So after talking to my mom (and I suspect some talks w/her and my step-dad), she has agreed to dog-sit my dog for at least the first couple of weeks post perm SCS op. (assuming trial goes well, fingers crossed).
I've been so worried about how I was going to take care of him, as I live alone, and although it will be very lonely, and I will be very sad, at least I know he'll be taken care of properly... I just can't imagine a scenario in which I DON'T end up bending/stretching/reaching, etc. while taking care of his everyday needs if he stays here.... practically everything I do that involves him is on the "no no" list of movements. From letting him out of his crate in the morning, to feeding him, to putting on his leash for a walk... So it's going to be sad, but I'm SO relieved that he'll be taken care of and I'll be able to heal and besides, when he comes back, he'll be coming back to a better, more lively, and MUCH more fun "mommy"!