Sunday, May 31, 2009

3 acts: MRI report, roses, material consumption

So pretty!

Act 1: the MRI report

I picked up a copy of the report at the doctor's office. There's a bit more info to it compared to what the doc told me on the phone, specifically that I have mild disk degeneration at L5-S1 and that I just so happen to have a pelvic kidney! Here's what the report says:

Exam: MR Lumbar spine without contrast

Clinical Indication: Lower back pain extending into the left side

Technique: Sagittal T1, T2, and STIR. Axial T1 and T2.

Findings: The vertebral bodies demonstrate normal height, alignment and marrow signal. There is mild disk degeneration at L5-S1.
L5-S1 there is a small right paramedian disk protrusion contacting the right S1 nerve root without signal or foraminal stenosis. The remaining levels are unremarkable pleural.

The conus medullaris is normal in size, position, and signal.

Incidentally noted is a pelvic kidney on the right.

Impression: Small right paramedian central disk protrusion at L5-S1. This is contacting the right S1 nerve root sleeve. Right pelvic kidney.

Approved by: {doctor's name} 5/31/09 2:33am

Was faxed to my doc's office at 4am.

Dr B called me around 11am.

Basically, 24 hour turn around time for test results!!

I think a protruding disk and bulging disk are the same thing, but I'm not sure.

Doc says I should go to an orthopedic or a neurosurgeon to see if specialist can suggest more therapies, such as laser therapy. In the meantime, I still have 2 weeks of physical therapy left, and I should continue that. As always, he said I'm not a surgical candidate.

I haven't felt the right side back pain for at least a few days now. Left side pain is at a 3. or 3/4.

Act 2: My roses
I have three rose bushes. Looks like Babs is on its way out (sorry mom!) but the creamy rose bush and the salmon colored one are hanging in there, even if they have a serious case of black spot.

First rose bloom of the season
As big as the palm of my hand

So beautiful!!
It looks really perfect

oh that black spot...
Black spot, my nemesis

Act 3: Material Goods
Here's a list of stuff I'm thinking of buying.
  • A roomba (anyone have one and care to comment?)
  • New curtains for living room, specifically sheers
  • New ergonomic desk chair that fits my proportions
  • New summer sandals
  • New summer shorts
  • New outdoor chairs (the old ones are actually disintigrating)
Consume, consume, consume...


  1. I personally like hearing that you're not a candidate for surgery -- do you? Back surgery is sooooo scary to me...

  2. I hope your pain will soon be nil after the correct treatment(s) and PT! And I love your roses. Something is eating ours, but after the first virgin leaves appear, something always does! We're on water conservation here now with strict rules about when and how much to water, but I think the garden will weather it. Keep those cloud interpretations coming!


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