Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:52 am

Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1553
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2021 GTS 300 HPE +2013 GTS 300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1553
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:52 am linkquote
jess wrote:
I failed an MRI today. Panicked when they wheeled me into the tube. I am angry at myself.

Going back tonight for a second attempt.
At my first MRI, I couldn't fit into the opening!
My shoulders were too wide.
I had to lie with one arm across my chest and the other down my side.
Even then, my shoulders were in constant contact with the opening.

Claustrophobia personified.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:25 am

Ossessionato
'13 GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2063
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Ossessionato
'13 GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 2063
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:25 am linkquote
Scooterwarren's new HPE was stolen last night. Warren is a ray of sunshine and deserves to have his scoot returned unharmed.


Mr. Sunshine, this last Saturday.

Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:43 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:43 pm linkquote
Kid's been in hospital since yesterday for laparoscopic gall bladder removal. Would be home yesterday but found stones in bile duct too, had to put her under again for second procedure.

COVID regs allow ONE family member per 24 hours. Wife decided to go, decided to stay overnight in case of complications such as pancreatitis. Waiting all day for doctor to show and hopefully release Wife is exhausted and wrung out, but I can't relieve her or even visit the kid until tomorrow if she stays. Meanwhile I took the afternoon off to play support at home so my wife could rest. Sitting on my hands fof a couple of hours now....What a clusterf#@.

UPDATE: The surgeon went on vacation, and the sub left the hospital without seeing her and had to be called back. What kind of a raggedy assed outfit is this?
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:55 pm

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:55 pm linkquote
So Kristin, aka Ivana Tinkle, aka Mrs jimc, went for a shower around midday, and the drains started backing up. Ok, OK, around here it's quite normal to happen every couple of years, as when the houses were built circa 1952 some numpty decided to plant sycamore trees 2 ft away from the clay 4" drain. His brother was probably a plumber...

Anyway, we've got away with it for the last six years, rather than it being an annual event. But I guess the drought made our tree extra thirsty and hunting for water.

So the first plumber phoned up - the same firm we have used several times before, quoted $315. WTF? You can buy the machine for that! It's a half-hour job - call it an hour with travelling time and deliberate chin-rubbing, humming and harring thrown in. Luckily Nextdoor provided the answer - a local guy charges $60 an hour (one minimum) and comes highly recommended. So now waiting for him to appear this evening so we can resume normal water disposal.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:20 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2020 Honda NC750DCT ABS
Joined: 06 Feb 2006
Posts: 6867
Location: Maple Grove, MN
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2020 Honda NC750DCT ABS
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Posts: 6867
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:20 pm linkquote
Max6200 wrote:
Dealing with airline companies' policies on the phone. Something happens to me when someone tells me: "Sir your only option would be to take credits for future travels." That is not an OPTION!!! It's an imposition. I am completely incensed right now.
I'm not big on creating new laws but there needs to be a law on this. What other industry refuses to give you a refund of the MONEY that you gave them except the airline industry. I know it sucks to be them but that should be out right illegal. We even have some 'credits' that have expired. MY OWN MONEY HAS EXPIRED!
Cripes.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:46 pm

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 40425
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:46 pm linkquote
jimc wrote:
So now waiting for him to appear this evening so we can resume normal water disposal.
This should be in the 'cheery' thread - young chap turned up at 19:15, finished at 19:40, found the real cause (not roots, duff replacement of the first few feet of pipe), can fix that in due course, charged just $60, gave him $100 for such prompt, efficient and helpful attendance. There is hope for humankind!
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:01 pm

Hooked
GTS super 300
Joined: 16 May 2021
Posts: 120
Location: Montreal Canada
 
Hooked
GTS super 300
Joined: 16 May 2021
Posts: 120
Location: Montreal Canada
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:01 pm linkquote
Bought some stock shocks on ebay.
Seller had 100% positive feedback.
sent the money seller confirmed delivery.
then he came back and said he needs more money 25.00 more as was not worth it for him and shipping was too expensive.
Told him I had passed on another set as he had confirmed. I even offered him 10.00 more as I wanted the shocks.
He said no cancelled the transactions and refunded.
I wrote to him a few times tried to resolve, no reply.
Wrote to ebay they said this is unacceptable but nothing to do except write up a report.
So.....
Gave negative feedback
Sent a report to ebay.
frustrating first world problems.


Got his 15.00 worth for sure.

