Well, had my first follow up with the Doctor this morning, 5 weeks post ACDF at C4/5 and C5/6, donor bone, Atlantis plate, no collar.
Had flexion/extension Xrays, plus normal AP and Lateral. No problems with plate, screws or bone. Not much evidence of fusion yet, but MD says he wouldn't expect a lot of XRay evidence at this point.
He cleared me for driving, said I could engage in more activities, just no lifting of more than 15 pounds, no extended activity with my arms above my head, no extremes of motion. No golf yet, but I can chip and putt.
I go back May 8th, when he expects to release me to more full activities, including golf. (Do you sense a pattern here?
Spasms are less now, just muscle aches in shoulders and between shoulder blades. When I can do some real exercises, this should go away. Worst at night when I can't control my head/neck movements as much.
All in all, not too bad, all things considered. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not a freight train.