Finally my surgery date is here and coming up quickly. September the 3rd is right around the corner.
I already have my blood work and EKG urine and Chest X-ray finished. I have my pre-op check in appt. set for tuesday. I will be fitted with my Aspen collar the day before surgery.
Possibly today I will go and Buy two wedge pillows at 7" in heigth because that is all I can find in the stores around here and I don't want to wait and have it shipped at this point.
I am wondering about a few things so I will go ahead and ask them now:
1.) After your ACDF surgery when you took a shower did you find it easier to stand or to sit on a shower stool? I will not always have someone here to help with this activity so maybe it would be best to have a stool to minimize any chance to slip.
2.) Post-op what was it like to ride in a car? My Mom can't stay here everyday for two weeks post-op, and I could go to her home for some of the time after surgery. Her home is 2 1/2 hours from my home over a mountain pass then down into the Calif. central valley. What was your experience when riding in a car right after this surgery? Any tips for riding in the car? I also have real bad anxiety when riding in a car. Since the accident that was the casue of the neck injury I get very nervous and tensed up. Mostly this will happen on city streeets and busy highways, not so much on a mountain road with less cars.
3.) What was your Doctors weight limit for when you left the hospital?
4.) I will have a 2 level ACDF C 4-5 and C5-6...how much walking was encouraged to be done? Small short things in the begining and then listen to your bodies limits kind of thing???
5.) I am single and live alone with no children. When do you think I will be able to do thing on my own with th exception of driving? I plann to keep dirty laundry downstairs in a closet so I do not have to lift and carry a basket down stairs. and I can fold clothes right on top of the washer and dryer. What can I expect with these kinds of every day little things.
Thats all the questions at the moment. I am sure I am full of a ton more questions. I did have a Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy in January of this year. It was pretty painful to have had them go through the posterior side. I have heard the anterior approach is less painful and I hope this will be the case for me. So I have had a prior neck surgery, but the ACDF I feel is a bit more complicated as you do NOT want to do anything to compromise the fusion process and the surgeons handy work.
I am in a lot of pain and it has been rising lately. i am sure the extra activity and stress of the upcoming surgery don't help either.
Plese share any and all experiences and suggestions you may have.
Thanks in advance!