Sunday, September 19, 2010
Not For the Squeamish - Seriously
Since Richard DID NOT provide the gory details of the second portion of his biopsy, I am for some reason, feeling it necessary to do so. I wish I had a picture of my face during this procedure because what Dr. Bernard did just about made me, well, you know.
Seriously, do not go any further. This is not for the faint of heart.
So, as I previously mentioned, Dr. Bernard was very quick and VERY amazing! She got to the aspirate on a first try and just sucked it up (the liquid marrow) lickety split in two pulls.
Then, it was time to make the incision for the second portion. The BIGGER hollow needle. This is the one where they get the bone sample. They try to get about, hmmm, maybe 3cm worth.
This should get some background story - I recall watching one of Richard's bone marrow biopsies where they got the needle in, screwed and screwed and screwed it in (sorry, I cannot think of a better verb to describe the action....lol), and then, when pulling the needle out, the bone fell out still inside of him, so they had to get another sample.
Back to Dr. Bernard...
Anyhow... So, this amazing Wonder Woman of biopsies just got right in there. It was a sight to see. But, here's where it gets gross. (That's right. Now. Not what you've read already. Now.) She gets the needle as far as it needs to go. She puts the measuring stick in to be sure she has the right length. Then...
to be sure she's got it, she says, "Okay, I'm going to give this a bit of a wiggle."
She proceeds to ...
Whoa... I can barely type it because it's bringing back the memories.
.... like she's driving a stick shift...
....wiggle in big powerful swoops, the needle, to loosen the bone fragment from his hip.
I swear to you, my jaw dropped and my eyes bugged out of my head like a cartoon character!!!
Yah, so sorry. I had to share that. This is like Richard's, I don't know, maybe his 8th or 9th bone marrow biopsy.
And don't forget about the med students that I wrote about last year that only get paid $35 bucks to have this done to them!!!
Shivers down my spine. I will never get this image out of my head, nor the noises that Richard made, and he's a tough guy.