Alright everyone I'm outta the hospital and my ACDF on c5-6 seems to have been a success! Yay! I am 1 day out of the hospital and 2 days post-op. When my meds are kicked in (2 Norco each 6 hrs) I am feeling great. Not too much pain. My first 10 hrs post wakeup were the worst with pain and nausea. But I managed to avoid vomiting which was my ultimate goal. All pre-op symptoms are gone and are now replaced with operative symptoms. I think this is good news. It is hard to swallow but doable. I originally thought the collar was going to frustrate me but it actually makes me feel more secure and protected. Sleeping is going surprisingly well. I woke once for the restroom and once for pain meds. Otherwise I was out like a log.
I am taking loads of these bone healing herbs recommended by my sister and have been for a few months now. I believe they were working before the surgery. So well in fact that I noticed symptom changes for the positive. I am hopeful they will speed up my fusion rate.
Thanks to everyone who prayed for me. I needed the support to make it through. I really appreciate it.