Elana is still in pain, but that was expected. First her body will take weeks to recover from the trauma of the Coma. Second, while it might have been wishful thinking (and I have done a lot of wishing lately), it was not realistic to think that the pain in her foot and shoulder was going to magically disappear. The pain in her foot is definitely less than it has been at its worst but Elana is still in a lot of pain. That does not mean the coma was a failure by any means. What it does mean is that Elana is going to have to exert herself almost beyond tolerance during her water therapy sessions that will begin in approximately one month. We hope that the water therapy combined with additional ketamine booster infusions over the coming months will continue re-train her brain and foot and further reduce her pain while at the same time increase her mobility.
One thing we know we accomplished was getting Elana of the of the Opioids (Oxycontin, Vicadin & Morphine). Before the Coma she was taking all of those drugs in ridiculous amounts every day. After two years, they were no longer helping her, in fact they were actually making her pain worse. In no uncertain terms she had become addicted to those drugs. Like anyone who is addicted to pain killers you continue to take them to help with the pain of not having the drugs. At a certain point they cease to become useful in treating the initial pain. Who knows when that train left the station for Elana. All that matters now is she is no longer taking them.
I know I have said it on several occasions, but it definitely deserves repeating how much I want to thank all of you who followed and commented on the blog, sent e-mails and text messages of support, and inspired me the whole time I was was here with how much love, caring and appreciation you have for Elana. I know how great Elana is. Obviously, that is why I married her in the first place. However, it never gets old reading how much she means to all of her friends and family as well.
I really have not shared much with Elana about the Blog and the comments. I want her to go through it when she has built up the required mental and physical strength. I, along with all of you, have shared this blog experience over the last three weeks. Elana will become a part of the blog in time. I am really hoping that seeing Jesse, being home, and thinking positively about the many challenges ahead will help lift Elana's spirit and give her the strength she needs to continue fighting the RSD. I know that when she reads the blog and all the e-mails she will be inspired to battle beyond what she maybe even believes are her own limitations.
It goes without saying that this will be an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives. Hopefully because of this experience, the RSD will not define Elana for the rest of her life. I am not definitely saying that this is the last blog post, but I can not tell you when the next one will be.
Until the next time.........Thank you and good night.