Well today is the day. I see the NS this afternoon after an ACDF on C5-6 and posterior fusion/laminectomy on C4-7 with all the fixin's on June 30th..... I'm taking an X-ray first then will see him. I hope to get a picture of the x-ray while on his "light board" so see my own neck of steel...or is it titanium???
Anyway, I'm hoping and praying that he says I can stop wearing the Miami J collar and clears me to drive!!
I'm doing great...doing all activities I need to live on my own in my house...except no heavy housework (like vacuuming dusting -- no far spots), but can load dishes in dishwasher and do laundry (I'm just careful how I bend over), sweep some, shower on my own, etc.
I haven't been walking as much as I should because of unrelated swelling on my foot and because of the intense south la heat in August. But I do move around in my house while cleaning ....I just have to hit the recliner and rest from time to time! I hope that movement has been enough to get blood flowing to my neck!!!
I get some slight numbness in my hands from time to time and the only pain I have is in my neck from wearing the collar too long!! When I'm sitting in the recliner, I'll take it off and it feels so good!!
Anyway, wish me luck that I get the collar off for good and can drive again! My son who had been driving me and my daughter all around left for college last Thursday and so I'm really on my own!! ...And that's a whole 'nother set of issues I'm dealing with: a half-empty nest!!
Thanks for listening!!!