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Coeliac Plexus Block: Double the Needle Usage = Double the Trouble

Yesterday I was at the Pain Clinic undergoing my second operation – Coeliac Plexus Block.  Whilst I was waiting to be called into the operating theatre I was really scared because the last time I had this operation in August 2012, I was off work for over 1 month because my back was in so much pain.  The physiotherapist told me that the left hand side of my back (where the operation focused on) was in total spasm.  Back spasm hurts like a bitch people, be warned!

Anyways, I was really scared with this one because this time, the pain clinic surgeon was focusing on both sides of my back.  He was going to subject me to 2 big major needles on either side of my back to anaethetise my solar plexus (a mixture of anesthesia and steroids).  I had every reason to be scared as well!  In the operating theatre, one of the assistants was being really stingy with the sedative.  Last time, a different assistant gave me the right amount of sedative and the procedure went along fine with minimal pain (just a few pricks from the local anesthetic to numb parts of my back they were operative on).  Even the surgeon, when I spoke to him before the operation, told me that he remembered I got through it fine.  This time though, I was screaming in pain, during which I did tell the surgeon to carry on with the operation and not stop.  Coming all this way and being on the operating table, it would make no sense for him to stop now!  Every time the assistant gave me some more sedative through the drip they hooked me onto, it was very minimal (1ml at a time it seemed) and it did not do much judging by my screams!

***In this instance, when I mean “screams” I mean me going “Argh” in pain.  So not screaming like a female opera singer.  Glad we got that all cleared up there!!!***

The coeliac plexus is otherwise more commonly known as the solar plexus.  All the pancreas nerves go through this plexus and then runs up the spine to the brain.  The pain signals would travel this route and when it gets to the brain I then start feeling the pain.  With the solar plexus blocked, the pain signals will not be able to get to the spine and get the chance for the brain to be alerted for me to then feel the pain.

So far so good, but that big ass needle in August caused so much back pain and issues and this time I had to have two of them at either side!  Double the needles, double the trouble me thinks!  In exactly one month time it will be my mother’s wedding and I really do hope I will be well enough to get through the day without too much pain.  I kinda think though that this is me we are talking about and nothing ever goes to plan but at least with that second dress my mother bought me, I will look nice whilst getting slowly killed off with the pain!

So after the first 24 hours I am out of the woods as far as any possible internal bleeding is concerned.  Best thing about that was that if the surgeon had punctured a vein, he would not have known there and then.  We would have only found out that lovely surprise when I got home, my heart beats would increase to the point where it would feel that it was trying to thump its way out of my ribs and I would then pass out.  Glad to say that has not happened to me so yay for me!

The back spasms have started though, I have called my physiotherapist earlier on this afternoon and an emergency appointment has been set for next Wednesday.  The medication I have is helping and my partner is looking after me.  I am very lucky to have him in my life.

As a thank you to my wonderful partner, yesterday I bought us a take out curry.  I am a wimp when it comes to spices.  I love my dishes plain – I am the lass that goes crazy for bread sauce and turkey at Christmas.  But never the less, I do like a chicken korma with boiled rice and chippattis (9 in total).  BUT not a hint of spice in the dish.  You see, some curry houses think that with a korma, they can put a little but of spice in and it would not hurt.  It does with me, even a little bit and I can’t eat the rest of the dish, it does burn the roof of my mouth off – NOT an exaggeration.  I am simply a wuss/wimp/[enter your own appropriate descriptive word here] when it comes to curries.

If anyone tells me that they are going to pray for me and my health I really get so frustrated.  It is like they are bypassing the praise that should actually go on the doctors, nurses and surgeons trying to get my pain under manageable circumstances.  Their efforts mean nothing because there is a big invisible man in the sky that will make everything better for me instead.  Well by your logic, it was that big invisible man in the sky that gave me this sodding illness in the first place…..why would he then want to make me better when he was the cause in the first instance!?  You have just proven that your god is incompetent and contradictory, well done!

