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More on Health (what else is there?) [Dec. 3rd, 2008|02:49 pm]
Lanette
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The pain specialist just called. I'm getting a spinal facet nerve block injection on December 17th and I need to be there at 9:10am. I need a responsible adult (or irresponsible adult if that's all I can find) to help. Basically you get to see them stab me in the back if you go! (hopes)

We KNOW that he'll keep injecting me until I get at least 2 days painfree though, so it will be worth it! They are going to do major steroids on the joint itself where Dr. K thinks the spine instability is the main issue (rather than the nerve itself). Now, if THAT lasts for more than 2 days and relieves the pain the next step is ablation (burning) for a 6-9 month relief and BREAK from medication (hopes).

In other crap, I'm getting another crown on December 9th, this one seated on Dec 11th, and on Dec 23rd the other one seated. That means I'll only need fillings and a mouth guard for 2009 and I'm caught up dentally. Whew. Crazy crazy times.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2008-12-03 11:05 pm (UTC)
What would you need me to do (thier offices are in the city, yes?)? Take you home afterwards? Or just be there in case things get wacky?

(I ask only because you know what my transportation situation is, it's easy enough for me to get the time off work.)

Edited at 2008-12-03 11:09 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-03 11:37 pm (UTC)
Awesome! It's on first hill by Swedish (1101 Madison), and it's very very likely that I won't need a ride since I didn't last time. What I really need is support and someone there just in case something goes wrong or they need to sedate me. In that case, you could drop me off at work up the street until I feel better and then I'd go get my car and drive home.

Better yet, it's far more likely you'll get to see me in NO PAIN and we can go to lunch to celebrate if you are ok with an early lunch that happens around 11:30am. I have to be there at 9:10, but I'd just need you there at 10am for the actual procedure (not for them to hover about and make sure I'm not drinking or eating anything).
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2008-12-03 11:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! And lunch is a good plan!

I'll take the morning off and let my coworkers know that I might need to take extra time if you need me to take you home or similar. Shoot me an email with the details of exactly where to be and when. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-04 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll email you all of the details the week of when they confirm to remind you.

Dr. Gordon Irving-Swedish Pain Management
1101 Madison, Ste 200
(between Boren Ave & Minor Ave)
Seattle, WA 98104

Clinic Number (in case you get lost)
(206) 215-2243

I'll need you there at 10am and we should be done by 11:30am. December 17th! I'll confirm closer to that time though.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-04 01:44 am (UTC)
Angela is able to take me without taking time off work, so if it is going to cost you money and vacation, I've got it covered. don't forget we still have plans to do pictures and makeup.

It's been a long time since I've seen the kitties. Perhaps I can come stalk you some night after work soon?
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2008-12-04 01:57 am (UTC)
I work so much overtime that I haven't used a sick day or vacation day since March. I'm happy to take the time away from the office so it's up to you--whatever is easiest and least stressful for you if things don't go as planned. :)

We should definitely get together near my place sometime soon. I know we'd talked about doing dinner at Olivar on Harvard and Broadway earlier this year. Their small plates are great.
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[User Picture]From: kill
2008-12-03 11:47 pm (UTC)
I thought that they could only do 2-3 a year?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-03 11:52 pm (UTC)
I think it depends where and how much. They must not have injected too much the first time.
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[User Picture]From: kill
2008-12-03 11:54 pm (UTC)
Ahhh. I think maybe for mine is was because they used corticosteroids, too. I think they want to limit it when they do that because then your body stops making steroids on its own if it expects it from somewhere else. So they play it safe. Yours might be different.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-03 11:56 pm (UTC)
The first one was experimental to see if they could locate the nerve and rather than multiple injections, they only did one.
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[User Picture]From: kill
2008-12-03 11:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope the next one works! I know they themselves can be no fun. I'm really hoping something works out for you.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-04 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I don't mind needles and it isn't really painful to me, so the most annoying part is the not eating, not drinking anything and waiting around. My hope is that it will give me pain relief for a month. That will mean they can do a more serious surgery and safely give me 6-9 months relief with an outpatient repeatable surgery with a pretty short recovery.
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2008-12-04 01:26 am (UTC)
I'll do it of course. Take you, wait with you, and take you home. I'd like to do it since I was with you last time and this time it's with your spine... a little more serious.

And, I don't have to take off work since I'm free during the days.

Edited at 2008-12-04 01:27 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-04 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'll make more detailed arrangements closer to the date. I'm sorry for being a pain in the butt, but I appreciate how much you've helped me.
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2008-12-04 01:51 am (UTC)
You're not a pain in the butt! You're a very important friend and it's my honor to help you anytime. You help me too, so it's not like one of us does all the work... :-p
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