Spinraza Dose 10, I Think
Although Spinraza is becoming routine for some of you, for me it’s anything but. So many variables can come into play I never feel totally at ease. Despite the process being challenging, I am grateful for the opportunity. Plus the hospital has warm blankets!
As with many of you, drawing my blood can be a challenge. Starting a week prior I hydrate extra to plump up my minuscule veins. Since I don’t have an SPC and have a limited PCA schedule this is difficult. This time around my regular PCA called out sick all week throwing a wrench into my extra hydration plans. I still managed for all the good it did. It took three pokes to get my blood for the labs. I am able to collect the urine sample from home and with all that extra hydration that wasn’t a problem. Surprise, the virgin still isn’t pregnant!
Next challenge, transportation. Since switching companies, my anxiety level has dropped significantly. However, I live in Minnesota and it is December. We always add ample time to factor in traffic and weather. It’s a good thing we did because a new driver paired with crummy roads added an hour onto our already long commute. We did get there and back safely despite seeing at least four cars in the ditch on the way down.
My “complicated spine” might be the biggest hurdle. So far with the help of CT guidance my confident Interventional Radiologist has never had problems getting access. However this time the 7″ needle wasn’t exactly cooperating with him. He was hitting bone or tough tissue where there didn’t appear to be any. He must have bent the needle or something because he had to pull out and get a new needle. It took twice as long as usual, but thanks to lidocaine, it was tolerable. I was worried if I’d be sore the next day because of all the poking and prodding. Surprisingly I wasn’t. I’m fortunate as well to avoid the dreaded spinal headache or any other negative side effects.
So, now I’m set for another four months. Glad it’s done, not looking forward to doing it all over again in April. At least the roads should be better! How’s it going for you?