2017-05-29 Recovery Day 84

Another day with no good news. The day is very similar to yesterday, trying to find the sweet spot where the pain level is acceptable and can be reduced through controlled breathing technique. If done correctly it should put me in a relaxed stage that can include dozing off. I did find a spot that caused me to doze off a few times, but overall the position is not comfortable enough for spending the night sleeping in it.

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2017-05-28 Recovery Day 83

Sadly there is no good news for today. It was a day that required a lot of adjustment to find the sweet spot where the pain was minimal. I did not take the extra breakthrough medication since I am able to overcome the pain to a acceptable level using the breathing method learned during my first hospital stay at Sutter Delta. I am looking forward to a better day tomorrow.

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2017-05-27 Recovery Day 82

Today’s good news, is that I did not encountered any unforeseen scenarios. The day turned out to deal with known, previously encountered situation. Some were encountered during my hospital stays in Antioch and Oakland. Bottom-line, my stay at home is not much different from staying at the hospital. To be clear, I am talking about the medical side.

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2017-05-26 Recovery Day 81

Today’s good news is that I am back home!

The drive home was a bit rough thanks to California not maintaining their main freeways. I am sure I felt every pothole along the way. Lucky for us, Dianne pick me up after the rush hour traffic was over, eliminating the stop and go traffic. Once home, I retired to our Tempur-Pedic bed, which turns out is more comfortable then the hospital bed. Both allow the head and foot part to be moved up and down, however, the Tempur-Pedic material is so much better as it forms around the body.

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2017-05-25 Recovery Day 80

Today’s good news is that I am going home tomorrow (Friday)! My spine surgery location is healing very well. My daily occupational, physical and neuro-psycho sessions are all completed. Last, but not least, neuro-psycho, What is that?. Neuropsychoanalysis (previously neuro-psychoanalysis) is a movement within neuroscience and psychoanalysis to combine the insights of both disciplines for a better understanding of mind and brain.

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2017-05-24 Recovery Day 79

Today was a very good news day. Having solved the shoulder pain, it showed pain in Surgery Incision area. You may asked why is that good news, the answer is that we found out it is muscular, a very knotted muscle that can be treated with cold gel packs. Below is my pain log I started today to help with identifying what causes the pain and how is it reduced.

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2017-05-23 Recovery Day 78

Today’s good news took some time to show up. Most of the day was used to talk about what is it with that shoulder? Some of the option were just to academic, such as “no brain, no pain”.

So what is the good news? It took some X-rays of the shoulder to determine that there is no bone being attached by the cancer, nor are there any breaks or tears. The concussion is that the pain is muscular and a possible chemo side effect. Now that we all know what it is, we will start tomorrow with resuming our PT and OT therapy addressing the muscular side of pain.

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2017-05-22 Recovery Day 77

Today’s good news turned quickly to bad news. I woke up with the pain in my right shoulder almost gone. With that in mind I was looking forward to a good day of therapy. However, was I wrong. I had my first OT session at 9:30 which was to sit on the edge of the bed and use a special tool to put on my socks. No problem getting to sit on the edge of the bed, but pulling on the string of the special device to get the sock on to my foot, ended quickly because of the pain that shot up on all of my right side of my shoulder.

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