Wanted to post my update and couldn't find the "recovery" thread . . . sorry I posted a new topic, but I hope that folks who are getting ready to undergo their surgeries read this post. Prior to my surgery, I read EVERYTHING I could find on this Board concerning my upcoming surgery . . . must admit, most of the threads and posts scared me silly, but I also think they prepared me for the surgery and what I would be facing.
Saw my NS yesterday in my first post-op appointment. No more hard collar -- or soft collar . . . range of motion very good . . . released to drive! They took the steri-strips off my incision. Yuck! Looks like I had a fight with Edward Scissorhands and lost! Frightening . . . but I know in a week or so, it will be less noticeable.
Will return to work in 2 1/2 weeks on a part-time basis for 2 weeks, then full-time.
Only residuals from the surgery is the nasty golf-ball still in my throat. When I'm up too long, it turns into a butter knife lodged sideways in my throat. NS said it was swelling and would eventually go away. Let's hope he's right. It's challenging to deal with -- frustrating. I have minimal pain between my shoulders, although I'm still sleeping in a nearly sitting position, and my left index finger remains numb (sometimes painful). I take one Vicoden before bed . . . nothing else.
And . . . the fatigue! UGH. I still am napping a lot. Prior to surgery, I worked 50 - 65 hours per week for several years, so I think I'm just destressing and catching up on my rest.
All in all . . . great experience and easier-than-expected surgery and recovery.
Good luck to all who's getting ready to go through with a surgery! Tough decision to make. Peace and blessings.