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Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:36 pm

Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 4069
Location: Tempe, AZ
 
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
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Posts: 4069
Location: Tempe, AZ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:36 pm linkquote
jess wrote:
I failed an MRI today. Panicked when they wheeled me into the tube. I am angry at myself.

Going back tonight for a second attempt.
Before my wife's first MRI A Dr prescribed Ativan. One 10 mins from facility. If no effects felt, the second when the place is reached. They could have taken her head off to scan it, Haha!
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:48 pm

Petty Tyrant
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
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Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:48 pm linkquote
Syd wrote:
Before my wife's first MRI A Dr prescribed Ativan. One 10 mins from facility. If no effects felt, the second when the place is reached. They could have taken her head off to scan it, Haha!
I ended up rushing around trying to get a similar prescription filled at the last minute today. Which did not help my anxiety.

Took two one hour from the procedure. Will take one more right before I go in. Currently waiting for the machine to become available.

This will allegedly be the larger, somewhat more open machine.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:55 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7642
Location: New Zealand
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
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Posts: 7642
Location: New Zealand
Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:55 pm linkquote
jess wrote:
I ended up rushing around trying to get a similar prescription filled at the last minute today. Which did not help my anxiety.

Took two one hour from the procedure. Will take one more right before I go in. Currently waiting for the machine to become available.

This will allegedly be the larger, somewhat more open machine.
My first MRI was a year ago, preceded by two nights in hospital, in a six bed room, with one lady having a CPAP machine that was probably made by John Deere, with the usual waking for monitoring every 90 minutes. Scan was at 6am which meant they woke me at 4:30am to get ready. It was a brain and full spine scan so a good 40 minutes. I think I fell asleep during it.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:03 pm

Petty Tyrant
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
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Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:03 pm linkquote
znomit wrote:
I think I fell asleep during it.
I wish.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:28 pm

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
Joined: 15 Apr 2008
Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
 
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BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
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Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:28 pm linkquote
No1 I "Won" A very clean Royal Enfield Trials on Ebay but because it was 250 miles away I informed the seller that it might be a couple of weeks before I got it collected.

I also offered to hand over a substantial deposit to secure the deal while I talked to my local bike shop who often get out that way. Soon after I gave him the contact details of the bike shop to the seller so they could liase.

The first attempt to collect got postponed due to another customer who lived en route pulling out of a deal but the seller was informed and he seemed fine about it.

Two days later I get a very snotty message asking me if I wanted the bike or not and if he didn't hear from me that evening he was putting it back up for sale.

I reminded him that a deposit had been offered and an immediate collection wasn't possible but if that hadn't been enough he was welcome to re advertise it.

I'm making the assumption that's what he's done. I no longer care.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:39 pm

Petty Tyrant
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Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:39 pm linkquote
jess wrote:
Took two one hour from the procedure. Will take one more right before I go in. Currently waiting for the machine to become available.

This will allegedly be the larger, somewhat more open machine.
Finished. Successfully. Now at home, wishing I hadn't taken all the drugs so I could have a @#$% drink.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:40 pm

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
Joined: 15 Apr 2008
Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
 
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Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:40 pm linkquote
No 2, I missed the free cancellation period by one day for a Hotel in Spa, Belgium costing me £720.

I booked the Hotel in the naive believe that travel to Europe would have been easier by now but when the Passenger Location Form for the Franchise wouldn't take my details or the Statement of Honour for France wouldn't even download I gave up.

I also ordered a PCR test which I would need to get back into the country but it all felt a bit much so I threw in the towel.

I tried to get the Hotel fee reduced via the booking company and the Hotel but no dice and no exceptions.

Done with it.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:57 pm

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
Joined: 15 Apr 2008
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Location: South East Great England of Britishland
 
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Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:57 pm linkquote
No 3, I dropped my Cell Phone on it's face a couple of days ago butchering the screen making it pretty much useless. Well, it was utterly useless.

Because my supplier needed the screen to work to gain access to the contacts/pictures so they could transfer into another phone they couldn't do anything so just when I was about to lose it my partner suggested we go to an independent phone shop to see if they could help.

We walked in, didn't say much apart from showing them the screen and my pitiful face and they said -

No worries mate, A new screen will sort that out. I left the phone with them and two hours later it was all done. They even threw in a screen protector, I guess because they assumed I'd do it again.

