Did my pre-op today!
Got a new PM too! I will call him PM3 as he is my third PM, PM2 is my second opinion PM, PM1 is my well PM. PM3 is in the same clinic as PM1 and once a patient has an SCS he is placed under PM3's care as we don't use an actual Medtronic rep here, we use PM3! I was somewhat informed of PM3 being the go to guy last time when the trial wrapped up but being a soft mind I forgot!
So, same day surgery, takes about and hour to do. The usual, they knock me out and do the incision and place the spine lead, then the will wake me up and get coverage. PM3 says they will try and get me better back coverage but no promises. Once they have coverage they knock me back out and form the pocket and run the cable. sew me up and set me free!
Details, PM1 does the lead placement, PM3 does the pocket placement, tag team! My battery is going in right front belly. I know I don't want it in my arse... I hurt on the right side so I figure I will get the battery on the right too. That will leave me a "good" side to sleep on. I have been warned to try and save one!
I don't sleep well anyway, so I am trying to leave a side to sleep on!
Work, NO WORK till the staples come out ten days post op. Then no lifting till 6 weeks out, I do not think Human Resources at work will allow me to return till restrictions are lifted, so it appears to be vacation time.
I did all my labs, very good feeling getting all this done today. I was also given scripts for Percocet post op and antibiotic to be taken for 10 days after the surgery.
Pain, well, you did not think I would get a break on that did you? No, way. They told me they did not really have an option for me pre-op. So, I will continue on the Norco and HOPE that the switch till percocet will get me through till I heal up.
I know I'm forgetting something, Oh yeah, got it. Soft
Cervical collar for 6 weeks, NO DRIVING at all till the collar comes off. PM3 says they want me to be as still and careful with my neck as possible. He also said he will only allow me to work at the staple pull date if I am working a desk job and will do NOTHING. He wants me to be a vegetable till the lead sticks in place. fun times never cease around here let me tell you!
I am getting better sympathy and talking out of my wife!
I told her I WANTED her to come with me today. I think that feedback from the docs helps her to fully understand that this is real. I'd suggest that all those who have unsympathetic spouses try and force them to attend ALL doctors visits. It's not just you complaining if the doctor is asking questions and giving out info...