I had my trial stimulator put in yesterday. My surgery was supposed to be at 3:45, but the doc was running late and I didn't go back until almost 5. I got changed, and they started my IV, gave me my 'who I am' and 'I'm allergic to' bracelets, and gave me some meds to relax me (although I didn't really need them).
I was amazingly lucid when I got into recovery, and Hunter, my Medtronic Rep, got my stimulator tweaked and explained the remote to me. He gave me a cheat sheet booklet with his phone number written in it, which I unfortunately lost somewhere between the clinic and my hotel.
I can't believe how positional I am - if I turn my head to the left the stimulation decreases, and if I turn it to the right it increases. It also increases if I laugh but I'm not quite as surprised by that.
I'm extremely sore, and it is just now this afternoon that I can get in and out of my truck by myself and sit up, though I still can't lie down by myself. I'm spending a lot of time today lying flat on my back, which has earned me the nickname 'Teenage Bionic Ninja Turtle'. lol
My mom and I went out for breakfast, and then went to the pain clinic for my appointment this afternoon and then did lunch afterwards, so I am getting out some. I also took her to the knitting shop after lunch.
The trial is being considered a complete success, and we are planning on going forward with the permanent surgery. I have gotten 90-100% relief from the stim, which everyone at the clinic is thrilled about.
Hunter told me last night that they are really good at picking out the right candidates for the stimulatsrs at my clinic, so they apparently have a really good success rate. I'm really glad, needless to say! (I did get his phone number again at the clinic today and just talked to him a little while ago, he is very happy with my results.)
Tomorrow I see my psych. I have a feeling that the fact that I have a new boyfriend and that I am not in pain for the first time in 20 years is going to affect my depression a fair bit. You know, just a feeling. ;-)
I did tell them today that I'm probably going to cry when they take the temporary stimulator out...