Well today is July 21 st 2005 and I received my first treatment of Botox injections. (35 months post stroke)
It took about 30 minutes and consisted of the following.
1) Taken into the examining room to wait for the doctor.
2) Doctor comes in and tells me that I will need to remove my shirt for the procedure.
3) I take off the shirt and lie down on the examining table face up.
4) The doctor "Tests" me at this point. range of motion of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. He also checks range of motion of fingers.
5) The doctor "Maps" me as to where the Botox injections are to be applied.
6) The Doctor calculates the amount of Botox for each area that he has determined requiring an application. This is to ensure that the supply of drug is matched to the application requirements.
7) The doctor then "injects" me by using a inject and press method. twice for the wrist. Twice for the elbow. Once for the forearm. Once for the shoulder.
Only one time did I feel a funny sensation. The feeling was like when you hit your funny bone but it was in the middle of my hand right at the point when he made one of the injections.
8) put shirt back on. and the doctor will want me back in early September for a check. (Decision on further treatments will be made then)
The doctor tells me that it will take about two weeks for the Botox to take full effect and that the effect will last about three months.
My assignment is to stretch the heck out of the shoulder, arm and hand to see if I can increase the range of the wrist (flex and rotate). Also to allow the arm to hang in a more natural way when standing and walking. (not to draw up).
There is a possible danger that I might loose the strength in my arm but if I do it should return in about three months. (hokay dokay eh) LOL
Well now you know..... The rest of the story.
There are some videos on the Botox treatment on the web and I will see if I can find one that I can post a link to in a future blog.