(Hopefully the last) update: I saw my neurosurgeon in Odessa, TX yesterday. And he liberated me from that godawful albatross I’ve been wearing on my head for the past 6 months. My very stubborn C-2 has finally healed. Ou rah!
When the Dr told me that I could remove the collar, I immediately fell onto the floor and did a wrestler’s bridge (just joking). Actually, the neck is still very stiff and also very tender. It will likely take another 6 months to get all the nerve and muscle damage rehabilitated–but that’s OK. I’ve got the time.
There is not much else I can say except “thank you” all for your support and encouragement. — jtl, 419