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  • topcop229
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    I think he's tried the glue and staples, but patient preference was stitches, so he went back to those. And I am SO glad, because I am horribly allergic to that glue!!

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  • tigger_gal
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    glad all went well.. You an Jen both mentioned having stitches. I didn't have any. They used those terry strips, and what appared to be glue

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  • topcop229
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    Thank you everyone for my Friday well wishes. I appreciate all your support!!

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  • Bessie
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    So glad it is all going well. Sorry you almost passed out!! Sending you well wishes and prayers for Friday

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  • SharonA
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    Friday is the BIG day for you Claudia. :woohoo: I hope the best for you.

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  • topcop229
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    Thanks Leslie and Ronda. I think you are right, that stitch was taking up permanent residence...that's what it felt like anyway!

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  • leelee88
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    So glad everything is going good... I will have you in my thoughts and prayers for friday...

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  • dancemomof2
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    Sounds like that stitch had moved in for good. Glad things are going great

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  • Sarojini
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    Hey Claudia... glad your appointment went well, aside from the one tough stitch there. I guess you must have been out of there by the time we got to the office, 'cause I didn't see you around.... anyway, my post-op appointment went very well too. I'm glad you are all clear and set to go for Friday! You're going to love it when you don't have all these cords trailing along

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  • topcop229
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    Trial Follow-up Appointment

    Hi everyone! Well, I had my follow-up appointment today, and it was quite interesting. I say this because I almost passed out while Dr. Evans was removing my stitches! I know it's crazy and I don't get it myself. I was standing there and the incision locations were very tender, but nothing out of control. Well, he got to one, and I guess maybe my skin is a bit swollen, because he said it was really tight and he was having trouble getting to it. I already knew this because it felt like he was stabbing me!!! All of the sudden, I got VERY hot and began to sweat...so much that I could wipe it off my face. Then, things just kind of looked and sounded weird. I was thinking to myself, "Oh my gosh, I am going to pass out. Should I say something? How embarrassing! What should I do??" I took off my sweatshirt (luckily I wore a tank underneath) and he finally got the tough stitch and I was able to sit down and put my head down till I felt better. Whoa!

    Anyway, other than that...he was as happy as I have been with the improvement in my volume of voids and the amazing decrease in constipation. He said in Europe, the interstim is approved for constipation, and I told him I could testify to it working! Anyway, he prescribed me some Lorcet plus for breakthrough pain to get me through the next surgery, which is this Friday. He was also very impressed that I had been changing the unit settings and leads to find the best setting for me. When I mentioned to my hubby that Dr. E seemed surprised, my hubby said, Yeah, normally people don't do it, but the rep trusted that I (hubby) understood electronics and circuits so that we could do it without messing it up. So, what I am hoping is that I will have less issues when it comes to programming, because I already know where it needs to be programmed since I've tested out all the settings combinations.

    He also told me that he had carefully made certain incisions around my lower back tattoo...He's so considerate! He also said there are no signs of infection and everything appears to be healing well. Finally, he cut the lead that I won't be using so I don't have to walk around the next few days with TWO cords trailing after me. He left some of the wires out and just taped them down so he can place them nicely back under the skin, as he usually leaves both leads placed just in case there has to be a switch at some point.

    So Friday it is! I must tell you, I'm excited, but I'm also dreading it. I am still hurting and tired from the first surgery, and now it seems that all the incision sites are REALLY sore...it's tough to jump right back into a second surgery when I feel like this.
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