I've seen people on here looking for 'good' stories who might be having upcoming surgery and nervous. Well, I've got one. I had surgery (ACDF 3 levels C4-C7 plus hardware) on Tuesday Sept. 16 at 7:30 am. As you can see today is the 18th (morning 48 hours later) and I'm feeling great!
I woke up in recovery for about a minute, then found myself in my room. I was relaxed, not too much pain, got Morphine IV push, no pump. Didn't need as much as I thought I would since I've been on heavy pain meds for years. Was up and visiting that afternoon. Had a full, liquid and soft dinner. Woke up that night a few times (still had the drain in my neck) and needed to go potty and get some meds. Doctor came in Wednesday morning after I had pancakes and bacon, took out the drainage tube, and WOW, almost no pain left at all. Went home that morning (just over 24 hours in the hospital total) feeling pretty darn good. Slept a little that day off and on, ate a ton of soft foods, watched TV and read. It's less that 48 hours since my surgery was complete, and I have to say....rest your fears. It's not nearly as bad a we let ourselves 'think'. Not to mention the arm, neck, shoulder pain are gone! The only pain I have, and it's MINOR is my throat, which should clear up in a day or two. No biggie. Easiest surgery I've had. Lots easier than giving birth, lol! Not all surgeries are created equal, but I have to give thanks that mine was surprisingly easy. I was terrified, and made up my mine to go in with a positive attitude, and here I am... ready to rock and roll...lol...almost! My best advice...think the best, great attitude, and no worries...you'll have great care and before you know it, you'll be back to your old self MINUS the pain! WOOHOO!!!