Good moanin Effie,
Yes, I intend to try the new contraption out. It will cost me $45.00 a month for 4 months, then they will see about getting my insurance to either rent it or buy it for me. Thats is if I have improvement. The rep said we would kno in 4 months whether it was improving my knees or not. This is some sort of promotional thing they have going on.
I went to their site and noticed 3 of the bigger hospitals was involved in the trials and the trial were favorable. So, I feel I have nothing to lose by trying it even though I will be paying out of pocket for 4 months, I don't think $45 a month will break me. LOL.
I don't know if I told you or not, but I need a break from all the surgeries I have undergone this past year. I do not have my head on right about knee replacements yet, and I will not endure this surgery until my head is on right. Thats is half the battle. My ortho agrees with this, he says its very painful.
Three to four months prior to me having my pump put in, when my pain mgt dr recom the pump I flat out refused to have it done and would not consider it. I had to work it thru my mind before I could consider it. Then by the time I made up my mind, I was begging for it. I truly think it would not have been as successful if I had done in the beginning. All of my drs agree with my theory. They even all agree that I am hard headed and stubborn as a mule. LOL.
My ortho got a taste of my hard headedness when I fell going up his walk and twisted a new operated knee, I was one week post-op. He wanted me to go to the hospital so he could admit me, we watched my knee swell to the size of a grapefruit in his office. Gosh that hurt so bad and I was crying, but I refused to go to the hospital. He let me sit in my room for 3 hrs thinking I would give in and go to the hospital but I would not give. He kept coming in the room and checking on me. I had no pain pills w/me and he had nothing in his office to give me. LOL. However, a week later when I hobbled in both knees the size of grapefruits, he met me in the hall and said you are going to the hospital now. I went that time and spent a week. I really screwed my knee up when I fell, twisted it really bad. He had repaired a partial tear of the ACL a week prior. I truly love my ortho he has really taken good care of me and knows me pretty well.
I think when pain mgt dr increased my dose of morphine in my pump a few weeks ago, its making my feet and legs swell something awful. I need to call them about this. GI put me on 80mg of lasix, heart dr had me on 20mg a day. Oh, well,all is good right?. Lots of love & hugs, Susie