April 07, 2005
I'm home now.
Hey, I am back from Duke. I didn't have to stay over night! Praise God. I was really happy not to have to stay there. Also, the stimulator is programmed and running. It is not perfectly attuned yet, because we programmed it right after surgery, so I will be playing around with the controls and I'll meet with my Programmer on Tuesday to work on some more precision programs.
I am in a lot of pain, but mostly when I walk or move. So sitting or lying down still is okay. But walking and standing, not so fun. But I am really suprised how well I do feel. I have to be very careful especially these first 2 or 3 weeks to watch my movement. I am not allowed to pick up anything heavy or do any creative bending or turning side to side. The leads have to scar over to keep them positioned "permanently"; they could move if I am not careful right now. It takes 4-6 weeks to really get the healing done. I'll be meeting with the doctors several times for follow-ups.
Over all the experience wasn't too bad. I was awake most of the surgery, just heavily drugged. It was not pleasant drugging though unfortunately. But I made it through it. With God's help. Indeed. I remember some urgent calling to Him several times in the operating room.
We will see how this goes. I am very hopeful. Like I said, it is on and helps with my leg, but now my back is hurting. So it will be a while to see its full effects. But I am patient. Really.
Thanks for praying.
(I'm using Christa's laptop. I'll spell check later. Sorry for any problems. I have to go to bed now.)