We would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that Dr. Jayme Trahan is our hero! My husband suffered a massive stroke earlier this year. It became necessary to have part of his skull removed in order to release pressure on his brain. Dr. Trahan responded instantly to our physician’s emergency request to come and perform the surgery…had he not done so, my husband would have died! Dr. Trahan was skillful and very kind and compassionate. And, he once again stepped in when the time came to replace the bone flap, performing another successful and skillful surgery. We are eternally grateful that we had such a wonderful doctor taking care of us!
If you could bare with me for a few minutes, I’d like to recap this once in a lifetime experience in hopes that somewhere along the way, those with similar circumstances may avail themselves with one of the quality doctors Lafayette has been blessed.
December 2014 brought on unexpected uncomfortable changes in my life. A life which I am hard put to describe as “ elderly.” Yet, it is perfectly clear that I have reached the beginning era of “the old elderly.” I will be 80 years old this year.
The season arrived with its schedule bringing their set lists of things to do before Christmas. Preparations for me began with house cleaning, decorations, gifts, as well as holiday menus. My rallying cry to stress bust through these traditions was “Peace on Earth, Good will to Men.”
To set the stage, of course, I began with holiday house cleaning. While shampooing the carpet I had a setback when the oversized recliner refused to budge. A challenge before me! I declared “You are not my boss!” With everything I could muster up, I pulled on the chair again. Now, it isn’t hard to understand when my back went out that I humbly admitted, “I stand corrected.”
Thereafter, I began to wake each morning with utmost difficulty to get out of bed. Each night finding a painfree position to sleep was utterly impossible. The pain progressed to the point my activities of daily living were affected. Going up and down the stairs became almost unmanageable without assistance. Chores as simple as removing items from the refrigerator became major commitments.
It did not require much soul searching to come to the understanding that this backache was not going to take care of itself. An appointment was made with my family doctor to decide what was wrong and what could be done. After trying conservative medicine, an appointment was made for an MRI test. The results of the MRI documented several age related trouble areas in my spine
CENTER STAGE! JAYME TRAHAN, MD,
A referral was arranged for Dr. Trahan to review the MRI results for us to receive opinions and recommendations to help rid me of the constant pain.
Almost blind with pain, I arrived at a hospitable and clean facility staffed by a kind professional staff who received me. This staff was knowledgeable and coordinated well with each other to ready me for my doctor’s appointment. There was a smooth flow in their actions to do their job and I found it quite impressive.
After Dr. Trahan read the reports and explained to me what was in the report, he assured me that some conservative medicine would be in order. His staff scheduled me to begin spinal shots, then saw me through these procedures. The shots did not work.
Secondly, attended physical therapy with ultrasound followed by water therapy. Still no maintained relief.
Surgery was then discussed. After factoring in health, age, risks, and expected results, Dr. Trahan explained how much relief could be anticipated through surgery. My thoughts were I was in reasonably good health, was an active senior citizen, believed in my doctor and his training, and believed in a successful surgery. As for the risks, however, as I aged further, the risk factors would not improve. Therefore the bottom line became if I lived to be 100, did I want to be able to walk? To me, this said it all. This was my chance. Dr. Trahan also made it clear what surgery could accomplish.
With the knowledgeable staff, Dr. Trahan’s office scheduled my surgery for spinal stenosis. Pre-op tests were taken and completed before I reported to Lafayette General Medical Center where I was comfortably prepared for surgery with accommodations and routine checklists. Again impressive coordination of the hospital staff and the flow towards the event was impressive too. As far as I could tell, all went according to plan and before I knew it I was back in a private room for an overnight stay. That night, and I am sure its different for everyone, no pain medicine was required. That night the hospital nurse walked me about the room. Upon awakening in the morning, it was quite surprising to me that I still had no pain. The surgery was a success!
Miracles still happen. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!