My two level ACDF is late next week. All in all, I'm mostly looking forward to this for the shot at stopping the progression of my condition, and possibly gaining some relief and improvement in my symptoms.
What I'm not looking forward to is everything surrounding the hospital stay, and the probable post-op fun with gastrointestinal distress and all of the limitations of recovery. I hate being dependent on others, and I don't like missing any work at all, so part of the struggle for me will be taking a reasonable and smart approach to recovery, instead of trying to overdo and jump back into things too fast.
My nerves/emotions are good right now, but will probably kick in a day or two before surgery. Having this forum and resource has helped with information and awareness, and I've appreciated the guidance and support from you guys so far..