My surgery (2 level, C5-7) is scheduled for one week and a few hours from right now. Yes, I'm stressing a bit (hello, 3am!) but overall I'm ok.
I'm realizing that I'm getting a lot from reading the posts of other folks who very recently had or very soon will have this surgery. The posts from others who had their surgery a longer time ago are of course very helpful as well, but there's something about connecting with others who are right in the middle of this with me.
So... let's buddy up! Talk about what you're doing, how you're doing -- surgery related or not.
Me, today I drove over 2 hours each way to pick up an almost-new electric recliner/lift chair that I bought from someone on ebay for just $100, leaving Spouse and the grandkids (5 and 15) behind with long cleaning lists. Tomorrow I'm paying a duo recommended by my friends who own a B&B, one who is an obsessively detailed cleaner who I'm going to let loose on the bathrooms, kitchen, and several few "spring cleaning" type areas, the other who is a strong like bull handy-person who will help me do a lot of physical reorganizing (such as putting the garage back in order from where we piled/pushed everything to one side in order to get a car in when Irene visited a few months ago, and getting the massive super-heavy TV out of the second floor hallway where it's sat for several months). Based on recommendations from here, I've bought a reacher, a child-proof pill organizer (5yo in the house, but I don't trust myself or anyone to remember if/when I took my meds), a good blender, a shower chair, a cantilevered book/iPad holder, and the first dozen or so J.D.Robb books. My parents are coming Wednesday, and are currently planning to stay at least two weeks after my surgery, to help around the house and with the kids who need lots of transportation to various events and activities (note to self: get anti-anxiety meds to help through 3-week long visit from mother). I'm not worried about making a lot of food in advance - by the time my folks leave I'll have a much better sense of what I'll be able to do or not do, and I can get my mom to either make (or help me make) some stuff that we can just freeze and eat: Spouse has many wonderful qualities, but cooking is not one of them, and when she (quite sincerely) told me that I don't need to worry so much about not being able to cook for a while because she's perfectly fine eating frozen dinners for a month, I knew that my only hope for real food is to cook it myself!
Anyway, I'd love to hear plans, results, activities, or even just chatter from anyone else who just had or will very soon have this same surgery.