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The MRI Results are In

I saw my neurosurgeon yesterday. The verdict is that I need the cervical as soon as possible to prevent paralysis of the hands in the case of a fall or an accident. Right now I’m in no pain at all, and I’d like to keep it that way. I’m very happy that the decision is finally made, although the date is not yet set. It will be scheduled when I get cardiac clearance from my cardiologist, and I can’t see him until the insurance approves it.

I love that this takes holiday decisions out of my hands this year, since the doctor says I can’t travel in a car, except to medical appointments, for two months after the surgery. Although I will be released within a day of the surgery to go home, I won’t be able to travel.

What I will be able to do is read, use my computer, and do the light housework necessary to daily life. I will even be able to go for walks. I’m hoping to get some writing done, continue through a reading marathon of real books so I can finally get rid of them, and just rest a bit, since I will have to put my book business on hold during that time. In short, although there may be a few days of post-op pain involved, The surgeon said this will probably be easier on me than oral surgery was, and at least I’ll be able to eat. I’m almost looking at it as a vacation.

I saw the Nurse Practitioner at my primary physician’s office this morning. I was there to discuss the heart . I confessed that last night I discovered that I had somehow not gotten my beta blocker into the pill dispenser when I loaded it last time, and I discovered that last night. I have no idea how it happened. I did take it last night. The N.P. said that probably accounts for the palpitations, but she’s worried about my blood pressure. I think I’ll let the cardiologist deal with that. The N.P. thinks I should have another stress test. I hope not.

This pretty well brings my friends up to date on what’s going on medically with me at this time. I’m glad the period of indecision is over. After this is done, I expect to be under much less pressure. And I expect to enjoy my recovery.

The top pill dispenser in the photo was my old one that was falling apart. I have since replaced it.

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maxeen wrote on October 29, 2014, 3:53 PM

It is sad that you have this condition but how relieved you must be that it is getting sorted, hope all goes well and you are fine very soon,best wishes,max

melody23 wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:15 PM

I am glad you finally have answers and a plan in place, I hope you get good news from the cardiologist as well.

Scorpie wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:44 PM

I don't like surgery except as a last resort. I hope everything goes well for you.

LoudMan wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:50 PM

Here's to a speedy and smooth recovery.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2014, 5:43 PM

I remembered that yesterday was your appointment to discuss the MRI results, so I've been waiting a bit impatiently to learn the verdict. It has to be a relief to know what direction this will be taking, at least as soon as the insurance company diddles and your cardiologist gives the go-ahead. You do sound like you're comfortable going forward, so that's a positive.

The absence in taking the beta blocker is also a bit of a relief, at least as it points to the likely cause of the palpitations. Now to get that blood pressure under control...

AngelSharum wrote on October 29, 2014, 5:51 PM

I'm sorry you need surgery, but glad they can do it and it will keep things from getting worse.

SLGarcia wrote on October 29, 2014, 7:44 PM

At least things are moving forward for you. Best of luck with you surgery.

tinamarie wrote on October 29, 2014, 7:47 PM

Glad you finally got some answers and that there is an end in sight. Take care of yourself and keep us posted. Oh, also keep us posted on all the great books you will be reading.

Ellis wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:08 PM

There is nothing worse than having a problem and not knowing what it is. Now you know you can get on and deal with it...hope everything goes well for you..

bestwriter wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:35 PM

It is said what cannot be cured has to be endured but in your case there is a cure. That you will come out of the hospital just in a day shows that your surgery could be a mild one. And yes. What you have programmed for yourself while you are recuperating seems good. Here's wishing you a safe and speedy recovery.

Cherokee wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:38 PM

You are one brave soul. This comes from someone who has never had surgery and is scared to death to get one even though I need one. LOL Glad you are at peace with the decision. That to me is half the battle. Good luck!

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:45 PM

It feels good to have the decision made.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:46 PM

First I need to have the insurance approve the appointment with my cardiologist. HMO's are so much fun.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:47 PM

Thank you. I really appreciate that.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:50 PM

My neurosurgeon doesn't do surgery except as a last resort. He didn't think it was necessary a year ago April, but now sees that the condition is getting worse and the progression must be stopped before I lose the use of my hands.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:51 PM

Thanks, Don.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:52 PM

I think it's out of control because I'm afraid to walk by myself while I'm having the palpitations. If I go a few days without them I may start walking just the neighborhood again, where there are people.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:53 PM

That's the hope. I have great confidence in this surgeon. He's the one all the doctors here would go to themselves.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:54 PM

Thank you. I believe I'm in God's hands and the time is right now.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:55 PM

I'm on my fourth book since Saturday. I'm on a James Patterson kick right now.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:56 PM

Yes. I've known what the problem is and how it could turn ugly if not dealt with in a timely manner. It feels good to know the time for the surgery is right now.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:57 PM

Thank you. I will be in very capable hands.

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

This is so much easier now than it would have been 30 years ago when this condition was accidentally diagnosed after an accident in a routine X-Ray. I had never had any symptoms, and never would have known about it had I not had the accident. The doctors then, after that first MRI said we should wait to see if symptoms develop, but they never had. I just figured God was taking care of me.

idyll wrote on October 30, 2014, 5:32 AM

i'm sorry to hear that you have to go through surgery. Wish you "Good Luck" with your surgery and speedy recovery. Please let us know when you know the date exactly, so that we can send our prayers to you.

MegL wrote on October 30, 2014, 7:25 AM

No matter what the decision, it is always a relief once it is made. All the best for your upcoming surgery.

Kasman wrote on October 30, 2014, 4:42 PM

Hope the surgery goes OK for you. I have a pillbox just like the bottom one in your photo!

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 8:14 PM

I will announce it in a post as soon as I know.

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 8:14 PM

Thank you. I'm looking forward to getting it done as soon as possible.

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 8:15 PM

I have a few of those. I have one for those supplements I take right before bed.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 30, 2014, 10:35 PM

Still keeping you in my prayers. I hope the surgery goes well and takes care of everything. In the meantime, no skipping beta blockers!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 31, 2014, 3:55 AM

I hope all the insurance stuff will go smoothly! I can't imagine needing surgery and having to wait for financial approval before you can book the necessary pre-op tests....

Jerry_Walch wrote on October 31, 2014, 12:41 PM

I'll add you to my prayer list.

BarbRad wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:27 PM

I'm taking them again now. I haven't had anymore palpitations since then.

BarbRad wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:27 PM

That's the beauty of an HMO.

BarbRad wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:28 PM

Thanks. I appreciate that. The biggest challenge now is staying safe until the surgery happens.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 1, 2014, 12:49 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Good girl. That's being a good kitty.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:51 PM

Thanks, Guiness. I try.

JanetJenson wrote on November 1, 2014, 6:44 PM

Nothing isa bad as the anticipation of something bad. Glad the uncertainty is over. Do you play Words with Friends?