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

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.

VALENTINES DAY 2019

I’m a blessed mess over here. Remember when I wrote a blog post about what to get your boo for Valentine’s Day!? Well.. I got the hubs something that wasn’t on that blog post! Lol He picked me up from the airport and had the afternoon off. We could not let the beautiful day go to waste! I knew I had reserved some money off to the side to buy Lance a gift from the ‘blog post list’ but I decided that taking my boo thang out would be more fun! With the surprise of him having the afternoon off we just got some free time to do so!

We went to this little cafe for the first time together. We picked out our orders and I handed over the plastic. This was the perfect place to just chill, talk and sleep. (see pic) Our conversation kept leading back to “When did we become grown-ups!?” Lol but really! And then we proceeded to try to find grey hairs in our heads. (One of us succeeded)

As my gift, Lance had a bouquet of flowers arranged for me. Call it cliche but I love flowers! My husband is pretty much the best for communicating with a florist for customizing an arrangement for me. He’s way too kind! Since I haven’t been feeling my best lately we ate and watched Netflix in bed. It was a valentine and chill kind of night and nothing short of perfect. Tell me about yalls Valentines Day!? And share your chocolate with me. Haha

THE PO-PO CAME TO OUR HOUSE.

My husband left to go help some friends move. Before he left the house he enabled the alarm system out of habit. When I opened the door to let the pup out the alarm went off. I was like -no biggie, I’ll just disable it real quick. The alarm silenced and I went about my business.

A little later a knock came at the front door. Mac (our fluffy pup) charged to the door. I just thought it was another amazon package. (spoiler alert: it wasn’t) I looked out the peep hole and couldn’t see anything. I was on my way to put my jacket on when the door bell rang again. I looked out and saw nothing. I opened the door and was immediately asked “are you ok” by a man in uniform. Complete shock was on my face when he said that they got called to come from our alarm system. Turns out I typed in the passcode to signal the police to come while the alarm system appeared to “turn off”. (Oops!)

I told the officer I was very sorry that I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again; but then I cut my conversation short and just went straight into thanking him for doing an excellent job!! I told him I was sorry but this little mishap made me feel safe as a new home owner. Right then I saw another person from the corner of my eye come around the corner. Another police officer! Wow! I smiled even bigger. These guys have it together!

What a great home decision we have made and yes, I know the correct passcode now. Lol

VALENTINES GIFTS FOR YOUR BOO OR JUST YOU

If you’re like me then you’re sitting here right now thinking “omg. Valentines Day is in 2 days!!!! I wonder if I can find anything on amazon prime or if I can find a gift real quick!?!” for my love. well… I gotcha! I’ve come up with some things to surprise your boo with or if you just feel like treatin’ yourself then here are some gift ideas. Let me now what ya’ll think. xoxo


1. ECHO DOT

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You can’t go wrong with this! Anything that can help make life easier is good by me. You can even order it straight from your amazon prime account and it’ll be here in time.

 

2. SPA DAY

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You don’t have to get “The Works”. A 30 minute massage or even a pedicure will do. Not saying “The Works” would be a bad idea though. lol We all know how our hair, skin and nails can suffer in the winter so a little maintenance won’t hurt anyone.

*make sure the spa of your choice is completely sanitary beforehand.

 

3. CHOCOLATE

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There is a reason why chocolate is a Valentines Day classic! If you want something other than the standard box of chocolate or something to go along with the standard box of chocolate (no judgement); I think chocolate covered strawberry would be sweet. You could even make then yourself.

 

4. STEAK DINNER

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Fresh Market does a steak paired with a wine combo around this time of year. I haven’t done this meal by them but I have done their pre packed meals when we want something different. They let never have us down!

 

5. DOG(S)

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Need I say more? If I didn’t have horrible allergies to animals we might be in trouble. lol Obviously this isn’t a last-minute purchase but I couldn’t help myself. I also realize that I didn’t say “cat(s)”. -Sorry cat lovers! I just have a big ol’ pup that made me a dog lover for life!

 *Make sure that you can 110% take care of any animal baby before adopting.

 

 


 

 

 

WINE DOWN MERICAN STYLE

I was an early bird this morning. I woke up bright and early ready to take on another beautiful day! I’ve been waking up and making sure everything around the house is taken care of first thing. When that’s done I normally need a break. Since my body is in constant chronic pain all the time I get winded really quickly. Breaks and pacing myself for the day is what I find helps. When I was resting my Dad called with awesome news!!! I get to go stay a few days with him in south Florida! Although I’m headed down south for a funeral of a dear cousin I am so happy I get some time with my Dad. I haven’t seen him in about 8 months! -Which is entirely way too long and won’t happen again. Making time for your MVP’s is important! We have lots of catching up to do.

Lance and I made ourselves sit down and watch Netflix tonight. All we want to do on our spare time is work on our house. I use the word ‘want’ loosely. Lol It’s more like a “somethings not finished on the house drives us so crazy that we end up doing house projects and not making time for each other” This can get out of hand easily since we are new home buyers. We just want everything to be nice. We are watching Grace & Frankie on Netflix and both laugh so much at that show. And I can’t get over how much I want their beach house! Omg! I love time with the hubs and the little things we do. We put together this “Mercian style” cheese plate paired with a grocery store bottle of wine. Pretty nice set up if you ask me.

Goodnight loves!

FUN IN THE SUN

I have no idea what happened but today felt like a spring day in the dead of winter! I made sure all of the chores were taken care of then Mac and I headed out for a day in the warm sunshine. We strolled around Downtown Petersburg and took a coffee break to refuel. As pretty as it was outside we actually spent most of our day in an antique shop. I didn’t realize it from the outside but the place was a maze of treasures! If this weather continues I can’t promise I’ll get much done in the house. This Florida girl needs her sunshine! I know I said I would post pictures of the inside of our first floor but it’ll have to wait until I get frozen back inside. It is so crazy how much better my body feels when the weather is nice. I don’t understand the science behind it but I’ll take it! I hope everyone’s Monday was just as nice as mine. XO