£219 Thank you.
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:16 pm

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
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Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:16 pm linkquote
No 4, I'm lucky enough to be treated by two Hospitals. One 55 miles away and the other just 5.

Have a guess which one makes me wait in all day on the off chance that my Meds might arrive when they always, without fail get delivered past 6.30pm.

Yup, the one that's 55 miles away.

I could just walk to my local Pharmacy and collect them there at my leisure but they don't seem to be receptive to that idea.

Shrugs.
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:18 am

Hooked
2019 Primavera 150, 2019 Honda Super Cub 125, 2017 Honda Metropolitan, 1965 Honda Super Cub 50 CA102
Joined: 15 Dec 2019
Posts: 274
Location: NE Ohio, USA
 
Hooked
2019 Primavera 150, 2019 Honda Super Cub 125, 2017 Honda Metropolitan, 1965 Honda Super Cub 50 CA102
Joined: 15 Dec 2019
Posts: 274
Location: NE Ohio, USA
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:18 am linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
No1…No2…No3…No4…
Bill Dog,

Youv'e had one helluva week. You deserve a beer and some Karma rebound. Hope next week get's you back to at least even.

Chris from CLE
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:33 am

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
Joined: 15 Apr 2008
Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
 
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Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:33 am linkquote
Thanks Chris,

The only upside of last week was finding a BMW R1100RT with 50,000 miles on it for just $1400.

Yes, it will need both shocks, fork oil seals, a clutch, front disks, replacement heads as someone has painted them silver and possible a beard stroking session over the rear drive but apart from that it's gem.

If there's anything else I should look for tell me now before I start ordering.

Moving on.
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:04 am

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1652
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1652
Location: Central New York
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:04 am linkquote
Fudmucker wrote:
At my first MRI, I couldn't fit into the opening!
My shoulders were too wide.
I had to lie with one arm across my chest and the other down my side.
Even then, my shoulders were in constant contact with the opening.

Claustrophobia personified.
I needed an MRI a couple years back and at that time I was on some other meds, forget which ones but a side effect was anxiousness, well that was not a good one to try the MRI tube on! Barely got started and had to call time out. Next time they gave me the pills to take about half hour before and as I got there and I could have stayed there all day!

The one thing that I could not understand if why the doctor prescribed four doses for something that I was only suppose to take two of? Does he get a kick back from the drug company?
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:06 am

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1652
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
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Posts: 1652
Location: Central New York
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:06 am linkquote
jess wrote:
Finished. Successfully. Now at home, wishing I hadn't taken all the drugs so I could have a @#$% drink.
As Modern Vespa is still working I'm guessing you did not work on any "upgrades" while under the influence!
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:25 am

Hooked
GTS super 300
Joined: 16 May 2021
Posts: 120
Location: Montreal Canada
 
Hooked
GTS super 300
Joined: 16 May 2021
Posts: 120
Location: Montreal Canada
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:25 am linkquote
jess wrote:
Finished. Successfully. Now at home, wishing I hadn't taken all the drugs so I could have a @#$% drink.
Glad you passed the MRI. !!
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:48 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2006 GTS 250
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9585
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2006 GTS 250
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Posts: 9585
Location: KS USA
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:48 am linkquote
Nice update Bill. Thanks.

XOXO

Max
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:13 am

Petty Tyrant
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
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Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:13 am linkquote
jess wrote:
This will allegedly be the larger, somewhat more open machine.
The mistake I made on the first attempt (the one that induced the panic attack) was that I opened my eyes as I was going in the tube, and therefore knew exactly how tight it was. Also, they had put an IV in my arm (for the contrast 5g microchips) and insisted I neep my arms at my side, which is (1) extremely uncomfortable for me, and (2) left my arms touching the sides of the small-bore MRI machine. So now I had two mental data points about how tight of a hole I was in. And I panicked. It was sudden and overwhelming and I'm still a bit surprised that it happened.

The machine I ended up in was just a slightly larger-bore version of the small machine that I panicked in. It wasn't the giant hamburger-style machine or the stand-up machine, just a standard donut MRI with a hole in the middle where they shove unwary people on a table.

I had taken three sedatives by the time I went in, but I honestly didn't feel any effect. I don't really ever take sedatives (besides, you know, bourbon) so I don't really know what I was supposed to expect.

