I completely agree about the doctor communication. I was sent to my surgeon from the back specialist (actually from the injection specialist of the spine center) because he was the only one that could fix me. He was very matter of fact with me, told me I would hate him for about 3 months and then I would like him again. He explained things but it was a pretty quick in and out. When I went in for my 3 day check, I was so nauseated, dizzy and weak that I hardly said a word. Couldn't even make an appointment for 3 weeks until later because I just needed to get home. I had asked pre-op when I could drive and he said it was more the brace that would be a problem. So he didn't say no... haha
I did take a bath today. Getting in was easy. Getting out, a little harder as I had to use the good leg's quad to lift me out and it felt weak. But it was nice to sit and soak. Probably won't do it every day. But once a week instead of the showers is good.
Katie, I am a week ahead of you and that is a BIG DEAL this far out. Don't get discouraged. I have my days and moments that I completely lose it. The incision pain is pretty intense if I ride in a car and that makes me mad. I have dreams that my doctor will tell me tomorrow that I am doing so well that I don't need the brace any longer. But I know that's not the case. I almost screwed up last night when husband was rubbing my foot and he plopped down on the bed. Instinctively I pulled up my foot (wasn't in the brace) and almost did so too much. So, the brace is a good thing for me. Tomorrow will be a better day for you Katie. It seems to ebb and flow and for me anyway, and it's like 2 steps forward, one step back. Tomorrow you will feel great.
Hang in there.