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PRC Graduation!

patrick the wombatHello to all! I can now happily say that I’ve completed my 120 hours of chronic pain management courses and have safely driven back to Oklahoma. I apologize fo such a late update, I’ve been up to my ears in school work and rehab related stuff.

Alright so I graduated from PRC along with one of my good friends I met in PRC, there were tears and encouragements as we left. I was legitimately surprised by the overwhelming support I received upon my graduation from both PRC patients and the PRC staff themselves, honestly it was emotionally overwhelming but also the most support I’d ever felt in my life which really encouraged me as I prepared to go home. Prior to my departure I met with occupational therapy, physical therapy, and my care nurse. When I met with OT we discussed how I would adapt to life back home and how exactly I was going to moderate and modify my life. During my OT meeting it was determined that I am overly involved and needed to scale back, we identified what activities I partook in that could ne modified and what had to go. When I met with physical therapy I completed all the PT tests I had done when I first arrived and my improvement was drastic! PT helped me evaluate what tools I would need to exercise at home. Finally I met with my care nurse [who was fabulous]. My care nurse and I evaluated where I was at overall in terms of PT, OT, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication management. I chose to leave both my Tramadol and Vicodin at Mayo Clinic and go home pain-killer free. It has been a challenge but by no means impossible. Coming home was more difficult than I thought it would be. Not being surrounded by like-minded people who support you in a particular way that only one in a similar situation could provide is difficult. I was doing all my PT exercises until I over did the running aspect and appear to have developed a bunion [which I’ll deal with eventually]. I am still getting back into the swing of things and am worried that 2 summer classes overlapping will be hard for me [that started today] but I know I can get through it. I’ve had a couple bad days since being released from Mayo and I’m not going to lie, I wanted my pain medication. However I managed to get through it with the use of biofeedback and diaphragmatic breathing.

I would like to thank my friends and family for being so supportive of me and helping me get through. Additionally I would like to thank the wonderful individuals I met in PRC who have encouraged me and supported me through my struggles. Without the support of certain individuals I met at PRC I’m not sure I would have made it through the program, I’ve kept in touch with several of them and intend to offer support to them as they did to me.

My ukulele got here in the mail, her name is Penelope and she is bright red. Regrettably my hand stiffness is acting up so learning to play has been temporarily halted BUT I shall prevail eventually! Additionally when I have time I hope to add copies of my graphs showing my progress at Mayo Clinic soon.

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  1. Congratulations on graduation! I hope the things you learned and experienced stay with you for a lifetime. Any kind of intense behavior modification like you experienced is difficult when you go back home. However, your “stick-to-it”-ness really shows that you can maintain your goals (and perhaps even retrain those around you to be more supportive). Good luck with summer school and staying on track!

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