The last couple of days have been busy, busy, busy for us. You may recall that a while back I had an episode of dizziness, blurred vision, and a terrible headache. After going to my primary care doctor, they sent me for what they said was going to be an MRI, but actually turned out to be a CAT scan. Their diagnosis was that it was probably a pinched nerve in my neck that was causing the problem. But there is a possibility that it may be more than that after all.
Thursday I went to Dr. Rob Kent in Deland, the neurologist who did the injections into my lower back for the pain I’ve been having there for so long. He did the first injections in December and I had several months of being relatively pain free. The second round of shots, in early June, didn’t do the trick, so I was back to have them done again. When I mentioned the problem I had been having with the dizziness and vision and all that, he immediately became concerned and checked me out. He thinks there is more to it than a pinched nerve. He suspects it might be carotid artery stenosis, which is a narrowing of the large arteries on either side of the neck that carry blood to the head, face and brain. This narrowing is usually the result of a build-up of plaque within the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. Stenosis can worsen over time to completely block the artery which may lead to a stroke. My cholesterol levels are very good, but that doesn’t seem to matter sometimes.
He immediately ordered an MRI at a different facility and put in a referral to a specialist to check me out. As it turned out, there was a scheduling conflict at the hospital so he could not do the spinal injections that day and said we would have to push it back to Monday. Okay, no problem. We drove to Open MRI of Daytona and made the appointment for that, which will be Monday at 6:15 PM. From there I had to go to Port Orange Imaging, where the CAT scan was done, and pick up the disc and records from them to take with me on Monday.
Later that evening Dr. Kent called me at home to see how I was doing and I told him my back was still giving me a lot of pain. He called me again at 1:30 yesterday afternoon and said that he really didn’t want me to go through another weekend with the pain and had badgered the hospital into opening a time slot to do my injections and asked if I could be there by 3 o’clock. You bet! Terry and I got dressed and drove the 35 miles back to DeLand. The procedure went well and by 10 PM my back was already feeling much better.
We also discussed the progression of my back problems and the fact that the shots are a Band-Aid that masks the pain but don’t really solve anything. We discussed everything from nerve ablation to surgery to open the channel that the nerve bundle goes through, to disc replacement and stem cell therapy. I really like Dr. Kent because he truly cares about his patients and I trust him completely. The first time I met him, when he did my first injections, he gave me his personal cell phone number and said to call him day or night anytime I have a problem. How many doctors do that?
So, we’re in a holding pattern for now until I get the MRI out of the way on late Monday afternoon, as well as an appointment Terry has with her primary care provider midday Monday. And hopefully I will be hearing from the specialist Dr. Kent sent the referral to before too long. I’m telling you, folks, getting old ain’t for sissies!
In other news, in a blog post last week I mentioned seeing a big motorhome towing a travel trailer behind it parked at the Lowes in Port Orange and wondering if it was the mother-in-law’s quarters. But for some reason I apparently didn’t include the photograph and readers wanted to know if I had a picture of it. Yes, I did, and here it is.
With all this going on, I still managed to get in a couple of thousand words on my new book yesterday morning before we took off for DeLand. We are supposed to have a lot more rain this weekend, so we probably won’t do a whole lot. It would be a good time for writing and weaving. Although, there is a gun show that might be fun to check out. We’ll see what happens.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing Link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I saw the craziest thing last night. I went to my neighborhood bar, and this chick got her nipple pierced right there in front of everyone. Also, I totally suck at playing darts.