The Spinal Fluid Leaks are patched….

I’m here on the couch trying to figure out if I feel different.  I can say I don’t have the disequilibrium as much as I usually do, I can turn my head around and around real fast and I don’t start getting sick!

The hearing in my right ear doesn’t seem to have changed much, but the left ear seems better.  However, it is the ear that fluctuates any way.  Also, it’s over cast today, I didn’t sleep well at all last night, and I still don’t have a headache.  (that is very unusual.)

Now ….What did they do?

First, they had to insert an IV, to give me a sedative and so they could take blood out of it.  Finding a good vein on me and getting an IV started took close to 30 minutes.  I do not have good veins, especially if I haven’t had anything to eat or drink for about 11 hours.  But she only stuck me twice, and she did a good job.  I do have a big bruise today, but that’s not unusual.

Dr. Gray took another opening fluid pressure check.  My pressure was higher, 17.75.  I think she was surprised about that, I know I was.  That is pretty high in the “normal” range.  But, she said, “maybe you need more.”

They inserted the dye, it causes an ache on one side until they move you around and get it moving, then the ache goes away, but it did give me a headache.

I was put on my stomach on the CT scan, all I could see was the “bed” below me.  I had to have my arms up over my head, this wasn’t the most comfortable I’ve been, but it isn’t the least comfortable I’ve been either.

They then started putting me through the CT scan to look for leaks.  They found a few.  She said she didn’t want to over patch me, because she was afraid my body wouldn’t be used to the higher pressure and would start feeling worse, especially the headaches.

They did 4 Blood Patches.  I’m very sore today.  Dr. Gray called me this morning to check on me, and she said she would call again tomorrow.

I think I may have tried to do a little too much in the kitchen, I just hate not being in charge in the kitchen.  I love to cook, and leaving it to someone else is hard, especially on Thanksgiving.  But, I did get everything started, so I hope Stuart won’t have too much trouble.

I will be posting some pictures of my procedure as soon as I can get them off my husband’s phone.  I think they are very interesting.   I will also give you more information on the procedure when you can see the photos.

I’m really tired now, and think I should rest.  Perhaps another pain pill soon.  (I’m only taking 1/2 at a pill at a time, I don’t like feeling dopey.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We will just have to give this some time to see if it worked.

Thank you all for checking on me, sending me notes….  You have no idea how much it meant to me.



One thought on “The Spinal Fluid Leaks are patched….

  1. deb

    Hi Wendy
    Glad that all went well and that you are not feeling too badly. I’m still crossing my fingers that this procedure will help alleviate some of you symptoms. Thanks for keeping us posted…..shocking so soon after! You are a real trooper!
    Still praying for you,
    Deb 🙂


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