Update: Recovery from ACSDF
I had my surgery on 9/20/11. (C4-5, C5-6, C6-7) I got to the surgery center about 9am, they called my right back and I was being taken back for my surgery about 10am. Everyone was very nice and comforting to me and my awaiting family members. I left the surgery center about 5pm, the 45 min drive home was a bit intense... Just did not seem like we were ever going to get home.... Once I got my pain meds and muscle spasm meds filled, and taken, I was great. I rested alot.. My pain meds made me itch, but I took benedryl to help with that and that worked. (I have had issues with other pain meds and antibiotics before, so I knew exactly what was going on) As long as I take those meds as perscribed Im good. It was great to take a shower and remove my bandages on Friday!! (But I didnt wash my hair for a week. I kept it up in a lose braid, it is so long that I did not want to mess with it, down past my bootie).. I have noticed that I dont feel the pressure that I felt before, but I guess the real test will be when I am ready to stop taking the pain meds altogether... My first post op visit is Oct 4. At that time I will recieve my "Bone growth stimulator" that i have to wear 30min. a day for around 3 months. My doctor has my estimated return to work date as Nov 2.
I few days after my surgery, I opened my fridge door and went to reach to the rear of the fridge for something and hit the side of my head on the freezer door, kinda gave me a jolt... so I realized that although I do feel better at times, I still need to move slow and constantly take my time to be sure of my surroundings... It was kinda sore the next day, on the right side of my neck.. ( I also didnt have my neck brace on when it happend). I wear it now whenever I am up, just to give me the extra support,
incase I have another jolt from god only knows what :)