View Full Version : Survived Surgery and Home to Recover
12-28-2004, 01:26 AM
:) I had my Stage II Permanent Interstim placement yesterday and all went well. My Urologist and Medtronic Rep were with me every step of the way and very thrilled with my success during the trial. My frequency has gone down from 30-50 sometimes 60 times per day to 10-12 which is much better, I ever had one day where it was only 8. Although it's not indicative for pain I was finding toward the end of the 2 week trial that I was taking less pain medication (other than my holiday flare) and at a lesser milligram so I pray that once I recover from this surgery it will at least be the same. It definately isn't a cure-all for pain but it was helping slightly and that's "improvement" not matter what anyone says.
I'm very sore today and will have to take it very easy I was told for a few days to a week so you can send private messages, email me or call if you have my phone number. My personal email address is TRACYBEST1@MSN.COM for those of you that don't have it. Lord knows I need all the get well wishes, encouragement and support that I need right now from my family, my ICN friends and family and most importantly my husband. Who, by the way, was terrific to me yesterday and last night. I couldn't of asked for a better partner to keep me smiling and not scared or anxious. Now let's just hope that continues into today as well. ;)
I'll write the rest of my post in the Flare Section as I'm flaring like crazy I'm assumming from all the anesthesia and strong pain medications after surgery.
Thanks in advance for any and all support I might receive. I know there's a lot of you that don't believe in this device but for me it has been a real success SO FAR (I don't want to jinx myself :loco: I'm weird I know)
Sore and hurting badly today,
12-28-2004, 02:15 AM
I'm very glad it is over for you..........rest up..........and hopefully you'll be back to a "new you" in no time........cause you won't be in the bathroom so much! :)
Lots of hugs........ :grouphug:
12-28-2004, 02:24 AM
Good news Tracy!
Make sure to be a good recovering patient, i'm sure it will pay off in the future. Im glad to hear you felt so supported during this, I think we are often surprised by the range of emotional issues we can experience with chronic pain and illness. it affects everyone we know, though we only think its about us. I am sure it has been a testy situation if not scary for your husband to watch you feel so lousy all the time. Hopefully this is helpful for all.
I don't know much about the "stim" except it is not designed for pain, but my guess would be if your frequency is down such a huge percentage it has to have some impact on the referred pain just from that alone. It's good enough right? :bow:
Rest up and you will have tons of stuff to read when you get back, but don't be on the computer much....you need real rest. Catch up with a good book instead. :kissing:
12-28-2004, 04:25 AM
:grouphug: to you all. You're so sweet to reply so soon. I appreciate all the kind words and I intend to baby myself over the next few days, no pushing it for me today, tomorrow OR the next day! :)
12-28-2004, 08:01 AM
The recovery goes by fast if you rest up and don't push it. I over-did myself two days after the implant and ended up bleeding from the incision and having so much pain, so take it easy!!! :) Glad all went well.
12-28-2004, 10:42 AM
I wish for you a speedy recovery and hope that everything goes well for you.
I'll say a prayer for you.
12-28-2004, 01:09 PM
hope your recovery goes well. Take care and get plenty of rest..
12-28-2004, 04:10 PM
wow!!! i hope you continue to have success with interstim!!! this sounds really great for you; your frequency went down soooo much! ^_^ YAY!!! rest easy; hopefully you'll be back on your feet soon able to benefit from the interstim!!!
12-29-2004, 03:39 AM
I'm more sore today than yesterday but wanted to make sure you were properly thanked for replying, all this support makes me want to cry. Didn't realize I had this many people rooting for me. It's amazing. I'm really down today, don't know why. Just the post anesthesia blues I don't know.... Thanks again!
12-29-2004, 03:48 AM
I remember that post surgery, blah...everthing just hurts. It hurts to think. There is this tiny part of us, that refuses to remember pain and that in order to feel better, we likely will have to put in some time with the pain Gods....eventually it does get better. My guess is you are now tired of it all....the holidays, the trial, and now the surgery and none has led to the solution...YET! But it's coming!!!! Yay........
I also think if you are keeping up with the pain by way of meds, they do tend to collect in our system and we feel a bit down.
I am sorry you feel worse, but actually think it's an unfortunate way of recovering...it always gets worse before it gets better. :)
12-29-2004, 04:23 AM
I hope the blues perk up soon...like Betsie said, after a surgery you just feel drained, emotionally and physically, and it'll take a little while to bounce back, but hey, at least you got rid of that nasty frequency!!! :)
Hugs (gentle ones),
12-29-2004, 11:14 AM
HEY TRACY, I'V JUST NOW CAUGHT UP, WITH THE NEWS, I'M SO GLAD YOU HAVE AN
IMPROVEMENT WITH THE TRIAL STIM. MY PRAYER IS YOU WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE.GOD BLESS AN DO REST A LOT. I WILL CHECK THE BOARD OFTEN AS I'M GOING TO GET THE STIM IN JAN.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL . rubjen
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