Another step on the road to recovery: I folded up the back brace and put it away. Good thing I saved the packaging so I could store it easily. Am still a little tender in the back first thing in the morning, but nothing serious. Still, there's no heavy lifting for me for a while -- doctor's orders! Just putting on my backpack with my computer in it (about 15-20 pounds when fully loaded) is enough of a concern right now.