As mentioned...EVERYONE is scared before major surgery...so don't feel out of place...
One of the things I learned to help was to be as organized as possible to have every single detail post op planned out. Making sure that friends/family/church...are set up to help with things from meals to cleaning to help you get around.
As well as have a bunch of movies....dvds....things that can help you stay occupied both before and after the surgery.
Just know that yes...it's going to be a rough go, especially the first few weeks with the pain. And then it's just a day by day recovery....slowly but surely....and just follow ALL Drs. orders to take it as easy as possible and keep up with all the pain meds....Taking them exactly on schedule to help keep the pain from getting too bad...
The rest I just give up to God:)
We are all praying it goes well!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006