Well, it's been nearly 14 weeks since my surgery and I guess I haven't written much because there isn't much to say...which is a good thing. I seem to have gotten the programming worked out as best I can, and have been feeling quite good. I usually have a little bit of a headache, and don't therefore feel good enough to often do anything horribly physical like working out, but at least the pain isn't always in the forefront of my consciousness and I am living a normal life.
So normal, in fact, that I actually got married on September 4 and took a vacation that weekend. That's a pretty big step for me, since for the last few years I haven't been able to plan one day in advance, much less weeks or months in advance. It was nothing too exciting...just went to the courthouse and then went to a nice resort and Yellowstone for the weekend but I felt great. I drove a lot, drank some wine, and no headache. Not even a little, which was such a blessing.
I still seem to be getting a migraine about once a month (I've had 3 since my surgery). These are headaches that the stimulator doesn't help...I just have to turn it off an rely on my migraine rescue drugs (i.e. Zomig). And acetominophen (Advil) seems to help a lot too, oddly enough. Sometimes I get upset that I still have headaches at all but once a month is a heck of a lot better than nearly every day.
I'm still fighting with the insurance company, but now for different reasons. There are parts of my surgery that they say weren't "medically necessary." I don't know how some random dude behind a desk in an insurance office gets to decide that, but it's the sad truth of things. There are about $5000 worth of charges that they don't want to cover. Seeing that I've already spent $5000 out of pocket this year, and didn't work or get paid for 4 months, I cannot afford to pay it. I plan to appeal their decision but am still waiting to see if my doctor will just write off the charges. I'm ready to fight them though, I don't care if it's a long haul. Bring it on. I've also heard from several different people that if you pester and annoy them enough, the insurance company will eventually get sick of you and just pay the charges. And if there's one thing in this world that I'm good at, it's being annoying!
P.S. Oh, and wow, over 1000 hits on this blog site! Not too shabby! Thanks for reading!