Hi everybody. Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm probably not going to be on very much(at least until Wednesday maybe). Going in to hospital at 11:30 am, procedure won't start until about 1:30 pm. Not sure how long I'll be in recovery that day. Will have to lay flat on Tuesday so that should be interesting. Going to try to get back into the surgeons office next week. Have had a devil of a time with pain with this stupid abscess. Instructions are to pull the packing daily and let water hit it with soap and water. Tried that last night but pain was so intense, that I had to go ahead and put a chair in the shower for safety. It felt like I was going to pass out. Just wanted to keep you guys abreast. Going down for a nap now. Incision pain is NOT fun already. Blessings.
That was a wee bit too much this morning. Opening pressure was 47. 14 ml of spinal fluid removed. Headache gone almost instantly. No nausea to speak of. Just a little woozy right now. Flat for 8 hours, and then take it easy for 48 hours.
So glad they were able to remove enough fluid to get rid of the headache so fast! Did they tell you to "Pant like a dog?" That's what they kept telling me. They never did tell me what my pressure was, or if they did I didn't remember it.
They repeatedly told me to "pant like a dog". I think it might have been because the pressure was so high, I think I remember them saying that panting would help bring the pressure down. But then I was to the point that I had lost a good share of my vision too.
I am so glad you are feeling better! Hopefully they can keep the pressure down now without having to be too invasive so that you can heal from everything that is going on.
Ann, I hope so too. That was absolutely an awful experience but glad it's over now. Would I do it again? Probably if it was needed. The relief I feel today is wonderful. No stinking, pestering headache now.
Flappys, I was close to that point. They got the needle in place and then kept milking my back until they could get the tubes filled up. What made it worse was the radiologist kept talking me through it, but I was just trying to go to my happy place. Basically just wanted him to shut up and be done with it already. But couldn't say it out loud because my head was basically stuck on the pillow cause I wasn't allowed to move. Normally, I do better if people do NOT talk me through painful stuff.