So the "referring doctor" is the pain mgmt doctor. To your second question, after meeting the medical assistant (MA) yesterday in her office, she gave me her business card. So after yesterday's meltdown with her, she has now offered to be the POC into the pain mgmt doctor's office. The prescribing doctor who is in the pain mgmt's doctor office, said they are not allowed to prescribe Valium. I can ask the MA if their office is allowed to prescribe Robaxin. Thankfully, both of them saw me in-person yesterday and witnessed the pain that was visibly noticeable.
So what is the "relative" definition of "long term"?
To your last point, I've moved on from the whole "bad hospital, catheter, etc." issues. I'm still having problems swallowing. I still come close to choking on food and medication. But as you know, I'm remodeling my house. My dining room is done. I'm currently working on remodeling my bedroom and living room. So, I'm "living my life", I just had a really, really, REALLY bad day yesterday that knocked me for a loop.
As you know, I'm still not in therapy/rehab/PT yet. Don't know how that is/is not affecting me. I slept all night last night.
The surgeon told me that he is going to be seeing me every 4-6 weeks for x-rays and discussion.
I am still having major left side (C4-C5) neuropathy; on a scale from 1 to10, it's a stable 9 to 9.5. So I don't know how he would feel if I gave him that assessment and wanting to push me out the door.
I admit that I need to pace my activities, but I don't know where that "sweet spot" is yet. Straydog, you and I both know that this was going to be a problem with me and my activities, post-op. I don't know when to stop and lay down yet. And my team keeps begging me to come back and I already did my "apology tour" to my CFO yesterday after going full EF5 on him. But he understood -- it was the pain talking; not me. But he is guilty of whispering (please come back, we need you) and we've got to this funding and budget crap straightened out for my programs because it has to be submitted to Congress for Appropriations. So, it's late and my Deputy can't handle it.
Could my PCP pick up the prescript
ion of Valium with proper documentation, etc. from the surgeon?
Anyway, my surgeon is in the OR all day today, which means he will call me back mid afternoon today. And now, I'm exhausted again. Does that happen? I am flat drained already and it's 11 a.m. Is that normal?
Post Edited (Texas4Life) : 7/12/2022 10:39:21 AM (GMT-7)