SPINAL CORD STIMULATER PROCEEDURE

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER PROCEEDURE

03.29.2019

It’s been three days since my spinal cord simulator proceedure. My body is still extremely weak and in pain from it but I have a good feeling that life is about to change for the better! (But to be honest, I’m a little scared to get ahead of myself) For the first time in a while my chronic pain was gone. I hurt from the incisions but the deep sharp pain I felt all the way to the inside of my bone is gone!!!!!! I’ve been fighting pain my whole life but the chronic pain that disabled me, I’ve been fighting for about 3 years. Lance and I went on a short slow walk and I couldn’t stop smiling because I was walking with no chronic pain. Just the normal pain from an operation. Magic, right!?!

03.30.2019

Ok… I was going to make a blog post of how my overall procedure went but I’m still so early in the recovery process. I’m supposed to only do very light things for the next six weeks but I so badly want to take off! As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it’s nothing short of magical! Today the only pain I had was from where my surgeon put the battery implant in at. He said that it was harder to put in me because I didn’t have any fat to hide it in. This will probably be the only time in my life that I wished for bigger love handles. Lol! The other two incisions from where the lead was put in feel fine. I kept telling my Nana and Husband that I feel like the little mermaid when she gets her legs for the first time. I mean it’s crazy!! The simple things in life like walking is no longer hard to do anymore and I don’t know what to do with myself. Actually…. I decided the best thing for me to do is walk around Home Goods. I even brought Mac! (lucky dog) Pun intended. An hour went by and I realized that I was perfectly fine. Before this procedure if I could make it out shopping I would only be able to stay a short time before my body would completely give out on me from pain and just exhaustion. I mean like BAM! I would hit a brick wall. I found myself in there for a few hours just doing normal people shopping things. My Nana and Husband kept reminding me that I’m supposed to be taking it easy. I will admit that I am running off of a little lot of adrenaline. I really can’t blame myself for probably doing too much though because I feel like I just got this brand new body!! I mean wow! Medical technology can be so good! I promise that I will take more time to rest in the next few days.

04.01.2019

If you’re reading my blog post then you know that I’m not resting! April fools! Gotcha ya. 😉 I have been following my doctors orders. I’m just having a really hard time sitting still. Patience. is. hard.

04.03.2019

It’s been one week since my surgery! I was pretty exhausted today but all is going well. Everyday feels like the best day of my life! Forever thankful.

I didn’t realize when I started this post that I would be able to feel the affects of the surgery so quickly. I figured I would blog to let everyone know how it was going along the way. So if you read this blog post then thank you for letting me share my happiness with you. 🙂

 

HARMONY

HARMONY

I spent the day dressing up my cousin Harmony and taking her picture. We both have been wanting to get together for a girls day and we finally got our chance! We didn’t initionally plan to do a photoshoot but one thing led to another. lol I dug through my sister’s closet for outfits, did her hair and make-up and went out in the yard to take advantage of the natural light. In my opinion these pictures turned out gorgeous! Not because of any skills I may have but because this lady is such a natural beauty. We literally just walked around the yard talking and laughing while I snapped these shots. We changed looks towards the end and although they were all different we couldn’t pick a favorite. I’m already looking forward to our next shoot together. Next time we will plan beforehand. haha

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FAMILY SUNDAY FUNDAY

FAMILY SUNDAY FUNDAY

Today made for some great family fun! I got to meet my new nephew Brody for the first time and spend time with my family. Everyone from my Dad’s side came over to eat and visit since Lance and I are in town. It is very rare that all of us are at the same place at the same time. The last time was at our wedding almost a year and a half ago! Family means everything to me and I’m so blessed to have the best.

