pilo14 - Definitely gotta stay positive like uwp said. I was babbling to the nurse when I came out from surgery about 'mind over matter' and all. They estimated I'd take an hour to wake up and I only took about 30 minutes. Just gotta keep saying, "I -will- get better and this -will- heal!" uwp - Thanks for the note about the infection thing from the nurse and also the antibiotics. I think I feel optimistic about the whole thing, really. The only thing that's been a problem thus far has been feeling good and trying to do too much too soon. It's like I have to stop and remember, "Okay, there IS a HOLE in my BACK. Slow down."