Last night a friend brought over a piece of cloth called Farabloc that was specifically designed to treat phantom limb pain. He’s been wrapping his left stump with it as much as possible all day.
This morning we spent 45 minutes using touch therapy on his stumps. I brushed them with a bristle brush, iced them, poked them, and rubbed them with a towel. We used to do this last summer, but stopped. An email yesterday reminded me that this is a good method to retrain his brain that his legs stop at the stumps; that his feet aren’t there.
Prior to his Project Walk session today, we booked Nick a last-minute Acupuncture appointment with a traditional Chinese doctor. He’s seeing her again tomorrow too.
He did a 30 minute guided meditation specifically for phantom pain on the way down to Carlsbad in the car. He’s been doing this twice a day for the last week, along with specific affirmations throughout the day.
Oh, and he’s been wearing his electrical pulse thingy (TENS unit) on his leg almost all day long for the last few weeks.
After Project Walk, our 90 minute drive home was painfully silent. Nothing is working.
Tonight we have already spent four hours separately researching various options to try next. I’ve made an appointment request to see a therapist who specializes in coping with trauma and chronic pain, and uses hypnotherapy as one of the tools to help her clients. I’ve also requested an appointment with a therapist who specializes in a technique called Biofeedback. This procedure helps to reassociate brainwaves… or something like that.
I’m pooped. Emotionally exhausted. Tired of what this phantom pain is doing to our lives.
To those who have reached out to help us: Thank You!!