It’s been just over a week since my surgery, and I’ve discharged from St. Vincent’s in Fitzroy and am now closer to home at St. John of God in Ballarat, about five minutes from my home.
With the post-operative recovery done — such as dressing, draining and caring for the surgery wound, monitoring for and avoiding infection, etc. — getting my body over the shock of the surgery itself has been a success. Now my task is to rehabilitate my muscles and my spine to try and get as close to my pre-injury life as possible over the next 3–12 months, with some modifications and slight longer-term restrictions. It has occurred to me that not only should I document this for my own recollection, but that perhaps a reader with back problems and a love for fishing, cycling, hiking and so on may get some insights as well.
St. Vincent’s Hospital in Fitzroy isn’t strictly a rehabilitation hospital so my initial recovery was more focused on the post-op stuff, however I still saw a physiotherapist who gave me some small exercises to undertake, and some very strict restrictions/limits on my movements. Then when I moved to St. John of God I started the proper rehabilitation regimen, which I’m part-way through right now and about which I will go into more detail in my next post in a few days.