As promised, here is an update after my surgery. The procedure went very well, the doctor placed rods and screws in my back...very little blood loss during surgery. I am very surprised that I do not have as much pain as I thought I would have. What pain I am having is very well controlled, the doctor ordered a pain pump set that I can use the button every 10 minutes. I sat on the side of the bed for a couple hours earlier tonight and even walked across my hospital room with assistance. Before surgery, the doctor and I discussed what medication he was going to put me on to prevent blood clots, he mentioned heparin and another one, that I can't think of right now. He is going to start one of them tomorrow and continue it for a few weeks. I am not currently taking any other blood thinners.
I would like to thank everyone for their concerns and well wishes that were sent before my surgery..really meant a lot.