Hydrangea, I'm rooting for you too! I know that if you don't have a laptop it may be awhile before we here from you. Do be careful sitting for too long after you get home. I remember after my lumbar fusion that if I tried to sit at the computer too long my leg & foot would start to get numb. Just take it easy and rest, follow your doctors orders and try to walk a little each day to get the fusing underway.
I'm sure you'll be in alot of pain at first but it will pass believe me. Remember to roll onto your side before getting up from a lying position.
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3