Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Interstim after two months, and other stuff
Two months after getting hooked up to the device, I'm still trying to decide whether I made the right call. I'm pretty sure it has improved my frequency/urgency situation, but it's an incremental improvement, say 25% or so. It seems to give me a few extra seconds to get to the bathroom, but I'll still be purchasing Depends by the case from Amazon (fellow cheapskates take note: Amazon will cut 15% off the price if you sign up for regular shipments, which you can always delay or decline). I still feel the device causing my right foot to flex slightly, which can be annoying when I'm stuck behind a desk at work. The incision has healed nicely into a rather bad-ass-appearing scar, but it remains somewhat sensitive to pressure.
On the down-side, though, I feel like I still haven't recovered the level of strength and stamina I had before the procedure. Which I guess shouldn't surprise me, seeing as how I went about a month before I could get into the pool. I'm trying to be pretty aggressive about getting back into shape, but I still feel wobblier on my feet, more prone to a stiff Frankenstein gait after sitting for a while. I've got some knee pain when I flex my right leg or when I try to get up off the floor. And it's starting to get too hot outside for a 15-minute walk around the block.
Bad timing, too: we've had a really nice new porch built that needs to be stained before the wood suffers water damage. We've also got several new windows that need at least 2 coats of polyurethane, and a muddy back yard that needs landscaping. On top of it all, last weekend we got 6" of rain, so the basement is wet (again). Since finishing classes a few weeks ago, Carmen has gotten heaps of stuff done around the house, but I wish we had the money (we spent our stimulus rebate on veterinarian bills last winter) to have somebody else do a big chunk of stuff.