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ACDF Surgery Update

Today I am 30 days post op. I am doing great, I think!

I had an appointment Thursday with the surgeons Nurse Practitioner. They took a couple of xrays of my neck and said everything looks great so far. I was given a CervicalStim Device to wear for 4 hours a day, every day, for the next 12-18 months. I have osteoporosis and this magnetic therapy will help my bones fuse better.

My incision looks great; there was one piece of surgical tape that would not come off on its own, so she took it off for me in the office. In a couple of weeks, I can begin application of scar reducing products, but really, right now, it’s not that visible. I’ll post some pics next update.

The neck brace(s)…On November 6th I can begin to ‘wean’ myself off of it/them. Like this: On Nov. 6 I take the brace off for an hour. Next day, for two hours, next day 4 hours & so on, until I reach 16 hours consecutive awake hours without the brace on. Now THAT was the news I wanted to hear. I am soooo looking forward to getting rid of these braces. It’s wrecking my hair having it in these braids all the time. I am beginning to really despise velcro. ugh.

RA meds… She said they want me off the RA meds for 3 months. I was shocked, but ok…Week of Dec. 3rd will be when I can start back; as long as healing is on schedule. I see the surgeon on Dec. 3rd, I’m sure they will take more xrays and can let me know for sure that day. I’m having some RA ‘twinges’ here and there, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Sleeping is up and down…more good night sleeps than not, but the not nights suck lol. I woke up this morning with a bad sinus headache and sore neck. Go figure. It’s gonna happen from time to time, I am taking it one day at a time, literally.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

xoxox

L

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