On my second attempt, I was determined to redeem myself. I took the sedative they prescribed me on the schedule they instructed, showed up well ahead of time so I could be un-rushed, and tried to be very conscious of my breathing. When I laid down on the table, I closed my eyes and kept them closed the entire time. Which was definitely a challenge. They also did the first two-thirds of the test without any IV in my arm, then pulled me out and injected me with contrast 5g microchips, then put me back in. As a result, I was able to cross my arms across my chest, with the emergency call button in one hand. This was a much more comfortable posture, and also kept my arms from touching the sides of the machine. In fact, as they were putting me back in after the injection, I had not yet fully repositioned my arm, and it brushed the side of the machine as I went back in. Which almost collapsed my carefully-constructed mental model of the large, airy pavilion I was supposed to be relaxing in. I gritted my teeth and tried to ignore that bit of reality for the remainder of the test. Ultimately, it worked.

I don't know if it's the stress or the sedative or what, but I kind of feel like a truck ran over me this morning. Just now getting started.
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:40 pm

Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 4069
Location: Tempe, AZ
 
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super (Heinz) GTS250 Super (Bulger)
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Posts: 4069
Location: Tempe, AZ
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:40 pm linkquote
Good service, I know, but I guess those 5G chips have a short half-life.
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:18 pm

Addicted
2021 Primavera 150 touring, 2016 LXV 150 ie, 1978 Vespa P125, 2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 06 Jul 2016
Posts: 718
Location: central Illinois USA
 
Addicted
2021 Primavera 150 touring, 2016 LXV 150 ie, 1978 Vespa P125, 2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
Joined: 06 Jul 2016
Posts: 718
Location: central Illinois USA
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:18 pm linkquote
I work in a pork processing plant, we now work 10's for a week, 8's the next week and most Saturdays. Today an area that should have 10 humans to be fully manned had 7 to start the morning, the line 'feeding' them should have 6-8, they had 5, after first break we had 3 and 2… and I got pulled to put my old, bruised, hurting hands on an electrical wizard knife for the rest of the day… said I would just take my hours and go home, got told I would be written up for abandoning my job… if I was young and not white I could have gone home and nothing done about it…
But I am on vacation and all the problems there are Not mine, but that was the straw that broke the back…. At lunch break I called MotoEuropa and there is now a sold sign on a 2021 Vespa Primavera 150 Touring, I have a train ticket for Tuesday to go down and ride it home.
Yes, it's Another scooter, No, I don't need it, yes, I Can afford it, and some days it might be the Only reason I fill in for whoever decides they need to go get their nails done… or has to get their kids cuz our before 5 am start time, 10 hour days every other week, 6 day work weeks make it hell on people with kids and sitters, especially the singles.
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 pm

Addicted
GTS 300 SS BB
Joined: 03 Nov 2018
Posts: 517
Location: QLD AUS
 
Addicted
GTS 300 SS BB
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Posts: 517
Location: QLD AUS
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 pm linkquote
znomit wrote:
It was a brain and full spine scan so a good 40 minutes. I think I fell asleep during it.
I had at least 5 MRI in my life and I nearly fell asleep in all of them... The last one, the nurse asked me if I preferred Michaela Jackson or AC DC as it was going to take quite a while and for some reason the machine was more noisy than usual.. I obviously opted for AC DC but still managed to fell asleep after a bit...

Nothing compare to when I got to watch the live show of the 5 needles entering my back to release the nerve between L3 to L5... Now that was a movie I'll never forget...
Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:55 am

Petty Tyrant
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Petty Tyrant
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Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:55 am linkquote
The good news is there is no sign of anything abnormal in my head. Well, nothing that an MRI would see, anyway.

The bad news is that we still have no idea why I am having near-constant headaches, coupled with pressure behind my right eye. One possible culprit would be intracranial hypertension, but the ophthalmologist sees no sign of it.

My neurologist wants me to have a spinal tap. A literal spinal tap.

Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:52 am

eeee-bip
BMW R1100RT - The Paperweight Royal Enfield 500 Trials
Joined: 15 Apr 2008
Posts: 18144
Location: South East Great England of Britishland
 
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Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:52 am linkquote
They are fun. It's not the actual act of breaking through that's weird. Its that fact that something is actually in your back that's weird.

Yes there's plenty of pain relief but it's still kind of creepy.

Seriously, you'll walk it.
Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:01 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 8140
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 8140
Location: Latina (Italy)
Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:01 am linkquote
jess wrote:
The good news is there is no sign of anything abnormal in my head. Well, nothing that an MRI would see, anyway.

