16 March 2012

The pain we feel lets us know we're alive...

Yesterday was my discogram and as odd as it sounds, we wanted bad news. Bad news meant that we finally know what direction to go in with my care.

As I'm lying on the table in the OR, he gives me one injection... Not too bad, just some pressure.

Same with the second.

Then he did another injection. That was when I instantly started to bawl my eyes out and apparently my heart rate spiked -- it was such an intense pain that it's unexplainable. The anesthesiologist even made me stay on the table for a little while until my heart rate went down.

I finally got to recovery where the doctor came to speak with my mom and I. The injection site that killed me was my L4,5 disc which we knew was bulging. Based on the pain felt he said that I would be a good candidate for disc replacement and gave me the name of a few surgeons he recommends. He told me this even before I had the CT done - which we are still waiting for the results of.

The 3 injection sites... lines from my shirt... and spots where
the doctor drew on me that I can't get off haha

The put the darn IV in my wrist... MY WRIST!?!

Luckily for me though, I have a wonderful support system including my neighbor who has been through similar experiences. I don't know what I'd do without this girl!

But in the meantime - while we're waiting for this all to happen - this is my life:

Where I spend all day and night.
Even with these 4 pillows, I still can't get comfortable because of the pain level.

She knows I'm hurting and has been snuggling all day.

Looks like I'll be missing out on St. Patty's Day this year

(unless someone wants to bring the party to me!)


Kristine said...

Well at least they will be able to fix you! :) I'm sorry you're in so much pain, babes!! If I lived close, I'd for sure bring the party to you! :)

Jessica said...

I'm sorry you're feeling bad, hopefully they have you fixed soon! :(

Kasey said...

I'm sorry you're in so much pain. :-( I hope everything will be fixed soon!!

Megan {Tales of an HBS Wife} said...

sorry you are in so much pain - feel better soon!

lil desiqua said...

So sorry you have to go through this! I hope you feel better soon!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh no! I'm sorry that you're still in so much pain but hopefully this is the beginning to the end of the pain!

Lins said...

I am sorry about your pain. I just stumbled upon your blog this evening. My mom just had two back surgeries since December. The one in December they took a disc and cyst out. Then the one in early March she had a fusion in her L4, L5, and S1. She felt instant relief once she came too and some of the surgery meds wore off. Two weeks post surgery she had a check up and her doctor couldn't believe on how great she was doing...she wasn't even using a walker to walk. Have you found a surgeron yet?