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    Home instructions
    Temporary test of the interstim therapy device stage 1


    1)Limit activity during entire test period, This includes :
    limit bending from the waiste (bend your knees)
    avoid exeessive twisting and heavy bending
    avoidheavy house work (no vaccuuming or scrubbing floors
    no sexual intercourse during the trial
    lift yout body into or out of a seat, do not side across seats

    2) Bathing and dressing
    keep dressings dry and intact for the first 24 hours
    SHOWERS may RESUME 24 hours after surgery (no baths or soaking)
    unplug test box before showering
    replace dressing if needed do NOT use scissors
    Leave the tape strips over incisions until they fall off on there own

    3) Conplations are very rare
    a small amount of blood or ooze is normal during the test period
    excessive bleeding should be reported to your surgen
    expect some discomfort at the lead site for one or 2 days
    take tylonel or ibuprofen for pain

    4) Other
    Take all prescribed antibotics
    Must keep voiding diary during test period
    turn on screener box when local anesthetic and sedation have worn off,
    turn up slowly until tapping and fluttering can be felt
    stimulation should be on 24 hours a day, except when showering
    sensations may changeas you change positions
    sensations should not be uncomfortable, adjust settings as needed
    "MORE IS NOT BETTER.. thus being said you do not need to feel it for it to work
    Turn screener box off to drive, then turn on when done driving, "or"
    tape "A" dial while driving
    Do not open back cover to adjust settings unless instructed by a
    physician, nurse or medtronic representative
    Be careful not to cut, pull, break or crimp wires.

    5) Trouble shooting
    any emergency, or if unsure, turn off screener box
    if you loose sensation, check the connection between the box and wire
    make sure batteries are in place and working
    if green light stops flashing, turn stimulator off, push in battery ,
    and turn back on to reset.
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

  • #2
    Cool! This is so great! I can't wait! How are you feeling is it working for you?

    Erika
    IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

    Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

    "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

    "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

    Current Treatments:
    Interstim Since 5/25/07!
    Birth Control

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    • #3
      Erika,
      I feel GREAT.. I got up at 8 and have peed 2 times and both time 200 ccs :woohoo: usually by this time I have hit the old porcelain chair at least 5 times. All around the lead is sore, but not even clost to how it felt yesterday.. Yesterday a 10 for sure, this morning about a 3, I didn't even take anything for pain.. I have no urgency, and no still have to go feelings.
      'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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      • #4
        :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

        Great! I'm so glad it is helping like the last one. I bet it is a great releif knowing it will help as much. Thanks for all your posts about the procedure, you and jen and leslie have been great releiving my post surgical anxieties! I'm glad to her your incision id feeling better. I would go for my trial right now if I could!

        Erika
        IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

        Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

        "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

        "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

        Current Treatments:
        Interstim Since 5/25/07!
        Birth Control

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        • #5
          So glad this is working as well as the last one. Did he removed the old unit yet when he did the trial.
          God grant me the serinity to withstand the days ahead!!!

          My myspace link...
          www.myspace.com/patricia_luvs_matt


          Patricia

          In Memory of My Father (Lawerence) 1/25/2007

          Procedures:
          Interstim Sept 2001
          1st InterStim Removal May 2005
          2nd Interstim Implanted May 2005
          2nd InterStim Removed March 2007
          Hysterectomy 1999
          Tubes Tied 1997
          C-Section 1996


          Me and my kids


          Taylor (my daughter) Me and my daughter My son Cody and Taylor

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          • #6
            I have been wondering where you have been? I had my trial yesterday. I will have the old unit and the old leads removed on the 16th when I have the new generator implanted. He is doing it that way so it can go in the same pocket, and I didn't want cut on more then need to be.
            'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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            • #7
              Thanks for wondering. I have been really busy with baseball, and not doing well with my dads death. Things have really hit home lately with that.

              I read your other post stating he left it in. Cant blame him for not wanting to cut on you more than he has to. How are things today and the pain level for you??
              God grant me the serinity to withstand the days ahead!!!

              My myspace link...
              www.myspace.com/patricia_luvs_matt


              Patricia

              In Memory of My Father (Lawerence) 1/25/2007

              Procedures:
              Interstim Sept 2001
              1st InterStim Removal May 2005
              2nd Interstim Implanted May 2005
              2nd InterStim Removed March 2007
              Hysterectomy 1999
              Tubes Tied 1997
              C-Section 1996


              Me and my kids


              Taylor (my daughter) Me and my daughter My son Cody and Taylor

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              • #8
                my pain is 0, I have miinor pain at the lead site.
                'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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                • #9
                  I'm so glad your pain is almost gone. Dr. God must have done a beautiful Job.

                  Erika
                  IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

                  Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

                  "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

                  "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

                  Current Treatments:
                  Interstim Since 5/25/07!
                  Birth Control

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                  • #10
                    Cool... you're lucky you can shower. I was not allowed to remove the dressing, so I couldn't get my back wet. Yuck!

                    Guess all docs are different with how they do post-op care.

                    I am SO glad you are doing so well
                    ****
                    Jen

                    *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
                    *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
                    *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
                    *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

                    **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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                    • #11
                      Those are the same instructions i was given with the "antique version" I have. Even the bathing instructions were the same, mine even stated front facing shower only though.

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                      • #12
                        I got my directions from the medtronic rep. These are the sameone's I got 4 years ago.
                        'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the info! I was totally curious about that stuff... and my trial begins tuesday! Although my trial is three weeks long, my doc said to avoid showering and if I was going to to cover it with plastic like you would with a cast. I guess I'll be smelly! Anyway....I'm grateful for info like this because it helps me with the pre-op anxiety.
                          "It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired." :woohoo:
                          -Robert Strauss

                          Info:
                          20 year old toilet slave
                          Professional Bed Wetter
                          Zillions of "UTIs" since I was 3 yrs old
                          FINALLY diagnosed with I.C. 4/04
                          Diagnosed with Grade IV Kidney Reflux 1/07

                          Current Sitch:
                          My InterStim trial has started... and so far IT'S WORKING!!

                          Meds:
                          For physical:
                          Lidocaine instillations 3x per day
                          Lidocaine urethral suppositories prior to cathing
                          Elmiron
                          Vicodin
                          OxyContin
                          Aleve
                          Urelle
                          Prelief
                          Macrobid
                          Atarax
                          Estrace
                          Uroxatral

                          For Emotional:
                          Lamictal

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