I Might Move To Minnesota

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Today doctor’s visit was somewhat of a turning point. At least when it comes to my future care. My surgeon said, “I’m afraid we’ve all done all that we can do to get you better. That doesn’t mean you can’t  possibly get some better, but right now there is no more need for more surgery. And you’ve already got the spinal stimulator which is the best device out there for nerve pain.” Here are some key things we discussed.

One, I have been given a referral for another pain shot to hopefully easy the pain near my tailbone. Now, I’ve just got to wait on it’s approval. Secondly, he feels I need to give my new battery 3-6 months to heal and then see if it feels any better before trading it out. I’ve only had this bigger battery implanted 2 months ago so still room for further recovery. Thirdly, he mentioned that at any time he could take the two screws out of my back that were put in there just to stabilize the healing of my fusion. Right now he and I both feel that him going back into that area could generate more nerve aggravation. So, I’m gonna put that on hold for now. But, they can be taken out through an outpatient surgery anytime. I do like the idea of less metal in my back. 

Finally, I asked him to give me his evaluation of my condition over all. He said, “I do believe you have a very high level of nerve pain and a greater sensitivity throughout your body than most.” He admitted that I might could benefit from further evaluation of my condition. I asked, “So, would you recommend I go somewhere like the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville?” He said, “I think that’s a great idea and they might be able to help you more. But, if you’re gonna go I recommend you go straight to the best one in Rochester, Minnesota.” I discovered the following when I got home.

“U.S. News & World Report ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. the best hospital in the nation in their 2017-2018 rankings. … Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus has more No. 1 rankings than any other hospital in the nation. The Mayo Clinic employs more than 34,000 people at the main campus in Rochester. 

So, I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m certain God does. I firmly believe we’re always either moving forward or rolling backwards. For weeks I’ve felt my health just rolling backwards while feeling helpless. I need the best evaluation I can get of my condition. I’ve had some good doctors help me with some things. But, I need a full evaluation of my condition, clarity of what’s wrong, and the best plan for dealing with it. I can accept whatever truth I discover, but I can’t be at peace until I know I’ve done everything possible to feel better. I may be visiting Rochester, Minnesota in the very near future. Might have to do a Go Fund Me to get there, but I will do whatever it takes to be my healthiest. I’ve got too much to live for and fight for! I know God has a plan!

““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”     Isaiah 55:8-9

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