The following morning after my phone interview with
Sylvester Stallone, I was scheduled for a CT-Myelogram
for a more thorough look at my spine and the cysts.
This is something that I had put off for awhile because
I was told in advance that it would be very uncomfortable. Although the MRI spotted the tarlov
cysts on my spine, the CT-Myelogram would give
a closer view of the affected areas.. The procedure
itself entails putting a large needle into the spine much
like that of a saddle block. A radiopaque dye is than
injected throughout the cerebrospinal fluid inside the
dura to outline the spinal cord and nerve roots. This
creates a clear picture from the x-ray. There is so
much truth in how our thoughts can make even the
most stressful event tolerable. By this time I focused
my mind on the day before and the thrill of it all enough
to make it through my testing. My discharge instructions were quite clear bed rest for 48 hours
with your head on one pillow. You may only be up for
meals and to use the bathroom. I dare not ask the
doctor about attending the screening of Rocky Balboa
tomorrow I would just play that by ear.
The nurses and staff at St. Joseph Hospital were all
very accommodating and pleasant. The entire process
went a lot easier than I expected.