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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2017-05-21 Recovery Day 76

Today’s good news, is that I had a secret visitor. My daughter Denise came with my wife to spend a few hours entertaining me. Mind you, her real reason is that there is an IKEA on the way home. We all together walked for about 300 yards, if not more. I also was able with the help of Dianne to shave. Last but not least I also was able to visit the toilet eliminating for now any fear of constipation.

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2017-05-20 Recovery Day 75

There is a lot of good news to report for today. For starters I had a good night of sleep. The good news started with the great omelette I had to start my day. As part of my OT exercises I had a shower. My shoulder pain seems to be under control using a water heating pad. I should also not forget that Dianne was here since she stayed overnight. Her present was more than welcome since she helped with everything that she has been doing for me since my diagnoses.

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2017-05-19 Recovery Day 74

Today’s good news, is foremost the fact that Dianne spend most of the day and night with me here at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Medically speaking the good news for today is that we determine that the right shoulder pain is caused by muscle spasm and muscle tension. The goal now is to use heat and cold compresses to eliminate the pain so that we can work to complete the Physical and Occupational Therapy.

As to the bad news for today, with so much going it was hard to remember if there was anything bad that we needed to point out.

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2017-05-18 Recovery Day 73

First the good news, sadly there isn’t that much to report. I was very much ready to have a successful OT/PT Day, but it all came crumpling down before my first OT session. The reason for all of this was a pain attack that set back the progress we had made in pain management. It is difficult for me to explain the why behind it, the only thing I understand is that we needed to make some adjustments to the OT/PT sessions.

The bad news, I believe we covered the bad part under the good news.

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2017-05-17 Recovery Day 72

First the good news, there is not much of it, except for finally having that long awaited bow movement during last night (day 71 to 72). It started at 9:51 PM, called and got the Nurse who worked with me by shortly before 10:00. She removed the lower leg stress control cables and unplug my IV cable. It took me alone 2 minutes to get in to the sitting position on the edge of the bed, from there into the walker, walking to the commode, and finally sitting down. I started immediately and was done @ 10:30 with no room to spare in the pot. I got back to bed, finding my sweat spot and was ready to go back to sleep.

The bad news, There were a few flaws, but I already the details, so nothing to report.

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