The University of Washington Center for Pain Relief didn’t do much for me on Friday, September 17th, when I had my appointment. The machine to freeze the nerves in my knees is still broken, and there is no estimated time of when it’ll be fixed. It must not be used very much because they are in no rush to get it fixed.
However, in my opinion their thinking is flawed, as if there is even ONE patient that need the procedure that is possible by this machine, it should be ready and usable. I had no idea that such a procedure was even possible until my doctor at the Pain Clinic brought it up at my appointment four months ago. Yep, that’s how long this ordeal has been going on.
As a matter of fact, today was the day I was supposed to get the nerves in my knees frozen, because Keith had specifically taken a week off to help me after the procedure, but with the machine broken, no procedure. I suggested that they get a replacement machine – and I was told it wasn’t possible.
Wasn’t possible? Any other place that has an expensive piece of equipment that they use for their business has a way to get a replacement if the piece breaks down. Not so, for the University of Washington Medical Center Pain Clinic. And this machine is shared with Harborview Medical Center. I just can’t see how an expensive piece of machinery can lie dormant for so long with no repair being done to it. I haven’t even heard why they haven’t sent it in to be repaired. That should have been the first thing they did.
So, I have no idea if/when I will get my knees frozen. And the really weird thing is, my doctor recommended this for my headaches too, even though the machine was being repaired and they have no idea WHEN it’ll be available. Frustrating as hell.
So I got a cordozone shot in the knee to hold me for two months. I’m still not happy about it, especially since I have to go up to the Center for Pain Relief for the shots, every two months, so I guess I’m in a holding pattern, until either a) the machine gets fixed, or b) they find a machine to handle the freezing process.
One good thing came out of my appointment. I’ve been having increased pain, so my morphine dose has been doubled to two morphine a day. So, I’m back at what I was before the pain clinic… at least this time, it’s a bit more controlled.