Though Medcenter wasn't having any Black Friday specials, Faith and I both found out that it was the best day to have an appointment. Everyone in Bismarck was either gone, shopping or sleeping, so we got into our appointments right away and were in and out very quickly.
For my appointment, I arrived at 9:30 to get my pacemaker battery replaced. A pacemaker check on November 11 via telephone showed that my battery was in ERI - the stage at which the battery begins to conserve energy because it's getting low. Apparently, it had been at that stage as of October 23rd - which is the day before I started my new job and also the day before I once again had health insurance. When a pacemaker is at ERI, it usually has about three months of battery life but because my heart sucks the juice out of my battery at a faster rate than normal, they advised me to get it changed as soon as I could. It worked out that I could get in the day after Thanksgiving - a holiday for us at work.
At first I was a little apprehensive about getting the procedure done in Bismarck as opposed to Mayo. In the end though, I am so glad I was able to do it here. The whole thing only took about 2 hours. The worst side effect I had afterwards was the shakiness that I felt. I was able to eat something though and since I was awake and alert, they let me go home. Of course I couldn't drive - Rob had been there the whole time so he took me home. I was pretty impressed with Rob - he stayed in the room while they were drawing blood and hooking up my iv. The only time he left was when I made a request for a caramel mocha while waiting to get discharged.
I am so thankful that I have the whole weekend to recover - I have been sleeping a lot. I am also a little sore and it's really black and blue. Faith constantly asks to see my owie. I was a little disappointed they didn't just go over my old scar - instead they created another one.
I really wanted to accompany Faith to her appointment later that afternoon with Dr. Ocejo. I had a lot of questions for him but due to my exhaustion I stayed home and slept while Rob took her instead. At 46 pounds, Dr. Ocejo is happy with her weight and we are to continue doing what we are doing with her diet. She has actually been asking to eat more solids so that has been a good thing.
As far as the baclofen pump is concerned, he is fine with our decision to wait until she gains a little more weight. In the meantime, we will be getting another round of botox to help relieve the high tone in her legs. This time though, we will be getting her partially sedated (like I was for my procedure) so it's not so traumatic for her.
After the appointment, Faith started to cry because she was having so much fun with Dr. Ocejo and was sad to see him go. She had been asking him all sorts of silly questions like "Does everyone on Sesame Street brush their teeth?" and "Do you know what a quest is?" They get quite a kick out of each other!
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, our appointments were both something to be thankful for and since we didn't get any Black Friday specials, it is good that we have great health insurance!