OK so here is the remote I use to turn my InterStim setting on/off, up/down. It is so cool that I can monitor this myself!
The little pad on the left is what I place on the skin where the battery pack is implanted. I then use the buttons on the remote to do what I need to do. It is a lot more sensitive then the big battery pack I had during stage 1 and I really can’t feel the impulses at all today but I just turned it on last night when the rep called me and talked me through it for the first time.
I have a pacemaker card now and I have all the same restrictions as anyone has who has a heart pacemaker. The only differences, and a big one, is that it is not on my heart, but on my sacral nerve. Other differences is that heart pacemaker patients cannot adjust it on their own, that may not be good for obvious reasons. I have a constant electric current going all the time and pacemakers only activate when you need them.
Everything else, like not being able to have an MRI unless I am in great need and things like that are the same. If I become pregnant I have to turn it off for the pregnancy. They will not do studies on pregnant women to find out if it will hurt the baby, I think that it is a good idea they won’t test on innocent babies so I am good with this. Thank goodness I am done becoming pregnant anyway.
Hopefully it will not take long to get the settings right! It takes a lot of getting used to but will be worth it.