We’re taking a new direction with pain management after seeing his specialist today. Dr Johnson is very good, he’s thorough, communicative, empathetic, and very experienced. At our urging (after several conversation with knowledgeable friends) he prescribed a different pain medicine. It’s a longer lasting, sustained release oxycodone, without acetaminophen. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, just believe me that this is a step in the right direction. Good ol’ Percocet just isn’t cutting it. He typically experiences ups and downs far too often each day while trying to effectively manage his pain.
They are also moving forward with a spinal cord stimulator trial. That is, once Nick receives a second opinion from a pain doc in a larger hospital in a larger city. Dr Johnson is requiring this to make sure there isn’t something he’s missing. He explained to us that this is a matter of timing more than anything else. Nicks injury is still in the healing stage, and therefore his condition is always changing. To implant a device in his spine when we still don’t know the end result, can be tricky. So we are going to consult with the head pain specialist at UCSD in January and see what his perspective is. In the meantime, now that we are actively talking about the spinal cord stimulator, we’ll be doing more research in hopes to gain insight from others with similar spine injuries as Nick.
Our initial car search is finally, and thankfully, over. We got a car tonight. And not just any car, the right car for us. We spent hours and hours doing online research and comparisons. We visited half a dozen dealerships only to pick the salesmen’s brains and test the fit of the wheelchair in the back of car after car. We realized early on that we needed the roominess of a small “cross over” suv. A Corolla or Camry was just too small. If we were going to spend any money at all, it was clear that we required a car that matches our needs. We finally landed with our first choice, the Honda CR-V. Quality, reliability, resale value, durability, and reputation, were the main driving forces behind our decision to go Honda. A few key features, killer gas mileage, comfort, and size were the reasons we chose the CR-V. Nick negotiated an exceptional deal, affordably low payments, extended warranty and a next-to-nothing APR. Buying late in December really does pay off. Honda is even paying the $1000 to get hand controls permanently installed by a qualified mechanic. We now feel safe driving and have plenty of room for all our newly essential “stuff.”
After such a shitty year, it’s a warm, happy feeling to have three notably exciting events happen in one week: engagement, new car, and bringing MIA home. Even though I try to steer clear of feelings of entitlement, I have to say that we really deserve this. To feel genuinely excited about life, about life that doesn’t include Nicks accident or recovery, is amazing. We feel a little bit human again. So grateful!