So I left at 12:45 to go to work. At 1:45 I got a call from Alisa to come back. Nothing serious, but not exactly a productive 30 minutes at the office.
Here is the reason I got called back in.
The pain team came in and talked about other options for controlling pain. Alisa is resistant to do anything that seems palliative, so she was not super excited about this idea, but we decided it would be the best.
The new plan for pain is to install a pain pump inside Alisa's body (http://professional.medtronic.com/pt/neuro/idd/edu/index.htm#.VMa57mTF_xI)
It is a little bit like a permanent epidural, but it shouldn't mess with the muscle function. It will have a base rate and she can also give more as needed. It is controlled remotely (that's cool). The surgery to install the pump takes about an hour and is scheduled for early this evening. She will need to be observed for at least 24 hours post op. The doctors all think this is the way to go (including Joan, who we trust with our lives). Alisa has been very clear headed today and feels like this will help her continue to fight.
Looks like a couple of more days in the hospital, totally worth it.