Sorry, Susie. Thought I had answered it. Yes, I got the SCS out 3 months ago, but then a week ago the wound that was giving me all the problems re-
opened. My back pain has been a lot worse so I'm going to the pain clinic later today & have an appointment with the plastic surgeon that removed the SCS in 2 weeks. I'm so frustrated with this whole thing. The wound has been horribly itchy ever since the surgery and I kept telling them it was going to re-
open, but they just chalked it up to a "negative outlook". I'm not really a negative person; I just know my body & it didn't feel right.
I don't know what I'm going to do because the experience with the hospital where it was done was beyond awful. I have long hated Chicago teaching hospitals in general, but my hatred of them has deepened since the nightmare I went through there last autumn. The PS decided to pull me off all pain meds while I was in the hospital (fortunately, he didn't think to ask me to take off my patch & I didn't volunteer to do so, so I avoided withdrawals) and I was left screaming on the floor because the bed was broken, vitals alarms going off for 2 hours before they finally requested a pain consult -- this wasn't my PM's hospital, but he had provided very complete records & spoke with the PS & the anesthesiologist before I was ever admitted, which they promptly ignored. I ended up needing 1200mcg of Actiq & 22mg of IV hydromorphone over the course of 60 minutes just to get my pain relatively controlled. That's more than double what I have ever received in a 24 hour period in a hospital before -- even post-op, and this was pre-op. The PS doesn't know how to use a computer & is embarrassed to ask for help so the nurses said his patients are routinely left without any medication for 24-48 hours at a time until the nurses end up having to emergency page the on-call doctor. I will NEVER go back to that horrible hospital again; I would rather live with an
open, infected sore for the rest of my life than deal with that again. I'm sticking to my local hospital from now on. :P
Post Edited (Tirzah) : 1/9/2015 8:22:18 AM (GMT-7)