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Posted 2020-03-26T23:10:25Z

Pain Management Update

Jim texted most of this to my sisters yesterday:

“Back from El Paso at around 11:00 a.m. Up at 4:00 a.m. -- appointment at 7:15 a.m.. (See photo of drive attached in photo journal.) Were going to stay in a motel in El Paso Tuesday night to shorten Wednesday’s drive and get more sleep, but possible COVID-19 exposure changed our minds. Marianne’s in bed now, asleep. Everything seems to have gone according to Hoyle. She was first patient but didn’t see actual doctor until 815 a.m.… Marianne was (still is to a degree) groggy from the anesthesia (which was an IV) so slept all the way home. Had to lead her by both hands once home. She says she has no pain so far in the right hip that got the treatment. I’m hoping killing of those nerves doesn’t affect the stability of the right leg --- shouldn’t. Brought home lunch from Arby’s and ate (both famished) before she turned in.”

Today, I am feeling quite good. Had some trouble sleeping last night as a side-effect of sleeping off the anesthesia during the day. When we took the Band-Aids off this morning, Jim counted four needle marks in the sciatic area. Guess that is why both hips actually feel good at the moment. I have a mild lower back ache, but nothing different than what existed before all this stuff started years ago -- just creaky. I did work in the yard this morning doing some weeding.

My follow-up appointed is April 23, for a level-one block shot in the behind to verify the left hip site and move on from there. I see the oncologist again on April 7.

Staying sheltered-in-place except for doctor runs. Jim does grocery runs, etc. with N-95 mask and distancing to try to protect us both. Stay safe everyone.

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