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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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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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2017-05-19 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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2017-05-16 Recovery Day 71

First the good news, yesterday there was not much good news, I ended my post with “I guess better late than never, were else would I get Acute Rehabilitation, chemo By Mouth Only, and, short chemo by IV“, all in the same place? Today their work on all fronts was just fantastic.

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

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2017-05-15 Recovery Day 70

First the good news, I had a good day until about 2:00 PM (14:00). In the morning my vacuum pump was removed. I was able move a bit more in bed, even could move and sit in the bed. From the bed sitting position I could stand up in the walker and walk a bit around. My pain management gotten back to normal in that the patch works in conjunction of the breakthrough pain which is automatically dispensed every three hours. However wouldn’t you know, they quickly screwed it up.

The bad news. It all started with getting ready with the transfer to the local Acute Rehabilitation Center which was scheduled 3:30. To limit the pain the breakthrough pill was to be taken 3:00 allowing 30 minutes for it to dissolve and be at its maximum effectiveness. Sure enough the breakthrough pill arrive at 3:30, delaying the transfer by 30 minutes.

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2017-05-11 Recovery Day 66

I like the format I used the last 10+ days, therefore let try it for a bit longer and see what your feedback is.

First the good news, surgery recovery is doing well, my doctor has suggested that the best way to get control of the surgery pain and learn what can and can’t be done, not only during recovery, is to check into a Acute Rehabilitation Center.

The bad news, as the night before, I have had trouble falling asleep because of the delay in getting my final 9:00 PM medication not until 10:30 PM. I was still awake by 12:30 AM. Actually the delay in pressing the attention button and the arrival of a person, is about 20 minutes. If you want the person to get you something, or the nurse determine you need something in addition, add another 20 minutes.mi am sure you get the idea.

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