Sacral Nerve Stimulation (InterStim)

The next few weeks you will get to go through my journey of “InterStim” or Sacral Nerve Stimulation surgery.

I have had bladder issues my whole life and this use to be embarrassing for me to talk about I no longer feel embarrassed and want to lead you through my journey so others have a chance to maybe have some questions answered.

Background:

I basically wet the bed until I was 12 years old.  Did it once at my friends house at age 11 and that was horrifying.  I went through suppositories, drugs, you name it, nothing worked.  I eventually learned to get up 1-3 times a night to not let this happen.

I have always had trouble with incontinence, and after I had kids it head about 10 fold.  I have always had an over active bladder as well, even when I was young I would go to the bathroom it least once an hour, sometimes more. 

Now that I have had kids, if I drink anything at all I go every 15-20 minutes.  Some days it is in large amounts each time and others, I just feel like it is a lot but when I go it is not so much.

If I jump around and dance I pretty much wet myself on the spot.

I wear pads around the clock but this can be very uncomfortable as when I wear it for too many days in a row it makes me sore and that does not go away quickly.

It has been an uphill climb and tiring living like this.

What I have done so far:
I have been in and out of the doctor for years and the last year I have been on every over active bladder on the market.  The last one (Enablex 15mg) is costing me $40 per month as there is no generic version, and that is with insurance coverage!

It has helped with the incontinence drastically but not at all with the overactive bladder.  The smaller dose between 5mg-10mg of other medications did not help at all and there are too many to mention that I have tried.

The last resort for my doctor is this InterStim surgery and it is in 2 parts.  We are proceeding with this at 6am tomorrow morning.

Part 1: 
Hook up the leads near my sacral nerve (near the tailbone).  They will then attach a wire to the lead and this wire will then exit out of my lower back (maybe upper buttock).  I will go home like this (with the wire sticking out) and the battery pack hooked up to the outside of my body.  This allows electrical impulses to the sacral nerve in hope that the nerve and brain will start communicating properly and thus limit the times I have to use the bathroom

This part kind of makes me a bit uneasy.  I don’t really want this wire and battery pack on the outside of my body for a week, but I guess  won’t know until I try.

Part 2:
Only if part 1 is successful, will we do part 2.  If no success (not 50% better then before) then we just take it out on part 2.  If there is at least a 50% improvement then we do the actual step 2 which is inserting the battery pack underneath my skin.

It is at this stage that I will have a “bladder pacemaker” to show off.

Both steps are done in outpatient surgery but require me to be put out totally.   I am sure there will be tenderness and soreness, but will not know exactly how much until tomorrow and the next few weeks.

Will keep you posted!

Black Friday Work-out!

I have not been black Friday shopping since the mid 90′s and for good reason.  I hate shopping anyway but people are stinkin’ crazy on this day.  Back when furbies were popular was the last time I went and I was standing in wal-mart with a furby in my hand and a woman (had to be at least 70) walked up and ripped it out of my hand and ran off.  I did not chase her because I just really did not care that much but I am sure I had a shocked look on my face as I watched her dodge the million shopping carts on her jog away form me.

Like I said people are crazy and I am definitely crazy this morning!  I am sitting here getting ready to head out this horrible black Friday morning as my good friend wanted someone to go to wal-mart with her.  The positive of this is that I get to help my friend and I will burn a ton of calories being pissed off and frustrated and standing on my feet and walking for about 5 hours.

A good thing today…well I get to walk with my 4 year old in her Christmas parade today and she is so excited.  The town we moved from this summer does a big Christmas parade the day after thanksgiving every year and her little dance group walks in it.  She is sooo excited! 

On top of the shopping madness work out I get to walk with my daughter for 45 minutes so will hopefully burn off my thanksgiving dinner!

Have a wonderful black Friday everyone!

Pictures of the parade last year!

Really getting the hang of spending money I don’t have!

