I am so relieved to read that the post op pain is finally subsiding. You had me whinching just reading what you were going through. I can't begin to understand what your PM was thinking when it came to discharging you with no pain meds? Is he out of his mind? Is he one of those PM's who think that you won't need the methadone once you are healed from this scs implant? I sure hope not. It does seem like something has wigged him out, what exactly, I am not sure.
Anyway, I am glad that you are feeling a little better. I will hope that you get some more options with your pain control settings and soon so that you can find out what this scs can do for you and what it can not.
Best wishes to you,Sandi
I am way behind here and I just finished reading the 3 page post on your surgey and I am at a complete and total loss as to what in the hell the PM guy was thinking. I do know one thing I would do just as you are and kick his *** to the curb. You are right, thinking back to the MRI and such, this guy has it in for you for some reason and he intends on doing nothing but dealing you lots of grief as long as you are his patient. End of story.
Now if I read correctly this new one you contacted only does epidurals? If this is correct then he is not the one you need either. He is not going to give pain meds, he only wants to do procedures and I think you have had enough of that crap. Remember there are some PM drs that do procedures only and no meds of any kind, not even Tylenol.
Its imperative that you have a pain mgt dr that will address your need for proper pain medication. As one of our folks said, the SCS does not work alone, you still need medication. I have a pain pump that gives me meds around the clock, I still have oral meds for BT pain-come on give me a break.
But the real deal breaker here is the nurse. When a nurse in a hospital setting or a drs office tells you to find anothe dr, listen to her or him. They know whats ging on and its not good by a long shot. I am not going to go into a long drawn out note on what an idiot this guy is, you have had enough of that. What I am going to say is this-get the hell out from under his care. In fact, I am hoping you got some medication from your PCP by now. Hugs, Susie
PAlady, Sandi and Susie, I am trying not to over do it but things like last night happen and I wanted to see my daughter, or better put, I wanted her to see me. She would understand if I did not go out but at the same time, it speaks volumes to her when I am able to make one of her events. She came home with a load of ribbons and did extremely well.
As far as Monday goes, I will call and if I can't get in I will call my NS who did the surgery and have his nurse remove the staples. My plan is to dump the PMS and try to return to my PCP and see if he will help until I can find a new option. I am goint to propose that he allows me to work with the rep for my SCS and then get some percs or lortabs for break through. He had me on them befiore and this will be a big help. If he has another suggestion I will be all ears. He knows me and we have a very good relationship. He is well aware of my job and is a supporter of the people I work with. I will continue to see if I can find another PMS that will work with my ins. but the PMS is well respected in the area and if he can go to bat for me I hope to have a new pms soon. I could not go to him as he also signed off on my contract and I did not want to put him in a difficult situation pitted against the PMS. I will say that sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I will not misuse my medications and I will never take meds that are not prescribed to me. Some people say integrity is what you do when no one is watching. I teach that it is who you are and what you do all the time. If no one else knows, you do and that should be enough.
I have been invited to speak at a church tomorrow (happens 2 to 3 weeks per month) and present the program we have to recovering addicts. I will take several of my students who will tell their stories. I do this in settings with civic groups, community leaders etc. so I will rest the remainder of the day. Hope your day is going well. Blessings!
Dani, it does not cost that much to join a club like 4H but I can tell you that horses can be expensive. They say that boats are holes in the water you throw money into. Some consider horses hole in the pasture you throw money into. To start out, you can even lease a horse and sometimes they will throw in the tack and saddle. My daughter bought her horse but could not afford alot. She found a horse that someone had mistreated and had been sent to the auction. A lady bought the horse at the auction but then decided that she did not want to train her. My daughter bought the mare from her very cheap (horse at the auction can be very cheap but not worth the money). When we looked for a place to board the horse, the place we decided on was close to where we live and then we found out that they were the people who owned the horse when it was born. They were so happy to have the horse back with them that they have done many extra things for our daughter.
Skeye & Chutz, standing out there today made for a long day but as I figured, if I can force myself to work, I can make a little sacrifice for my daughter. I think I have stated before she is 18 and has never been on a date. She has been asked out she just says she is not interested in dating. That makes me a proud papa. My daughter was either in a private school or home schooled alll the way from 1st grade to high school. 4H has been good for her and she has excelled and they have asked her to come back next year as a leader.
It is funny as she is talking of going to college this fall. My midddle son is also looking at going to college and has been playing basketball with the coach from the college and is hoping to get a scholarship. My oldest son is just home from boot camp and will find out this next week if he is being deployed or possible will be stationed right here since his unit is already in Iraq. If he stays here, he is thinking of college. I am not sure a school can handle all three of them.
Well there are few of us still up, its almost 4:00am here. I just do not know how to turn this day/night thing around. Its just absolutely wearing me out because I am not a daytime sleeper. No wonder I stay tired.
FJ glad to hear you are feeling somewhat a little better, it shows in your posts. But again, you just had surgery so please remember that and take it easy. What did the rep have to say about activities post-op? Sure would hate to see something move around back there that shouldn't because of too much activity. It will take some time for inside stuff to heal up you know.
I am so glad you are kicking that jerk to the curb. I think your PCP would be apalled at how the PM dr behaved during this surgery process. That may be the very reason he will be willing to help you out until you can get in with a new one. At some point down the line I think I would consider filing a complaint on him simply because he is extremely unqualified to be treating people as patients. Give him a little grief back. I know you are not one to stir the pot, but I have to wonder how he handles his other patients, I am guessing not very well.
Keep us posted on how you are getting along and remember you just had surgery. Susie
Skeye, Thanks for thinking of me. It was a loooong day. So many issues to deal with at work. I called my PMS this morning and they called me bacl and could not get me in until tomorrow. The SCS Rep. will join us at that time. I called my PCP this morning as well. They called me back and of course the red flags were up. I explained several things to the nurse who stated she would call me back. Then I would explain more and she would call me back. The end result, thye will get me in on Wed. as we evaluate what the options are. They were very nice about it. I can imagine that my PCP was trying to understand why I would be ditching a PMS when I have no other PMS options. He knows me as a someone who does not complain much and I have endured much pain for years and I do not make demands. So I am sure he sees this as out of character. While all this was unfolding my son and daughter were on the freeway and blew the engine on her car. Oh well, these things keep life from being dull.
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Please take care of yourself. I will keep you in my prayers. Sleep does not feel like it is hanging around at this point so I might catch up with you later. (You are right, the horse is the cheapest part)