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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/24/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well good friends,
I'm back and had  such a GREAT time it's hard to get back into the swing of things here at work. I'm so glad I went even though it seemed like there were so many hurdles to jump just getting on the plane. I'll try and tell you but may run short of time. I left work an hour early on Thursday to go see my Pain Doc who had the results of my MRI. Since her partner had more back / neck training I saw him. Well he took one look at my MRI report and told me I had to go to a neck surgeon right away the next morning, no GO, no $200. I told him that I couldn't as I was going to a (made-up) funeral the next day in North Carolina. He insisted that my neck was so bad that I should cancel my trip to see this surgeon and if I didn't, I could do major damage to my neck. So we went back and forth for a while, You have to see him! I can't! Yes> No!, what ever! The next morning I got up thinking I had plenty of time to make my 8:30 flight untill my wife looked at the boarding passes I printed the day before. She said, these say 6:30am not 8:30am! Why didn't I put my glasses on, those dang 6's & 8's!! Yikes! So she got on the phone and found out that US Air no longer has standby and I would have to buy a new ticket and get credit less a penalty for missing my flight. Long story>short! They gave me back $165. back for my $260. ticket and charged me $685. for a new last minute ticket. I told my wife >NO!!! But she insisted that I should go as I work way to hard and really needed the break although I hadn't told her about what the Doc said yet! Then my hernia insision started bleading through the white shirt I had on and wrecked it. After patching me up w/ butterflys and bandaids, she drove me to the airport and dropped me of w/ a duffle bag to heavy for me to carry and a small back pack filled w/ meds. After an hour in the security line I finally made it to the metal / gunpowder-explosive detector. I failed because even though I took my tens unit off, I left the sticky patches on my neck w/ the wire connectors on them. He made me take them off. Then they had to check my bag and rescan it 3 times! 3 times she emptied all my pills and everything in my back pack out and then had to call someone to check my tens unit to make sure it wasn't a bomb. Lucky I was early or I would have missed the 2nd plane! I finally made it through and got myself put back together shoes and all and went to the gate  and right onto the plane. Then my phone rang when I was walking down the isle, it was the surgeon's office telling me to come straight into the office, they were waiting for me! Double YIKES!!! I called them back and explained that I told my Doc there was NO WAY I was going and there was a misunderstanding and I would call them on Tuesday and off I went!! Other than the take-off's & landing's which were horrable, my trip was just what I needed! I met all kinds of guys who were just like me, some legends of rodbuilding and loads of Vendors who I'd been buying from for years. I took it all in, the seminars, new products and all the friendly rod geeks! Now I'm back and my neck is worse than when I left but I'm so happy I went. Made new friend and got supper deals on some matterials as well as a bunch of free stuff. I called the surgeon's office and he's out of town untill Thursday when I will go see him just to see what he has to say. Then I'll get a second, third and how ever many opinions before I descide what to do. Yes, I'm scared and in a lot of pain! I shouldn't be working but no one ever accused me of being sharpest pencil in the deck or is that card in the boat?
You Big Dumb Friend w/ da brokeneck,
Pete  
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/24/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you made it on the trip, seems to have done you better than any medicine in the world!
Sorry your mri results are bad though, Have you told your wife yet? Do it gently if you haven't,
Take your wife with you when you see the surgeon, just in case you miss anything, you'll need
her with you...
Ya know if I could take your pain away I would and in a heart beat too!
You have every right to be scared and we'll all be with you in Spirit when you see the surgeon.
If you have to drive to the Cleveland clinic to get your second opinion as they are supposed to be top notch...
Lots of soft hugz to you..
my friend...
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Tirzah
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   Posted 2/24/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Awww, Pete,
That's awful about the MRI. I wonder what it could possibly be that has them in such a tizzy. I won't worry you with crazy speculation, I'll just be praying that everything goes alright & that you are able to get the treatment you need at just the right time.

Glad to hear you enjoyed your rod building trip. Sounds like a fun time!

Take care of yourself & no killing yourself for that crazy boss of yours -- that's a direct order from your HW friend. :)

peace,
frances

PAlady
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   Posted 2/24/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((((PETE)))))))))))))

Ok, that's for starters. Your kindness runs so deep, my friend. And I can't thank you enough in words how much you have touched my heart. That thread you started for me meant the world when I really needed that hug!! That really showed your character.

