Over the last several days I have just enjoyed the opportunity to rest and  Susan has explored the surrounding area with the girls (long bicycle ride, exploring the shopping area in Apeldoorn) and doing homework/work in the warm sun.  I have realized how extremely tired I have been and therefore I have found myself staying close to the cottage and my bed the majority of the time.  Today we went to see Dr. van Praagh again for a second of 3 check ups.  We inquired about my exhaustion.  It was interesting to hear the response as they said that this was an extremely common occurance after the implantation of a stimulator.  For those individuals who have struggled with pain for long periods of time they indicated that when confronted with long-standing pain, there is little choice but for the body to focus all of it's energy towards surviving.  When the pain is reduced, people realize how much of a toll pain has taken on their body, minds and spirits.  Once again, especially for thick headed people like myself, they reiterated that I just have to be patient and allow time to bring back a sense of equilibrium. 

Todays visit also presented the Nevro reps, Misha and Bert Tijsma with an opportunity to fine tune the stimulator's programming and hopefully bring better pain control to my feet in particular.  Like before, I willl use the next week to determine if the new settings are successful.    Also on the positive side, I have been able to successfully decrease my narcotic levels significantly.  If all goes well, I should be narcotic free by the time we return to Canada!!  If , after that point, any further pain control is required, we will be able to work this out with my doctor in Canada by using a more effective choice of medications than I had previously been using.    Like we have said many times already, patience and caution will be needed as we walk through the next weeks and months.   The caution has paid off this week in that the implanted leads have not moved, according to ffhd report on Misha's computer programme.  Although I have been spending more time in bed, I have been able to read and finish the Lord of the Rings

As an aside, todays visit was particularly interesting in that the consulting room was more like a party room filled with: me, Susan, Anika, Joya, Tante Tobia, Misha, Bert and Dr. van Praagh.  Tante Tobia, with her background as a doctor, has been an important link for us prior to our arrival and has provided incredible practical and emotional support while we are here.  The doctor and reps were very good in explaining their work and next steps in ways that the girls could understand.  There were moments of laughter and it was no small wonder that the people in the waiting room were intrigued when the door opened and we all filed out past them.   We, again, are so impressed with the medical staff here who seem to truly understand the implications of living with pain -- unlike few other doctors that I have encountered.

Tonight we welcomed Geertje at our dinner table.  She is a friend of Joya's from Olds, who is visiting her relatives in Netherlands but will spend the weekend with us here in Hoog Soeren/Apeldoorn.   She is teaching us dutch ....or maybe we will solictit her to be our translator.  We love you Geertje!!
 
jim
3/30/2012

Well my friend I am so happy for you.. Your Blogs have kept us in the loop to the point we could feel your relief and see your happy smiles. God has done his part and the Dr.s theirs, enjoy the freedom you have earned the rest time so badly needed. Love to all! JIM

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Barb
3/30/2012

What a delightful update!!

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George
3/31/2012

We continue to rejoice in your progress Rod and how wonderful that Anika and Joya can be there to experience this together as a family. After a long, long time, God is finally turning around the situation for his servant Job!

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Anne Boehlig
3/31/2012

Thank you, Rod, for giving us this peek into how you are doing. It is so good to hear explanations of your progress; your doctors sound God-sent. We pray for continued recovery and joyous family times!

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Tobia
3/31/2012

"spending time in bed" makes me think of the huge lovely white-linened bad at the end of the Return of the King in which Frodo (understandably) spent a long time sleeping. Drink deep of rest!

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Warren C
3/31/2012

Wonderful to see your continued progress Rod! And here's to the hidden hero of this story, Tante Tobia!! What an incredible blessing she is!

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Abe Janzen
4/1/2012

So good to read this entry Rod. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on the ground in Canada.... soon. You are writing, reading... walking. So so so good.

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Bette-Ann Bruulsema
4/3/2012

The news from you is breath-taking! When are you going to be back home? I will be in Calgary on 15 April. If I have a chance to see your beautiful faces (rent a car and pop in for a short visit), I could take an earlier flight

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Cam & Gaylene
4/3/2012

Wow! So good to hear such positive news! We were away for spring break, and didn't have internet connection. We were excited to return home and "tune in" to your blog to see how you were all doing. PTL! We can't wait to see you, and will make a trip to Olds soon upon your return. Love and more love!

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Julienne
4/3/2012

Hard to read these posts without tearing up. So glad for you and honoured to read about your experiences on this blog--thank you!

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