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Had my MRI yesterday

Friday, January 16, 2009


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I had my MRI at 4:30pm yesterday.

I took the Valium that Dr.Basch prescribed for me. I wasn't sure about taking the full dose though, since I had never had it before and I am more sensitive than most people to medications. He gave me 10mg, which I think is the highest strength, and I was to take one an hour before, and another a half hour later if I needed it. I cut one in half, and took the first half at 3:15pm and the second half at 3:45pm. It didn't really make me sleepy at that time, but I felt pretty clumsy and kind of "dopey"; when I was sitting at the computer to kill time before I had to leave, I knocked my mouse onto the floor twice.

I had to be at the hospital at 4:15pm. Mom picked me up, since I wasn't going to try to drive on the Valium. I was given some forms to fill out, with the same questions I was asked at the pain clinic when my appointment was set up, and again when the hospital called me the day before to confirm my appointment. I had to change into a gown too. I had just changed and was only half done filling out the top page of the form when they came to get me. I'm glad I didn't have to sit and wait long, that makes me anxious.

I still felt anxious about getting into the MRI, but the Valium helped. They put headphones on me and music, listened to an 80's radio station, actually had some pretty good songs. I got through it by closing my eyes and pretending I was singing along with the music. At least this was shorter than the hip MRI, that one took about 40 minutes, and this one only 25.

If I ever have to have another MRI, hopefully I won't, but if I do, I'll definately ask for the Valium again, and I think I'll take the full dose.

It started making me sleepy once I got back home. After I made sure the cats were fed for the night, I put on my pjs and put a tape in for my tv shows, just in case I couldn't stay awake to watch them. I nuked a Healthy Choice entree for dinner and curled up in the recliner for a night of watching tv. After 10pm, I kept dozing off, and around 11pm I went to bed.

I got some good sleep last night for a change. Got up around 8am this morning.

Got another bill from the hospital for the full amount for the bone scan I had in November, the one that wasn't paid by the insurance due to a system error. I checked online and the insurance paid half of it on Jan. 3rd, but the statement from the hospital is dated Jan.12, so obviously someone didn't get the message. That pisses me off to have to deal with that again. I was going to print off my EOB statement to send to the hospital with the bill, but that part of the site isn't working on the BCBS website, so I sent them an email asking them if they can mail it to me. I also let customer service know that the hospital is trying to tell me that the insurance has not paid on that claim. I'm so tired of having to get things straightened out when the hosptial, Conexis, and my insurance don't do things right.

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/17/2009 9:22PM

    I hope your results are good.

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PMCFARM 1/16/2009 6:25PM

  DH doctor gave him Valium for an MRI about 10 years ago and told him to use the first half tab 15-30 min before procedure and to let it absorb under his tongue...worked very fast and he never needed the second half tab. He slept through most of the MRI (didn't need music...he snored). One other thing you may look into is if anywhere nearby is an "open" MRI center...the scanner is a completely open hoop...really nice and very quiet & fast!!! MarilynC.

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SSANFORD1 1/16/2009 6:17PM

    I know what you mean about the MRI. I had to have one once and I am claustrophobic so I asked them to do it in the Open MRI Machine. That was better. Good luck w/your results.

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COOP9002 1/16/2009 2:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As one who has been through the MRI machine I can understand some of what you're talking about. Hopefully, things will go well for you in the future.

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Thinking about my MRI today

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My MRI is scheduled for 4:30pm. I am getting anxious about it. Partly because I am claustrophobic, but I am feeling better about that part of it since this time Dr.Basch gave me a prescription for some Valium to take an hour before.

I'm more concerned that after going through the arthrogram on my hip which showed nothing, that nothing will be found on the MRI of my spine either. It's not that I want to have something wrong with me, but the way I am hurting, I know something is, and I want to know. I want to know so it can be treated, and I want to get back into being able to walk around in a store without it making me hurt the rest the day, and to be able to do my workouts again. I can't even do too much housework all at once without it hurting.

Since Monday, the pain has been pretty steady and constant, without much relief sitting or laying down either.


When I quit working, I had big plans to finally get my whole house decluttered and organized. I knew with my health problems, even with not having to work now, I wouldn't feel 100% everyday, but I was hoping for a lot more "good" days than I've had in the last 2-3 months.

After the MRI, I see Dr.Basch on Tuesday, and I still have the EMG coming up on the 29th.
From my own research on the internet, keeping in mind I can't diagnose myself or believe everything I read, I think it's a good possiblity I have a pinched nerve. But if it's something worse, I am prepared to deal with it. I don't mean it would be easy for me to hear, but I feel I have to be ready to accept whatever the diagnosis will be.

