Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hopeful for a diagnosis

We saw the specialist today.  He thinks it is a problem with Barry's sciatic nerve.  He had X-rays of his right hip shortly after his appointment and he is waiting for an MRI on his lumbar vertebrae which is scheduled for tonight. We have another appointment with the specialist next Wed. to find out what exactly his diagnosis is and what can be done.  
Barry's appointment was at 10:30 A.M. We took a cab to get to the bus stop and started at 7:20 A.M. His MRI appointment is at 9:00 P.M. so we had a decision to make.  The bus does not run at that time of night, we could not get back to the boat by bus. We had three options, option 1, take a cab all the way back, very expensive, option 2, rent a car and drive back after dark, option 3, rent a hotel room, relax for the afternoon and early evening in the hotel instead of hanging about in the hospital and stay the night and take the bus back tomorrow.  We choose option 3, Barry did not want to drive back after dark and we found a decent price on a hotel. It actually turned out to be about the same price as a rental car.  This is a treat as well and we are chilling out and watching the Para-Olympics.  
Barry got some heavier pain killers for this next week and he has had two hot baths this afternoon.  He has possession of the remote control so is busy surfing through mostly Spanish, a couple French, a couple Geman and three English stations. Strangely enough we were watching the Para Olympics in Spanish and now he is channel hopping.  
I am going to head out and do some sight seeing and get some fruit to keep us going until after his appointment and then we will have a fashionably late dinner in Spain, about 10:00 or 10:30!!