floating.

This may be too much information… and it may be really boring… but I don’t care. I’m floating.

The woman who prepped me for my procedure this morning recognized me from last time (the failed initial diagnostic procedure). It’s a very busy office so it was nice that she remembered me. Maybe I left a lasting impression because I was so nervous then… and again today.

After she asked me about 500 questions to which she already knew the answers but she had to ask anyway, she put in my IV. Then back-pain doctor came out to talk to me for a minute about the procedure (injection). He’s so nice… which is great. I’d hate to have to deal with a doctor I don’t like.

He asked me if I had any questions. I said no… just nervous… what with a needle about to be inserted into my back. And I sort of laughed and said, “Don’t miss!

Yeah, I make jokes when I’m super anxious. Or nervous. Or scared. Or when I’m about to have a big fat injection in my back. Hell, I make jokes all the time… even when it’s totally inappropriate to do so. Humor is my coping mechanism. Sometimes.

Anyway… the doc obviously has a decent sense of humor because he said, “Don’t worry. I use the force.

Then I was on the table… and the other doc was giving me stuff through the IV. Something for sedation… and something for pain. (Don’t worry… I wasn’t sedating and driving. No driving allowed for me for 24 hours.) Then the injection… which was over quickly.

Finally, another guy helped me back out to the ‘pre-op‘ room so I wouldn’t fall or anything. Yes… four different people were involved in this injection… they make you feel very well taken care of. Fourth guy gave me some juice since I’d been fasting before the procedure and I was probably visibly loopy at this point. He told me all the aftercare stuff I needed to know. And he gave me that info on paper, too, which is essential because, again… loopy.

Then he walked me out to my driver. I mean husband. And also driver.

Once at home, I tried to make something to eat. That was fun since I was still kind of floating. But I hadn’t eaten for about 16 hours. So it was necessary. I ate. I finally had some coffee. And then I couldn’t keep my eyes open, despite the coffee. I slept, on and off, for two or three hours. I also got a killer headache… which the doc mentioned could happen. I still have it now… along with some residual floaty-ness. Which is why I should be sleeping again… but here I sit at 1 o’clock in the morning typing this.

So…

Now I wait. What I was told was that I could have more pain or different pain for a couple of days… and that it will take a week or two for the injection to ‘work‘. Hopefully that actually happens. No guarantees, though. I really have no idea what’s going to happen.

What I know is that I don’t like waiting. I have no patience.

 


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Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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45 Responses to floating.

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    I hope it works Sandra. Doesn’t sound fun. II had all 4 wisdom teeth out at a specialist office, before they were up. They put an IV in an anaesthesia and all that. I know what you mean, I was pretty loopy and floaty after that. I could lbarely walk to car with my Dad. Hopefully though, you’ll be able to sleep soon, and the headache will lesson. I had Tylonal 3’s so I was out pretty fast, different kind of procedure though. I hope the injection works and it sounds like u had excellent care. If you need I hope you can take something to sleep. Advil at least?

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  2. Was this an epidural steroid injection? My mother has has a couple. They seem to help her but the thing is that they only last for so long. I’m hoping that it’s different in your case. ❤

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  3. Sounds like you’re in good hands with this group. I know all about not having patience, but sounds like they’re doing all they can, so muster that patience from somewhere. 😊

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  4. Glad you git the procedure at last. Hope it works well for you.

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  5. Meg says:

    Oh Sandra! I hope this works! I’ve had patients who’ve had excellent results with the steroid injections and they lasted a good long time too. May the same be true for you especially since the force is strong in you! 🙌😃💗

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  6. I hope this works for you!!

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  7. Hunida says:

    Hope the injection worked ♡

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  8. dahliachaos says:

    It’s always nice to have good doctors and nurses, especially if they’re humorous as well

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  9. A patient with no patience… i hope you’re doing ok!! ❤️❤️❤️

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