can tell the difference in certain types of pain.
You take care and take it easy. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Hugs, Susie