I had my surgical consult this am. It was eye opening for me. I was told I am to be off work for 6 weeks, no exceptions. That is the time "they start with", which is scary that it could be longer. They will be using a titanium plate with 3 screws. I cannot drive for six weeks. I asked the nurse about what the Dr. said about driving (possibly two weeks if you're comfortable) and she adamantly advised against it as it's very dangerous as I'd be putting myself at risk and more importantly, my son (6)).
She said it's possible the Dr. may have to fix other things once he opens me up. So to say an exact amount of time, I cannot do that.
I will be in the hard cervical collar for 6 weeks. I can't take it off under any circumstances. Shower/sleep/eat/everything.......I will be in the hospital for possibly two nights (again depends on a lot).
All this was almost overwhelming as my surgery date gets closer on the other hand, at least I will know what's going to happen and in what order. They are SO GOOD at this hospital - they explain everything and are very thorough. I was amazed!
Day 4 of no smoking and going well and she was perfecly fine with me being on the Chantix as well as the nitocine patch (which will come off next Wed. night).