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 –
Dictionary.com has this definition –
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.
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.