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MOVING ALONG

MOVING ALONG

I’m not going to lie this is a little challenging of a time. I’m just counting down the days until my procedure. I’m beyond ready to get this done and be recovered. The world better watch out once I get my body back! Lol I’ve been down way too long. (Don’t have back surgeries and your thyroid removed, friends! Because turns out past trauma to the nervous system and missing a thyroid can really take a toll on the human body. Lol) Not only does Lance pick up my slack when I can barely get out of bed but he works full time and just took on taking the CPA! With so much going on I’m so thankful that we can still make time for each other. We went to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch and per usual it was a great! We can’t wait to go back and sit outside next time. Hopefully by then it’ll be spring! I’m so ready to bust out the sundresses and spring hats.

JUST THE NORM

JUST THE NORM

We are back to our normal routine over here. My hubs is working and going to class while I take care of the house and whatever else I can do. We keep saying in 6 months (classes are over) we won’t be as busy but I don’t know what life has in store for us. Lol The home improvements are coming along slowly but surely! I haven’t shared too many photos of the inside because I’m waiting for it all to come together. It has to be perfect for my peeps. 🙂

Our mail lady brings Mac dog treats everyday. It’s so sweet.

I’m so ready for spring! Scarfs are in and I’m ready to wear them a million different ways!

Kind of feeling like Paula Deen 2.0 here! Lol

This post is very a.d.d. and I apologize for that… but anyways I’m counting on you guys to keep me busy since Lance will be in class. This is going to be tough but I’m so grateful for Lance and what he does for us.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL OVERVIEW

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL OVERVIEW

The scs trial was a tease. A temporary implant was inserted from my lower back to mid back. It made all of the difference from my hips down. For the first time in I can’t remember how long, my body felt normal! I didn’t have any sharp shooting pains from my lower back to feet, my legs no longer felt tinder to the touch, I could walk without feeling like I was on pins and needles and my body no longer locked up. -Such great news! The only problem with the trial was that the wires hanging out of my back were super uncomfortable. It felt like a giant splinter back there the whole time it was in so I really didn’t get to enjoy what it would actually feel like.

Moving forward, I made the decision to have it be put in permanently. The procedure is in a month and I’m ready for it to be over with and be recovered already!

Side note: I know I lack excitement about this. It’s just been a really long road and I don’t want to give the scs credit until it’s shown to be successful for a good chunk of time. I will say that I have high hopes for it though!

Wow! It was such a Monday yesterday. I had my lead removed which put me back in my normal chronic pain. (at-least it won’t be for long) And Lance started his CPA! These next 6 months are gonna be busy! Haha.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL

SPINAL CORD STIMULATER TRIAL

I have decided to do the spinal cord stimulater trial to see if I would want the permanent version. This procedure has a high success rate for people with chronic pain and at this point I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get closer to a pain-free life.

The procedure wasn’t as easy as I had thought. My doctor had a hard time getting the lead in because of the curvature of my spine. It hurt more than normal but we got through it. There wasn’t instant relief when the scs was in. I could just tell where the tingling sensation was and Sean (boston scientific guy) worked with me to get it programmed.

side note: the next time they tell me I have to be fully conscious for a procedure i’ll refuse or self medicate. lol jk. But it may not have been as bad.

Day 1:

I didn’t notice any relief right away. I woke up feeling sore and in pain from the incision. I found that throughout the day I was doing little things differently. Like I got right out of bed (it normally takes me a while because my body is so locked up), I didn’t have any shooting pains down my legs, I could walk flat-footed, my legs don’t feel tinder to the touch anymore, I could walk longer distances without sitting down. So all is good!

The downfall is that I’m hurting from the procedure but I think I’ll feel more of a difference once that calms down. I’m also pretty uncomfortable with that giant pack thing on my back. But that’s just stating the obvious. So far so good!

Day 2:

I felt pretty good when I first woke up. I didn’t have any pain from the hips down so I was ready to take on the day! Unfortunately my eagerness caused me to crash early. My body still needs to catch up with the scs. The good news is that I know that the scs eliminated my pain. I’m just ready to get this thing in permanently, recover and then work towards getting my strength back.

Day 3:

Nothing has changed. I feel great from the hips down but my body hasn’t recovered yet from the procedure so I’ve been exhausted the whole trial.