Leading up to this surgery Em found a strange amount of comfort in the quote from Winston Churchill: "If you are going through Hell keep goings'.
After some surprisingly great days at the hospital ( fully knowing there will still be tough days ahead) she found a new quote. I can definitely say that this one (also by Churchill) is much more inspiring: "It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."
Currently, when Em is not changing positions (laying, siting, or standing) she doesn't feel a headache, which is unbelievable. She still has pretty bad changing position headaches, aka spinal headaches, from the surgery. But with all that good news, lets not get to far ahead of ourselves. The headaches could be there but masked by the neck pain, they could be covered by the heavy doses of percocet, or they could be gone. Only time will tell as she heals. For now its one chain link at a time.
The next chain link is the process of going home (which the surgical team recommended we do tomorrow morning, and we don't want to go against the surgical team). We will take the next step as it comes.