Susie's been feeling pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms around the margins of her hard neck brace. Yesterday, she called her neurosurgeon's office and asked to have Dr. Schwartz call her back about what, if anything, can be done to reduce these symptoms, pending her office appointment with him next Wednesday. Dr. Schwartz never called back, so Susie, under prodding from yours truly, called Dr. Schwartz's office again, got the answering service, and Dr. Kureshi, a neurosurgeon who was on call this weekend, called her back.
Dr. Kureshi said Dr. Schwartz will look at x-rays of Susie's fractured vertebrae on Wednesday and may have new ideas about how the fractures are healing and whether a smaller, softer neck brace could be substituted for the large, hard, neck brace. In the meantime, Dr. Kureshi told Susie to take Ibuprofen, the anti-inflammatory medication, throughout the day, and night, to try to ease the pain and spasm in her neck. Hopefully this will ease the pain and spasm in her neck, until she can get in to see Dr. Schwartz on Wednesday.
We are both very happy Susie is now recuperating at home. I am free to help her in any way she needs. Every day, she looks better and better, more relaxed, but she's still in a lot of pain. That's going to take a long time to go away, we hope and pray.
Every day I wake up, I thank God for saving Susie and protecting her from a lifetime of wheelchair dependence for getting around and about.