The bad news is that we still have no idea why I am having near-constant headaches, coupled with pressure behind my right eye. One possible culprit would be intracranial hypertension, but the ophthalmologist sees no sign of it.

My neurologist wants me to have a spinal tap. A literal spinal tap.


Is the eye normal? Pressure? Signs of glaucoma?
Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:05 am

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Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:05 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
Is the eye normal? Pressure? Signs of glaucoma?
Very normal, no sign of glaucoma at all. The ophthalmologist, after giving me a full examination, said "yours are probably the healthiest set of eyes I will see all day today".
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:09 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
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Posts: 22159
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
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Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:09 am linkquote
I had similar symptoms about 25 years ago when I worked for the Red Cross as a blood donor recruiter. Daily migraines with pain behind my right eye. Dr. said he thought it was stress related, told me to get a new job, and prescribed Imitrex with worked wonders.

I didn't get a new job for a year but right after I did the headaches went away completely. Haven't had one since.
Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:16 pm

Hooked
GTS super 300
Joined: 16 May 2021
Posts: 120
Location: Montreal Canada
 
Hooked
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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:16 pm linkquote
Jess do you wear glasses? Far? Near?
Have you been for an eye exam lately (optometrist)
We have patients who do a lot of computer work or close up work and complain of similar issues.

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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:24 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:24 pm linkquote
Spirovision wrote:
Jess do you wear glasses? Far? Near?
Have you been for an eye exam lately (optometrist)
Optometrist is to ophthalmologist like backyard stargazer is to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:47 pm

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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:47 pm linkquote
Spirovision wrote:
Jess do you wear glasses? Far? Near?
Have you been for an eye exam lately (optometrist)
Yes. I've seen both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, nearly back to back, as part of this diagnosis process. I do have a prescription for both distance and middle vision, but my middle vision is actually fairly good and I can live with poor distance vision, so I rarely actually wear glasses.

There's a curious component to the symptoms: the headaches are often positional, with lying down being more likely to produce head pain. That rules out most of the usual headache culprits, and suggests intracranial hypertension. Only a small fraction of intracranial hypertension patients don't show evidence of it in their optic nerve, though (and I don't) so it's only a remote possibility at this point. A spinal tap will either confirm intracranial hypertension or rule it out entirely.

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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:49 pm

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Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:49 pm linkquote
Madison Sully wrote:
Optometrist is to ophthalmologist like backyard stargazer is to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
NdGT is a hack and a Pluto-hater.
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:21 am

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Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:21 am linkquote
jess wrote:
... I can live with poor distance vision, so I rarely actually wear glasses.
Yeah, nah.

I used to think I had good vision, until I was visiting family in Wisconsin, and my GF and brother were in my truck with me after visiting my grandma. It was night, and we were driving down Hwy 12 between Reedsburg & Madison. As we were passing Badger Ammo, both my brother and GF screamed. I panicked and asked what was up. My brother said, "you JUST missed that deer," as my GF was nodding in agreement. I never saw it. When I got back to Dallas, I made an appointment with an optometrist. I had to convince him to write the prescription, because it was the weakest he could write (this made no sense to me - if he's able to write it, just write it).

Up until a few years ago, I'd have been able to pass a drivers eye test without my glasses. I still wear them.
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:07 am

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Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:07 am linkquote
monogodo wrote:
Yeah, nah.
It's not that I can't see, it's that I can't make out street signs at a distance. I have no trouble with the standard traffic-control signs (stop, caution, etc) -- I just can't make out text at a distance. I most assuredly can make out deer-shaped objects.

I'll wear my glasses if I'm doing something that absolutely requires me to read text continuously at a distance. So far, that's predominantly been on scooter rides in unfamiliar territory, like Italy.
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:59 am

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Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:59 am linkquote
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The mistake I made on the first attempt (the one that induced the panic attack) was that I opened my eyes as I was going in the tube, and therefore knew exactly how tight it was. Also, they had put an IV in my arm (for the contrast 5g microchips) and insisted I neep my arms at my side, which is (1) extremely uncomfortable for me, and (2) left my arms touching the sides of the small-bore MRI machine. So now I had two mental data points about how tight of a hole I was in. And I panicked. It was sudden and overwhelming and I'm still a bit surprised that it happened.

