Now that Sherryl's doctors have identified a specific spot in her back central to the pain that results in spasms, they have decided to surgically implant in her back a small catheter through which pain medication will be dispersed directly to the area. The date of surgery is not yet confirmed but is expected to occur early this week. A local, rather than general, anesthesia will be used. This aspect of pain management is critical to regulating Sherryl's medications so she can be discharged home as soon as possible.
She is feeling relatively well today (2 on a scale of 1 to 10 for pain intensity), and reports that evenings and nights are the hardest to endure as that is when painful spasms occur most frequently.
Although she did not get much sleep last night, Sherryl's spirits are good and her sense of humor is healthy. Several things made her laugh today, and she continues to very much appreciate all of her nurses.
Sherryl also has on her mind those wonderful friends who are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on her behalf. To date, "Team RaRa" has raised 71% of its goal of $12,000 in pledges; all proceeds will go to The Avon Foundation.
If you've not had a chance to visit the Team RaRa website, please click here. Team RaRa is comprised of five lovely ladies: Janice Hayes, Kristen Davenport, Hillary Fredrickson, Ginny Hautau, and Melissa Worthey -- all of whom were an integral part of PINK IN THE PARK for Clark Street Foundation. They are our heroes, and deserve tremendous support for the time and effort they are contributing to this fund raising event. Thank you, Team RaRa!