Thanks for all the great info on here.
Picked up some 'lounging clothes' and a button down flannel shirt at Target today! I *think* I am ready... emotions up and down.... of course have been in NO pain in the past week or so!!!! But then all I have to do is take a look at my MRI or read the MRI report regarding 'cord compression' and severe stenosis, and KNOW I am doing the right thing.
I picked up a CD by Dr. Martin Rossman -- Preparing for Surgery, and have been listening to it, need to up that to twice a day. Apparently have had much greater healing results using guided imagery before, day of and after surgeries. I'm down with that.
So, Thursday I will have my ACDF C5-C6, C6-C7 and then be obligated to my "ASPEN collar" for a month!!! Does not seem like the most comfortable device, but whatever it takes to heal in the right position!
So -- any suggestions on sleeping with the Aspen collar? My recliner seems like it will be the best option.
Also, with all of my bloodwork back, I was quite alarmed at some of my blood levels (as a vegetarian for 2 years, not happy to have a Cholesterol reading of over 200), and am making a strong commitment back to my old way of eating (basically vegan, a la McDougall/Esselstyn, if you know who they are).
I know I will be the smoothie king for a few days -- but will I realistically at some point be able to chop veggies or even cook with that Aspen device on? Curious to know how folks did with that.
I will try to get back online when it's comfortable!!!!