I’m a physician and have done “spinal taps” in a fluoroscopy suite, similar to an OR, on a large number of occasions. they are usually done in a procedure room, or if there is a real need, in the OR.
I was also injured while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, suffering a spinal cord injury. I’ve had lumbar punctures done on myself on a number of occasions. My wife had an “epidural” when she had my son, which involves a lumbar puncture.
I’m sorry that you feel unheard and I understand anxiety regarding procedures, ESPECIALLY when someone is doing something involving your spinal canal.
Regarding the lack of warning during the procedure, notice that the the doctor’s fingers localize the proper location between vertebrae and the patient prior to placing the needle. A suggestion: you could ask the doctor to have an assistant give you a tactile reminder (tap your hand several times or something) right before s/he enters with the needle, without violating sterile conditions.
There really isn’t a danger to a lumbar puncture/LP, previously referred to as a spinal tap. They’re entering well below the level of the spinal cord, and the risk of damage to a nerve is very low, again because of the location of the procedure. Some physicians overemphasize the minimal risk because of fears about medical malpractice. if the physician or nurse who obtains informed consent doesn’t tell you all this, I apologize for them.
Actual communication while doing the procedure is rarely needed. the procedure is routinely done on newborns with a fever, to rule out meningitis. Spanish-speaking only (SSO) patients did not require interpreters for this procedure where I did them in El Paso. Maybe that was a mistake, but as long as we explained what was going to happen before hand, they were comfortable with it. And I understood some basic Spanish words like stop, pain, no, wait, etc.
I would insist that an interpreter be nearby after the procedure is done to communicate any postprocedural symptoms. like the postprocedural headache.
Just talk to any physician who performs this procedure and they will verify everything that I’m saying.
And in terms of an interpreter for deaf people in a medical setting, not many deaf individuals have proper training in medical terminology. That’s something you need to address directly with the hospital. As you’re well aware, it’s an ADA issue. The hospital may need to use a different deaf person interpreterservice… Or this individual needs additional training from the service that employs her.
If I recall correctly from an earlier post, you mentioned that you have serious anxiety related to work situations also. There’s treatment for severe anxiety that most people would consider to be somewhat excessive. And while I’m not attempting to diagnose you, OCD is an anxiety disorder.
And OCD is actually much more common in persons with chronic medical disorders like CF. My son has CF and seems to be developing some anxiety issues too.