Oct 232010
 

>i have been laying in bed for 24 hours now…. trying to think of how to explain what a lumbar puncture is like… i want to be honest in my descriptions…i want to tell it as it is so that if anyone else has to do this, at least they will have a good idea of what to expect….

the weeks leading up to this procedure have been riddled with stress. this is something that i have truly been dreading (as if you didn’t know that already)…. years ago, i was a nurse. i worked in an emergency room and have assisted on many spinal taps… i had an idea of what was going to happen to me. i can remember patients curled up in a fetal position…us telling them “DON’T MOVE”…the patient crying, squealing…. the pain…. this is what i recall from my days of helping with spinal taps….

the night before the dreaded procedure we had a football game…my mind was able to focus on something else for a few short hours…it was a good game even though we lost …. the kids played hard and it was a fun game to watch…

so friday morning we had to be at the vampire lab no later than 7:30…. we made it…i filled out pages and pages of paperwork… disclaimers…i won’t sue them if i come out paralyzed and all that …. so anyhow…once the paperwork was all done and i had signed away all my good senses, i sat for about 5 minutes….my name was called…beads of sweat broke out across my face…my legs didn’t want to carry me back there…

but i pulled up my pants and followed the guy to my little room….. he gave me the cutest paper scrubs to put on…light blue even… and some socks! oh thank goodness – my feet were freezing! because those of you who know me in real life know that i don’t wear socks… don’t ask me why…i just don’t … they get bunched up between my toes and make my feet sweat…

so i get all changed and put on my cool blue socks…i was lookin hot! oh yeah! oh baby!

more papers to sign…can you believe it? anyhow, i asked for my sedative and they said “ha you won’t need that…whole thing only takes 20 minutes and it’s not that bad”  easy for them to say…needle’s not going in their backs…so  no sedative for sherri…

a really nice nurse came to get me and we went into the fluoroscope room… pretty cool…they don’t just feel around and jab anymore…they actually use fluoroscope to see where the needle is going in… cool… the nurse gets me all prepped and turns on some music..norah jones, jack johnson…alrighty i can go with that….

she told me that this procedure is a “chatty” one..see they don’t withdraw spinal fluid..they let it TRICKLE out… so she said we would all be spending some time together… turns out it was okay…the doc was a pretty cool guy… he had 2 med students that wanted to watch so i consented…party in the fluoroscope room! ha

the actual procedure wasn’t so bad really… i mean, i don’t want to do it again and all but it wasn’t horrible… thank goodness! the first thing he did was give me some Lidocaine to numb the area… he said it would burn…didn’t…i didn’t even feel it…weird… i’ve had Lidocaine in other places and it burns like hell…oh well…

so next doc said i would feel a lot of pressure…yep, felt that…no pain…just A LOT of pressure… until he hit the nerve…oh my! shooting hot all the way down my hip to my toes…he backed out a bit and it went away…but then he hit another…oh my! again! so he pulled the needle out and inserted a different kind…fun. no nerves this time… good good. once the needle was in place he had me roll onto my side so the fluid would trickle out…this part took about 15 minutes or so… he says “wanna see your fluid?” … naturally i did. clear, pretty… no pink tinge or sediment…perfect fluid!

off to recovery…lay flat on the stretcher for a bit over an hour. coach came to sit with me…we watched a bit of TV…then we got to come home. i just love my kia soul…the front seat lays down FLAT….

and here i’ve been ever since…in bed…. my back is killing me…it hurts…bad…my head is fine as long as i don’t get up. when i get up i get the infamous SPINAL HEADACHE…fun…at least it goes away the instant i lay back down… it’s been 28 hours since the procedure and i feel like shit. hoping tomorrow will be better…i really want to get up. i have so many things to do..and poor coach bless his heart…he’s running errands and doing stuff…. and it seems like i always forget something until he’s sitting down ha…. as soon as his ass hits the chair (or bed with me) i remember i need something else…. he has spent so much time in the little bedroom with me…visiting and hanging out…he’s a good man!

i used to wish for a day of nothing but laying in bed….what an idiot i’ve been…this is awful…. and sleep? forget it…my back hurts too bad…can’t find a comfortable position…

enough complaining and whining now… i’m alive, i can move my legs and feel my toes…prayers have been answered!! (now comes the waiting…10 days minimum to get the results…argh)

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  2 Responses to “i feel like i’ve been run over by a train”

  1. >oh how i wish they had stopped doing them! i have taken very seriously the warnings about not moving…. i've gotten up only to pee and refresh my coffee (they told me caffeine helps)… so far no real headache except if i stay up too long – more than 5 minutes – and it's relieved pretty much as soon as i lay down… my back on the other hand is killing me… it started low and has been gradually been moving up… it's in my shoulders now…hope it stops moving up because my head is next….

  2. >i hate socks! but my feet remain cold… guess i'll have to get used to them… and hey! i can get some of those cute ugg boots with the linings in them..they always made my feet so hot before … another perk!

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