Had my 2 level ACDF yesterday (C5-C6, C6-C7) and came home today at 12Noon.
I must say I am surprised that I am not in more pain (thankfully so), but good pain meds and a great surgeon saw to that! I felt well taken care of, the hospital staff was great, and now my biggest challenge is "comfort." I am a bit antsy, and the Aspen collar is what I am trying to get used to. Oh yeah, the throat thing also, my doc told me to EXPECT that, and he finds it in not 98 or 99%, but 100% of the surgeries have throat irritation. Must say I was not a fan of the foley catheter either!
Just slept a couple of hours, and figured since I have some pain coming on and am due for meds, would update all the folks at S-H.
Been walking around the hospital last night and this morning (accompanied by a nurse of course), then today some very boring laps for 10 mins around the inside of my house, being careful where I walk with limited vision field b/c of the collar.
I set a new record on my Inspirometer thingy (4500, WOO HOO) and plan on continuing all of my post op assignments to the letter. Don't need pneumonia or DVTs screwing up a great outcome. Had tons of folks praying for me, and I am sure that is not a coincidence on how well I made it through the first couple of days. Also have a wonderful wife who is with me every step of the way.
Good night all, and hope to get an hour or two comfortable on the computer each day. Boredom may actually turn out to be a factor unless I can find some comfy positions in front of my DVR!