I feel so weird.
They’ve done half the job. I’ve had the shot into my worst side, the right side of my spine. But they won’t, for financial, medical and practical reasons, do both sides at once. Financial, because they’ll only bulk bill one side at a time (for non-Aussies, bulk billing means I get it free, if I wanted both sides done at once it would cost me $600. Go figure). Medical, because they want to make sure I don’t have some monster reaction before they put the second load in. And practical, because I can’t bloody walk with both legs feeling like they’re made of rubber and both feet numb, which is what happens when the drugs are injected.
On one hand, my right side back pain… isn’t. Mostly, it’s good; the merocaine they put in with the steroid dexamethazone hasn’t worn off yet and won’t for another few hours. After that, it’s wait and see. The dexie takes several days to reach its full effect, so the pain will be back, but should decrease over 3-5 days. I should have my leg and toes back in good order shortly, though. On the other hand, the left side of my back is now shouting louder than ever. Half of me hurts, the other doesn’t, but is weirdly numb.
Oh, and don’t let anyone tell you that a local anaesthetic means it won’t hurt when they stick a dirty great needle into your spine only 1mm from a major nerve root. It hurts all the way from your back to your toes. But it doesn’t last long, just while they’re wiggling the bastard into position by degrees, checking each time on the CT screen. And then they press the plunger, and very quickly, everything goes away.
And guess what? I get to do it all again on the other side tomorrow afternoon. So, I’d say that glass is neither half full nor half empty.
What’s there is just in the wrong sized glass….