We were up early Monday morning because we had to be at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville at noon for surgery to implant the permanent Medtronics Interstim device in Terry.
We arrived about 45 minutes early and she got checked in but it was almost 1:30 before they took her to pre-op. At 2:15 they let me go back and see her before they took her into surgery. The actual surgery did not take long, maybe an hour or so, because the temporary wire was already connected to the nerve during the two week trial period. So all they had to do was remove the extra wire that extended out of her back during the trial period, insert the device and connect the implanted wire to it, and close the incision. They let me see her in the recovery room about 4:30, then the Medtronics rep came in to go over the remote control for the device and explain everything to us again.
It was 6 p.m. before we finally got out of there. We stopped for a light dinner, since Terry had not been allowed to eat anything after the previous midnight, then checked into Hampton Inn for the night. She is doing fine and looking forward to getting back to normal. And she is VERY glad not to have that wire and the external battery pack hanging off of her!
I have an appointment this afternoon at the hospital in DeLand to get injections in my neck to see if they will help alleviate some of the pain and stiffness there. I will also be telling the doctor that the injections in my back a week ago only helped for two days before the pain returned. We will have to discuss other treatment options. This getting old is not nearly as much fun as I had hoped for.
Thought For The Day – A cold seat in a public restroom is unpleasant. But a warm seat in a public restroom is worse.