Since being back from vacation, my thoughts have been occupied by my upcoming ACDF surgery (anterior cervical disc fusion). This week, by far, was the most stressful. My urinalysis showed moderate blood and had to be sent to another lab for further testing. I also had to wait extra time for my C-reactive protein results. I got the phone call today at 10:30 am saying that all is good and the results would be sent to the neurosurgeon’s office. Mind you, this was only 19 hours before my arrival time at the hospital.
Every moment of today I feel like I am going to have a full-on panic attack. Currently, it is 14.25 hours until my arrival time. I have been told that if I feel this anxious at the hospital they may give me something to calm me down. I hope so!
To quickly describe my surgery: an incision will be done through the front of my neck, my vocal chords and esophagus will be pushed aside, the bad discs removed and donor bone inserted, finished with a plate and screws. I am having two-levels done: C5-C6 and C6-C7. I will be in a neck brace until my post-op appointment on August 1st. I’m lucky because some surgeons require a brace for 3 months.
My plan is to give updates on my blog. However, medication and pain may halt that for a bit.
Positivity shall rule the day! Send good vibes my way!