I had the standing MRI yesterday, and that was quite a bit different from the lying down kind. First of all, it would be much better for anyone who is claustrophobic, as I was not closed in, and they actually had a big screen TV set up so I could watch it.
As far as my procedure was concerned, it was not very comfortable. The whole point was to take the MRI while I was putting weight on the knee, so I had to stand at about a 60 or 70 degree angle, I would guess, and be very still for about 30 minutes. By the time it was over my knee was really complaining, but it was worth every moment of it, if it gets them a better idea of what’s going on in there. I still don’t expect it to be torn cartilage, but soon I will know. Their brochure showed pictures of regular MRI views vs their stand up kind, with obvious disk problems that didn’t show up when the patient was lying down. I may ask for that kind the next time I have to have one on my neck or back, for just that reason. I’ll see the Orthopedist next week to get the report on it.
I’ve added the beginnings of a section on Radial Neuropathy to my side bar, not because I have that, but because I’ve recently started emailing back and forth to a new friend who has it. She and I live in the same small town, I taught her husband, know her MIL, and we’re even members of the same church. And neither one of us knew each other LOL!! It was the Physical Therapist we’ve been going to, who gave her my blog URL, that got us together. She promises that she’ll be posting here, so hopefully she can make contact with others who have problems more similar to hers. My Neuropathy is most noticeable in my legs, although my hands and arms are involved, too. Hers is severe, but I’ll leave it to her to explain it.
I noticed the nausea from the Requip about 11:00AM again yesterday, but a few crackers stopped it. I’m still getting sleepy at the wrong time, as I nodded off early last night watching TV, and I’ve been up since 4:00AM. Actually, I woke up a little after 3:00, but I made myself stay put, thinking I would go back to sleep. No such luck.
I can’t tell any difference in my gait yet, but it may take a week or so before I would notice anything, anyway. I don’t remember reading anything about how long it takes Requip to take effect, so I’ll have to try to do some research on that.
Oh, remember when I was having so much trouble typing? That has definitely improved. It must have been the stress of dealing with Daddy that was making that worse. Parkinson’s folks don’t handle stress as well as others do. I still make more mistakes than I’d like, but nothing like it was for awhile there.
I’ve done my morning exercises, but we’re still not walking at the track. Hubby’s poison ivy is getting worse, not better, and he’s so stubborn I can’t get him to go to the doctor about it. So he’s just slathering on the anti-itch medicines I already had in the house, and he’s trying to stay cool.
Speaking of cool, my temperature regulator is all off whack. I’ll have hot flashes one minute and be freezing the next. I’m putting my jacket on and pulling it off constantly!! This is a Parkies thing, too, so there’s not much else I can do about it.
I’ll spend the day today writing descriptions and finishing the pictures I took this morning, so I can put some new items on eBay tonight. DH has gone grocery shopping, a regular Wednesday morning routine of his, and a chance for him to stop and chat with his buddies. I guess that pretty well catches me up for the day. I hope you are having a good day, too.