Monday, 14 November 2011

One, Two, Three...

...ouch!!! Nothing arty in this post... nope, I am fishing for sympathy today because... I have been the bravest of the brave and been and had some more injections in my spine. The title refers to the amount of times the anaesthetist tried to get a canula into the back of my hand... oh yes, I may be larger than life but my veins surely aren't! Finally they managed to locate one and then the real ...ahem... fun started.

The Doc is fantastic, I will say that before I go any further, for a start off, she is lovely and reassuring and not at all huffy as some Docs can be... and she called me "darling" all the time, which is really comforting... mmm, daft it sounds but it is true! Anyways... once the canula was in the back of my hand, I was manoevred into position (a rather fetching pose called "having one's posterior in the air" - don't try and visualise that, for you will surely be ickkypoops) and then the real pain started. Because of all the metal work that is holding my old spine upright, the injections had to be done with the aid of an X Ray machine... one of those amazing ones that beams the picture straight to a monitor. Well, "local" injections were done first... ouch and thrice ouch is all I will say. Then she starts with the facet joint injections which really hurt. Like, they hurt so much that I did what any other self respecting 41 year old would do... and I burst into tears... oh how I wish I could reserve my dignity and cry delicately and quietly but alas... no, these were great snot flying tears.... the type that render anything you are trying to say completely unitelligable. Needless to say, the lovely nurse who was holding my hand quickly wiped away any snot that had flown and my face...

I then begged for a sedative... well, Doc asked if I would like something to take the edge off and I said "YES" in very loud wailing gasps. The sedative didn't last very long, just long enough for the rest of the injections to be done... I had 5 or 6, I am not sure because I can't see them because I have a HUGE dressing (ok, it isn't huge but it isn't just a sticking plaster either) and... I am in a-gon-y... which is normal, apparently... and once that has settled I should feel the benefit. There's a bit of bad news too though... cos of all those nasty pins, I am not allowed anymore injections (mm, really? Bad? Mmmm) So it is back to the drawing board with the pain management but... I am alive, I coped, I got over having to have foot long needles jabbed into me and... I am just so relieved that it is over and done with. Right, I am away to lay down and take it easy for the rest of the evening... I am very lucky to have my lovely Grim here looking after me... Hoping to be back in the Room of Stash making inky stuff again soon.... TTFN!

Hels x

PS.... all sympathy is very gratefully received lol

42 comments:

Helen said...

Ouch!! Sounds like you deserve some TLC from Grim for sure... hope the pain wears off quickly and you feel the benefits... all the best.
Hugs'n'stuff!

Gillian .... said...

Oh OUCH hunny, what a bummer of a day, sorry I did have a quick giggle at your step by step account and visualising the bum in the air pose (lol sorry lol) ... hope you can get some sort of relief from the pain tonight, glad G is there to give you lots a hugs. I hope the doc can get some long term solution to manage the pain if you're not allowed anymore injections. Take care hun, thinking of you and sending mahoosive hugs down to you. xxx

whyducks said...

Oh Hels I have thought of you all day wondering how it went. Poor poor you, I am so sorry. At least you had some one nice with you. I was told " Keep still you silly woman" Now how can you not jump when someone sticks a bloody great needle in you! Hope the bruising isn't too bad. Gently hugs coming your way. x

Annie said...

Oh bless you. I'm sending you lots of gentle healing hugs and hope you feel much better very soon.
A x

Maggie said...

Ouch and thrice Ouch as you say just reading this has bought tears to my eyes you need lots of TLC and chocolate and hugs, sending the later carefully! Hope you feel better tomorrow :-)

Maggie x

Jacqueline said...

Ouch ! Sounds like youv'e been through hell today!

Sending some gentle {{{{{{hugs}}}}} and healing vibes your way.

Take care and rest up.

Jackie x

Kathy Eddy said...

Oh I feel so bad for you having to endure all that pain! I wish they could just get you mended up like new. Sending cyber hugs and prayers!

Gabrielle said...

Yowch and thrice yowch. Much and very heartfelt love sent in your direction - though don't get up to get it! Hope you have a restful night xxx

shirley said...

Hels, sorry to hear you had to go through so much pain. Hope you feel better soon and jumping back into creating more fabulous art!
My hubby has the same problem with his veins.

craftattack said...

Sending lots of sympathy, sounds bloody awful to say it mildly! Hope you soon feel better! Valerie

Rainbow Lady said...

Gosh Hels I do sympathise as I have had my back done - 2 discs out and spine fused - many years ago but I still remember the pain becore the op. Lots of love n hugz coming your way from me in sunny Miami xx sorry

Fuchsia said...

