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Sweet Relief

I realize I've been remiss in writing about the stimulator surgery and how it's changed my life. That's right, I did saychanged my life. So here's the deal:

First, the surgery wasn't bad at all. I had a Braille consent form, a warm gown and warm blankets. I was well sedated and only vaguely remember them waking me up in the middle to find out if the stimulator was hitting all the the right places. Then I was lulled back 2zzz land. Next thing I know, I'm wake, my back hurts and they're washing me up. The recovery wasn't bad. My family and Julio were with me, and I was frequently assessed for pain control and nausea. I was reminded how to use the device and my family was shown how to use it as well. Once the medical team was confident that I was stabel enough to go home, I did just that.

The next two days were spent resting at various times, beading at others. Then I went to the<br<a href="http://www.acb.org/minnesota>ACBM</a><br>convention. I will admit that convention so soon aftersurgery wasn't smart in various ways, but it kept me distracted from one of the nasty trade-offs of this surgery, the temporary back pain. I sold some jewelry, laughed with old friends and new, learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was so nice to enjoy convention without the leg pain and with control if and when I felt it.


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Jan. 25th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad
I'm glad it works for you, and very envious. I don't think it would work for my pain though because it doesn't affect my leg. Now all they need to do though is invent one for the neck to prevent headaches, migraines and the like and we'd be sorted.
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I&#39;m glad
I'm not totally sure how all this works, but an SCS can work for the arms and I think? for the head. It might be worth asking your doctor about a spinal chord stimulator. If I sound like a comercial, I'm sorry, I just hate to se others suffering in pain.
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
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Jan. 26th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad this is working for you, Nickie.
Jan. 26th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hey there nickie.
I've been really bad about keeping people up-to-date about my own life, but I've been following your journal and a couple others when I've been able or thought about it.
I'm praying this surgery will help you in the long-run. I have so many questions, though, that I feel weren't really answered by your entry. I hope you don't mind if I ask them here. It's up to you where or how you answer them.
Do you have no pain at all, or just greatly reduced? Is there any other discomfort you do feel on your leg or foot, or the other foot?
Do you still have the temperature difference as you've had with the RSD thus far? I'm thinking so, since this stimulator is for pain, and won't actually cure you of the disease.
How long was the convenction you went to? Just over the weekend?
You said in early December when you had the trial stimulator that you didn't need the crutch for support. Is that still the case now?
How's Julio adapting to any changes since the surgery?

*gentle hugs*
I've had so many thoughts in my mind while reading the last year or so of posts over the last couple weeks. I've been praying for you often.
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