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I have posted a few times now about spending money to receive money and this week it happened again but rather, I got the money BEFORE I had to spend it.  Let me explain….
I ran out of cat food nights ago and had less then $2 in my bank account.  The cat food is anywhere between $5.98-7.98 at the pet store justt around the corner.  I told the universe that night, and out loud, my 4 year old just looked at my funny too, “universe I am buying cat food tomorrow, I need $5 to do that tomorrow.”  I am not kidding, I seriously said that.  I in turn did not worry about it, did not freak out about it and just went on my merry way as I usually do for the rest of the evening, go up in the morning and heard the cats meowing for food.  I went downstairs opened the door up to them and said, “OK kitties, I will eat breakfast, get dressed and we will go buy you cat food so hold tight.”  I got dressed and fed myself and the kids, got the kids dressed and opened the front door and low and behold the mail was here (11am).  I proceeded to get the mail and there was a letter from Pets plus.  “hmm that is strange, I am on my way there.”  I thought to myself.  I opened it up and sure enough was a $5 gift coupon to go towards my next purchase.  My dogs birthday is Christmas day and it was her birthday present.  My lovely black lab bought cat food for her birthday wasn’t that nice?
I am so not kidding, I took a photo to show you that this really happened!

Lesson learned once again that this positive law of attraction works!

So off to the pet store we went.  I should have told the universe one of two things though.  I should have said that I needed $7 or that the store would have the food for $5.98 because when I got there is was $7.98 so I was going over what I had in my bank account a little bit.  I still bought the food and did not fret about it.  I did tell the universe when we left the store “OK universe, thank you for the coupon, now I need to find a few dollars to offset my account today.”  I did not give specifics.

Later that day as I was checking the bank account (us bank) I saw the link “rewards center.”  “Oh ya, I have not checked this in a while.”  I clicked on it a low and behold I had $5 I could move into my checking account.  Awesome right?!”  Anyway I moved the $5 over and then decided to sign up using my husbands ID (they make you do this even though it is the same account because his card number is different) anyway I signed into his and had $5 to move from his too.  They let you move rewards over when you hit $5. BAM!  I have $10 in my bank account, more then enough to offset my bank account and have a little cushion for a gallon of milk or something like that, sweetness!!!

If you have not started doing this yer I would highly suggest talking to the universe and telling it what you need because this is not the first time this has happened, this is like the 3rd time lately.  This is not a fluke, I truly believe that this positive thinking is real and it works!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

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Cleaning above my shoulders, or rather NOT cleaning

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OK so I have to ask, does anyone, on a continuous basis, clean things that are above shoulder or head  height, or is it just me that tends to miss this all the time.

I was laying on my bed staring into space the other day and noticed that the blades on my ceiling fan were horrendous!  This is not even an exaggeration, they were nasty.  It still took me til the next day to pull the duster out to clean it but I did clean it.
I am not a good duster at all and if it is above seeing distance you can forget about it, literally.  I guess I am not a very good housekeeper, who knows, but the fan was nasty and I am not too proud to admit that they will probably have to get that bad again in order for me to clean them.
Here is a pic of my nasty dust mop and ONE blade.

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Parents are indispensable…right?

Even at 39 years old it is hard to grasp that our parents may leave us someday.  We all know it is going to happen but just can’t seem to grasp that concept even as we get older and wiser.

Having a little scare with my Dad lately and I feel like a little girl again.  “Not MY Dad, no way, my Dad is going to live forever and ever, he is indispensable!”  I know the reality but I am not willing to face it head on.

There are many different directions the next few years could take with him and of course I am hoping for the live long and healthy option. 

It is days like today that I sit here wondering if moving so far away was the right decision.  I ask this to myself and then my little 14 month old grabs my leg and gives me a hug, duh yes it was the right choice, I would not have my beautiful family if I hadn’t moved, I just wish it wasn’t so far and expensive to visit home more often.

Heres to some good news in the near future.

Love you Dad!

Inches lost in 17 days!

All measurement in inches.
Nov 2                                  Nov 19           Loss or Gain

Bust 41                                41                   0
Under bust 35 3/4                35 1/2             L 1/4
Waist 41                              40 3/4             L 1/4
Around C-section scar 42    42                   0
Hips  44 1/2                         44 1/2            0
Thigh (1)  24/3/4                  24 3/4            0
Arm 12                                12                  0
Some might think that a half inch is not worth posting but I do!  I was noticing my clothes feeling even a little bit more lose so I thought I would measure.  In just a couple of weeks a half inch is awesome!  I really needed to see a loss today to help cheer me up so yay me!

Still been keeping up with the plank position about every other day.   busted the free weights and the leg weights out just 2 days ago.  cleaning the house a lot to help relieve stress with worrying about my Dad right now.  I know that I am not losing some stress weight and I have had insomnia due to the worrying too so I know for a fact that is keeping some of it on.  Trying to relieve that now.

Have a great weekend!