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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Health Related

 

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My Top 12 Atheist Podcasts of 2012

Good evening everyone (its 6:30 p.m. as I type),

So at the moment my YouTube subscription box is crammed full of videos where the YouTuber in question is giving me information of their top 12 make up products of 2012.  Some are top 10, top 5 so on and so forth – I am sure you get the picture!  Anyways, it gave me a capital idea of doing my own countdown of my top 12 atheist podcasts of 2012!  I will include all the necessary links so you can have a listen to the same educational goodness as me 😀

Anyways without further ado let the countdown begin:

12.  The Atheist Experience, 16th January 2012 –  Episode 744: The Failure of Prayer

11.  The Thinking Atheist, 7th March 201: More Facepalm Moments

10.  The Non Prophets, Episode 11.6: “The Free Will Episode” – Uploaded 26th July 2012 (Please note, 4 other episodes were uploaded on the same day)

9.  Penn’s Sunday School, 24th September 2012: Give me Bacon and Stay at my House

8.  The Thinking Atheist, 25th January 2012: Harry Potter is of the Devil!

7.  The Thinking Atheist, 1st February 2012: Is Evolution A Fact (with special guest AronRa)

6.  The Atheist Experience, 13th February 2012 – Episode 748: The Failure of the Second Coming

5.  The Atheist Experience, 14th May 2012 – Episode 761: The Argument from Ignorance

4.  The Atheist Experience, 9th April 2012 – Episode 756: Did Jesus Exist?

3.  Penn’s Sunday School, 17th December 2012: Crabs as Big as Dogs – Oh F**k!

2.  The Atheist Experience, 3rd December 2012 – Episode 790: Sex and God (with special guest Darrel Ray)

1.  The Thinking Atheist, 16th October 2012: The Church of Satan

***Special mention goes to The Atheist Experience, Episode 795: Argument From “Making Sense.”  I know that this was broadcast in 2013 this month but it was the most powerful episode I have ever listened to from The Atheist Experience.  As I type this, this episode is the most recent one so (if you have not had the chance to listen as yet) I highly recommend you listen to it now!***

Links for you to enjoy at your leisure 😀

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com

http://www.pennsundayschool.com

http://www.atheist-experience.com

http://www.nonprophetsradio.com

Each aforementioned podcast for me have their own style that I love:

1.  Penn’s Sunday School is a bundle of fun and comedy every single week, I always find myself laughing every episode!
2.  I love how with the Non Prophets it is a conversation amongst a group of peers.  It feels like I am a fly on the wall whilst prominent atheists well known on the web have conversations about at the moment topics flying about within the atheist community.
3.  The Atheist Experience is for me, attending a weekly class on atheism.  I fail to not learn something new each week.  The dumber the caller, the more I learn!  Matt Dillahunty is superb but Tracie Harris is an amazing supernova and she deserves a lot more credit.  What she says is articulate and well informed.
4.  The Thinking Atheist is a podcast that is for me the most accessible.  I would always direct a new atheist to listen to this podcast first like me 🙂  The presenter, Seth Andrews, comes across as very friendly (I am sure he is friendly if you know him personally as well) and his shows are always entertaining.  He regularly updates his Facebook page continuing to take the time to have a conversation with his listeners and Facebook followers.

And that is it for this evening folks.  Do you agree with my countdown, especially what I picked as my number one podcast?  The reason I picked it was because it was the most unique and “out there” atheist podcast of 2012.  I really believe that no one else would have thought to have the Church of Satan as topic.  What was equally as impressive was that Seth (The Thinking Atheist Host) was able to get the high priest of the Church of Satan to call in and contribute to the proceedings!  It was a fun and equally informative podcast.  I appreciate how Seth chooses to push the boundaries of topics to be discussed.

I realised when I compiled this list that I am very limited in what atheist based podcasts I actually subscribe to.

Do you have any suggestions for any new shows for me to listen to for 2013?

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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