Murphy's Law....

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   Posted 10/29/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Murphy's Law states that anything that can go wrong, usually will. Well, so was my case in trying to get my SNS implanted. For those of you who have one of these things, you know how tough the positioning is on the surgical bed...pillows under your chest, your chin tucked to your chest and your face stuffed into a foam pillow-like thing and all the while you have to have your arms at your side. After much positioning and repositioning the procedure was started. The Versed was given and so I don't know everything that went on but apparently I developed chest pain and since they couldn't get it stopped they pulled out the first lead and stopped the surgery. I've had chest pain on  a chronic basis for many years and while the EKG looked good the doctor was afraid that maybe the lead had slipped forward a little too much causing the problem. I had a small CSF leak which caused a headache like one of those "brain freezes" you get when you drink something icy too fast. My Fentanyl patch didn't get changed for 12 hours after it was supposed to so needless to say the last two days have been a little rough! After being in such nasty pain with just that much happening to me I'm  not looking forward to having the procedure repeated in a couple of weeks. They did keep me in the hospital overnight for observation for which I was very thankful for as we live 2 hrs. away from the hospital. The pain med they gave me to stop the chest pain put my bladder to sleep and I was sure that my bladder was going to burst until finally I just wet the bed. I had been on and off of the bed pan so much that it irritated a lumber disc and my left leg would not support my weight until about 36 hrs. after the procedure. No one could make up this stuff. This is just my wacked out medical malfunctions that keep our life interesting. Wouldn't it be nice to catch a clean break just once?

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   Posted 10/29/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh gosh, that's awful. I'm soooo sorry! I thought I had it bad when they ran out of local (I went without sedation). I can't even imagine going through what you went through. You're right though, Murphy's Law just seems to haunt some of us.

Here's hoping you catch a break & aren't in so much pain tomorrow. :)


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   Posted 10/29/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! I'm so sorry. I hope things go better next time.

White Beard
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   Posted 10/29/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
What is going on? Why is Murphy paying so much attention to you lately? He needs to take his laws and go bother someone else!  I think you have had just about enough of him!  I am so sorry with what you are going through. So are they going to reshedule and try implanting the spinal stimulator  again? Now is this the full permanent implant or the trial implant? I sure hope things start getting better for you soon! 
I keep you in my prayers nurse2! 
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

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   Posted 10/29/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I can certainly empathize. Sometimes I feel that Murphy is my constant companion and if he ever left me I would go into a deep depression from the loneliness. LOL
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 10/29/2010 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
White Beard,
Yes, this is the permanent implant and they are going to try to reschedule the surgery in two weeks. I have to call them on Mon. and we will try to figure out something.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, bilaterial knee replacements, total left shoulder replacement, years of chronic headaches and chronic pain, asthma.
Find blessings in every day!
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