Coping, Treatment

Lead Migration 2006

Today I intended to post pictures of my freshly painted kitchen, but it looks the same as it did on Wednesday morning. Instead of painting, I’ve spent the last five days lying on the couch because my nerve stimulator leads (or wires) started to move.

I felt the first twinge when I was teaching myself to crochet on the 15th. I had some other twinges over the next few days, but nothing strong enough to make me worry. By Wednesday I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Not only did I have intermittent sharp twinges of pinching pain in the back of my head and neck, every time I used my right hand, I could feel the leads shift. That’s not normal.

Last March I knew my leads had shifted because I felt the vibration in the wrong spot. They scooched over a bit and then stopped moving. This time is totally different. I can’t be sitting or standing up for more than 30 minutes before the pinching becomes unbearable. It doesn’t matter if I’m cleaning or walking or using my computer.

And there’s nothing to do except wait until the leads find their new spots and get settled. If the stimulator still works the same when the leads are finshed moving, there’s nothing to do. If it doesn’t or they keep moving, I’ll ultimately have to decide if I want to keep the implant or not.

Instead of thinking about it (or moving around), I’m getting a fix of movies and books. Between 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday, I watched Baby Boom, Maid in Manhattan, You’ve Got Mail, Old School and the first three episodes in the Pride and Prejudice miniseries. I also read the last 150 pages of one book and the first 50 of another.

I’ve reached my limit of being up, so that’s it for now. I’ll get into more details this week. Before I sign off, I need to ask a big favor — are there any chick flicks that you’d recommend? Generally Hart and I watch all our movies together, so I’m looking for movies that he won’t care if he misses out on.

4 thoughts on “Lead Migration 2006”

  1. Oh Kerrie, I’m so sorry!!

    My fave chick flicks–Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle (and An Affair to Remember)…ok, pretty much any Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan flick 😉
    Also, Hitch, Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality, The Wedding Singer, and Chicago.

    Hang in there (((gentle hugs))))

  2. Yuck… I hope you feel better very, very soon!

    Chick flicks? Hmm… Ever After, Never Been Kissed, The Wedding Singer (Drew Berrymore, anyone??). You’ve Got Mail is one of the greatest! Two To Tango is funny, sort of a chick flick.

    I know I have more… I just can’t think straight right now. I’ll get back to you!

  3. I hope you are feeling better soon! I got hit with another migraine today, although I have known this one was coming for the last few days, unfortunatly, there’s not much I can do to stop it. I’m not in too much pain now, but in the “fuzy head” mode.

    I started watching “In Her Shoes” the other day, I didn’t get to finish it, the DVD kept skipping, but I think it would be a great chick flick.
    Also, I have enjoyed rented the full season of a show that I like to watch on tv, I’ve been watching the old “ER’s” lately.

    Hope you are feeling better, and the migration stops soon!

  4. ouch! I’m really sorry to hear that Kerri–I hope it settles soon and things are fine and you’re feeling better quickly.

    As for movies, afraid I can’t help you. I’ve been really bad about seeing the latest movies these days. A combination of saving money and being too lazy to walk that far. Take care…

    (btw-in case you notice my link changed, I moved my blog. there’s a note on the old one…)

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