My hope went underground when the testing described in my last post revealed nothing of value. I was crushed. My beloved hubby had to take part of a day off of work and I had to take two drugs to be able to tolerate the contrast dye. My doctor sent over new orders to the hospital on the morning of the test, creating further complications. That new test was not yet authorized by my insurance company. So would I have to come back and take more drugs, Steve take more time off of work when both tests could be done that day within minutes? What shall we do? The radiology staff nor us knew what to do.
We decided that since I do have a secondary insurance, to proceed with both the CT angiogram of the neck and the CT angiogram of the head that day. The views would be with my head and neck in a neutral position, not in neck extension (which is the position that triggers convulsive episodes). So I decided to lie on the exam table with my neck partially extended. True to form, soon after they pushed the iodine contrast dye into my veins a tic then seizure attack erupted! I couldn’t speak. Steve let them know the course that these things take so the staff lifted me off the treatment table, onto a gurney, and into an empty room in the adjacent MRI suites. There we were in the dark until my personal hell decided to stop. (See here if you haven’t seen it yet.) Steve helped me to the bathroom via wheelchair, the tech wheeled me out to the exit of the hospital, and we were on our way home. Somehow I cleaned up once home and got myself to bed to sleep off the drugs for the next 6 hours! The stress, the drugs in my body diminished thereafter. All there was left to do was deal with the trauma of what had happened and wait for the test results . . . No problem, right?
What followed represents the good and the bad of the patient having access to her own test results through the electronic medical record mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I got my test results 3 WEEKS before the Doctor appointment scheduled to review them! The test was on a Friday and on Tuesday I was reading the radiology reports. I was crushed. There were no vascular anomalies that would explain why tipping my head backwards, certain chiropractic adjustments, sleeping on my left side, and a host of other identifiable kinesio/sensory stimuli trigger violent convulsive episodes. Further, the question remained as to why these episodes are continuing, albeit of less intensity and duration overall, 6 months after treatment with specialized dental appliances? This treatment brought me an 80% reduction in seizure attacks. But after chiropractic treatment resumed, that number started to go down: the episodes had started to increase again. The “old friend” has returneth but still has no name . . . no cause.
In a future post, I may disclose the profound effect of this dead end in my seven years of battling a serious illness. Last week after yet another difficult medical process revealed no answers, I really wanted to die. Within a day that feeling changed and I continued on with my activities of daily living, some volunteer projects, and prepared to attend a women’s retreat within a few more days. The time away helped some. I don’t want to die I just don’t know really how to live this way anymore. There may be some clues in the test results of what to focus on next related to a thyroid condition — or maybe not. My veracious researching a cause, a cure has come to a screeching halt. Right now is the time for me to dwell in the eternal space of my Savior, Jesus Christ and lie this illness at the foot of His Cross. The lies of Satan and his tools of discouragement can go to hell with him, period.
Can’t say much more than that right now. Tomorrow I need to be up and energetic at an event I thought I could volunteer at in preparation for another project of greater interest to me. We’ll see how it goes. My alarm is set. But the get up and go, the drive in my heart is more asleep than I am at the moment.
Maybe something good will happen soon? I’ll letcha know if it does, Gentle Reader. You are always on my heart and the first to know as usual, k? JJ