• Posted by Cathy
  • 01 Dec 2008

So, I did it! I had the surgery and so far I’m peeing less, I’m down to 10 times a day!! I never thought I would be so excited about peeing. I actually called my parents to tell them.

I have wires coming out of my back, a ton of bandages on my back and a HUGE battery pack! I can now take a shower with out getting my back wet. I have a trick I use…seran wrap and lots of tape! I wrap the seran wrap from the top of my torso to the bottom of my torso. It helps a lot, it takes time, but it’s better then getting zapped!

I do have less pain now. There are 4 prongs on each wire, I have 2 wires on my left side and 2 on the right. So far I’ve tried 3 different settings. The 2nd setting I had it on was the best. Less frequency (urinating), and a pain level of about a 3 out of 10!! I can’t believe it got down to a 3!! So the setting I have it on now is bringing the pain back up to a 7-8. So the middle setting has been the best. I don’t remember what it was and I don’t want to have to call the manufacturer because of the holidays! The manufacturer by the way has been awesome! He calls just about every day. He even called me on a Saturday from home. They have some wonderful people working there.

Anyway, so now I need to switch wires (from left side to right side) tomorrow or the following day. So we’ll see how it works. My nurse practitioner told me if there isn’t a drastic change in either frequency or the number of pain pills I take a day, then there will be no permenant battery put in and the wires will be taken out. So far the amount of pills I’ve been taking has been decreased except for the past 2 days. I’ve had some increased pelvic pain on this setting. Last week I had some pain in my back. The doctor says the nerves in my back are shot, so it will take longer to recover. But the pelvic pain has decreased up until the 3rd setting I was on.

So right now I’m going to continue to feel like a robot until January 3rd when we decide if I’m going to get the battery. I think it’s working and I think the battery would help me out a lot. So we’ll see what happens!

Written December 24, 2007

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