I've been working with a very special man, Dr. Charles Shields. He is the Dr. that many of my "office calls" happen through e-mail and Skype. Yesterday Cheri and I went to see him at his office. He had scheduled my appointment for 5:00 PM. I'm very certain that he normally doesn't schedule that late, because I overheard his secretary having to postpone something because she was going to be working a little late today. Dr. Shields, if you're reading this, I truly appreciate your caring heart and Amber I apologize for causing you extra work, but I suspect that your employer has a habit of going the extra mile.
I'm still going through the abdomen pain, the lidocaine injections proved to be useful when we tried them. I was really counting on leaving Enid with very little pain. Due to the nature of my neural system, it's very hard for any physician to diagnose what is causing the things that I feel. Some people call this phantom pain, not because it's not real pain, it's because the source of the pain can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. The plan for this visit was to inject lidocaine with a small dose of a steroid into the hot spots, (My dreams of Tour de France and Olympic victories would've been tossed out right beside my oxtail stew). :-) People with neurological problems can tell you after they've been diagnosed, the place where you feel pain may not be the source.
What actually occurred yesterday was that I didn't take any pain medication after lunch so that finding the hot spots would be relatively easy. Once the examination began, Dr. Shields expression on his face was telling me that he was puzzled by what he was finding. The short explanation is the area appears to be spreading somewhat and his plan of injections was probably not going to yield very good results. The procedure for finding the hot spots unfortunately leaves that area feeling like a convention of ants at a stinging contest until my medication kicks in. (yes I'm from Oklahoma) The next step will be using a cream that contains several compounds and it will probably start Friday or Saturday. FYI: I could not find any good jokes about ants, but I would to like to hear one if you find one.
This morning, I think I heard God say, " I am the Great Physician, Dr. Shields is a good physician and I should put my trust in God and He will decide which procedure He will use for the healing."
Much love, Dennis