Life of Pain

Blog has been silent for a while, life gets in the way at times.

i have written in the past of Vi’s issues, her pain walking. Her surgeries to repair it all. She had calcified blockages in her arteries leading to her legs. Surgeries worked on the right side. That leg is much better. The left side is a different story, if anything it seems to be worse.

We have been waiting for the second follow up with the surgeon to learn about and discuss plan B. With high hopes we went into the meeting to learn really there is no plan B. Surgeon seems convinced that everything possible has been done with the arteries, blood flow is as good as it is going to get.

She feels the pain issues are caused by back problems in the lower spine. She was a bit of a downer several times stating she has never known anyone to have that type of spinal surgery and be happy with the results. I asked, looking at Vi’s file, if this was your mother what would be your recommendation to her. “Learn to live with it”.

She is ordering a Cat Scan which will take place in the next 3-4 weeks. This will definitively show what can or can’t be done.

Vi is a trooper. She is holding up but is struggling with the thought of life going forward being one filled with pain.

4 Responses to Life of Pain

  1. M T McGuire says:

    I do understand a little of how it feels to live with chronic pain. Please give Vi all my best wishes and sympathies. I hope the cat scan turns up something.



  2. I hope something ‘solvable’ shows up. Chronic pain isn’t exactly a joy.

    Hello and welcome to the blog. We thank you for the good wishes. Chronic pain, I don’t even know what to say
    Thanks again

  3. lypenner says:

    Bill, have you heard of osteopathy? I go to a guy named Gilles Noel, and I wonder if he could be of assistance, even in pain management if not cure. Osteopathy is defined as a branch of medical practice that emphasizes the treatment of medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles. Both my hubbie and I see him. It’s very gentle. Email if you want the phone # etc.

    In the meantime, you and Vi are in my prayers. Chronic pain is a grinder, and may God be with her.

  4. Mel says:

    Well…..pfffttt!! Seriously, this is what she’d say to her own mother? Yup, I’d say bit of a Debbie Downer. But, I understand giving the facts about where things are at TODAY. What I don’t understand is the removal of HOPE in the situation. Certainly all interventions aren’t exhausted yet. Perhaps surgical ones, at this moment….but not all interventions.
    I’m at the beginning part of dealing with, what appears to be, a chronic pain issue. There are plenty of interventions for working with chronic pain and it’ll be a process of finding out what works….but the hope is to decrease the intensity…which, at the very least, is what I would hope for Vi.
    No, there’s no cure YET for what’s ailing Vi today. That doesn’t mean another option won’t materialize or that they’re not going to get her help on a different level….surely that’s not the case….. I have an inflatable bat you can whomp ’em with….but I might need it back. LOL

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