Monday, November 7, 2011


 Hi everyone!  We are finally back blogging.  I thought that I would explain what has been going on with Mommy.

Mommy went to see her pain doctor on Wednesday to have the Spinal Cord Stimulator procedure. This procedure was the last real hope that she had for some permanent pain relief. The procedure should have taken just about 45 minutes...but....of course...for her..everything went wrong.
Her pain doctor and two assistants did the procedure, which she says hurt like "insert bad word here cause I am not allowed to say one"!  The procedure is quite painful and you have to be awake so that they know the needles and wires are in the proper place. They got the wires inserted into her spine and it seemed like everything was going well, but she wasn't feeling the tingling sensation that you are supposed to feel. 

So, they pulled the wires and needles out and redid the whole procedure. While she was lying down, it seemed to be working, but when she sat up, no tingling. So, again they took everything out and ... did the whole procedure again. And again!

Mommy was at the doctor's office for six hours. After the third time, again with nothing happening, she was finished. A back full of holes and nothing to show for it.
Mommy is apparently among the 1% that this procedure doesn't work on.  Typical for Mommy.   
  This was the most painful procedure that she has had yet. Once was bad enough, but THREE times?  The doctor wanted it to work, Mommy wanted it to work, but it just wasn't meant to be. 

Mommy says that she now knows what a shish kabob feels like. If she had known any state secrets, she would have given them up!  Mommy would not make a very good spy!  Torture is a word that comes to mind!

   We are going to try and be better at visiting our furiends!  We hope that all of you have a safe and wonderful day!

Deb:  Thank you all for your wonderful words of support!  I was very depressed when this option of pain relief didn't work.  However...I am not going to give in to the pain. 

My back isn't the boss of me! 
My cats are! 


Abby Normal and Stygia said...

Ohh, we are sorry to hear it didn't work. We hope your mom can find some relief soon.

In the meantime, will you please send her some extra purrs from us?

Angel and Kirby said...

How disappointing! we were hoping for some relief for you!

The Meezers or Billy said...

oh Auntie Deb, we is so sorry it didn't werk! we will all come ofur and purrrr on your back - that will make it tingle.

Marg said...

We really are sorry that the procedure didn't work. That sounds awful all those needles etc. Wow. We hope you can get some relief some how.
Take care.Sending lots of purrs.

Katnip Lounge said...

We are sending all our warmest purrs to you; and we think that being ruled by Cats is not a bad thing!

Brian said...

I am so sorry to hear that didn't help, but we are glad you are back, we've missed you!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Our purrs to you. Of course you do know that the National Institutes of health recognize acupuncture as being helpful for the relief of low back pain. Our person has helped a lot of people in a lot of pain.

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're so sorry this procedure didn't work for your mom. It sounds h*llish, and all for naught, which definitely is depressing.

Please tell your mom we're purring and purraying hard for her, that there *will* be other options.

Has your mom looked into any alternative therapies or has she tried them and they've failed too?

Admiral Hestorb said...

OH MY COD! How horrible. I am SO sorry for all of this. xoxoxoxox

JC said...

I am so so sorry. I know all too well about back pain. I've had four epidural steroid injections done. Those though were numbed.

I've also had transverse myelitis which is sort of weird.

My thoughts are with you.

Forty Paws said...

We are so very sorry that you are in the 1% of beans who this procedure doesn't work upon. We are sending you tons of purrs and purrayers and light hugs because we don't want to hurt your back.

And yes, cats are the bosses of their beans. It just is. 'Nuf said.

Luf, Us

The Cat From Hell said...

We is sorry that it did not work for yous! Mommy knows how awful constant pain is! We sends many purrs to yous!

Prancer Pie said...

We are so sorry to hear this. Purrs and purrayers goin out to you. Mommy had a grandfather wif the same problem. We truly understand. Pawsitive thoughts bein sent your way. xoxo

Sweet Purrfections said...

We are so sorry to hear this procedure didn't work. We've been keeping your in our purrayers and Mom Paula has kept you in her prayers. We've missed you and think about you all the time.

Truffle and Brulee

Fisher and Staff said...

Oh, I am sad that you are in so much pain. I did say a pretty bad word and then I was in time out, so now I will purr for you. That is OK to do here. Your friend, Fisher

Kwee Cats said...

Gosh, that sounds terrible. We hope your Mom gets some relief.

meowmeowmans said...

Deb, we are so sorry the procedure did not work. We will keep you in our purrs and prayers, as always. And we are sure glad you are back, because we missed you guys. :)

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I am so sorry you had to endure all of this but I have to say your comparison to yourself being a "shish kabob" was pretty darned funny!

Welcome back!

ABBY said...

We are all so sorry that this procedure (sounds a lot like extreme torture) did not work for you. WE will keep sending healing purrs to you....


Sparkle said...

What an awful ordeal your human had to go through! I am impressed that she is such a fighter, though!