critical point

From my post ‘turning point‘, I concluded with the following –

Upon having my initial appointment with the Supportive Care Medicine, the main doctor, Dr. C., immediately wanted to place me in the hospital due to the extreme pain level and the lack of quality of life.


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So, after waiting several hours just to be admitted that were becoming unbearable for me, finally a bed became available and the start of my 7 days would begin.

This is a turning point that Gary and I were looking for that would change the course of my treatment.

More to come my friends in future posts to explain so much more.

In today’s post, I write the following – has this definition –

turning point


1. a point at which a decisive change takes place; critical point; crisis.

2. a point at which something changes direction, especially a high or low point on a graph.

3. Surveying. a point temporarily located and marked in order to establish the elevation or position of a surveying instrument at a new station.

Based on my admittance into the hospital, changes to my pain medications, tests and results – there are 2 turning points.  This is turning point 1 –

In the past several months I have written about the extreme amount and level of pain I have experienced.


Upon admittance into the hospital, the Supportive Care Medicine team of doctors wanted to change my pain medications and run scans to determine the sources of the difference pains I feel daily.

First, a CT Scan with contrast was performed with Dr. C. specifying thoracic, abdominal and pelvic areas.  As part of this CT Scan, he requested the right groin area be included.  My right groin for the past several weeks has been causing me severe pain.  This severe pain ultimately has resulted in my inability to lay on my back and have my right leg lay flat as well.  I must have the leg bent at the knee to lay flat on my back.  The CT Scan required me lay on my back as flat as possible; the pain I experienced during this time brought tears to my eyes and thank goodness, the process was completed quickly.

Second, Dr. C. ordered a full body MRI specifically on the spine.  He wanted to determine if anything out of the ordinary regarding nerves was obvious.  The MRI process takes more time and again required me to lay on my back and have my right leg lay flat as well.  The doctors and I knew this was not going to occur without some other means.  That other means was placing me under anesthesia so that my body would be totally relaxed.  The MRI was conducted without incident and I was soon back to my room.

20170416_194313 (2)Over the course of the next 6 days adjustments to my pain medications were made.  Some additional slight changes were made last week and the results are my pain is under better control.

Please do not misunderstand me, I still have pain every moment of every day, but I no longer have that 10+ pain.  As I continue to move forward, other adjustments may need to be made.

Turning point 2 to be published soon in another post.

61 thoughts on “critical point

  1. I am so happy that you have some relief …. not total but some. I hope that this in turn is enabling you to have some better quality of life. I hope this with all my heart and I send soothing balm over the ocean to help a little more 😊

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    • Lynne – Yay! Yep, I am hoping for more relief here soon as I become a little more active. The muscles in my right leg need to be exercised more for flexibility. I think I am on the right coarse of action. You brighten my day! 🙂

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    • Thank you Brigid, my hope is the pain management continues to improve and I am able to get and out about more often,. Right now, my right leg is still having some issues, but hopefully over time with some exercise, it will become better. Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate you very much. 🙂

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  2. Did you hear me let out the big sigh of relief…..I would say that was a wise decision to be hospitalized. you really have a wonderful team working for you. I am glad you are getting some relief….moon beams baby, moon beams coming your way!!!! Lots of love and soft hugs too!!! xxXXx

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  3. I´m so happy that the adjustments to your pain medication show such good results! And I hope they will continue to do so in the future and relieve you from your pain everyday a bit more! Also glad that you could have had the MRI done without further troubles. Have a lovely day, dear Terry! 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you Sarah, so far the pain is reduced, but I have a couple of other issues that need to be addressed that are causing issues for me. Overall, I do feel better. I appreciate you stopping by today. 🙂

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      • Is it that bowl movement problem? I know how much pain medication can be so very troublesome for it.
        I´ve been experiencing some 10+ pain in the last three days too… very severe stomach pains and cramps, but am now receiving some medication for it and they finally seem to take effect. I didn´t feel human at all anymore, it´s so terrible. And I´m so, so, so very happy that the hospital stay helped you in way of finding better medication and adjustments in your treatment, Terry – it was long, long overdue! 🙂

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        • Bowel movement is still an issue most days. I take different medications for that as well. There is still some minor adjustments being made to my pain meds, and I do overall feel better than I did before the hospital visit. But now I am having other issues that is causing me pain as well. Seems like it never ends. I appreciate you stopping by today. 🙂

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          • Oh, no. I wish it would just stop and leave you in peace, there really is so no need for all that other stuff as well. It makes me so angry just to think about it, and I want this pain to stop for you! I keep sending you enormous hugs and endless lovely sunshine to warm you and caress you in your pain, Terry! 🙂 ❤

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