This week has been quite an interesting mix of events. I realized just how well my rehabilitation plan is working for me when I once again found my way up the stairs at the Homeless Emergency Project. I am thrilled at where I am with the illness symptoms heading into the surgery to remove the Intrathecal Baclofen Pump.
Thursday, the long-awaited surgery to remove the pump actually happened. As I waited to go into the surgery, I did a mental check to make sure this was indeed what I felt was the best decision. I had no doubts it was time to let go of the pump.
Apparently, I had relief the moment the catheter tip was removed from my back Thursday because that is what I told the doctor during my surgery. All of the hardware was removed and I am recovering from the three incisions. I still have to wear something to keep pressure around my spine in the area where the catheter tip was to prevent a cerebral spinal fluid leak.
I spoke with the doctor and found out that there was a reason I was having so much pain and strange sensations in my back area where the catheter tip went into my spine. It is nice to have some validation after 2 1/2 years of hearing I shouldn’t be feeling pain or that the burning torso has to be from something else.
Duke and I are taking the week off from the Homeless Emergency Project, but I will still be tending to my classes online while recovering.
The surgery pain seems to be getting slowly better each day!
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