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I guess it was okay...

Thursday morning John took me to the hospital. We found our way to the right waiting room and after a little while they called my name. I got to completely undress and put on one of those lovely hospital gowns. Then I got to wait as I was outfited with an IV, tagged, questioned, tagged again for my drug allergy, and told to wait. Then John got to come back. We just muttered back and forth a little bit, then I saw my doctor in the hall. He came in, I introduced the two, and the doc and I made small talk about the procedure... you know, "Do you have any more questions?" "Have you decided if you want to go with a rechargeable battery or a regular one?" Stuff like that. We kicked the idea back and forth and with John's input I decided to go with a rechargeable one. The potential for a longer battery life is pretty good. I'd be looking at replacing a regular one after 3 - 5 years. A rechargeable one could last as long as 9 years. Hey, it's fewer pockets cut into my ass tissue, all right?

Todd came by with Tommy (both reps from Medtronic) and we chatted a little. One of them went to get the "package" that goes with the rechargeable unit. I swear, it's almost like a mini laptop case. My ass is rechargeable, has accessories, and also has an expiration date (probably). Then they wheeled me out to the surgical suite.

My colitis has been behaving in a less than welcome manner for the past two weeks, and I made a suggestion to one of the surgical nurses that I be covered as much as possible for the procedure because of it. The anaesthesiologist told me "Don't worry, you'll have your own heat source; 42 degrees will be blowing on you the whole time.

The absolute last thing I remember is trying to tell them to make sure that was 42 degrees Celcius. I suspect the anaesthesiologist of some kind of freaky misdirection, because it was like my light suddenly got turned OFF.

The procedure is supposed to last about 45 minutes. I suspect it was longer than that. When I came to John was in the room and I was absolutely parched. A nurse asked me if I'd like Sprite or water and I said "Ginger ale?" Alas, no. I had Sprite. And water. Well, ice chips. And an ice pack. I wasn't really in much pain there because i was still groggy. We didn't get home until 3-ish, because John's car decided to have a dead battery. When we did get home I stretched out on the futon with my remote control and my ice pack. I'm still icing it. It's not really painful - not in the way my leg usually is, it's more a nagging ache in my spine. It'll scar in and be all better, though. Did I mention the pain meds are awesome? It's something called "Norco" and it's like Vicodin with more Vic and less din. Yeah, I like it a lot.

I've pretty much been a slug since coming home, but between avoiding anything that even remotely resembles heavy lifting and trying to get my colitis under control, well, life's been interesting.

So far, though? I absolutely love it. I wish I had known about this thing years ago before I had to use a spirometer to prevent anesthetic-induced pneumonia and wear support hose to prevent getting clots in my legs.

Yep. I've said it before - getting old ain't for sissies.


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Aug. 21st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
:) indeed.
Aug. 21st, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
me too

Aug. 21st, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
This sounds like a tough thing to go through. But you are such a trouper, you make is appear funny. Hugs you! I am glad to hear you absolutely love it. Crossing fingers and anything else that will cross for it to continue this way!
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
Making things appear funny is a defense mechanism for me. If I focused on how crappy things were all the time then nobody'd bother to read my entries. *snork*

Seriously, life's too short to be down all the time.

I do know that it'll take some tweaking of the settings to get this thing to the "Goldilocks Zone". Until then I've got two different programs set up and can change the intensity. I've been mentally working on the conundrum of whether I actually feel the impulses in my extremities or if I just feel the feelings the stimulator is supposed to present where I'm supposed to feel them. I mean, is it real stimulation or a kind of 'ghost' stimulation. My brain does weird things on painkillers. Hell, I apparently wrote several emails on Thursday and Friday and have absolutely no memory of writing them. Durr and hurr, indeed.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Hell, I apparently wrote several emails on Thursday and Friday and have absolutely no memory of writing them. Durr and hurr, indeed.

Hahahaha! I do this all the time, and I don't have your excuse!

Anyway, I hope things work out the best way possible with this. You deserver a pain-free life!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Some day I'll have to share with you what I recently learned about my implant.

As far as "pain-free", well, I doubt that's going to happen. Pain is an indicator that things are wrong, you know? I'll still have the arthritis pain, and my knees will still go all wonky on me, but those are things I can treat. So far not much has helped with the nerve pain in my leg. This thing does wonders, though. Absolute wonders.
Aug. 21st, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
you are now a cyborg. :D

and soon a pain free cyborg. YAYAYAYYAYAY
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yes'm. I am indeed a cyborg.

The pain-free is debatable. This thing isn't intended to relieve joint pain (as from arthritis) but will do wonders for nerve pain - which I have in spades. If last night is any indication I'll be calling the bone & joint doc soon for new Euflexxa injections in my knees. Considering those have lasted up to 18 months for me and the peripheral nerve block only lasted about a month, I'm glad I chose this route. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Aug. 21st, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Little known fact: the slug is the unofficial state bird of Washington.

Enjoy your drugs!
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I thought the unofficial state bird of Washington was the "Under Construction" sign.

I am enjoying my drugs, and I'm not even taking them as often as I'm allowed!
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
No, that's the unofficial state flag.
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
But... do slugs fly (when they're not being thrown, that is)?
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
If you have good enough drugs, eeeeeeeeeeverything flies maaaaaaaaaaaaaan.
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Dude. I don't think I've EVER had drugs that good.
Aug. 25th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
To be fair, when I had my abdominal surgery, the Norco I took was that good. Haha
Aug. 25th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well, when I first took one right after the surgery and then another a little later that day I was in a state of... suspended awareness. I knew I existed and that things around me were real, but everything was somehow unreal, too. I didn't so much fly as just drift. Now? Pfft. Nothing. I've got 46 out of 60 left. I'll save them for the next time I'm stupid enough to break a toe. Or something. XD
Aug. 21st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Hehe, everyone loves Norcos. Enjoy them while you have them. Glad you made it through the procedure safely and I hope you are pain-free forever.

Getting old does suck major ASS. Seems like there's a new ache or pain almost daily. *waves cane*
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Shit, everyone loves Norcos but this is my first experience with them? Where the hell have I been all my life?

I swear, the absolute worst thing about this is my inability to take a shower. That's going to freakin' make me want to die. I told hubby last night that if I had the decision to make over again I'd put off having the procedure until November or December - when I wasn't likely to sweat myself to death.

Maybe if I'm so inclined I'll take a picture of one of the new wounds I acquired this week (I had a suspicious bump removed from my upper thigh).
Aug. 22nd, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
May you continue to love it as much as you do now for many years to come. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
That's currently the plan. Sometimes I absolutely love medical science.
Aug. 25th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear things are looking up! Certainly better than they did, I don't know how you do it, with the pain you have/had.
Aug. 25th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Pain's relative, I guess. If you could truly remember your childbirth pain you wouldn't even want to think about having sex ever again. I guess I just had a long slow build-up to the worst of it, so that when it got past that point it was a big deal, but when it stayed at or below that point it was do-able. Now I'm a big sissy and have been newly-re-acquainted with my previously acceptable pain levels. NO THANK YOU!

I do need to learn how to re-charge my ass, though. Literally.
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