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Trial stim a success– permanent to come

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So the leads are out of my body, since the trial period is over.  All in all, it was a big success.  I was able to sleep better… I was awake before Cimmy and the kids were every single day of the trial– even as early as 04:30, and I wasn’t tired later in the day.  It was easier to go out, although having a chord coming out of my back was still a bit awkward.  For example, I went to a meeting with two of my daughter’s teachers, and I didn’t dread going (because I was usually grumpy and anti-social with all the pain).

 

 

 

Overall, my mood and alertness has been a lot better.

 

 

 

So what now?  Well, it’s waiting for insurance to approve the permanent procedure, which would involve a battery being implanted under my skin– probably just above my left buttock.  It might look similar to this, but lower down the spine:

 

 

 

English: Anterior view X-ray of a Medtronic Sp...

 

Enhanced by ZemantaWhat I really like is the surgeon I asked to be referred to was the one that did my fusion surgery.  The only thing is I’ll have to tell his nurse practitioner– “You said don’t come back for 10 years… sorry it’s a bit sooner than that.  If this goes as well as the trial, maybe I won’t come back for another 10, or whenever the battery needs to be charged.”

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me. The username is still unique as of 2016, so it's just me, and only me. It's the real me, because I'm bad at faking otherwise.

5 thoughts on “Trial stim a success– permanent to come

  1. Hee,Haw!! I am so (cautiously) optimistic for you! Cautiously, only because I am too familiar with pain and hope and disappointment. But how wonderful that you felt a difference and that there is HOPE for more of the same!! Que Fantastico! Feliz Pascua con tu familia!

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  2. Wow! Great news! A promising outcome! I hope that things will continue to improve every day.
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  3. Wow, you weren’t kidding about being bionic!

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