Cleveland and Chronic Pain

Tomorrow I’m starting something completely new and different. I returned to Cleveland Clinic yet again last Monday where I went through an hour and a half of questions as part of an assessment for admission to the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (CPRP). Tomorrow, I will begin the program. Because the program is outpatient, I will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house, which is a huge blessing because it is less expensive than a hotel and is directly across the street from the building I where the program is located.

I am hoping the program will be able to help me not only physically with my pain, but also assist me in dealing with the pain psychologically. Each day, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:30, I will participate in group and/or individual activities, including physical and occupational therapy, group discussions, and of course, visits with the doctor and/or nurses. The packing list included a swimsuit and towel, so I’m really hoping for some aquatic therapy as well! The average length of the program is three to four weeks, however some patients take longer, some take less, it all depends on the patient I’m told.

I’d like to ask for prayer for safety, as I’m downtown Cleveland alone, though the hospital campus is relatively safe, it is still the middle of a large city. Prayers also for each of the doctors, nurses, therapists, etc. who I will be working with over the next few weeks.

2 comments

  1. I have really enjoyed reading your RSD blog. I to have had RSD for almost 7 years and I am also a Christian. you are right on with all of your thoughts and beliefs. I have tried everything includig a 5 & 3 day ketamine infusion. how was the cleveland clinic?

    May God continue to be your source of strength,
    Paul

  2. Paul,
    Thanks so much for your comment. Cleveland was amazing (see my newer post on Living Beyond the Pain). I was helped so much, to the point that my pain is now an average of a 3, instead of a 7-8. I’m doing all sorts of things I never dreamed I would do again – just today I had my arm out the window and could tolerate the wind over it!

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