I hope you didn't injure yourself more (and I have a hunch you didn't) but like Char, I'm glad you took that trip. To do something you love, and something that may be a significant part of your future. I hope you retain vivid memories of everything while you move through these next few months or longer.

But now it is time to take care of business and get the medical help you need, especially while you've got your health benefits. And maybe as you go through this to begin talking with a good therapist (I am not saying you're crazy!!) to help you make the best decisions for your future. Things like whether you should keep pushing yourself in that job, or what your other options are. And do all that in the context of changing hormone levels, thyroid issues, depression, etc. that you struggle with.

You are a good man. A kind spirit. Take it a step at a time, holding your dreams in your mind as you go.

More hugs for Pete!

(((((((((((((((((((((((PETE)))))))))))))))))

PaLady

p.s. I'm not sure if I'm going to add any more to the "hug" thread you started for me - it seems so appropriate for you to both start and end it! Thanks again!! yeah

Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/24/2009 3:00:26 PM (GMT-7)


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
HUGZ for ya Pete, but very gentle one okay!

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mom9mom
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   Posted 2/24/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete sorry to read about your M.R.I. Glad to here you had such a good time on your trip.Now it`s time to take care of your medical problems.Good Luck.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 2/24/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I also want to say it sounds like you took the best route, pleasure first. Sometimes we have to eat dessert first, as life is too short. Keep us up to date on the results of the Dr. visit. Maybe he likes to fish? I happen to have a all expense salmon or stealhead trip for WA, too bad you are not closer. I was going to take my son but he received an expense paid ticket to Iraq. Hope to hear good results later this week.

skeye
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   Posted 2/25/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Pete, my friend,

I am so sorry to hear about your MRI & the bad start to your trip. Just getting the news about your neck would have been enough to unnerve anyone, and then on top of that you had to put up with all those plane problems and your hernia incision acting up! It's a wonder you still made it to NC at all! I'm glad that it was worth it in the end & you had a wonderful time! I hope all goes well with the surgeon on Thursday, and do get as many opinions as you can before rushing into anything! I hope you are feeling a little better now that you are home!

Sending you lots and lots of (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))). Sure sounds like you need them!!

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,

I'll be thinking about you. I am acquainted with NECKPAIN. It's my name, in fact.

Don't waste time. Just go to the doc and hear what he has to say. Today.

Pamela Neckpain
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back Pete!! I missed you bunches! Didn't have your witty humor around to make me laugh and that is always a treat to see your posts. Glad you had a great trip. Did you catch lots of fish? I so envy you, I am real excited about spring cause that brings fishing!! Got some new fishing spots to hit this year as well as fish that I haven't ever gotten to catch before so I am pumped for spring to arrive! Hubby tells me that KS has some of the best bass lakes around, for course since he has lived here his entire life and is a native to KS I think he is a little prejudice LOL. Plus hubby, when we are fishing, makes sure that I am real comfortable when we are fishing. He bought me a reclining lounge chair and I have an umbrella that attaches to the side Since I also have a sweat gland deficiency that makes it to where I can't sweat like a normal person I have to be very cautious with the heat cause I've gotten heat stroke before and its not fun.

Anyway....its 3:30am and I'm ramblin. Good to see you back hun and I do hope the down time that you got from this trip helped to clear your head. It always helps to get in a little "Me" time with us CPers and I know how hard it is to unwind. Turkey season is coming up in April soon and I will be headed out to the field to see if I can bag my first one! Always nice to have something to look forward too......like a psych evaluation in two weeks that just may put me at a lower pain level so that I can enjoy this upcoming camping, fishing and turkey season to the fullest.

