May 062022

We had an appointment yesterday afternoon with Doctor Creamer’s nurse practitioner at Central Florida Pain Relief Center’s office in Orlando. He is the doctor that did my RF nerve ablations in June of 2020.

Driving in Orlando is never easy, and the traffic is crazy all the time. People think nothing of cutting across three lanes of traffic to then slow down in front of you to make a turn. And just because the speed limit says 55 doesn’t mean you can drive that speed because if you do, someone’s going to rear-end you for sure. But between my GPS and Terry helping me be in the right lanes at the right time, we got there with no problem.

Though we knew it was not likely on such short notice, we were hoping that the doctor might be able to get me in and do the procedure again before we left on our trip for Arizona. By shuffling a couple of reservations around, we could have left as late as the 21st of this month. I thought the chances of getting something done that quickly were pretty slim, and I was right. As it turns out, the doctor is going to be out of town for most of May, so the best we could do was schedule the ablation procedures on two different days, a week apart, June 13th and again on June 20th. They do have me on the list if there’s an emergency cancellation at the last minute, but I don’t see that happening, and neither did Grace, the nurse practitioner.

As I said in yesterday’s blog, I don’t know if I can handle the trip to Arizona the way things are going. She prescribed Cymbalta for me, which is actually a medicine for depression, and I am not the least bit depressed. However, it is also supposed to help a lot with pain. Grace suggested I combine that with the Delta 8 gummies, which have been helping to take the edge off. I’ll try it for a couple of days and see how it’s going before we make a final decision about the trip. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that the combination of Cymbalta and Delta 8 works enough that we can go forward with our travel plans. We’ve got a couple of grandkids graduating and we really want to be in Arizona for that if at all possible, and to visit Terry’s parents.

It was almost 4:30 when we left the doctor’s office and I wasn’t looking forward to getting caught in commuter traffic, but we must have timed it just right because it wasn’t too bad. Once we got to Titusville we followed US 1 all the way home, stopping at Goodrich Seafood for dinner and then at Walgreens to pick up my prescription.

By the time we got home and got settled in,  all we really had the energy to do was relax and watch some television before bedtime. After being on the go for two days in a row with various medical stuff, we are looking forward to staying home today and not going anywhere.

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  3 Responses to “Appointments Made, But Not Soon”

  1. Have you considered flying?

  2. We don’t like to fly. And we have several places we need to stop along the way.

  3. Drugs like Cymbalta can take quite awhile to start helping nerve pain. I don’t think a couple of days will give you any indication of how well it will work. Maybe check with the Dr. to see what time frame they expect you to see a difference.

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