Saturday, January 21, 2006

As for me...

Still not quite fully recovered. I tried to remove the steri-strips that function as stitches. But even after soaking them in water for quite some time, they were not quite ready to be removed. Maybe tommorow...

3 comments:

Rusty said...

If they don't come off easily tomorrow perhaps you should call your Dr. for advice - they may have some trick they forgot to tell you about. Hope you are just taking it easy and not trying to do much. Surgery can take quite a toll on your body. MOM

Connie said...

Hi, I'm considering having VNS implanted in my 8 year old son. He will not be able to talk to me about any discomfort so I was thrilled to find your blog. I know it's very early for you but are you glad you did it? I'm having a hard time decided to do it to someone else. P.S. I think you have a grat MOM.

Emeriol said...

Connie,
So far the VNS side effects are only slightly annoying. As for effectiveness on controlling seizures, so far it appears to be only marginally effective. Most people don't experince improvement until many months have passed, so I am not surprised.
I don't know how your son can communicate, but if he will not be able to indicate how the VNS is affecting him with regards to side effects, I would be somewhat hesitant to have it implanted.
If the settings are not adjusted with care, the sensations in the throat can feel like choking or pain or a bizzare irritation. It really helped to be able to tell my nurse that certain settings were too much to take and that I needed to go a bit slower on changing them.
Let me know if you have any other questions. I would be glad to help.
P.S. - You're right! I have a great MOM!