So I wanted to give an early update on what's been going on with my recovery. Tomorrow is day-14 if you count "release from hospital" as day-1 (that was 18-April).
When you are healing from surgery, none of your normal life expectations apply. You are on drugs that are only temporary so you may not have time to understand their effects before you are off of them. In my case, I thought that the pain medicine was making me drowsy. While this was a legitimate theory, it was a bit too obvious.
The very sexy cervical collar (that I augmented with a kitchen towel) was actually not adjusted correctly and that was what was interfering with my sleep and thus making me tired. It took a few days to eliminate other variables. Now that it's adjusted properly, I'm sleeping well and by now I am completely off the hard-core pain medicine which was very effective and ultimately had no side effects (in my case).
Big news from day-13 (today): FIrst proper shower in 2 weeks! It's good to feel like a human being again.
Huge news from day-12 (yesterday):: Walked +Chester Tibbie
last night without my cane. I still can't swivel my head around, but I don't need the cane much any more.
So far so good with the recovery, and now begins the very frustrating part - waiting for the bones to heal.