Just wanted to share the news with everyone. This morning I went for my 8 week postop checkup on my 2-level ACDF and got the good news that everything is healing on schedule, starting to fuse and lifted most all of the restrictions! Best of all, no more collars of any kind. I do have to wait on going back to running or outdoor cycling for another three months when he rechecks and x-rays me again, but I'll have to just live with that. As for PT, he told me none required, that I can go back to the gym and start lifting weights and exercising like normal, just no impact, and that should start to strengthen the arm and shoulder muscles just fine. And honestly, I think that's what causes me that heavy feeling sometimes is just the weakened muscles back there. They've almost been in hibernation for all these weeks.
He also released me to go back to work, no problem there. I work out of my home, as I'm a freelance court reporter, so I'm able to schedule work as I want anyway, but it sure will be nice to begin to get back to my normal schedule, see familiar attorneys that I'm used to seeing, etc.
As always, thanks for the shared support here. And if there's anyone I can help, please give a shout. Y'all are great.