Thanks to the 3 that answered my Dec. 16 surgery. I am still a nervous wreck over the whole thing, but you 3 did help ease my mind about the smoking. I am the worlds biggest baby when it comes to hospitals, doctors, and needles. My daughter has spent the last week trying to keep me informed on everything to do with the surgery. My mind goes numb about 3 minutes into her talking. My mother keeps telling me everything my brother who also had the exact same operation went thru 7 years ago. (not making me feel any better) I keep reading the positive story's in the forum. Thanks to many of you I will be buying a brand new blender before going in. As the old blender will most likely expire after several smoothies. Still a little worried about sleeping though. I don't have a recliner. So it looks like the boyfriend will have to move to the edge of the bed. Give me, and my pillows some room. One other thing I would like to know. Does everyone have to wear a hard collar? or a soft collar? If so how long do you have to wear it? The paper work from my doctor is unclear on that. Thank you again for your help.