Monday morning early, we had an appointment at the CORE institute in Surprise, AZ for evaluation of the results from Ms. Pat's procedure on her back.
The CORE is a busy place, even as early as it was. We were one of the first ones there, but soon every seat in the place was filled.
Within a few minutes we were called into the examination room and Ms. Pat began answering questions and filling out the questioner about the injections she received last Friday. After all factors were evaluated, it was decided that Ms. Pat is an acceptable candidate for the Radiofrequency Abalation procedure and an appointment was made. The earliest open date was March 15.
This procedure is normally done under sedation but she doesn't”t take well to heavy sedation, so they agreed to keep it as local as possible. She is anxious to get it behind her with hopes of welcome relief of the constant aggravating pain in her back. We have known for years that she needs surgery on her back, but we want to avoid that if at all possible. So we look forward to the procedure and are hopeful it will be successful. Travel Bug-Susan, thanks for the comment and we will keep you posted on the results. It might work for your Mom.
We made it home from Surprise shortly after after noon and this is what occurred right about Happy Hour! If you look close, you can see the SNOW!! AGAIN!! It didn’t amount to much, and the moisture is always a welcome site.
We had been in close contact with JRoger and Susan, our good friends coming all the way from Florida, in their new Motorhome. Yesterday, Ms. Pat attended her Ladies Shooting class and we knew they were getting closer. At about 4pm they called and informed us that they were about 100 miles away and would be here in about 2 hours. Hurray, we are sure looking forward to seeing them. Ms. Pat quickly made a big pot of Gina’s famous “Taco Soup” and kept it warm in the cooker.
We agreed to hold Happy Hour open. Shortly after 6pm they called and said they were just a few miles away. We jumped in the golf cart and headed up to the front gate to meet them and lead them down to our place. It was so good to see them. We had them all parked, plugged in and situated just as darkness of the evening set in. I was so excited I forgot to take any pictures. :-(
We enjoyed hugs and conversation and the Taco Soup really hit the spot. I am anxious to catch up with all the news and inspect their new little Motorhome. JRoger says, “This is the way to travel”. He says he is enjoying the simplicity of a Motorhome and it's small enough Susan can do some of the driving for him. It got late fast and everyone was tired and and looking forward to tomorrow and the days to come.
It is a GREAT WEEK !!!!
Thanks for stopping by, come on back Sunday for some pictures and find out what we're up to.
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It's always good to have visitors, we love it when someone stops at the Ranch. Glad you all are having a great visit. Be safe out there.. Sam & Donna...
I'm surprised you were allowed to take a picture in the waiting room. When I took my daughter to Mayo in Rochester, my daughter and I agreed to have her photo taken in the lobby. An employee ran over to us and firmly said "No Photos!! We respect the privacy of all patients!" Whew...I thought they were going to confiscate my camera.Hope Miss Pat's back issue is resolved..I can't imagine having that pain. Hugs to her!
I have never heard of Radiofrequency Ablation. Thanks so much for the link.
We saw on TV where you weren't having an exactly "typical" winter. Hope that stuff melts and doesn't appear again for many moons.
Have followed your blog for the past 6 months or so. Enjoy the stories.
JUst a little info on Radio Frequency Neurotomy. My wife was in pain (lower back)for several years and nothing seemed to help. Had tried everything that was posssible at the time. A year ago this past June she had this procedure done and before she left the hospital she was free of pain and has had none since.
Thank you so much for the info. I sent a link to your blog and a link on the ablation procedure to my mom. I hope Ms. Pat gets full relief from the procedure.
Best wishes for Pat.... Taco soup, taco soup, all this talk about TS and no recipe! Whatever....
Hope that procedure works for Pat. That back pain can be one nasty bit of business & it just grinds on a person's well being. These age related problems are just not a good thing for any of us. Enjoy your company:))
Our best wishes to Ms. Pat and that her upcoming procedure will be a success. Happy Valentines to you both.
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