Follow your Arrow

I know I’m lucky. I know I’m rare. I have been told this more times then I can count. I am grateful every day, but it’s hard to think of yourself as lucky when your quality of life has become non-exsistant. I am very optimistic about this program I am about to start, but really nervous at the same time. It’s going to be like a full time job. I have commuted to Chicago for the last 5 years for my job, but I was also feeling much better then. I’m going to need to commute downtown 5 days a week, spend 8 hours a day there, but if this is going to be the answer to my pain, I will do anything.

I have talked to a few people who have been through the Pain Management program at Shirley Ryan, and have heard so many good things. It’ll be exactly what I have been looking for, a Dr. House approach if you will. Anyone who did not watch House will not get it, but my issue is I have SO MANY problems from my accident in 2010 and the surgeries that have followed. All of the Doctors are only looking at one piece of the puzzle. Vascular is looking at vascular issues, but not how they tie into my neuro issues or my newly diagnosed Cardio issues. Neurology is looking at my new issues, but not all of the previous damage that has been done.

This program will be all sorts of health care professionals from Physicians with a specialty in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain management

Pain Psychologists

Occupational Therapists

Physical Therapists

Relaxation Therapists

Vocational Rehabilitation specialists

Nurses experienced in pain management

An interdisciplinary approach to pain relief can dramatically improve quality of life. – Medical Director James Atchison

I am coming to the conclusion that is why I am having such a hard time. I have Chronic Pain issues, Acute Pain issues, and nobody knows how to treat all these crazy issues on a seemingly healthy 33 year old. I will also get to spend my 34th birthday at this lovely facility πŸ˜‚ June 14th if you’d like to send gifts 🎁!

My new Doctor that I saw Friday told me that I look a lot better in person then I do in my medical chart. I love him already πŸ˜‚. He had already done his homework when he came in the room, and had spoken with my Neuro doctors at Northwestern, my previous Pain Management Doctor, and already knew the basics of the story. I hate explaining it all, so that made it a little easier.

Before I saw the Pain Management Doctor I had a Psych Evaluation. All those questions about pain, and how I cope, and what my goals are. It seems they have the same goals as me, so I am really excited 😊.

It’s really a good feeling to know there is some hope at the end of this seemingly never ending dark tunnel. I will start this Tuesday, and the program lasts 4 weeks.

I will keep you all updated on my progress! πŸ˜¬πŸ’•


The song here is “Follow your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves. Just a reminder that you don’t need to always do what everyone else does. Everyone will judge you no matter what. You can’t beat them, but that doesn’t mean you should join them 😊. You only get so many trips around the sun, so make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you are into. Oh the wisdom of country music πŸ™‚

Just follow your arrow wherever it points…


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