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  • hiphuray4peas
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    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.

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  • tigger_gal
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    I got my directions from the medtronic rep. These are the sameone's I got 4 years ago.

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  • dancemomof2
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    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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  • Sarojini
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    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

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

    Erika

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  • tigger_gal
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    my pain is 0, I have miinor pain at the lead site.

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  • patricia1
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    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??

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  • tigger_gal
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    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.

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  • patricia1
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    So glad this is working as well as the last one. Did he removed the old unit yet when he did the trial.

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  • humpieumpumkin
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    :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

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  • tigger_gal
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    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.

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

    Erika

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  • tigger_gal
    started a topic Stim trial post op instructions

    Stim trial post op instructions

    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.
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