Friday, December 5, 2008


Well, It's been an interesting few days and I 'm just now feeling up to really writing anything about it. So the spinal tap was more weird-feeling than painful. Sure, there were a few moments of pain, but not the worst I've experienced. I think the worst part was the anticipation of pain, and wincing when I felt something weird, like the needle scraping against bone (I think) which actually didn't hurt. Once the needle was placed, I had to lay there a while because the fluid only dripped out. After it was over, I had to lie there some more until I was okay to walk down to the lab to have some blood drawn... insult to injury. Then I went home. For the next 24 hours, my head would begin to hurt if I sat up, but the wonderful thing was my head didn't hurt if I remained horizontal. The tap relieved the pressure enough to help with my headaches, temporarily.
So by last night, I could move around without anything hurting, hooray! But I had started my new meds, one of which causes dizziness, at least for the first few days. I would have gone to work this morning if not for that, but it's a good thing I didn't. By noon, my spinal pressure was back with a vengeance. I started my second med today which should really help with that pain. Hopefully I'll be right as rain by Monday.
I'll be on those two meds plus a diuretic for 3-6 months, getting checked by my doctors to see if the swelling goes down. Chances are, I'll hear on Monday that my lab work was fine and that what I do have is Pseudo-Tumor.
I do want to thank all of my friends who have been so caring and supportive. Everyone's been great to me and I appreciate it.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Man Jen, i'm so sorry about everything! Seriously let me know if you need anything, i'm like 10 minutes away! Maybe we need a girls movie night, we'll pick you up, let you lie on the sofa...and watch the Princess Bride :)