Thursday, January 1, 2015

Why Does It Take Me So Long To Do Everything?

Number 27.4 in a series of oversharing with my imaginary friends.

When I'm talking to people, family members, friends, I often get the
impression that folks are implying that it is taking me too long to
do my many, many, many remodeling tasks.

One of my fav things to hear is, 'Are ya done yet?.....how bout now?
No?...........how bout now?

Yes, it does take me longer than it should to do a lot of the tasks. Wanna
know why? I gots a very, very, very bad back.
Mr. famous UCSF spine surgeon said, 'You have the back of an 80yr old
day laborer.' Yay!!!

Below is a comparison study of two different MRI's. Take a read.

EXAMINATION: MRI LUMBOSACRAL SPINE. 7/11/2013.  
 
HISTORY: Back pain and radiculopathy.  
 
COMPARISON: 9/16/2011.  
 
TECHNIQUE: GE HDxt 1.5T Magnet. T2 sagittal, T1 sagittal, IR  
sagittal, T2 axial.  
 
FINDINGS:   
T11-T12: The disc is relatively narrowed. There is no disc bulge  
or protrusion. Central canal and neural foramina are normal.  
 
T12-L1: The disc is diminished in height and signal. There is  
slight disc bulge. There is no significant narrowing of the  
central canal or foramina.  
 
L1-L2: The disc is normal in height and signal. There is a  
moderate size right paracentral disc protrusion projecting  
approximate 4 mm from the posterior disc margin compressing the  
lateral aspect of the thecal sac and causing mild narrowing of  
the right nerve root canal. This has increased since previous  
examination. The left foramen is widely patent.  
 
L2-L3: The disc is normal in height and signal. There is no disc  
bulge or protrusion. Central canal and neural foramina are  
normal.  
 
 
L3-L4: The disc is normal in height and signal. There is no disc  
bulge or protrusion. Central canal and neural foramina are  
normal. There is no evidence of facet joint arthropathy.  
 
 
L4-L5: The disc is diminished in height and signal. There is a  
broad-based disc protrusion encroaching the ventral subarachnoid  
space causing mild narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally.  
There is no significant facet joint arthropathy. There has been  
no change since previous examination.  
 
L5-S1: The disc is diminished in height and signal. There is a  
broad-based disc protrusion with associated annular tear  
projecting slightly more to the right. There is moderate  
narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally. No significant  
narrowing of the central canal. There is mild facet joint  
arthropathy. There has been no change since previous  
examination.  
 
Alignment of the spine is normal. The vertebral bodies are well  
maintained in height and demonstrate normal marrow signal. No  
evidence of spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. The tip of the  
conus is at the L1-2 level. The cauda equina roots are normal.  
There is no evidence of intraspinal or paraspinous mass.  
 
 

Impression:
 
IMPRESSION:   
  
L1-2: Increase in size of right paracentral disc protrusion  
narrowing the right side of the canal and causing moderate  
narrowing of the right foramen.  
  
L4-5: Broad-based disc bulge. No significant narrowing of the  
central canal. Mild narrowing of neural foramina bilaterally. No  
significant change since previous examination.  
  
L5-S1: Broad-based disc bulge with annular tear. No significant  
narrowing of the central canal. Moderate narrowing of neural  
foramina bilaterally. No change since previous examination.

Now I don't speak fancy back doctor but I'm pretty sure what the above means is.

Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

Spending an afternoon under the kitchen sink wrestling with plumbing can put me out
of commission for a week.
Carrying lumber out of the truck to wherever a couple of days.
Spending a couple hours on my hands and knees finishing the last of the baseboard
trim, a couple of days also.

Yay for me!

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