Archive for April, 2015

Crutches, Walkers and Canes, OH MY! 04/28/2015

- April, 2015

 Prior to surgery, I had planned to get my shoulders “in shape” with my crutches. I practiced a few times, but it was pretty hard to slow my walking down that much until being forced to. Now I realize, after 28+ years of thinking I know how to instruct my patients in how to use crutches, a walker, or cane, and WOW – (more…)

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April 23, 2015-Caregiver Consciousness

- April, 2015

I have a wonderful caregiver (and husband), as well as a back up 20 year old son who just moved back home to switch from OSU Corvallis to our local Cascade Campus. (Great timing 🙂 ). Yet, there’s lots to learn about being dependent, how to ask, stay in self-care mode, and not burn out the person who is still doing ALL of his usual work, plus running back and forth to cater to my every need.

The first few days were (more…)

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Surgery Essentials

- April, 2015

I’ve been a caregiver for a long time, and have had my share of in-patient and home health experiences but there’s truly nothing like being the patient to get a real understanding of how challenging it is to be fully dependent on someone else. I’ve come up with some things that no one would have every told me about, that may someday help any of you (or your friends) who may need (more…)

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Home to Heal:

- April, 2015

Crutches, naps, pain pills, help with moving my leg, a nice visit on the deck in 70 degree weather with my dear sweet mom. So glad I got (more…)

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The last few days:

- April, 2015

The last few days:
As I awoke from surgery, how silly that “work thoughts” were streaming through my mind. HA! Then the pain…it seemed like the nurse was asking me every 30 seconds, “what is It now”. It hung out at a 7-8/10 for a while, then started to (more…)

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Tender Moments:

- April, 2015

It’s the 16th and Scott is about to drive me to surgery. We pause for a looooong hug. Thoughts race through my mind; from gratitude for his constant loving support, to the knowledge that this IS surgery and anything could happen. It can evoke “worst case scenarios” in my thinking. Then I realize (more…)

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Drugs:

- April, 2015

“What will the pain medications be like?” This has been a particularly interesting part of the journey as I am allergic to codeine which includes the standard post-surgery drugs such as hydromorphone, oxycodone, and tramadol. I tried Diladid prior to surgery and not only did it not change my pain but (more…)

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The Adventure Begins:

- April, 2015

I have realized over the past few days that I really do see this as a grand adventure. I could be frightened (and certainly a part of me is), and resistive, and wishing I didn’t have this imposition happening in my life. Or, I could greet the upcoming events as the adventure that is unfolding. I have learned over the years to recognizing that what is, IS. And, resisting it only creates more suffering. So, as I’ve contemplated the decision to go ahead with this surgery, I’ve also allowed myself to focus my curiosity;
“What will the pain really be like?”I Imagine that I have the skills to cope even if it’s extreme. “What will movement be like?” Although I’ve practiced a bit with (more…)

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My Last Walk (4/15):

- April, 2015

I took my last walk for a while this morning. I decided to go a little further. Heck, why not. Sure, it hurt more, but I love walking and know I will miss it during my recuperation. It was a perfect Central Oregon morning; sunny, 20 degrees, fresh, clean air, birds singing, snow covered mountains glistening. The perfect time to (more…)

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Why Am I Not A Chronic Pain Patient?

- April, 2015

As I thought about writing my journey  I realized there is another aspect of my story; Why do I not consider myself in chronic pain. As most of you know, I specialize in treating and teaching people about chronic, persistent pain. In my definition, developed over years of passionate interest and research, I would not just define it as “Pain that persists longer than 6-12 months” as the medical community does.

Another definition I found included, “Pain that lasts beyond the term of an injury or painful stimulus.” This may be more accurate, as I still have a painful stimulus which is at the root cause of my pain experience. What is currently different from my chronic pain patients,  (more…)

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