This afternoon Linda took me to visit Dr. Geck’s physician assistant. The X-ray showed that the vertebrae are doing well. I no longer have to wear that awful back brace! I am so thankful. It is such a relief to be free of its restrictions. I do still have to be very careful about my movements for a couple more months, though. I must not bend, lift anything heavy or twist my spine, but I can start driving again. I can return to my Silver Sneakers exercise classes so long as I don’t bend, lift or twist. I also will need to have physical therapy for several weeks to strengthen my back muscles.