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ACDF Surgery Update

Long read, but want to keep everyone updated Surgery update: Today is day 14 since I had the ACDF Surgery. Here’s what that is: “Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression.” I had C3-7 discs replaced. You can read more about it here if you would like: https://www.spine-health.com/…/acdf-anterior-cervical…

Waking up from the surgery in my hospital room I was in considerable pain and discomfort, and HOT as a MOFO. I was losing my mind I was so hot. BikerMan found a fan in the hallway and stripped me down and put a cold rag on my head and the fan on my body. IDC that I was butt naked it was HOT and I needed cooling off lol. I have had surgery several times before and never had an issue like that coming out of anesthesia, but this being 2020, that wasn’t the case with this time. I was very nauseous the entire day of/ after the surgery and actually got sick twice during that first night. My night nurse, James, was a trooper, and a great nurse. I had vomited on myself and he had to clean me up and was very gracious and compassionate about it. I will not say that about the rest of the nurses I encountered, but James and his assistant were top notch medical professionals. Hell yeah. I went home the afternoon after my surgery, uncomfortable ride it was lol. I was loopy on drugs, couldn’t lay down due to the hard neck brace, made for a long ride home 80 miles away.

My hair. It’s been 15 days since I shampooed last. I need to do one soon, and honestly, I’m scared to. Idk how or when we are going to attempt this, but it needs to be soon. It’s in two braids now, not the 4 that the Dr. requested I do. He also requested that I coil the 4 braids into buns on the side of my head. lol Leia buns! My daughter suggested I shampoo one side of my head at a time since it’s in two braids. That is probably what we will do. One side one day, the other side the next. As of yesterday I am off the pain pills, steroids and antibiotics, I don’t like taking opiods, and I’m not really in pain without them. Muscle spasms in my back, yes, that is still happening. But there’s no incision pain (other than tenderness), and occasional headache, which I’m taking tylenol for. I will probably take a muscle relaxer tonight after supper, but I’ve not needed one yesterday or today yet. Hopefully I will be able to start back on my Enbrel and other RA meds soon, I can feel some RA symptoms creeping in, I don’t need that! lol I think my incision is healing well enough to start them back, but it’s not up to me. BikerMan has been absolutely wonderful during all this post op care and new normal ( for awhile anyway). I’ve not been the best and most patient patient, and at times have been rude to my husband. I feel horrible about that. I’m sorry love. Anything I need he is right there with it. Sleeping is a struggle daily…It’s getting easier though. Finding a comfortable position is the problem, and not needing so many pillows that there’s not room for BikerMan on the bed, lol. He said He could cuddle up at my feet like jax does, lol. I love him, he’s wonderful and thoughtful through it all. I’m able to shower, dress and feed myself, and braid my hair. Other things I am still limited, no driving, no lifting over 5 lbs, no overhead reaching, no heavy pushing or pulling. Neck collars/brace 24/7 unless showering. Limit my head/neck movement as much as possible. I do have unlimited walking and stair climbing privileges, so I’ve been doing as much walking around as I can. Sorry for the long read, just thought I’d post about it in case anyone was wondering. Taking this one day at a time.

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