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  • Interstim Journal II- First full day with trial

    Well, I've made it through my first full day with Patrick, my trial stimulator. Last night was terrible as far as pain and trying to get some sleep. I had decided early on that I would sleep on the couch, I didn't want to sleep in bed and risk my hubby accidentally touching my back and me screaming and him feeling bad. So, I decided I would sleep on the couch and he said he would sleep in the recliner. Well, I was so sore that I decided to sleep in the recliner, I figured there was no point in both of us being uncomfortable, so I gave him the couch.

    Anyway, I slept off and on until about 10. Woke up and have been lazing most of the day. I am still really sore in the lower back. I have been playing a bit with the switches and changing the stimulation level slightly (still haven't had to turn it even over 1 yet)...and yes, I've been turning it off before making any switch changes, LOL.

    So, while I've had to push one time to finish a void and have experienced very slight urgency after two voids, I have felt at least some urge prior to all my voids and have not had to push to start the void, just had to push to finish one. My bladder spasms have been reduced as well, I used to get them terribly after every void, whether it was cathed or normal voiding. Oh, and I haven't had to cath either, and I've also noticed that my urine volume is increasing, which also makes me believe that Patrick is helping my retention.

    So, getting ready to try and get some sleep tonight. I am going to switch up my stim settings again. The medtronics rep said the more you play with the switches and the stimulation, typically the happier you are with the results. I think once the soreness dies down, I will feel a million percent better. At least I've been voiding SO much better.

    Claudia

    ~Claudia

    "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
    ~ The Wizard of Oz

    "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
    back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy



  • #2
    What a relief! It sure is great when the stuff works. Good luck with the trial.
    Maggie

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    • #3
      Hey I am on day 4 and love this thing. Just wondering what kind of meds did your doc give you? I have already dropped "Maurice" and we have both survived, I even found a triack to keep him attached. I am using a strap that same with the stockings my doc made me wear for surgery (to prevent blood clots.) This is working great because when i do go potty I dont have to unclip my box it just hangd on that strap which sits securely on my upper waist. Kind of like a belt but just a peice of fabric- I dont know hoew i could have done this without it.

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      • #4
        Your trick to hold up Maurice sounds like a very good one. I have been wearing various lightweight hoodies that have a front pocket and I have kept Patrick clipped in that.
        My doc didn't give me any additional meds for after surgery, I take MS Contin three times a day and have been continuing with that. I also have some percocet from before I started the morphine, and I have taken one of those in between the ms contin yesterday. I am REALLY sore in my lower back and sometimes can hardly move off the couch.

        ~Claudia

        "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
        ~ The Wizard of Oz

        "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
        back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy


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        • #5
          I am so glad to hear how you are doing...
          I will be going thru the same things next weekend.
          Keep resting and you are prayers!
          GL
          Faith is not believing God can; Faith is believing God will!

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          • #6
            Georgia,

            Thanks for your kind words and prayers. I pray that the trial will be a success for you next week.

            ~Claudia

            "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
            ~ The Wizard of Oz

            "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
            back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy


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