Well, I am home and recovering from the much dreaded spinal tap. It was really not that bad, and I don't even think it had much to do with the five valiums and one percoset that I took. Honestly. There was a little pressure, but I breathed deeply and slowly and am no worse for the wear. I brought my mommy. And my husband of course. But it meant a lot that my mother was there. I love it that though we go through our shares of ups and downs and disagreements, I know I can count on her when it counts. It was smooth sailing. The worst part of it was only when my husband decided to talk politics with the doc as he was performing the procedure. As soon as he stated his opinion on the health care bill, which was in stark disagreement with ours, did my heart rate start to rise. Luckily, my husband cut the conversation short, and I relaxed again. Despite the lack of political comraderie, I don't think I'll fire the doctor. He's compassionate and knowledgable and that's what matters.
I won't get the results of the spinal tap for a week. If they match up with what is common in people with ms, then I start medication. If not, then I will be referred out to Iowa City for more testing to figure out what else might be the problem. When we asked the doctor what else it might be, he said, "Oh hundreds of things, but we've tested for most of them." Not quite the succinct answer I was looking for, but I guess it will all be figured out sooner or later. I'm not as scared as maybe I should be. I trust God, that all will be well, or at least it's all in His hands.
For today, I get to relax. The doctor told me to stay down as much as possible today, but he also told me to drink a lot of caffeine to avoid any headaches. What do I do with that one? I bought a triple shot peppermint mocha from Starbucks on the way home, drank half and then tried to lie down. Obviously the nap wouldn't take and so here I am blogging. I'll try a movie here in a little while. The big kids are out again at the campground for the day and night. Dear mother-in-law left some money for us to get takeout tonight as well as a beautiful card and and EZ comb from the tv infomercials. Maybe I'll practice with that.