So I took a bit of a break but now I'm back with a vengeance!!!! ta daaaaa! LOL Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement!
Overall the healing is going pretty well. I have to admit that it is alot better than what I'd dreamed up in my head. My inlaws were here for a week so that was a huge help! Since then I've had a bit of a flare, I'm hoping it doesn't get really bad, but it seems to be doing it's best to knock me on my butt...lol if it isn't one thing it's another.
In terms of swelling I've had a minimal amount but it still lingers today and I'm just 2 days shy of 3 weeks post-op. I saw my doc last week and much to my dismay I have to wear my neck collar for another 6 weeks at least....ick....but it's worth it to heal properly, I certainly don't want to repeat any of this.
So I'll be posting on a more regular basis again....thanks soooo much for your support everyone!