I went into my meeting this morning drained, in pain, and completely untrusting the entire medical system.
After horrible pain management experience, in and out of the hospital post-opt following spine surgery on 08 16 21, connecting with Dr. Schmidt today, really put my mind and spirit at ease. For the first time in over two weeks, I wasn't being treated as a bed number or case number.
As human beings going through something like what I've gone through with this L5-S1 Fusion, due to Degenerative Disc Disease, we really need that from all medical professionals assigned to care for us during our time of need..
I didn't choose this to happen to my body or be born with it but it did anyway.
My experiences outside of the pain management process for my care are not connected to Dr. Schmidt. I'd like to be very transparent about that aspect. There have been many medical professionals involved in my post-opt care.
Today however; was my first day connecting with Dr. Schmidt directly. I also would like to also thank his PA Rebecca I met her in the hospital on 08 20. Both make a great team.
Having a Doctor show patience and empathy changed my entire perspective about my healing process this morning. As a former six-day a week high-intensity workout queen I'm experiencing the worse pain in my life. Also, I'm very frightened, stressed, frustrated, and not having control on how my body is healing. I don't want to take pain medication for the rest of my life or even the next 30 days. I know it's temporary, but I just needed one person to see and hear me. Just needed one medical professional to do that for me and that was Dr. Schmidt.
Dr. Schmidt, probably doesn't even know how important that was to me today. How my faith was renewed in the medical system at AMITA and also the pain Management process for my recovery period.
I know I'm a difficult case because I'm allergic to almost all opioids, but when I got off the call with him this morning, I felt something I hadn't felt in a while. HOPE. Thank you, Dr. Schmidt, for educating me, listening to my concerns, and giving me hope for recovery. I hope someone reads this and it helps them too.