I have had 11 operations of different sorts over the years--including some big ones--but none has freaked me out beforehand like this one is doing, especially after reading this forum. I am a 53-year-old man living alone in a three-story townhome with my dog, and I wonder about managing the stairs (glad I have handrails), driving, going back to work, the collar, etc. I have a desk job and hope to go back after one week (doc says two, but I told him that sitting in a chair at work is the same as at home). I know that I'm going to drive after a couple of days--I have always found ways and I do have to eat. If I knew what to expect and how to prepare my home (and mind) for this, I would feel much less anxiety. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.