The trial is over. The wires were removed yesterday.
Click here for pictures of the wires being pulled out.
For the trial to be considered a success by the insurance company, BR's pain level would need to have dropped from the 6-8 range to the 3-4 range. After a week of experimenting, we were only able to get it down to the 5-7 range. So there will be no permanent lumbar stimulation implant.
The pain management team is going to consider a cervical trial, but nothing definite yet. In the mean time, we are bringing the Fentanyl dosage back up, and are considering biofeedback as a way to break the anxiety-pain cycle.
Last night was another wonderfully social evening on the front porch. We shared some good Absinthe with the neighbors, and started planning a block party for late May.