I get the Lumbar Puncture today at 3pm.  I’m nervous, a little excited, and getting hungry.

As I said, the procedure is at 3pm, they don’t normally sedate you for this procedure, but just in case they have to they don’t let you eat anything for at least 6 hours before the procedure time.  So I had a pretty big breakfast at 8:50am and I can’t eat anything else until after they are through with me.

I’m really not a good person without food.  I already have a headache, and I’ll get dizzy, my stomach will actually hurt, and I’m just not going to be a pleasant person to be around.  Right now I think I’ll go take a shower and then, I’m going to try to take a nap.  If I’m asleep, I won’t notice I’m hungry, right?

I’ll let you know how it goes.  I probably won’t find out the results until Monday when I see Dr. Kaylie.  It would be such a miracle if this is what is causing the Meniere’s.  I’m very grateful that I’m seeing a doctor who is working on finding a cause for Meniere’s.  It’s so exciting to be a part of this.  I’m trying so hard not to get my hopes up, but it is very hard not to.  After all the suffering that this disease causes, we all need a little hope.  If not this, then there will be something else.  I’ll keep on trying, and I know my doctors will too.

On another note.  I think I’ve figured out another trigger for my GI distress.  Anything with fat in it.  It seems that every time I eat meat I get sick.  The lower the fat in the meat, the less GI distress I have, but still.  I think it’s time to seriously look into becoming a vegetarian.  I’d like to go vegan at some point, but one step at a time.  I really like cheese, and eggs.  I don’t look forward to figuring out how to bake without eggs.  Maybe I’ll just do egg whites for a while, after all the yoke is where all the saturated fat is.  I already buy my eggs from a local farm where the chickens are allowed to roam and aren’t feed all that nasty stuff.  We are very lucky here in Durham, NC because there are a lot of local farmers who are very eco-conscious.  It’s easy to find local organic produce.   You can even tour the farms and on some you can go and work.  (you can literally work for food – haha)

I do have a hard time in the winter with local produce though.  I like winter squash and stuff, but long before spring, I am really missing the summer fruits and vegetables.  We lived in Palm Springs, California for a couple of years and it was just so nice in the winter you could go out and just pick lemons and oranges and limes right off the trees.  The streets were lined with fruit trees and they would be so heavy with fruit, when I would take my afternoon walk I would often just reach up and grab an orange to snack on along the way.  We had a lemon tree in out yard, I loved having fresh lemons to keep the house all fresh smelling and fresh lemonade!  (of course, summers there weren’t any fun at all)

If I could just spend the spring – fall here and the winter out west I think that would be ideal.  I must say, when we were in CA my Meniere’s didn’t give me near as many problems.  But who’s to say I wasn’t just having a good spell anyway?

Off I go on my little adventure for the day….


2 thoughts on “Waiting…

  1. Susanna

    I´m very interested in what your lumbar punction will show. I haven´t heard about this when you have Menières and I wonder what the doctor´s looking for? Everything that might make your life less dizzy is something worth waiting for! Good look!


  2. Derek

    I have had the puncture, I will say it was not awful and was more of a mental thing. I was scared thats for sure. But it really was not that bad. Lay down as long as you can for the rest of the day. Good luck. D


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