Glad your trial went well and that you are going to be favored with the permanent implant!! Cool!
Yup, I have enjoyed visiting New Orleans, especially when for conferences I was in the Quarter and could take in a stroll, the antique shops which are to die for, and the FOOD!!
BLAST.... well, I came up with that when after my permanent implant the recovery nurse was trying to help me remember the old BLT rule and logrolling and, oh, by the way, NEVER STRETCH until long after healing. So I asked her "well, why don't you incorporate no stretching into the BLT rule and call it BLAST, no bending, lifting, stretching, twisting?" She and my wife agreed I had had a little too much anesthetic and went about their business. For me, the rule stuck, and has become the most important thing I share other than prayer for others.
Once you come near unto your implant surgery we will have to revisit BLAST and Logroll [a good way for back patients to arise and then return to bed] just by way of refresher. If you followed Rae's sage advice you already have a reacher grabber or two.... they do help.
Now social security..... it is not always easy. I came. I filed. I lost, and my medical file fills two banker boxes since my wreck seven and a half years ago. For me, attaining social security disability was a hard fought battle with my trusty lawyer [no, I do not operate on myself] and the judge was more than ready to listen to our case when the government witness, a doc from Ohio somewhere said he had no experience at all with any patient who had ever had SCS..... we finally got it, and having the cash to replenish the coffer was a God Sent Blessing because we were scraping bottom. At last after all dust settled and the improvement in my body with my SCS and full withdrawal from pain meds, I was able to resume [ta, ta, ta TA] work, my career, my profession, and next month I will roll up onto the completion of my 9th month and the necessity to let the compassionate folks at SSA know I have graduated and can go off of disability.
Does this mean I will no longer be disabled in the broad sense? No, just that I am able to hold a job despite the issues. I feel blessed, and I hope for you the social security case will go well. Fear not about hiring a lawyer if necessary to push your case through. It is help available in your state, and worth the battle for your peace of mind and pocketbook.
Prayin for ya,