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Mar 26, 2016 12:31 PM

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.

Mar 26, 2016 3:20 PM

So sorry Amanda, seems like your pain can not get any worst but it does. Will keep you in my prayers. Hope you will have relief very soon and you will be on the mend quickly.

Mar 26, 2016 4:09 PM

MSK, I think I figured out what the issue is. Was instructed to pull the packing out before shower and let soap and water hit it. That's what spiked my pain already.

Mar 26, 2016 5:17 PM

Amana sorry to here you yet again are having an Abscess. Hopefully you can get it healed up and you won't have any more. Will keep you in my prayers sending lots of hugs your way.

Mar 26, 2016 6:07 PM

Weezie, thank you. Looks like mom will be bringing the little ones over to me prior to me having to leave for procedure. That always brightens my mood considerably.

Mar 28, 2016 5:11 PM

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.

Mar 28, 2016 7:07 PM

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.

Mar 29, 2016 12:52 AM

I hope you recover well and are feeling better soon! I'm glad they could relieve some of the pressure.

Mar 29, 2016 9:21 AM

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.

Mar 29, 2016 10:10 AM

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.

Mar 29, 2016 10:41 AM

I hope that with the headache gone, everything else is easier to bare while your body takes the time to heal that it needs.

Mar 30, 2016 5:56 PM

Oh wow Amanda! I'm glad to hear it's over & was successful. I'm just getting back online after 4 days with my granddaughter. Hugs & prayers you continue to do well so there is no repeat! 🙂🙏💕🌼

Mar 30, 2016 6:41 PM

Flappys, somebody screwed up though. Was promised sedation, but did not receive it as promised. Was close to walking out.

Mar 30, 2016 8:31 PM

Yeah, I wasn't sedated either. Don't ever want another one!

Mar 30, 2016 8:42 PM

Panting like a dog is accurate. What it does is increase the co2 level which decreases an elevated intracranial pressure.

Mar 30, 2016 8:47 PM

If I'd known that I'd just have hyperventilated until I passed out! Lol

Mar 30, 2016 8:57 PM

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.

Mar 31, 2016 9:09 AM

Me too Amanda. I always tell them up front, "don't warm me off a stick, just do it!"

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