Fun With Sue

First, thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. I'll eventually get back into the swing of things and will be answering everyone individually, but for now I just want you to all know I read every comment and appreciate each and every one of you.

In other news, I had my MRI yesterday. How many of you have had them? Raise your hands…  A few, it appears. I've had a couple of them before in past years, but never remembered them being so painful before. It must just be where the problem is in my neck, but when they had me lay down flat on my back with no neck support, I thought I was going to scream. I was supposed to have 20 minutes of intermittant pictures, then they were injecting dye into me and taking another 20 minutes worth. I was not to swallow or cough or move… (let alone cry) when the machine was making noise, but could swallow, cough, etc., when it was quiet.

Have I mentioned I now have Hubs' cold? You know, the kind with the tickley cough? You know what hell you go through when someone says "not" to do something? Yeah. Try it sometime. Tell someone NOT to think of a white elephant. Exactly.

At any rate, I grit my teeth against the pain and held very still for 40, not 20 minutes while they took the first set of films. The whole closely encapsulated thing never bothers me, and if I wouldn't have had the pain and the fighting-the-cough thing, I probably could have gone to sleep. I always close my eyes anyway. (Yes, I know, if I wasn't having the pain I wouldn't have needed the MRI in the first place… work with me here…) Finally, without coughing once I was slid out of the machine so they could inject the dye. Oh, more fun! She torked my arm in ways it didn't want to go. (HEY LADY! I'M HERE BECAUSE I CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT SCREAMING WHAT MAKES YOU THINK I CAN DO IT FOR YOU?) Finding no useable vein, she proceeded to tork the other arm, then having still no luck, went back to the first arm where she finally found a place in my hand. Thank God.

Sliding back into the machine, I wondered if I would make it another round. I braced myself as best I could and made it through one and a half cycles before it happened. The uncontrollable cough. I yelled out "sorry!" and tried to lay still for the rest of the time, but they slid me out right after that, so don't know if they quit because they decided I was done or because they figured I was going to mess up the rest. I didn't care. It was over.

Thinking I would go back to work in the afternoon, I hadn't planned on the pain and migraine that developed after the test, so took my aching body home to ice up and try and relax.

The orthopedic doctor called me first thing this morning to give me the results. When he looked at the x-rays a couple of days ago he thought the problem was all in the disc below where I had my previous surgery. He was half right. He said the MRI showed I have a herniated disc right above where the surgery was, as well as arthritis below. Oh, yay. I'm still scheduled for the neurosurgeon on the 8th. We'll see what the next step is from there. I'm looking forward to being pain-free again in the worst way. (As is my family, I'm sure! I'm not pleasant to be around when I'm whiney…)

One last note. I apologize profusely to all of you who are getting cards. You won't get them until after Christmas. I know this, because I've not sent them out and I'm not going to kill myself to get them sent out before Christmas. Know that I am thinking of each and every one of you (even those of you who are not sending or receiving cards) and I'm hoping you all have warm, safe, and wonderful holidays…

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19 thoughts on “Fun With Sue”

  1. They gave be a MRI before they did surgery on my right shoulder. “Hold your hand above your head and don’t move.” Hey the reason I need surgery is it is not POSSIBLe for me to raise my hand above my head!!!

    Here, we are going to inject some dye into your shoulder joint to provide contrast.

    What followed was 20 minutes of HELL while one lab tech after the other tried to get the dye in the right place (Place huge f’ing needle and jab into shoulder, while I am laying in my back under the floroscope.) Repeat until patient is gritting teeth and clenching teeth to avoid screaming.

    Fun times.

  2. I’ve never had an MRI and now i’m kinda hoping I never have to. You did well to get through as far as you did. Hopefully they’ll be able to sort this out for you ASAP and get you back to being pain free and “non-whiney” :0) hehe!

  3. Boy, that just sounds dreadful. I’m sorry you had to go through it! And I know exactly what you mean about the cough-tickle-don’t-do-it-now-I-have-to thing…. ugh. Get better quick! And have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. It takes a very special person to be able to find my veins. When I find the one who can do it right, I always want to clone them and put them in my pocket for the next time I need a needle jabbed into me! I feel for you.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very blessed new year, my friend. Hopefully the doctors will be able to get you fixed up good as new. 🙂

  5. I hate that you are in pain. I have to say that I have had 3 MRI’s and loved them all. There is something about that pounding noise that put’s me to sleep. I know that’s a bit weird but it’s true. The last MRI I had done someone had to stand there and talk to me to keep me from drifting off to sleep. Sleeping doesn’t sound so bad except that when I fell asleep I would catch myself sleeping and jump. You know what that means. They have to start all over. I hope the Doctor gets you taken care of. Pain is no fun.

  6. Well, it’s what I thought it was – a herniated disc… (it just sounded like it) could’ve been a bulge though with the same sort of symptoms, although that usually isn’t so intense. I hope you get good relief from the surgery! Now try to relax through Christmas – let everyone else do the heavy lifting.

  7. girl- i have the tickly cough too and i am dying! oh, it drives me nuts. especially at nite.

    the idea of an MRI freaks my crap because i am clausterphobic as hell! they would have to knock my ass out for that. i hope i never need one.

    I wish you a pain free new year, Ms. Sue!! 🙂

  8. I once had a torn rotator cuff….I chose to let it heal slowly and painfully by itself..(it took a year)rather then have to submit to the likes of MRI’s and probable surgery…..I hate stuff like that and I don’t like the closed in space either. Anyway. hope you are painfree enough to have a wonderful holiday. It has been nice chatting with you and I hope you get feeling better soon!

  9. I hope everything is feeling better soon – and good luck at the surgeons.

    I have a fusion of C4 & C5 – I’ve had more than my fair share of MRI’s. I don’t like the small spaces, and the noise… they try to do mine as quick as possible.

    Knock on wood – I haven’t had one in about 10 years.

  10. No worries about the cards – the Christmas season goes until the epiphany in early January. (I didn’t email you, so I’m not looking for one.) 🙂

    Sorry to hear that you are having so much pain. I’ll keep you and your doctors in my thoughts & prayers. I agree with Teresa – let everyone else do the heavy lifting.

    Enjoy Christmas and your family time!

  11. I’ve never had an MRI. I’ve had plenty o back issues so I can imagine how much you hurt right now. I hope you get some relief soon.

  12. I know what you are talking about..had two of them on each shoulder. It is that damn hard table that is the worst part of it I think..and when you are hurting to begin with having to remain still for a half hour or longer is tough.

    I hope they can fix you up. My swetthing had some serious back problems a couple of years ago and we finally found a surgeon who was willing to tackle the problem..he did an outstanding job and she is damn near back to normal

  13. I’m really sorry that you are in such pain, Sue. At least you have the MRI ordeal over with for now. I hope you are not trying to be Super Woman, just because of the holidays. Everyone will understand if you’re not. I am wishing you, and your family, a wonderfully blessed Christmas. Take care of my friend, please. 🙂

  14. well at least they are closer to fixing you up. i’m sorry you had to go through that!

    you’re in my thoughts and i hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday together.


  15. That sounds painful. I’ve had an MRI done but fortunately, I didn’t have to all the way in the tube or else I think I would’ve felt claustrophobic. I hope they’re able to do something for you quickly to stop all that pain!

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