Deep Brain Implants
by Bionic Kate
No I'm not kidding. I have two electrodes inserted deeply into my brain connected to two implanted battery packs. The electrodes have two functions. One partially blocks the pain messages between the brain and the targeted left leg. The second electrode increases endorphin levels.
Three questions I am frequently asked:
Do the batteries need changing? Yes, but they last for years before they run out of juice.
Do I set off security alarms. Not yet. :) I have a letter from my doctor that I keep with me when I fly.
Do they help manage the pain? Yes. I have been told I received better than expected results. Since the initial injury, this is the one and only time I've heard that statement!
One hitch. Before I get a haircut, I ask the stylist if she's squeamish. Obviously, the surface of my skull is full of funny lumps and bumps from connecting hardware.