Yesterday was kind of a wasted day. Besides the hip pain, I had a headache all day. Yesterday was the first day of our extreme cold weather, so I think that change probably brought on my headache. I just kind of sat around all day, and was on and off the computer. I was in my recliner late in the afternoon, and Timmy climbed up and laid up against my chest. At that point, I was feeling pretty sad and sorry for myself; I just held on to him and cried for awhile. I think he sensed I needed to do that.

After dinner, I got into pajamas and got into bed, and watched tv for the night. I was starting to feel somewhat better by then; at least the headache was finally gone. I also brought my crocheting in there and worked on that, got quite a bit done. Around 11:30pm I took my Ambien and went to sleep.

My hip is about the same today, but mentally I feel much better. Still kind of anxious, but not as depressed. The sun is out today so I think that is helping too.

This is my Timmy.

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/17/2009 9:23PM

    Timmy is adorable.

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INNERPUPPIE 1/16/2009 8:48AM

    From what I have read, it might be that you have sciatica. I had the hip pain but then, untreated, it went down my leg and into my foot. What a pain, hehehe! The worst thing to do is to lay around. The more you do it the worse the pain gets. Try a little heat and a good soak in the tub. I, too, hate MRIs...UGH!

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PINKPADDLERJUDY 1/15/2009 2:41PM

    Dear Shari
You're probably getting ready for the MRI as I type this. I hope that they can figure out what the problem is. Maybe you just need to turn into a snowbird & skip the nasty winters!
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PMCFARM 1/15/2009 2:33PM

  I am very glad that your are writing more & letting go of some of your feelings and frustrations. Cats....a subject very close to my heart! As frustrated as I am when they boss me, they are such a comfort when I need personal unconditional love. Can't live with them (when there in a snit), but certainly wouldn't ever live without them!!!!! MarilynC emoticon

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Recipe: Banana Pancake for One

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This recipe is from Taste Of Home Cooking For 2 magazine.
It makes one huge pancake! I actually got 2 servings out of this; I cut it in half and saved the other part for the next day to reheat in the microwave.

BANANA PANCAKE FOR ONE
1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Maple syrup or spreadable fruit, optional

In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Combine the banana, egg and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour batter onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup or spreadable fruit if desired.

Nutrition info (for whole pancake without syrup or spreadable fruit) 323 calories, 6 g fat, 57 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 12 g protein.

  
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PINKPADDLERJUDY 1/15/2009 2:42PM

    This sounds great! I love recipes for 1 or 2...
Judy

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Recipe:HG ROCKIN' & CHOPPIN' TACO SALAD

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Another recipe from the Hungry Girl Cook Book.
I made this last night and it's great!
Instead of sprinkling the taco seasoning on top of the salad though, I mixed it in with the chili.

HG ROCKIN' & CHOPPIN' TACO SALAD
makes 1 serving

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2/3 cup low fat vegetarian chili
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese
2 TBSP fat free sour cream
1 TBSP chopped or sliced black olives
6 baked tortilla chips, crushed
1/4 tsp taco seasoning mix, dry

Prepare chili as directed on package. Set aside.
Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with tomatoes. Add chili and cheese.
Top with olives and sour cream. Then finish off by adding crushed tortilla chips and sprinkling taco seasoning on top.

286 calories, 3.5 g fat, 920,g sodium, 42g carbs, 12g fiber, 7 g sugars, 24 g protein

  
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TERRAPININK 5/30/2013 2:55PM

  Cannot wait to try :)

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Recipe: Upside-Down Shepard's Pie

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

from Kraftfoods.com

UPSIDE-DOWN SHEPARD'S PIE
makes 4 servings

3/4 lb. new potatoes
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing and Marinade
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup 2% milk shredded Italian three cheese blend

Heat oven to 450F. Microwave potatoes and water in 2 qt. microwavable oven proof casserole on HIGH 10-12 minutes or til potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat dressing in nonstick casserole on medium-high heat. Add meat and onions; cook and stir until meat is browned. Stir in corn and tomatoes.

Drain potatoes; return to dish. Flatten with bottom of small cup or bowl; top with meat mixture and cheese.Cover. Bake 25 minutes or until casserole is heated through and top is golden brown, removing lid after 20 minutes.

If you don't have frozen corn, substitute frozen peas instead.

Per serving: 360 calories, 14 g fat, 29 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 270 mg sodium, 29 g protein, 5 g sugars

Note: I used Zesty Italian dressing, and substituted Ground Boca Burger for the ground beef. I made this last night and it was great!

  
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JDMROSA 1/13/2009 1:54PM

    I saw this recipe last week and have it on my to-make list! Glad to hear it was good! Maybe I'll put this on the menu for next week.
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