My day started out bright and early this morning. I had to be at the doctor's office at 7am. We got there 9 minutes early and were the only car in the parking lot. People started arriving around 6:55am. The office opened at 7 and I was the only pt there! They took me straight back and got my vitals and then the fun began. I needed an IV, they didn't tell me I would get an IV, I do not do well with any type of needle sticks for blood draws or IVs. 7 sticks later they got the IV started!! 4 people, 2 sticks each by the first 3 and the last one got it on the first stick but barely. They would have to reposition it each time they gave me a dose of medicine! The procedure was extremely painful due to the worse shape spine he has ever seen, fusions, metal, and scar tissues. It took them longer than they had planned for so instead of implanting two leads they just did one. It works on my buttock area and my right leg. But no help into the lower back yet. They said the permanent one will work on my back. The device works by stimualting the nerves with a tingling almost massaging feeling, you know the feeling of those massage chairs at the mall, it feels like that. I have a remote control to turn the vibrations on and off and to turn the strength of the signals up or down. So far, I can feel it helping in my right leg. I do not feel the tingling pin sticking sensations that I usually get. We are going to the Hart's Festival on Saturday, so I will be able to see if it helps with the pain I get in my legs when walking or standing for a prolonged period of time, you know more than a few minutes at a time. They will take this out on Tues and set up the appointment for the surgery for the permanent one. That is out pt and lasts about an hour. IN the mean time, no showers or baths. So, Duane gets to give me a sponge bath. Yep the rep told him he has to do all the house work and bathing me until Tues. I can not bend, twist, lift my arms above my head. The lead is just floating in my spine area, so movement can move it to areas that it doesn't need to go. If it gets out of place, the sensations will be felt in areas that may not be needed or not work in the areas that are needed. I am excited about this part of my journey, it makes me have a hope that maybe just maybe I will be able to have a pain free or a pain that I can tolerate and do things that I used to do. Keep me in your prayers. The weather has taken a turn and a cold front has moved in. The next few days with lows in the mid 40s and high in the low-to mid 60s. It should be a nice weekend for the Hart festival. I am looking forward to visiting the 1800's village and to see all the craftsman that Dr. Hart brings in for the day. I hope they do the Civil War reenactment again this year. It was such fun last year. I will take plenty of pictures to share with you.
Have a wonderful night and remember to say a prayer for me. I still have some Halloween lip balms from Avon if anyone would like some. I mailed our three packages yesterday to Musings by K, My Vintage Mending, and Parker's Paradise. I am also excited to be a part of Creative Breathing's Christmas Tag Swap!! I am finally going to get a piece of art from many of the bloggers that I admire soo much!!