Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thank you to everyone who gave me so much support! I only had one procedure done due to some unforeseen complications during surgery. The doctor had to stop after the first procedure so I'll have to have a second surgery. I had drainage tubes put in while I was in the hospital. Thank goodness they were removed before I was released from the hospital. Those stitches hurt a little!
Currently, I have to do nothing and stay in the house for 10-14 days which I can easily live with. The doctor put a hard collar on my neck for six weeks . I am allowed to take it off for showering and to sleep at night as long as I don't get up during the night. Since I do get up several times during the night, I've been sleeping with it on my neck. I've been pretty sleepy, which I understand is normal for the first 10 days.
I noticed the pain difference in my left arm right away. I have to be very careful to prop my arms up for the 10-14 day period so they won't pull on the cervical spine area. After that, I don't know what I'll be able to do. I won't see the doctor again until my six week check up.