So I had a very long MRI scan ( that does soft tissue/spinal cord/muscle etc very well, and then a Cat Scan after that.
There were no cats anywhere to be found in my body, but apparently it’s also very good for looking at bones.
I saw my consultant – very ‘old school’ typa guy, quite formal/ def not one to cast doubt or comment on any previous medic’s failure to pick up a longstanding massive inflammation in my spine / calls me by my surname only/ well dressed / reading glasses on top of head/ keen not to say anything at all that may later prove to be in any way inaccurate – so deliberately vague ( ish ) about everything – after that, and I asked him a lot of questions. I did actually apologise for the amount of them, but did say that as it’s all private medicine ( on insurance – obviously – or else I wouldn’t be here ) then I could feel free to ask him as many questions as I wanted to, which ( almost ) got a smile.
Anyway, he explained that in all likelihood I had an infection in 2 vertebrae, that had been there for at least a few months ( I asked him could it have been since September and he did the ‘ vague ‘ thing )
and that my inflammatory blood count was 101 ( rather than less than 1 ).
I would need EITHER/OR/BOTH 3 months of antibiotics / an operation to remove some of my infected and rotten spine with a replacement non metal ‘ cage’ put in whilst the bone re-grew to replace the stuff cut out.
I could do no spine aggravating exercise for months, and no straightening op would be considered until all infection was gone ( as metal screws and rods would all attract bacteria that would bugger me up for far longer and be far harder to get rid of )
He didn’t use the word ‘ bugger’ , that was mine.
I get sedated tomorrow, and a needle stuck into my spine ( look out you could paralyse a patient doing that – but I think I’m ok ) to withdraw some gunk from the area.
That’ll be analysed and he’ll let me know on Friday what he thinks.
Now you know all I do ( all 12 of you )
Thanks for reading.
I was thinking earlier .. when I was here 3 years ago and people were desperately hoping that I wasn’t actually paralysed, there wasn’t room in the waiting area for any more people … now that I am definitely paralysed I just got the one visitor.
Cheers , Toby.
Thanks for the chat, and the company, and the Maltesers ( I’m sure you ate most of them ? )