Ok I am now 9 day post op and I thought I would give an update. I did go through some weird emotional stuff about the 5th and 6th days. I'm 33yo male and haven't cried since 96 when my mom died but Friday and Saturday I was balling like a baby. It wasen't due to physical pain at all. I have been mostly pain free since the op. I am thinking that maybe it is because I quit all the pain meds I have been taking for months and has to do with withdraw. What ever it was it only lasted about 2 1/2 days. Sunday, Monday and today have been great. More energy, less pain. My Doc told me to walk as much as I can so I have been walking the neighborhood. I still have some numbness and a very small amount of pain in the same area I did before surgery but tylenol takes care of it just fine. I have read all the posts and I know I am not out of the woods yet, but so far so good. Like I said before the hardest part is this Aspen collar and not doing too much. I am going to have to come up with a creative way to destroy this collar once I am free of it!