So I had my trial stimulator removed on Tuesday, and they were doing some major eye rolling when I told them who my insurance is and said they have a lot of trouble with them. I told them that they approved the trial in less than 3 days, so with the 90-100% pain reduction I was hoping that they would get it turned around fairly quickly.
Well, this morning I had a phone call. I was asleep and didn't recognize the number, so I almost didn't answer it, but I'm glad I did. It was the surgeon's office calling to set up my surgery date and time!
The first available was March 11th, but I wanted a little more time to recover from the trial before then. Plus my boyfriend is taking the 10th to the 12th off work, and after several weeks of working 80 hours a week, this will be my one good chance to spend a good chunk of time with him before my surgery.
The 11th isn't really an option anyway, because my little brother is having knee surgery tomorrow and he will still be on crutches when that rolls around. Plus my mom is flying back home on the 1st, and if she turned around a week later to come back for my surgery my dad would flip his lid.
So anyway, I got in the day after my grandma's 90th birthday - March 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. My parents are flying out to Texas and we will be driving out (my grandparents live on the other side of the state), so my dad will fly back as planned and my mom will drive back to Austin with me for the surgery.
Just a couple of questions...
They're still going to have to wake me up to make sure the leads are positioned properly, right?
How long did it take for your Reps to tweak the programming on your stims after the surgery? My mom is hoping that we won't be stuck in Austin for another week, but I'm trying to tell her not to count her chickens before they're hatched in case it takes Hunter a while to get everything done just right.
How much worse is the permanent surgery than the trial? I thought that there were only a couple inches of wire in there for the trial, but it was more like half a foot(!). This makes me wonder how many laminectomies are going to end up happening, etc.
My wires went in at around L1 (judging by the charts and how far up my back they were by comparison) and then six inches or so up from there.
I'm definitely going to be counting the days...