I cannot add anything further than what TDoren did. She has been there and done that and what she said about
walking is the absolute truth. Follow your surgeons directions to the letter. He can only do so much, the rest of it is on you once you get home. A surgeon I know very well does not allow his patients to ride home in a car sitting up, he does not allow his patients to sit up the 1st six weeks afusion. You can sit of course to go to the b/r and to eat and thats it. His patients either went home in an ambulance laying down or they laid down in a van or car if possible. They even had to go in an ambulance for the 1st post op visit. He says sitting puts too much pressure on a new fusion and you want it to stay in place and have time to become solid.
No riding in a vehicle the 1st 6 weeks only to a dr appt and thats it. Think about what could possibly happen if you were in an accident.
You can also buy one of those little gizzmos that will pick stuff up off the floor. My friend had to use one when he had his hip replaced, said it came in real handy. As T says-absolutely no bending.
Good luck Lakeside and Mamma, I know you both will do just fine. Susie