Hey grandmaR, you are so right on taking it slow, I am glad you are finally feeling better. One purchase I would recommend for all after any back surgery, especially a fusion are grippers to pick up items off the floor, I have two and I use them constantly. Bending over is a big no no for me. As for PT, I start it at the 12 week mark, I hope it goes well. Hang in there, I hope your recovery continues to head in the right direction.