The machine I ended up in was just a slightly larger-bore version of the small machine that I panicked in. It wasn't the giant hamburger-style machine or the stand-up machine, just a standard donut MRI with a hole in the middle where they shove unwary people on a table.

I had taken three sedatives by the time I went in, but I honestly didn't feel any effect. I don't really ever take sedatives (besides, you know, bourbon) so I don't really know what I was supposed to expect.

On my second attempt, I was determined to redeem myself. I took the sedative they prescribed me on the schedule they instructed, showed up well ahead of time so I could be un-rushed, and tried to be very conscious of my breathing. When I laid down on the table, I closed my eyes and kept them closed the entire time. Which was definitely a challenge. They also did the first two-thirds of the test without any IV in my arm, then pulled me out and injected me with contrast 5g microchips, then put me back in. As a result, I was able to cross my arms across my chest, with the emergency call button in one hand. This was a much more comfortable posture, and also kept my arms from touching the sides of the machine. In fact, as they were putting me back in after the injection, I had not yet fully repositioned my arm, and it brushed the side of the machine as I went back in. Which almost collapsed my carefully-constructed mental model of the large, airy pavilion I was supposed to be relaxing in. I gritted my teeth and tried to ignore that bit of reality for the remainder of the test. Ultimately, it worked.

I don't know if it's the stress or the sedative or what, but I kind of feel like a truck ran over me this morning. Just now getting started.
Well done, well explained and hope the results are anticlimactic. I'm very claustrophobic which is not ideal for my situation this year. Ive been in the tube 20 times and have 15-16 more to go.

My MRI hack is they give me a square squeeze ring to grasp (my hands are on my stomach) and they fold up a wash cloth and I place it over my eyes for double protection from seeing anything.

I go in for about 4 minutes while they set up the radiation field which is huge, then I come back out. They then proceed to perfect the settings and I hear a thump right before I go back in. The radiation starts about 20 seconds later and lasts about 2 minutes then I immediately come out and am done for the day.

It gets easier even for a panic attack guy. Eye on the prize.

SDG
Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:02 am

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My insurance company is pissing me off today (the company, not my agent).

I bought a new truck back on August 14. Prior to the purchase I spoke with the insurance agent about getting coverage for it. They said I had a very generous time frame to get coverage for it, and that I'd be temporarily covered by my current policy on my current car. I called them on Monday, August 16 and gave them the required information.

I've only ever received a temporary Proof of Insurance card from them, and it shows the vehicle as a Hyundai Santa Fe, not as a Hyundai Santa Cruz, because the Santa Cruz is so new it wasn't in their system yet (mine was the first one sold by the dealership I bought from). They (the insurance co.) said that Underwriting would have to process it, and that I'd receive a full policy soon.

Every week or so, I'd check my account in the app or online, and it would only show our current car "...+ one additional" on the policy. It wouldn't show anything with the VIN or description. When I'd call the agent, they'd tell me that, "it's on the calendar for Underwriting to work on it this Friday." I've been told that for weeks. When I spoke with the agent today, they said that their system shows that Underwriting will be "working it" on September 29.

Last week the Credit Union sent me a letter requesting the copy of the insurance policy showing the required coverage, and stated that a proof of insurance card would not be sufficient. So I called my agent, explained the situation, and she said she'd send them a copy of the coverage. I provided multiple ways for it to be submitted, because the CU provided them.

Yesterday (Thursday 9/23) I got a Final Notice (dated 9/20) from the CU stating that they have yet to receive the proof of coverage, and if they don't receive it they'll take out insurance for me, and charge me $110/month. So I called my agent again, and explained the situation. She had me scan and email the letter to her and said she'd follow up on it to make sure they received it. I'm sure that the letter they sent was probably generated on Friday for mailing on Monday, and that the proof arrived after the letter was set to be produced.

But yeah, their Underwriting department needs to get their heads out of their asses and work my policy. If I sat on a customer order for 6 weeks, and kept giving the customer different dates of when I'd work on it, I'd be severely reprimanded, if not fired. I understand that it's a new vehicle. I understand that it will take some time to get accurate rates. But other insurance companies have done it already. Why can't mine? I'd also understand if I was using some small company that only wrote policies in my area. But I'm not. I'm using State Farm, the largest auto insurer by market share (16.7%) in the US. The next closest company is Allstate, with 9.9% market share.
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:29 pm

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I had a spinal tap today. It was extremely unpleasant.
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