Thanks Peg. Hope you are doing better. Being 4 days out from surgery, I am already bumping up against this. Without a collar, and with only "no lifting, no bending, no twisting, no extreme flexion or extension" as my post-op instructions, I'm kind of feeling my way around. Back spasms below the fusion site (C4 through C6) are my biggest problem, followed closely by sore throat.
I always seem to think I am the exception to the rule -- "well, sure it may take others 6 weeks, but I can recover in 2!" Dumb . . . Thanks for the reminder to take it slow. I need to remember that I'm not 20 anymore (or 30, or 40 . . .)