Greetings from Within the “Cone of Uncertainty”!

Hi all.

The uncertainty above refers to the way they forecast hurricanes – southern FL is currently within that “cone” for Tropical Storm Erika. The term always sounds a bit odd to me, though. And I often feel like I live within a cone of uncertainty with respect to many things, including the treatment of my neuropathy.

I thought I’d write a bit of an update from last week’s surgery. The procedure went well, though took about twice as long as anticipated.  Luckily I was in a propofol sleep through much of it. (I will have to say that I really don’t understand why anyone would want to use any of those drugs “recreationally” – I hate the weird dreams during and the fuzzy feeling afterwards.) The device rep did initial programming for my unit in recovery – I was a bit out of it. The results of that programming were options that didn’t pinpoint the correct location very well and that extended way to far from my feet. So the weekend and beginning of the week were a bit discouraging given fuzziness, pain (in my back from the procedure) and lack of any good neuropathy relief from the implant. The rep refined and reprogrammed the unit on Wednesday with much better results – not perfect, but some relief. This is the hard part – knowing what realistic expectations are plus allowing time for healing and for learning how to use this system in the best manner possible.

Writing to thank people for their prayers is also difficult because I don’t want to disappoint anyone, cause anyone to question their (or my faith), and just want to report total immediate healing, but the reality is that sometimes the “healing” is chronic, just like the pain or the illness. I expect to make a good recovery and I hope to find that this implant will allow me to cope with pain and to return to Mexico. But this takes time. So please continue praying so that I patiently work through all of this without discouragement or depression. Also that I’ll be patient and compliant with my physical restrictions (it’s easy to forget that you are not supposed to bend over to pick something up, etc…). I made a trip to the store yesterday to get a few things in case Erika does choose to visit our area, could put them one by one in my cart, could get the young man to load it into my trunk, but then when I got home, I had to take it 5# at a time into the house – a good number of trips! But only 7 more weeks of these restrictions! (Plus I get to finally take a shower tomorrow!) I’m hoping to get some online coursework done in international health and some much needed reading done in areas of medicine, health, and missiology during this time.

So that’s what’s going on. Thank you all for your many kind notes and wishes, and for your prayers, and please continue praying that I will learn healthy coping and use of this device and will be able to fill my time with useful pursuits.

¡Mil gracias!


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One Comment on “Greetings from Within the “Cone of Uncertainty”!”

  1. Carol Roth Says:

    Thanks for the update. We are continuing to pray for you.

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