Hi this is my first time posting something on a site like this. I am going to have my C5-C6 acdf surgery in 21 days and I am really scared. I have heard many positive stories but you still have all the worries in your mind! I wanted to know how much time people usually take off work for this. I work with babies 0-3 with special needs. I lift them and carry them and help them walk, lots of physical activity. My doctor said 3-4 months but I sometimes feel that may not be enough. Also has anyone got a hard Collar for just a level 1 C5-C6. I feel I need a hard one so I don't move my neck as much. I have been reading that people are using the soft collars. I will be spending 1 day in the hospital, if there is any things or tips that could help me please send them my way. I am very worried and would appreciate any info I can get about time off of work, equipment like a collar that will be worn, and about the pain level you felt after surgery! Thanks so much in advanced and wishe me luck!