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August 01, 2007
Get the Geiger Counter
Well I'm not uptight
Not unattracted
Turn me on tonight
'Cause I'm radioactive (radioactive)

The lumbar puncture Monday went rather well. Though I was at the hospital for perhaps two hours, the procedure itself took only about ten minutes, and contrary to my expectations, wasn't even a little bit uncomfortable, much less actually painful.

The point of the procedure, of course, was to introduce a radioactive isotope — Indium 111 — into my spinal fluid so that later scans can track the flow thereof. The first such scan, yesterday, was another ten-minute affair. I expect that the second, scheduled for noon today, will be no different.

I've no idea what the results might be. I just hope the doc can make sense of the scans and find out what it is he needs to know.

After the cisternogram scan at about noon, I have another completely different test procedure: the electromyogram, or nerve conduction test. Should be fun... depending on how you define "fun."

Posted by Russ at 09:31 AM, August 1, 2007 in Health

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When I was 10 or so, I had a Spinal Tap and a carotid (sp?) artery puncture at the same time. The dr. said that the vein pucture would feel like a mosquito bite - yeah right. That mosquito was really big, and I still have the puncture mark on my neck to prove it.

The tap was also a big pain. Be sure to not let your belt be too tight in this spot - mine hurt for quite some time.

Hope you do not need to go through it again . . .

Posted by: Robert at August 1, 2007 10:30 PM

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