Best of luck finding which is best with you and thanks so much for all your comments, I am definetely taken them in.....I don't know when I will be able to ask many questions about
the Stimulator to the Dr. being the next time I see him he's putting it in.....
also,, one thing different than what I've read on different sites and seen on here, he said I will come in and they will start the IV which makes me thing I'm going under and that I will stay over night and talk with the lady (Rep. maybe) again the next morning so she can show me more and answer more questions.
Everywhere I read its done under local , oh well, I guess I'll find out.
thanks all, and God Bless and I am staying close.....you've been great
I just pray this will be an answer and end a lot of this pain so I can do some things again with my family.....I will find something that will let me do that..........I've waited a lifetime to teach my boys about
the outdoors and sports and all. I am trying through all of this to keep trusting God, he already has blessed me through this, but I have told him that was enough , thank You.
1. The Rep will need to do some initial programming after the procedure, so good chance that's who your doc's talking about
. If you can have a notetaker with you for the programming, all the better. If not, at least be sure to get their card in case you have questions later.
2. It's not typically done under local from everyone I've talked to (including my doc who does a lot of these). I have a pretty severe phobia about
sedation, so I try to avoid it at all costs. I worked with a behavioral psych to learn techniques to get my mind off the pain for short periods of time so unless it's life-or-death I use those techniques & just cope with any pain. I'm really not sure why the trial wouldn't be done under local since it's not a big deal. My procedure for the trial was about
45 minutes. If you think you can handle it, maybe try challenging your doctor to do it with just local. There are a lot of doctors who do it that way &, especially for the trial, it seems to be perfectly safe and avoids complications of sedation; from what I understand, it really just depends on how anxious you would be without it. I guess it depends on your pain tolerance & how still & quiet you can keep with a knife to your back. ;) The permanent implant surgery is a whole different animal -- really long & partway through I really wished I'd been able to conquer my fear and get the sedation.
3. If you have it done with just local & have a driver you ought to be able to go home as soon as programming is finished. I've never heard about
a patient staying overnight after this procedure, even when full anesthesia has been given. **I would double check, if I were you, as to whether your insurance will cover an overnight stay for recovery from a minor surgery.**
4. Sports & hiking -- you're probably still not going to be able to do that much, but remember you can always talk the kids through it, point out role models & examples and just be there to encourage them. I've actually been able to coach a girls' Special Olympics (Downs Syndrome) basketball team without having to run up & down the court. There are a lot of fun ways to engage kids without wearing yourself out (for example, I've glued figurines to remote-control cars & told the kids it was my "pinch runner", then challenged them to a race -- be creative! have fun! the kids can still learn without you injuring yourself; plus, besides sports skills they'll learn some really valuable lessons about
creativity, problem-solving, perseverance and self-care that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives).
5. I really agree with PALady. Your doc should be able to answer your questions before the procedure. I would think if you asked for 5-10 minutes of phone time that he would be able to squeeze that in. My doc has an email account that he uses to respond to patients' questions (I didn't know until I asked if there wasn't another way I could reach him), so maybe there's an opportunity to find out through something like that. Otherwise, you could ask his office if you could talk to someone who's recently had the procedure with your doc. That really helped me a lot because I got to find out what it was really like, plus she thought of some things to share with me that are better seen from a patient's perspective.
all my best,