Oh Sweetie !
What an awful thing to go through
sending Gentle big hugs your way xxxxxxx

Sue said...

Ouch what a crappy day for you, bet you are not that disappointed that you can't have any more injections. Hope you are feeling better soon x

Joanne said...

Ouchy! I think you have been very brave indeed and deserve a massive present. Hope you get a peaceful night and the ouchy bit works.
Bug Hugs Joanne xxx

kyla said...

Ouch, they sound awful hun. Sounds like you need some serious tlc and cake!
kyla xx

kyla said...

Ouch, they sound awful hun. Sounds like you need some serious tlc and cake!
kyla xx

Bast said...

Ouch! Feel better soon. I can only imagine what it must be like. A friend of mine goes through something very similar for pain management treatment so I empathize with you also.

Hope you feel better soon!

BTW love you work!

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

betjunroe said...

So sorry you had to go through all that! Prayers going your way. Bette

Dee in N.H. said...

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch, and more ouch!!! Tell Grim that we thank him for taking care of our tortured friend! You could throw him some hints too about how wine and chocolate make a person such as you feel better. Rest up!

Just Carol said...

You definitely deserve sympathy, pampering, and a high-five for making it through that painful procedure. Hope you feel better real soon!

prutsels said...

OUch! Doing something that scares you and hurts you is very very BRAVE!
Hope you feel the benefits soon!

Lynn W. said...

Ooooooh poor you! I was wincing just reading your post - but I lurve your sense of humour, even when you're writing about yucky painful things!

I'm glad that Grim is taking good care of you and hope that you are feeling up to getting inky again very soon.

Lots of love, Lynn x

Linda Cain said...

God Luv ya Girl! What an experience. Hoping above all hope that you get some relief soon.

Big Soft Hugs,
Linda

ellen vargo said...

Oh dear... wish I could take it all away and make it all better... hate to think of you in agony... no likey! Get lots of rest and let Grim take care of you like I know he will... hope there's no more snot flying tears (I did have to giggle at your description... sorry... couldn't help it). Sending lots of love and gentle hugs. Talk soon - love ya hon...
Els xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

Oh poor you, that sounds AWFUL!!!!....hope you can rest and feel a bit better soon when the pain goes way, you need lots of sympathy, tlc, hope it helps too! Hugs and lots of sympathy for your ordeal!??!! Hugs trace x

She said...

Ouch!! Well done on being so brave...I'm not sure if I'd have coped...take care and rest up, hope to see some ART and inkyness soon. Love S xx

Larisa said...

I wish you to get well soon!

Alison Horne said...

BIG hugs and virtual gingerbread Hels.xxxx

Barb Cady said...

Dear Hels, you are so brave. I hope you feel some well deserved paing relief very very soon. Sending you hugs and healing thoughts, with love xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Sweet gal you are so brave - why wouldn't you cry? Gracious me. I hope the effects wear on soon and take ages to wear off and that Pain management is a real and tangible help.

jude said...

Once pain releif wears oof be sure to take more.It will be tender very saw for next few days .Then hopefully you will feel the benefit in next 3-5 days .If it works hate to be party pooper,but i went through all that pain and ddnt do a thing apart from more pain for about week after...lol.
Fingers crossed you have more luck!
hugs judex

Artyjen said...

Hope you will feel the benefit soon...sounds very painful.....sending hugs and sympathy through cyber space :)
xoxo Sioux

judith@poppy cottage said...

So sorry Hels, pain is a horrible thing to bear. Here is a big but gentle virtual hug. I am poorly at the moment, so you have my utmost sympathy. It's good to see that you haven't lost your sense of humour. Hope you feel the benefits real soon, Judith xx

Caz said...

My back is hurting in sympathy just reading about it!!
Hope it's easing off today and you're feeling a bit better.....
Hugs (very gentle ones!)
xxxxx

Shazza said...

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!! you poor thing x

Hilda said...

Ah!!!m you poor sweetie, I am so sorry to hear of your agonising treatment and only hope it weas well worth it xx Gentle hugs and lots of healing thoughts fluing your way xxxx

Debby said...

Oh you poor thing. That sounds so nasty. I hope you are recovering now. I hate needles and shots and yours sounded like a dreadful experience. Take care of yourself!

Shelly Hickox said...

Owww..I cringed with pain just reading that! I hope you feel better very soon and can get back to creating! :-)

Julie said...

You can make even a dreadful procedure like you have had sound amusing Hels. Take care of your self and I hope this treatment works really well for you.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Ouch! I can't imagine how that must have hurt. Feel better fast. Hugs.

Karenliz said...

Oh my! How awful. Hope you feel better soon.

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Hels! How awful. I do hope things are improving. My heart goes out to you!

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