Hello everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that I had my 6-week post opt check-up today... I was able to remove my soft-collar FINALLY, as after reviewing my x-rays, I was informed I was fusing and that everything was holding/staying in place by my flexion and extension films!
My neurosurgeon said that I could go back to work after labor day, and I am going to see him again on 8/21. Of course, after seeing him, I was offered my previous job with a former employer.
I would have posted more before, but I really don't like the new forum format - I don't know what threads I posted in and lose track, as the old forum always let you know what you posted in. Anyway, tonight being the first time without my collar, I am feeling great!
While we are all different, I am so glad that my recovery has been almost perfect so far, just that minor muscle issue for not even a week, but that went anyway before I even got to see the doctor for it.
Basically no pain meds for like weeks, and only maybe two or three in almost the last month.
I am however starting to notice that my throat does sometimes feel different, not bad, but you can tell with the hardware that your throat is different now. I'm learning how to live with it, only drinking something really fast gives me a quick weird feeling, but that's going away, or I am subconsciously learning how to drink differently.
For those of you in collars, while I was lucky to only have a soft-collar on for these past six-weeks... It was so great to sleep without it this afternoon when I took my nap - I am so looking forward to going to bed tonight!
Ok, just wanted to post an update, as I said I was going to keep everyone informed, and I will... I just hope when I go back to work everything is still ok.
Of course, now that I have been offered my previous job back, unlike my current job, I would be doing less demanding and physical work, so I think that might be better for in the long, and more money too, but no chance of ever transferring out of New Jersey like with possibly doing with my current job, but I think its best in the long to keep my chances of any further issues lower until the time cames to think about moving, if that ever comes with this sucky housing market!
Sorry to blab on and on, just really happy today, thats all.