Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Bone Marrow Biopsy, (When in doubt, take dope)

I’m so very, very, glad that I asked to be medicated for my bone marrow biopsy! What was supposed to be a 15 minute “exam” lasted an hour and fifteen minutes.

The physicians assistant (P.A.) was suppose to poke a huge needle into my hip bone taking a marrow sample, then chip off a sample of my bone. The problem was that my bone was “hard” and gave her a fight. She tried 2 or 3 times at the first sight. Then she had to pull the needle out, and stuck me at another site. It took another few tries before she got a sample. Ek! My poor, dear, hip bone was just doing what bones are supposed to do, be hard and protect. The poor baby.

The good news is that I probably don’t have osteoporosis. The bad news is that the procedure took five times as long. I’m so very glad I asked to be doped up, (sedative and pain meds). No way in hell would I have been able to go through all that without meds.

Folks, when it comes to exams, procedures, and operations, if there is any doubt in your mind, then play it safe! Go conservative. Do what you need to do to get through it.

By the way, having ready-to-eat food on hand for the next few days was a good idea. I was so doped up when I got home that I didn’t dare turn the stove on. A premade half a turkey sub, salad, and protein bar was perfect for the first night. The homemade beef stew loaded with healthy veggies was perfect for the next few nights.

Well, my poor hip bone and I survived the ordeal, but neither of us wants to do it again. A result of the exam is pending. (I can’t believe that they call it an exam, it was an in hospital operation as far as I’m concerned.)

You should have seen me. I asked my relative, (who drove me home), where my purse was. She replied, “On your shoulder”. Talk about doped up! I think that I staggered into my apartment. It would have made a funny video if taped.


Mike Golch said...

not having osteoporosis is a good thing,since the injections that I take for it is every 3 months.

Jaffer said...

So you have a hard ass - sorry couldn't resist.
I am very glad the test results showed nothing.

Rest up - and hope to see you back soon !

Lady Banana said...

Sounds rather brutal doesn't it, but I'm glad that's done with..

How long till you get the results?

I had some dentistry done under that kind of sedation - I loved it, so did my kids, they will never forget how funny I was!

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Mike,
Sorry to hear that.
Hi Jaffer,
A hard ass is better than a hard head. Te he! I have not gotten back the results yet.
Hi De Hi Lady Banananana,
Brutal is a good word for it. That is one test that I hope I will never have to repeat! Nov. 4 is when I get the results (if I don't chicken out and reschedule).

Rebecca said...

Yuck! Glad that is done and over. Prayers for good results :)!

meleah rebeccah said...

Aw! you poor thing! I am glad you opted for drugs! Sedation is the best way to handle these kinds of tests/exams!