Pamela, I don't mind at all....
It began with (of course) did I have a history of depression or anxiety (of course) I went into some detail about some childhood issues.....how long, what medications, am i considering counseling on a regular basis, how did i deal with the issues (alcoholic parents & a date rape) from my past, did i get counseling when it had happened, how did i learn to coupe with it all, etc. He asked what would I say to someone who asks how to describe the procedure.... what was I expecting from the procedure.... do i have any idea of the medications that can go into the pump (i rambled a few i had heard about)... did i have any questions about the procedure? did i have any major things, moving, divorce/marriage coming up, and yes i am in the middle of moving- he said 100% do not do anything to jeopardize the surgery once its in.... we talked about it where it would run up to- he explained the catheter can only go so far up my back, it would help some with my neck- but it doesn't run that far up the spine. We also talked about it helping with my constipation, and that the meds can be anywhere from 300-500% stronger, but shouldn't have much of a fuzzy feeling. Be careful the first few months, explained about if it leaked, just pretty much take it easy the first month or two. Keep an eye on it. Also, with a history of depression, make sure I stayed on my meds- said that's very important. That's the sum of it. A lot of the questions were about the childhood issues, I am sure a regular person would only have an hour or so of questions. It wasn't that bad. I just asked some questions. Oh it is outpatient, they increase the meds every hour until the pain is under control. He also said there is meds to help the spasms..... yeah! Thats about all I can remember.
PAlady- I sometimes think about people on here, especially when they are having a rough time, I know you have been going through some tough times. I wasn't thinking about you IN THE MIDDLE of my apt, silly! lol. I have just been praying for some people in here. I know a lot of people are going through times that are tough, myself included- but I am a strong believer in Karma.... you reap what you sow. Even though technically I don't know anyone on here, I kinda feel like we are all friends. Its nice to know people who GET IT.
........hope this helps....... -Shannon
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil