Well my 3 level C4-C7 ACDF surgery is back on for next Tuesday 9/18. Now that it's getting closer I'm starting to get a little scared. My fear is waking up in the aspen collar. I'm horribly claustraphobic, I mean A LOT (domestic violence victim, being confined in any way makes me panic) I've been practicing wearing it around the house, and can't believe how confining it feels. I understand the need for the collar, I'm just hoping it won't be as bad as I'm imagining.
So what was everyone's experience, waking up in the collar on?? I'm hoping that when they prep me for surgery someone will understand my problem, and have my head elevated a tad. Also being highly medicated would be nice too
I'm fortunate that my surgery is at a small hopsital with only 30 beds, and a high nurse to patient ratio. I know it's silly, I don't have any fear of the pain, just the silly collar. I did find a couple of men's silk handkerchiefs, and they feel much better against my skin. I wonder what the nurses would say if I asked them to please line my collar with these pretty handkerchiefs...lol