I finally got to see my incision!!!! The PA took off steri strips & removed sutures (2) today & it looks great! Maybe 1&1/2 inches. There is a tiny scab where the drain came out but other than that you can hardly see it. My doc did an awesome job. When he came in the room & looked at it he said "wow, you heal really well".
He is really happy with the fact that my neuro symptoms are so much better. He told me that he had not expected that my lower extremity symptoms would get better & that when he rounded on me the day after surgery he was really surprised when I told him my legs/feet were back to normal! At this point I still have some numbness & tingling but it is much better than it was.
I have to continue with the Miami J collar for 4 more wks but can remove it 3 times a day during meals & gently move my head around. As for the muscle pain, he is going to send me to PT for massage & ultrasound for now & after my next appt in 4 wks I can do exercises in PT. Unfortunately I can't get an appt to be assessed at PT for 2 wks. I have to go to a certain clinic due to my insurance. At my 6 week appt he will do x-rays & go over them with me.
Overall I am VERY happy with the way things are going. I never asked about returning to work but I assume it will be a wait & see thing.
Hope everyone is having a good day!