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fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/29/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I started a new thread as the last one got too difficult to read. Tony, if you check in, I do travel and speak although the last year I have not done much. I am due in Seattle sometime soon as I cancelled when I had my trial SCS put in. I am going to be visiting Arizona in June, I might speak at some drug and alcohol centers there. I usually speak there once a year. It is not that I am in that big of a demand as much as the position that I hold in the organization. I have been thinking that when the time is right, I might into a less demanding position which would me a major move but as I get my kids settled it might be worth it.
 
As per the WC issue. My WC has been wonderful to me and my PMS. His staff told me on the last visit that they love my WC because they get more out of my WC than they get out of instate WC companies. The individual who handles my WC in Montana has been great to work with and we have kept a good working relationship going for 11 years. She has told me on several occassions that I use less meds than most of her clients.
 
I am still thinking through the comment that my surgeon said about it being hard to determine my pain based on my functioning. That supposes that we all function the same way with pain. If we simply look at function as the measuring tool, that leaves out the possibility that some people have a higher tolerance to pain than others. Some of us can function with certain kinds of pain but not with other kinds of pain. The fact that I work through my pain during the day should not reflect on the fact that the pain I have at night is not to be treated as seriously as someone who does not work through their pain. I am now trying Lunesta as the Ambien did not work to help with sleeping. I am still evaluating what approach I need to take at this point. We are stll on for the implant on June 8th. The surgeon even gave the go ahead to work the next day. My wife seems to be writing other recovery orders.   

PAlady
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   Posted 5/29/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
I agree about using functioning as the primary determinant - sometimes the sole determinant in assessing and treating our pain. I'm just kind of catching onto this whole thing myself, because a lot of times if I'm asked things like can I cook for myself, go to the grocery store, dress myself, etc. it really doesn't reflect HOW I do those things. And when there's no one around to do them you learn to push yourself, like you are doing with your work. So I'm trying to think of the things that I no longer can do, or do in a significantly limited way, and use those things to give doctors an idea of my "functioning". Maybe you need to pay attention a little bit to your pain during the day - enough to know how much you're pushing back. It still all should be irrelevant when it comes to not sleeping. That's such a common problem with pain. Without my nightly cocktail of meds, I'd never sleep, and even then they don't always work well.

I think I tend to support your wife's recovery plan, even though I don't know the details! LOL

BTW, if you ever come to PA to speak please let me know! But I'll bet it'll be someplace like the other end of this wide state!

PaLady -----> starting to plan our endo/colon/stim party! I for one should be really, really hungry!

fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/29/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, I am up for a pre, during and post party. I mean all the way on this one. I think I stated on the other thread that I asked to be alert as much as possible so my surgeon is changing his orders to accomadate. We will see.

PS The last surgery this guy did I told them I had a big breakfast at McDonalds on the way to the hospital. Made sure they were awake. 

Post Edited (fatherjohn) : 5/30/2009 12:05:01 AM (GMT-6)


Danimal
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   Posted 5/30/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi fatherjohn:

what kind of scs system are you having put in? are you having the paddle (surgical leads) or the percutaneous leads implanted? I had my system (Medtronic RestoreUltra) put in on January 16th and I definitely agree with your wife in terms of not going back to work the next day! Well, I was in the hospital for almost 4 days so it would have been impossible. But it took me a long time to recover and many weeks before I was able to start working again..part-time from home. So don't push yourself..give yourself time to heal. If you have any questions, let me know!! Also..please feel free to check out my blog on SCS..I have posts about my surgery and pictures and the recovery (with a list of suggested items to get post-surgery).

Keep us updated!!

Danimal
Author of CHRONIC STIMULATION, a blog about living with chronic pain and a spinal cord stimulator (neurostimulator). I would love for you to visit!!

http://chronicstimulation.blogspot.com/


fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/30/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Danimal, I am having the Boston Scientific with paddles. The Dr. just told me that I might not feel like going to work for a few days but that decision is up to me. In a previous thread I had mentioned that I was teaching class 2 weeks after having a multilevel lumbar fusion. It is a bit of a joke but I have plenty of sick leave and vacation time so who knows, I might have to recover at the beach. I have seen sveral blogs including yours. I actually found a site that showed the fusion surgery while it was being done before I had my fusion. It was very interesting. I am a bit of a workaholic and now that is working against me as the PMS and the surgeon don't take my pain seriously since I still manage to work through the pain.

PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn,
I think one thing we tend to forget is that scar tissue can be a mischevious thing as it's forming, and although it may not be painful, it can make the difference between success and failure with nerve pain and surgical procedures. You went to work soon after your fusion probably because it wasn't painful, but that doesn't mean it didn't affect the healing process. So please, with the implant, let it heal right. I don't know anything more about the implants other than what I've read on this board, but I read things like "leads migrating" and such and think recovering at the beach with your wife sounds like the plan!

This isn't the trial. It's the real thing as coke used to say, so treat it with tenderness.

And then we can party.

BTW I will be pretty out of it for my procedures (thankfully) so I'll bring the party favors and noisemakers, but you'll have to take care getting the food ready! LOL

PaLady :-)
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