I'm scheduling my C4-C7 ACDF on December 31st. I have 4 children aged 13, 10, 8 & 4 and I'm just wondering about experiences others have had in taking care of their children after this kind of surgery. I know everyone is different but while this wont be my first surgery, it will be my first surgery dealing with my spine. With all my other surgeries including c-sections, I haven't had much help at home and have had to go back to taking care of my children the next day no matter how hard or painful it was. I guess I really didn't realize how serious of a surgery this was until I started doing more research on it. As of right now I will have help with my kids for about 2 weeks after but will probably be on my own taking care of myself, but I don't think that should be a problem. Is this a realistic approach or am I in for a shocker? I've been dealing with this for years so I am concerned about permanent nerve damage. But surgery is my last hope, I'm only 32 but would be happy if it even cuts my pain in half.