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Friday, April 3, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis, Stimulator Finally Working Properly, and Great Friends

I got the stimulator fixed up today, had all the straps, all the bells and tassels in the right place, facing in the right direction. It's amazing what those 2 little patches are able to do, once they are put on correctly. Picture a silver dollar that's smooth on one side, and has what looks like a computer motherboard on the other. The computer side is supposed to go face down, but they had them the other way. Being upside down, the computer part wasn't doing it's job, so the stim was firing in a narrow patch, concentrating the beam, making it hurt like hell! In the right position, they fire the full size of the silver dollar, and is almost unnoticeable. I'm happy again, no need for my camo paint and blowgun!

I felt so good today I went out, by myself, to a FOP meeting with the guys that I used to work with. Yeah baby, me flying solo, a lone wolf, and at night. None of the guys, including the couple of women, we were always the guys from work, something I think they were proud to be part of, had seen the stim yet. They have been there every step of the way for me, and therefore know what the progression has been. It was good to demonstrate how I could walk, and turn, and joke around, all without the cane by the way, for the first time in a long while, probably 3 years. Something like the stim is an excellent opportunity, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to give it a try, plus it's a pretty cool thing to show off.


Slammermike said...

It like the stim is progressing well. Sorry I missed the meeting. Now since you were showing off your new wheels did they make you go get all the beers????

Paul is a Hermit said...

It's good to hear that they were able to make it work right. No wonder it was sore as hell before. It's amazing you were trying so hard before, while getting stung for the effort every time.

awb said...

Slammer, they made fun of me because when I'm standing, if I shift my stance the stim will fire, making me lurch forward. I told them if they thought that was bad, they should stand next to me in the men's room!

awb said...

And it was sore Paul. They told me there would be a little discomfort, I thought I had turned sissy, because I was on the verge of sending it back.