The transformation of Rod's pain over the last week would never have been possible without the unique contribution made by each of the people in this picture. Repeatedly we think of how lucky we were to be matched with such an incredible, dedicated group of professionals. When we returned to the hospital, it was obvious that the anticipation of our meeting was mutual. The medical professionals (Dr. van Praagh, Misha (Nevro Technician), and Lydia (Nurse practioner) --pictured here with Rod----were very eager to hear what Rod's experience following the implant had been. We were keen to know how my experience matched with their expectations. Without a doubt, the sense of excitement regarding the success of the implant was held by everyone in the room. The excitement was tempered by a series of cautions necessary for ensuring that the maximum benefit of the implant is realized. They encouraged caution in relation to the appropriate range of motion and activity level over the next 4 months. They provided a schedule to decrease medications that were no longer needed to cover pain. They highlighted the challenges that will inevitably emerge as I no longer have pain as a constant companion and begin to rediscover the characteristics of life without the intense pain. Without a doubt the next weeks and months will be a exciting but challenging time. We will check in with this amazing medical team on March 30th. Until then I will try program 3 and based on the performance, make a selection of a primary program to move forward with.
Below is a picture of Lydia, Anneke and Misha looking at the Nevro programming on Misha's computer.