I had the honor of meeting FatherJohn and his beautiful wife yesterday for lunch. I will tell you he is quite handsome, he has the kindest eyes and he is even warmer (hard to imagine huh) in person then on postings! AND HE IS DEFINITELY NOT OLD!! SOOOOOO FJ no more old man talk okay?
PAlady, the death of this young woman was sad. I had just talked to her father about getting her into one of our programs for women but she refused to go. It had been a long hard road for her family as she refused to give up the drugs that consumed her life. The figure that is given to day is that there are over 200 million drug addicts in the world and at least 20 million of them are in the US.
As per the SCS, it is true that my PMS refused to give me any break through meds. He told me that he would turn it over to my PCP. I won't see him until sometime after I get back and make a new appointment. There is no doubt that he will give me BT meds. He was a little upset that the PMS was under medicating me. He knows that I am not one to want to use many meds but there are times when it is necessary. I took my wife and showed her around Phoenix today and then I took her on one of her favorite hobbies, shopping. I was able to keep up for several hours but then the pain gets too difficult to deal with in the back. It appears to be connected to the area where I tore the leads loose. I have an appointment with the surgeon after we get back and I will see what he thinks.
As per Patti's comments. After the way she described me, I had to go find a mirror and double check and make sure it was me she was talking about. I will agree that my wife is beautiful and much younger than me (at least the way I feel).
Yes, FJ it was YOU I was talking about!! I'm so glad you got to do some sightseeing today and I know that to be able to shop for a little while made you happy too!
Today was a rather warm one here in Phoenix, we are heading into Monsoon Season, 112 degree temperature with 45% humidity and bright bright SUNSHINE...it was a really really hot....I ran (more like hobbled) for my pool as soon as I got back from a short outing lol.
Rest up and feel better!
Scarred (But Being Healed), I will try and give a short version of how I received the SCS unit. Of course I was injured 11 years ago and did not have surgery until 1 1/2 years ago. I was told to wait until I could not stand it any longer. My WC adjuster is great to deal with and I have been told by her that I use less medications and have cost them less than most of their clients. That has probably changed now. I am over $400,000 in the last 1 1/2 years. After the failed multi level fusion, my surgeon stated he did all he could. He did more than he planned to do during the surgery and said all that he could do is the next level up which will come some day. I went back to my PCP after my surgeon released me. My PCP is a wonderful man and we share respect for each other. He made a referral to a pain clinic (the best he said) but they would not see me as my WC is from out of state. I finally found the guy who just moved in and was building a patient base and was connected with my surgeon. They tried a tens uniy but it did not help. They tried more PT but it did not help. He set me up for the trial and said that I would have to have a psy eval. When I returned shortly before the trial he asked if I had the Psy eval and I said no as they did not call me and I was not given a name. They set up an eval but the PMS said that if my WC did not require one, then he would bypass it. I called my WC and they said bypass. So no Psy eval. After the trial, I was finally contacted for a Psy Eval. but I told them it was not being required. After the trial, the SCS implant was set according to my PMS vacation schedule. Then when he refused me meds after surgery, he said he was sending me to a Psy. Then on the day that he said he was sending me back to my PCP, I received a call for another Psy. appointment. I will calll as soon as I am back and cancel as I will defer to my PCP who is not happy with the care I have had and was concerned who was going to do the Psy. Eval and follow-up. My PCP is only concerned that he has never dealt with a SCS before but I can teach him all he needs to know. Just Kidding, I don't have that much pride. I am sure that Boston Scientific will come to his office if necessary. It is not the usual path but then I had to deal with a PMS that was not that caring either. I am choosing to think that he was trying to get his patient base set up and ran me through as fast as possible.
I found out from his nuese that he did not show up until the surgery was half over and made jokes in the operating room about wanting to do the surgery himself and asked the surgeon if he could take over. I don't think he was joking. I am glad I had a good surgeon. This probably won't help but that is how it happened. I hope you get your ordeal straightened out soon. I can tell you that Boston Scientific told me the unit cost a little over $30,000. The trail unit was about $3500 plus the doctors and surgery charges. I just received a bill for the operating room and supplies that was $70,000. Then there were 3 doctors in the room and I know they all got paid.
I hope you feel better today!