Today is post op day 25, L4-L5 PLIF. I finally drove on post op day 20. Now I am ready to get my energy back. Small tasks drain me terribly. I went to the grocery store today because I was running out of microwave meals and I couldn't wait to get back to the car. I used a scooter to conserve my energy as I cannot walk very far yet. When does the energy return? My surgery date was 9/29 and my next appt isn't until 11/18. No physical therapy yet, just walking allowed. Graduated to sleeping in bed on post op day 15, what a great feeling the recliner was getting to me.