I am home and recovering from the surgery last Tuesday.
My surgery was nearly 4 hours. I don't know what was found or why it took so long he had told me it should take about 1.5 hours. I had a nice reaction to the IV antibiotic in the pre=op. They call it red mans sydrome (not sure if that was a joke or not). I was itching like crazy on my head.
I felt pretty good as soon as I woke up. I am sure they gave me better pain meds and anti nausea meds while I was still coming out of it. So the first couple of hours I was up and about. When those meds were out of my system the trouble started. I was given a morphine pump and I was throwing up all night. The night nurses were not so good. Here I am crying and puking and asking for them to call my doctor for new meds and I got nothing but an empty smile amd a "yeah we might have to".... My IV blew out, so they had to put in another one. They didn't read my chart so they didn't know that I have allergies to certain adhesives... I recieved a reallt nice rash from the new IV.
The power for my bed kept going out so I had the maintenence man in my room every few hours... It was truely aweful. OH yeah the TV kept loosing cable service as well.
I cried uncrontolably for a couple of hours around shift change. Thankfully the new nurse took pitty on me. I had stopped using the morphine pump due to nausea so she hooked me up with a powerful anti nausea med that helped me sleep and some percocet and valium. She was a great nurse. Aftet a couple hours of sleep I felt much better. I asked to be discharged and came home with Percocet and flexerile.
I am not using a collar and my neck doesn't hurt too much. The muscle spasms are the worst. I actually feel like I have more range of motion than I did before. My throat is a little sore still, I also get some weird pains in my shoulders but all of the nerve pain is gone.
I have been sleeping in my bed. Last night I think was the best night so far. I think I actually slept for 6 hours straight.
That is it in a nutshell.