So I made it through the C4-5 C5-6 ACDF surgery last Monday. The worst part about the hospital is that time slows to a crawl when you wake-up every 15 minutes. They gave me a Demerol drip button that helped. I was discharged around 11 the next day after I proved I could swallow a pill. The lump in my throat felt huge!
The first four days I spent taking Darvon and Flexeril and sleeping (though that can be a challenge with this soft collar!) By Sunday, I had kicked the Darvon and am now just taking plain Tylenol. I really hate pain pills because I always get nauseas and depressed. I tried to take a ride to the drugstore on Sunday, and I only made it around the block. I should have said no way before we even left the driveway! Every bump and acceleration just caused too much pain.
So, here we are at 1 week later and my throat is still slightly sore and the lump is nearly gone! The scar is still covered by tape, so I haven't peeked yet. I thought the constant pulsating pain running from my right shoulder into my arm and fingers was gone, but this afternoon it has returned. Logically since they "unpinched" my nerve it shouldn't hurt anymore, right?! Maybe, I haven't been moving around enough today or maybe yesterday I overdid it. Hard to say.
My first post-op appointment is next Wednesday, and I really need to get back to work on May 4th, but the computer is the obstacle. I hope I made the right decision to get this done, but it seemed like the only choice since it wasn't going to get any better.
I want to thank everyone for their stories and support for each other on this board, it has been helpful.
I still need to quit smoking, but that is another hurdle.