Hi, I am new to this forum. I am scheduled for a spine fusion in late February (L5-S1, with rods, screws, bone from hip). I am in my early 50s. I live alone and this fact has been occupying my mind to the exclusion of all else. I've been searching everywhere online for insight into post operative recovery for people who live alone. It's why I signed up for this forum/website.
If I can find someone to stay with me after my surgery (big if) how long will I need someone to stay with me - living-in/overnight.? Any other insights as to recovery time and what limitations I will experience and for how long.
I don't have a lot of money so I can't hire anyone beyond what is covered by insurance. I can't hire a live-in aid. I am hoping I can interest a friend who can move in for a while.
I first considered having this surgery a few years ago and was told then to plan on not going back to work for six months but this time am being told what seems to me a preposterous six weeks (it can't be so short a recovery time?!? I might have misheard)
People who live alone - how did you solve this issue of coming home to an empty house? How much time did standard insurance pay for re rehab facility after hospital (a week? I am hoping to do that if possible and told that no extended stay will be covered).