Scarred here! How are al my CP buddies out there in the other parts of the world doing tonight? I know I popped into the Chat on Thur. but it was only for a few moments and I really did not get to tell you all how things were going with my mom. So I thought I would let you all know how things went.
The trip here was horrible!! The flight from Wichita to Denver was not so bad, except I was in horrible pain from the seat being too upright and I could not stretch my legs out much. So by the time I hit Denver I was in so much pain I had to get something to drink so that I could take a pain pill and a muscle relaxer to combat the pain. But, I messed up! I let my pain get out of hand so it took quite awhile to get the pain to a tolerable level and by that time I was back on another flight headed to Cheyenne. Well, let me tell you....flying in a small aircraft with one other person and having 15 mile an hour wind sheers beating at the plane is not something I would recommend for a CPer, even if they were my worst enemy! By the time I landed in Cheyenne gang I was in so much pain I swear I thought of heading for a huge crash. Well, sis met me at the airport and took me directly up to the hospital. Mom was scheduled to be released on Thur anyway and sis had to attend a Christmas concert for her youngest daughter so I stayed at the hospital visiting with my mom. She looked so pale and so fragile that I didn't even want to hug her for fear she would break apart in my arms, but a gentle hug and a kiss on the cheek made her eyes brighten with a familiar glimmer that I remembered from when she was once healthy (before she began to smoke).
Okay so mom was released that afternoon and I spent from 10:30 am when I got off the flight to 2:30pm waiting for the doctors to release her. Then we headed for moms and within an hour were back in the car to fetch her medications that her doctor perscribed. Another hour and a half we spent either in the car or getting medications at Walmart so that my poor hurting mom could get some relief from her pain. The doctor put her on Percocet for the pain and it seems to cut it quite well, but it shocks me that they didn't put her on something stronger then percocet 5/325's. I mean I'm in constant pain all the time and am on the 10/325's for BT pain plus the Kadian(morphine) as my main pain killer and here they are only covering her pain barely!? What the hell are these doctor's doing? But like I said the percocet does seem to cover her pain so that she can relax and heal so I'm not going to argue with something that is working for her. Now if there comes a time that her pain is not being taken care of by the percocet that she is on I will be sure to talk to her doctor about an increase.
So everything is doing well..I have gotten my pain down both on my knee and my back and leg pain so I think we are doing fine. Mom is very stubborn and she is a very vibrant and independant woman, having to slow down and take baby steps is driving her crazy. She keeps wanting to do everything for herself and some of those things is alright for her to do, but she seems to over do it at times and I see the pain in her eyes and the hurt in her face and it makes my heart just ache that she has to go through all of this pain. I do have to say this though....her and my sister have now seen my pain in a whole new light. Both are more considerate of my feelings and will go out of their way to ensure that I am as comfortable as I can be with my back pain and knee pain as well. It's funny (wierd that is) how things change in the blink of an eye.
Okay....on to me....I saw my ortho a few days before I left for Cheyenne. He wants to have an MRI done just after I return from my trip and then I will see him on the 29th. The MRI is set for the 21st which will be the day after I return from mom's. Then I think he is scheduling me for arthroscopic surgery on the knee on or around the 5th of Jan. I'm scared to go through yet another surgery but, I know that if I don't take care of this all the hard work that we are doing to get me ready for the SCS is and will be in vain. So I am putting on my best face and once again facing the surgical suite for another knee surgery to fix yet another problem with this aging body.
Anyway my fellow CPer's this has been a long post and I am ready for a nice hot bath. So I will close this long post with thoughts of good hope to each of you and I truly hope that each of your pains are at a tolerable level tonight.
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later. This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988. Overall...I'm in great health.