Self Portrait Day- Changing Room
This is me in the changing room waiting to take my MRI yesterday. Notice the sexy hospital gown.
Want to hear something funny?
I have three bulging discs and one ruptured disc in my neck. And my spinal cord is being compressed. So, that now makes it TWO places where my spinal cord is being compressed and TWO ruptured discs.
Isn't that just hysterical.
I started my day off today with an EMG. This is where they stick needles into your muscles to test for nerve damage. The good news? No nerve damage- YET. The bad news? It was VERY painful and now it feels like I pulled a muscle in my calve.
In the afternoon, I had my THIRD spinal injection. This time it was in a different place (lower down).
Now, I know I like to exaggerate, but believe me when I tell you; It was the most pain I've ever experienced in my life. I was unbelievable. There is nothing like nerve pain. I would rather have given birth. And for all of you out there who are going to give me shit for that sentence; I said the same thing to my friend who has given birth to FOUR(large)CHILDREN, and who just had spinal fusion in her neck, and she agreed with me. Nerve pain is worse than child birth.
So I was on the table in the operating room and the pain was so intense that I burst into tears and I couldn't speak and my heart rate went up to 140 beats per minute.
And of course I had to stay still. And my husband was in the room. Family members are not usually allowed in the OR, but because he works for the hospital and because my doctor is super cool, they let him. It was awful for him to see me in the worst pain of my life pain and not be able to help.
The other awesome thing was that this woman who lives in my building who I don't know very well,is a resident and she was in the room watching.
So next time I see her in the elevator and she gives me the "I know I recognize you, but I can't figure out from where" look, I can say
"I'm the chick who was crying like a baby while you stared at my ass"
Seriously, leave me a message! .