Exhausted ,but I'm getting it figured out.Today I am allowed to have my first shower since the morning of the23rd-Jan.a fun day for this kid? NOT!! Routine surgery for my NS DR.No problem with nausea since day one. Main pains are the kind to be expected probably. Always there are at least 1/2 dozen places in pain... and that disturbs sleep.This morning I decided to just make this day one of simple rest in bed.My scalp was sore from the very first. Humm? Why my scalp? Aha! found and read the internerve brochure. well ok! they inserted thin needles into my scalp during my time in surgery , brochure explained this may cause tenderness in the scalp. the spots are still sore a week later.And the hard Alpine collar always is hurting. Mostly where the foam pad insert works / wrinkles below the edges of the hard plastic.Worst place to hurt is where the back of my skull forms its prominent knob. so when lying down the center most upper place of the back of the brace presses hard on that skull spot. Sooo sore. I folded up a small piece of polar fleece to make a pad to place between my skull knob and the protruding into it plastic brace edge. Swallowing is pretty frustrating.Pills lodge in back of throat.I have an anterior horizontal incision.(which btw is becoming quite tender-putting pressure on right side of neck that feels kinda swollen... not unusual.Edge of collar that fits CLOSE under my throat is tight against my neck/throat anatomy.Steristrips are still attached to incision. Maybe fall off / loosen up during my . shower. Clementine segments are good.And my coffee. Not much in the way of an appetite.I had a 2 level cervical spine disk surgery complete with plate and screws.Dr told me 'they' took the pressure off. - off my pinched nerves.Reason for this lengthy spiel is to mayby catch up with somebody... anybody that kinda sorta will relate to my situation. And just think... I've barely gotten started on my long road to recovery.A good thing I'm still tough... at going on 77.