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Pictures taken during the Blood Patch, for CSF leak.

Posted Nov 27 2010 12:00am

During the Blood Patch Stuart asked if he could take some pictures.  They said it would be no problem as long as he didn’t show anyone but me, and as long as the screen showing my name wasn’t in any of the pictures.

In this photo you can see me in the CT Scan, they are lining up the next leak to patch.  You can see the screen on the left hand side that shows the pictures from the CT scan.

This photo shows how the CT scan has a laser light that shows them exactly where to put in the needle.

Here’s a better view of the laser light, it’s even shining off of the needle they have placed in my back.

Here you  can see the blood being put in.

This photo is very similar to the previous one, but you can see the needle in this one, and see just how very thin it is.

It’s all over at this point, except for the washing up with the nice warm wash cloths.   You can see where they marked my back, and the puncture marks.  You can’t see that each puncture is raised a bit.  The puncture the lowest on my back, almost out of the picture, is the sorest one.  That’s where they did the pressure test, put in the dye, and then patched that spot.  It’s still a little sore, but really only if I try to over do it.  This was not a hard procedure to go through.  The doctors made sure I was as comfortable as possible.  The pain afterward has not been hard to deal with.  The hardest thing was that I couldn’t get up and cook on Thanksgiving.   I love to cook, and I admit, I love to show that off on Thanksgiving.  : )

Thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes for going though this procedure.  I’m happy to say that I do think it has done some good.  I’ve been able to close my eyes and shake my head without getting dizzy….That was amazing.  This evening, I’m feeling a little off, but I over did it today.  I was supposed to do very little to nothing for 3 days.  Today, I went with my husband up to a little mall near here…NO we did not go Christmas Shopping.  He needed to look for something at the computer store, then we decided to get some lunch.  Well, I did run in one store and buy a Christmas present, but I had a coupon, and it didn’t take long.

Oh, who am I kidding, by the time we got back to the car and I sat down I was in enough pain that I wanted a pain pill.  (I’m not a big fan of pain pills.)

Still no headaches, no real dizziness (I don’t think I’d really count the fact that I feel a little off this evening, I think I just wore myself out.)  I’m hearing better out of my left ear.  I still can’t hear from my right ear, I still have tinnitus, and I still have that full feeling (mostly in the right ear).

Right now, I’m feeling good about things.

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