Probably the most boring post I have ever written and yet, I’m hitting publish.

The MRI is scheduled for 8:50 this morning.
I’m relieved because I want to know what’s wrong with my neck and how it can be fixed. I can’t live with this kind of pain. I’m also nervous as hell because I’ve decided to NOT take the valium that was prescribed to me. I felt too guilty asking my mom to drive me there and back so early in the morning (see: Issues with accepting help.) I won’t know if that was a bad decision until the moment comes that I’m laying in that God awful contraption, but I am hoping all of the “techniques” that I learned for dealing with anxiety will help carry me through.
The pain became unbearable this weekend and I ended up in urgent care (and you have to believe me when I say my tolerance for pain is THIS HIGH. Proof: No epidurals for me.) That was a complete waste of time. I waited for an hour and a half for an Asshole Doctor to basically look at me like “Um, you have an MRI on Monday, so, WHY ARE YOU HERE AGAIN?”
He also scolded me for only taking vicodin at night. “You must take it every six hours for this kind of pain!”
Well, excuuuuuuuse me for having 3 kids to take care of throughout the day and wanting to be alert and conscience CONSCIOUS to make sure they are safe!
I do it for The chiiiiiiiiiildren.
I was able take it every six hours this weekend, since PigHunter was here to watch the kids and let me tell you, 1,000 mg of vicodin every six hours = Good Times.
At first, they made me horribly sick, and I would cry. But by the last dose I took before bed last night, I was saying things like “man, I can see how people get hooked on this stuff!”
(But don’t worry. I’m too afraid of organ damage to get addicted to pills. I am afraid to take Tylenol, people. However, if they can’t fix this pain, then you should probably start to worry.)
50 minutes until I must leave, I suppose I should stop typing and get ready to meet the MRI Machine.

38 thoughts on “Probably the most boring post I have ever written and yet, I’m hitting publish.

  1. Natalie

    You’ll be fine! I can’t believe they don’t have any open MRI machines for you to go to. My mom has the same issue with the closed machines, and she’s able to go to open ones. I think there are issues with some people’s insurance and those, though.
    All I know is that I was kinda freaked for my first MRI (what with the brain tuuuummmmahhhh, I had about 18,003 of ’em), but then I started convincing myself to close my eyes and act like I was someplace else. There’s this bright light that’s in there, right above your eyes, but then there’s that loud noise, too, so I just convinced myself that I was lying on the beach in Aruba, and they were jackhammering the street behind me.
    I’m delusional, yes, but I made it out fine. And you will too! Good luck! 🙂

  2. Y

    SJ- I’ll call you on my way out.
    Nat- The loud noises! Ack! But this is why I love Ma’blawwg. Because I will think about what you said and maybe it will prevent me from hitting the PANIC! button.
    Let’s hope so.

  3. Lena

    I listened to your voicemail late last night. (‘Hi Leeeenaaa. It’s Yvooooonne.’) Then I turned to Chris and said “It’s good to see she’s finally started taking the Vicodin”.
    I love ya girl. You’re going to be FINE today.
    Also, keep some of those little pills for Blogher. 😉

  4. Jessie

    I hope it goes well for you and there is no panicking. Also, I hope that they are able to find out what is wrong so that you can get some relief without the pills. I’ve never taken vicodin yet… but I would have some for this pain if I could!

  5. mbbored

    Good luck! I’ll be praying for you. just know the MRI will be over soon: I’ve done bunches and it’s not so bad.

  6. Nancy

    I hope they are able to determine the cause quickly and get you pain free soon. MRI’s aren’t as bad if you have a headset with loud music and close your eyes. =)

  7. Dawn

    Wishing you luck and hoping they find something that is easily fixed….as opposed to finding nothing and leading you to believe it’s all in your head.
    Good luck…thinking of you.

  8. Mrs Butter B

    Here’s praying for you, kiddo. No advice on the MRI, except the good news that it doesn’t last long.
    Keep us posted ok? Your name is going to be scribbled in dry erase marker on my master bath mirror until I hear some good news!

  9. Mrs Butter B

    (The dry erase list on the mirror is how I keep up with my prayer requests, or how I try to keep up with them!)

  10. Amy the Mom

    Hope you’re handling it well!!! I had similar problems a couple months ago, I managed to recover enough to avoid the MRI, but that idea was bandied about. Prior to that I always scoffed at people who used the “back and/or neck pain” excuse. Pussies, I thought. Never again. Never. Much worse than childbirth.

  11. Karly

    Good luck in the MRI machine! Can’t be too terribly bad…you’ve pushed babies outta your cooter after all!
    And, if you don’t use up all your vicodin, ship it this way! I love that stuff. 😉

  12. Susan

    How did it go? I’m sorry you’re suffering so, Y.
    I love Vicodin. Have taken it a lot lately for the $7120 worth of dental work I’ve had in the past 6 months! (For the pain of the bill – not the pain itself. HahaHAHAhaha)
    I have said the same thing. “I can totally see how people get addicted to this stuff.” My husband: “Yeah, people LIKE YOU!”

  13. Y

    You’re not a terrible person. I appreciate when people point out spelling errors, in the same way I appreciate people who tell me I have a snot hanging out of my nose. It hurts, but it hurts more to know that someone saw it and let it hang there.
    BUT, I’m not getting the SEQUINS comment. HELP ME. WHAT AM I MISSING?

  14. nitpicker

    Oh! I don’t think you’ve done it, but “sequence/sequins” is a whole other thing. Like, “I just Bedazzled my jeans! Respect the Sequence, yo!”
    and it’s supposed to be sequins, and…. gah. nevermind.

  15. erin

    Man, I’m hitting refresh over and over hoping for an update. THoughts are with you as always!

  16. tiffany

    i know that i don’t actually know you or anything, but could you please hurry back and tell us what the fuck is wrong already?
    hundreds (maybe bajillions) of people who have never actually met you are currently fretting over the state of your neck.
    you are officially important.
    possibly TMZ worthy, and certainly far more attractive than that stick bug, paris hilton.
    *moves pen in wand-swishing manner. is far too exctied for new harry potter movie*
    *also, possibly drunk*

  17. Sue

    Hope it went well and that they’re able to find out what’s wrong so you get some relief. (((((Hugs)))))

  18. FlippyO

    Hydrocodone w/o the Tylenol…better for your liver. Also, for nausea from the meds, you can take Benadryl. And, don’t take your pain meds on an empty stomach…and if you’re already having a bit of trouble with the strength, don’t drink grapefruit juice.
    Now, I’ll just wait here until my 3 morphine pills kick in so I can work, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your MRI comes out negative and that some conservative physical therapy fixes you. By the way, if you don’t want to take narcotics, Lyrica helps with nerve pain…but you have to be careful of the woozy side effects for about a week. Man, I remember back about two years ago, when I thought narcotic pain meds were scary. Seems like so long ago now.
    I hope the MRI went okay. I didn’t mind mine too much, so I hope you did okay and don’t have to do it again. If you do, so be it, it happens to LOTS of people.

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