Hello. I am posting again. I meant to post before, but I've been sick with a nasty winter cold, but am much better now, but I am playing catch-up with everything I need to do before I'm grounded for a while. I am having my ACDF surgery Monday, and although I'm still extremely nervous, I'm resigned and hopeful. Resigned to what I need to go through in order to get better, and hopeful that this surgery does what it's expected to do. I had my pre-op and was able to ask and have a lot of questions answered, and also saw my MRI pictures. The herniated disks are pressing into my spine quite a lot so I understand a bit more why I'm in so much pain all the time. I also have been told I will be in the hospital longer than many here-it will be 2-4 days, more likely 4 days, due to my stupid body's reactions to pain meds, slow recovery time, etc. My DH is going to take leave for 2 weeks or more if I need him, so I am well covered for help post-op. I'm just stressing about all the post-op pain I know is coming.....sigh. But I am determined to try to look at the positive side as much as possible. Thanks to all who care enough to read and take time to chat. I'll be in chat again, maybe tomorrow afternoon, and again as soon after my surgery as I can. Kim R.