Alright gang I am officially getting ready to leave for Mayo clinic round two! I have scheduled my finals for the semester to optimize the amount of time I will have to rest and see my friends before I leave. I leave May 10th and will be driving to Osceola, Iowa to stay the night, May 11th I will drive to rochester and check into my extended stay hotel. Monday is when the real fun starts. I will be at the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center [PRC] bright and early for my first day. As I understand it the first day will be mostly evaluating my situation and planning a course of action. There are several core components to the program:
Core components include:
- Medication management and chemical health education.
- Stress management and relaxation techniques.
- Physical therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Recreational therapy.
- Group therapy.
- Biofeedback. [which costs roughly $300 a pop, I need 3 sessions]
- Lifestyle management.
- Complementary and alternative therapies.
I will be really interested to see how I progress as the program goes on, my mother will be coming to Rochester to see me during my second week there and will be attending the family portion of the program. I’m not terribly well informed on what exactly the family portion involves. I do know that family members follow patients through their morning schedules and are then taken to a class of their own on Thursday and Friday.
I will keep everybody up to date with how my treatment progresses, I am incredibly hopeful that this will help with some of the pain issues and social issues I’ve had [due to pain].
More information on the Mayo PRC: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/physical-medicine-rehabilitation/minnesota/pain-rehabilitation-center/overview