Mayo Clinic Day 2: Ridiculous Radiculopathy
Day 2 of my week(s?) as a patient at Mayo Clinic is over.
It has been a long day to say the least. I’ll elaborate:
1. Physical Medicine- 07:00am. Pretty long, and unsuccessful visit early in the morning. I say unsuccessful because they pretty much ruled out anything physical causing my symptoms. For instance, there are no bones or muscles that are encroaching on a nerve. Nice doctors (we saw a resident and a MD), but they signed off my case and sent me on to my further appointments.
2. Sleep Medicine- 0900am. This appointment provided our comedic relief for the morning: the doctor asks “How many pillows do you use at night?” The night we arrived at the Marriott, we started hoarding pillows. Right now, as I type, i’m using 7. My friends also laughed at the fact that I took 2 to 3 hour naps every afternoon in high school and college. What can I say, I’m a sleeper! Either way, the doctor said they can’t test me for any underlying sleep disorders because of all of the medications I am taking. Nice doctor, but she signed off my case and sent me on to my next appointment.
3. Neurology- 1100am. Quick and easy. You may have an idiopathic radiculopathy. Those are gibberish words to those of you not in the medical field. Let me break it down: “You have pain from an unknown cause.” Excuse my sarcasm, thank you, THATS WHY I CAME HERE.
A little frustrated with the last appointment, we took a break to have lunch.
4. Internal Medicine- 12:45am. Back to the best doctor I’ve ever seen, Dr. Hurt. Went through consult by consult and described exactly what they came up with. He went through each lab, normal and abnormal. Finding further complications in my lab work, he ordered an ultrasound, more lab work, and a consultation with Rheumatology. He spent an hour with us. Listening. Answering every question that me and my entourage could come up with. After shaking our hands, he says, “If you have any more questions, you all know where I hang out”. Finally, a deep breath. I feel safe in his care. I know he will not leave any stone unturned.
5. Ultrasound- 1430pm. Despite the fact that my gown was missing a front tie and I had to awkwardly wrap it around my body, this test was a piece of cake. Waiting for the results is a different story. But all in all, there was a friendly technician, warm gel, and a pillow under my knees for comfort. Two thumbs up on the process.
6. Venipuncture- 1515pm. More blood work!
My patient experience today was overall very good. Excellent staff. The system is like a well oiled machine–and it works beautifully.
The excellent physicians believe they may have uncovered the reason for a lot of my symptoms. They may even be able to get rid of some or most of my symptoms.
More importantly, I lay my head on the pillow tonight with hope that they will give me answers before I leave.