Hugs

Your friend

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/25/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Friends!
I can't tell you how much your little notes touch me, I feel like we all have more in common than just pain. When I win that lottery, I'm going to fly all of us down to the Carabean somewhere so we can all just lie around in the warm sand and talk to each other rather than typing.
I wish I could say it was a good morning but it's not. This neck pain had me crazy all night and now I'm at work wondering how I'm going to keep things together and stay awake! My mood is bad which is unusual for me Mr. Upbeat so when someone sees me like this, it's the 30 questions game. Not bad but concidering I may see as many as 50 people before lunch it gets old in a hurry!
Chart, you're idea about bringing my wife is a good one but unfortunately she left this A.M. to go back to N.W. Fla. to our property where she lives. She would stay with me in my time of need but she has a big meeting for work in Orlando starting tomorrow and running though the weekend so it's me and the pets.
Frances, I will obey your orders about my boss because lucky for me he went th Baja Cal. to go 4 wheeling for the whole week so it's very peaceful around here w/ him gone! It's nice to not hear him yelling at someone in the office all day. He is a screamer and everyone gets it except for me because I'll yell right back at him. I told him when I started here that no one yells at me except my parrents and my fathere died a long time ago. He did it once and I quit ! He begged me to stay and I told him that that was the last time he would ever yell at me. It worked so far!
PA, you're right, I did mess up my neck on the trip. The wind was really blowing on Sunday in N.C. and the take off was murder on my neck. Then I went to Philly PA. where it was even worse and had to land & take-off. Thanks for saying I'm not crazy but I really am!
Mom, it's always great to hear from you, your right! It's time to take care of BIZ!!
Fatherjohn, my oldest son's aircraft carrier is in China right now but he's stationed in Bremerton, Wa. When he gets back from his deployment next fall, I'll be on the dock waiting for him. Maybe we can get together and do some flyfishing then? Sounds like a plan to me!!
Skye, what would we do without Sweet Skeye! I' sending big warm Florida Sunshine hugs your way! Can you feel them? You're a dear!!
Pam, what can I say. You know exactly what I'm going through right now. It SUCKS!!! Thanks as always for your kind words!
Ans Scared, No, no fish. I wished we were fishing a couple times but it wasn't a fishing trip. It was all about building custom fishing rods! It sounds like you're my kind of gal, there's nothing like the outdoors! Camping, fishing, hunting, I'm with you! When are we going? KS sounds like a great place to fish.
Agai Thanks all! This post has taken a while in between work so please excuse any mistakes. I have to get going now> talk later>
Much Luv & big Hugs>
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/25/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete ~
You seem to always be thinking of others. A virtual hug from you can bring spasms
of delight and cheer to a lonley lady. This is a rare kindness. We all appreciate you.
Now for you to keep this kind of kindness up, you gotta be kind to yourself. When
is your appointment? What are you gonna do? You're fan club is here waiting.
When the doctor tells you to come in, it does mean something.
Waitin' to hear,
Pamela Neckpain

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/25/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my dear Pete...I missed you so very much! I started hunting after I met and married my hubby. He has gotten me into bow hunting which I must say is a really fun sport if your patient (unfortunately I am not and can't sit still for very long) and prepared to sit in the tops of a dang tree LOL. I'm afraid of heights so when hubby decided to buy me a tree stand I about freaked completely out! Lucky for me I only had to sit in the dang thing Once! That was enough for me and hubby decided that a ground blind would be better suited for my taste *DUH* ha ha. Anyway KS offers so much as far as hunting and fishing! I've seen many bucks that would make a blind man drool LOL (just kidding). Big bucks there are here in KS, but you have to be prepared to walk a long ways to get them and right now that isn't in the cards.

Hubby always says that I am a determined fisherwoman and that he has never met anyone that can sit out on the bank of a lake for hours and hours without catching a thing and not complain. Its funny that I do miss my long fishing trips...can't sit that long now and it ticks me off that the fish usually win. When we lived in Wyoming it was funny that I adored catching the brook trout and now I will miss them lots as KS doesn't have any brook trout fishing. Anyway...come on up and we'll go fishing! Best go now, have to take my meds and get into a nice hot tub.

Hugs

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


skeye
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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw, Pete, thanks for the hugs! They were definitely felt. It still only reached about 30 degrees here today, but for some reason it felt quite spring like to me. Must have been all that Florida warmth you sent up to me! Pamela's right, you are always thinking of others! I hope you're feeling even just a little bit better today!

Skeye
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