See, that's the thing! I was asked at least 5 times that "we will be doing the right hand side, correct?" and I answered "Yes." every time. Even when they started the local anesthetic and stuff, it felt like it was on the left-hand side but they were still talking aloud (I think there was a dictation mic on the ceiling, they talked like they were making a record of it) about
doing it on the right-hand side so I decided they maybe were going in at an angle or something, *shrug. When they are still saying aloud "we are doing 3 epidural injections on the right-hand side", I figured THEY knew what they were doing, etc. I won't make that mistake again.
BTW - I never signed anything on my back and they didn't mark my back, etc. I looked on the discharge sheet I had to sign and it is checked for the Transforaminal Epidural with a hand-written "Left" beside it. I did make sure it said the side they actually did and I DO have the EMG results for that test showing "Right" for the "side" column. So if I do run into trouble, I have proof they did the tests in the right-hand leg and right-hand side of my back BUT that they actually did the procedure on my "Left" side. So I have paperwork to back up my story, etc.
I don't know if I am being naive about
the paperwork but I just hope to get something, anything done to help the pain. If he tries to give me the boot for some weird reason and hope to just be rid of me or something, I have a paper-trail of what went on...
I am not the type to want to cause trouble or start a lawsuit or anything like that; as long as this guy doesn't try anything funny at least. This procedure didn't really hurt me at all and I am waiting to see if this epidural may help me anyway, regardless of the side it was done on. I am curious as to why he changed the followup from two weeks from now to 4 days from now (the next closest business day)... I guess I will find out for sure on Monday.
I am still trying to get my head around the rollercoaster of meds and procedures, etc. I have been through in the last 7 days. After 9 months of sheer torture on these stupid patches, at least I get to change them every 48 hours at the very least.
Oh, almost forgot... FatherJohn,
Yes, you have the right guy. I have had so many ups and downs that I don't really know what is going on anymore! Thanks for remembering though!
Fentanyl - 100mcgs x 48 hours
Amitriptyline (Elavil) - 25mg x 1 to 2 at bedtime
Zolpidem Tartrate (Ambien) - 10mg x one at bedtime
Atenolol - 50mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Crestor - 10mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Niaspan - 500mg - 1 one hour after an aspirin and w/a low fat snack
Trilipix DR - 135mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Amitiza - 8mcg x 2 day when needed (not often)
Baclofen - 10mg x 8 hours
Excedrin - Extra Strength x 8 day (2 at a time, 4 x day)
Acetaminophen - 250mg
Aspirin - 250mg
Caffeine - 65mg
Omega 3-6-9 - 1,200mg (Borage, Flax & Fish Oils) x 8 hours
Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopherol) - %100
LA (Linoleic Acid, omega-6) - 463mg
ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid, omega-3) - 378mg
Oleic Acid (omega-9) - 455mg
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid, omega-3) - 180mg
GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid, omega-6) - 180mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid, omega-3) - 120mg
Lipase - 12,000units
Oyster Shell Calcium & Vitamin D - 500mg x 2 a day (meals)
Vitamin D - 400 IU (100% DV)
Calcium - 500mg (50% DV)
Post Edited (skrape) : 8/28/2009 3:39:22 PM (GMT-6)