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    BetteK posted:
    Tomorrow morning we'll drive 10 miles to Wellsville and go to the outpatient surgery suite for my nerve blocks. I get them every 3 to 6 months. When they "take," they relieve my waist level back pain. The pain specialist shoots in ketamine or cortisone or a combination of similar meds right into my spinal nerves. He is guided by flouroscope images and always gets the right med in exactly the right spot.

    They hurt. A Lot! But they seem to have a 90 day warranty (and not 91) on letting me stand for 10 minutes--instead of 1 or 2--before my back hurts.

    Anyway, if you're up and about between 7 and 7:30 think of me flat on my belly and presenting my "best side" to one doc, one nurse, and one radiology technician, trying to hold still while the meds are injected. (The extra pressure from more fluid follows the nerve down into the body. OUCH!)

    Towards better days--like Tuesday,

    xperky responded:
    You are a trouper to keep that up! Look forward to Tuesday the whole time. Best of luck and hugs to you while you recover.
    With Compassion,
    booch007 responded:
    BeeteK...15 minutes to "ouch: time, thinking of you!! I love to hate my shots, though different they are my life force to keep on truckin'.....Hope today goes perfect!! Nancy B
    dakotaspirit1957 responded:
    I don't know what time zone you are in but Arizona time is 5:06 AM... Pacific is 7:06 AM... Hopefully you are done and in recovery... Soon to be going home to rest and find comfort... I have been begging for my shots for 6 months... Every month is the same story... "someone must be messing up the paperwork" lol... Oh hey one of these days...

    I hope things go well for you... God speed you great recovery... Bless you...

    Take care... Love... Jan/Dakota
    BetteK replied to dakotaspirit1957's response:
    Thank you all. The nerve blocks (3 of them, both sides of L-4 and the right SI joint) take about 1/2 hour total and then you wait in the pain clinic's "recovery room" with a nurse for 1/2 hour. Then you get up, change back into your clothes, and hubby drives you home.

    I spend the rest of the day in bed. I fully believe this is why the nerve blocks help me. A man who was in aquatic therapy with me a few years back had his N.B.'s, got in his car drove (a definite no-no because you could lose sensation in your legs) 100 miles to a mall with his wife and then drove back home. The next aquatic therapy he was complaining about how nerve blocks don't work. Well, duh!

    Today was the big day. We "sold" the farm to our older son.
    The closing was today. That young man has worked on this farm ever since he could hold a pail of chicken feed. He's never been paid one red cent. We have a life right to live in our old farmhouse, but John now owns the farm. It was overdue. Hubby is 70, has had both hips replaced and is on meds for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and fibro or at least a chronic pain syndrome. It will be interesting to see the changes John makes--or doesn't make on his 150 acres.

    After the closing, I had enough energy to go grocery shopping and then make a quick stop at the library. The back pain is so much more manageable today than it was 2 days ago. I am so lucky to have a pain clinic here in our dinky little Wellsville, NY. And I'm positively blessed to have decent health insurance to pay for most of the costs. A half hour in the O.R. is not cheap. Of course, they bill you for every little thing--the blood pressure and oxygen levels they're doing every 5 minutes, the flouroscope and its technician, the nurse, each piece of equipment, each cc. of medication, and that wonderful pain doctor. See, I AM blessed.

    And I hope you all are too,


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