Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Ah, weekend. So many possibilities. So little actual work will get done. But, for me it just became a three day weekend, which makes it oh, so nice!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Getting up at 4 and drinking the icky stuff wasn't as bad as the 6am and 7am times because each time I had to tell myself that yes, I would want to throw up, but that this was necessary for the doctors to find out what is wrong with me. Mind over matter.
They load you on a table, minus clothes, plus the lovely blue gown with the three arm holes that is supposed to keep you covered and then explain they are going to put another dye into your veins. This one has some even more interesting side effects. It could make you warm from head to toe--I like being warm. It could make you nautious. I already am, so no big deal. But the kicker was it might just make you feel like you peed your pants. I told the guy that surely in this day of technology they could come up with something better that didn't have that side effect.
They turned the machine on--reminded me of a big donut--I hadn't eaten since last night, and ran a couple of runs without the die. You have to hold your breath for a few seconds as they take pictures. Then, they came back in and put the die in. I didn't feel warm or nautious, but boy did I think I peed all over the table! That was the weirdest feeling ever. They ran the machine a few more times and I was done. The whole procedure took maybe 15 minutes, but I will not soon forget it.
The technician said maybe 3 days before the doctor gets back to me and I couldn't see any of the images myself. I was hoping to have a video or still shots to show my students tomorrow of all of my guts. I emailed my doctor and asked for something to show my students. We will see if he gives me anything. I didn't get to see my ultrasound pictures either. Maybe he will give me some of those too??
While waiting to go in the room, there was an older couple waiting for the lady to get some pictures done too. They were joking and we had a good laugh while waiting. They had been married 46 years and she said they met when she was 12 and were dating for 5 years before they got married. It was nice to have met them and I wish them well. She was afraid to go in the CT scanner alone and said she knew if there was an earthquake the technicians would just leave her there to die. I thought that was so funny.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
I felt a little special today when I saw the surgeon because he called in a vascular surgeon and she felt around my guts for my aortic artery. She said my problem was I am too skinny! Thanks, can you tell my 5 year old I'm too young too? (story to follow) She said they are so used to feeling the bellies of overweight and obsese patients that when they get someone who is so skinny they can really feel the aortic artery pulse.
So, at least it isn't an aortic anurism.
And now for the old lady story. My 5 year old says to me the other day at dinner when I forgot to put corn on his plate, "mom, did you forget to give me corn? I wanted corn."
I said, that's what happens when you get old. You forget things.
He says, "You aren't old, you just look that way.
Gee, thanks son, you really made my day.
So, now, I am taking 96 different medicines 43 times a day and probably should get a pill keeper to help me keep them all straight. Old people do that you know. The doctor said give it two weeks and then let him know if I still feel terrible. Two weeks is a long time to feel terrible, unless it is your last two weeks. Then, it is a short time. All relative I guess. If this new medicine combo doesn't work, they will send me to a gastro-enterologist and they will send a camera down my throat. I think I could do that myself.
You see, if you don't know me and you don't know my family, my dad likes to self diagnose and then try to fix his problems himself. I am cut from the same cloth. Of course, we never really can fix too much of anything, unless it involves eating ice, or sleeping with your feet elevated. Both good things, but not sure either would help in my situation. Maybe a nice vacation would do, oh, wait, I just had that. Bummer. Maybe I should take another week off of school, this time without the kids and hubby around, so I can really rest, and hire a maid and cook and gardener. But, then who would pay for everything? Oh, well, one can dream right...time for my medication.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Gallbladder does appear to show some tiny stones. I will send referral to surgery for consultation.
Timothy Stanley Plimpton, M.D.
Got this email from my doctor last night. Oh, joy. Now, waiting by the phone for the call from surgery to schedule a consultation. I think I could just do the operation myself. I have sharp scissors, needle and thread and know where the gallbladder is. I mean, really? How hard could it be?
But, I've waited a month, I guess I can wait a little longer to have it done right. Have you seen the fence I tried to build in the backyard? Yeah, well, it won't hold anything in or out so maybe I should leave this to a professional. Just because you have the right tools, doesn't mean you have the know-how to do the job correctly. Life lesson #43.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
but I took them with my camera phone today in my backyard. Flowers in February. In my backyard. Nobody told these flowers it is the middle of winter. Nobody told the weather it is supposed to be cold. I think it was about 80 degrees today.
In life there are many seasons and I seem to be in the middle of winter, with a stomach ache that won't quit. I went to the doctor again today and they are running more tests to check for liver and pancreas troubles and tomorrow they will be doing an ultrasound on the liver, pancreas, aortic artery and gall bladder. The doctor switched my meds again to Prilosec in case it is an ulcer and even suggested perhaps I talk to a shrink about the stress in my life.
But, in the middle of my winter, I can see the flowers God has placed in my path. This week, we have been off week due to budget cuts. Yes, it is stressful, but it is a blessing getting this time to deal with medical issues and to rest and watch as much of the Olympics as my family can stand! They do not share my passion with the Olympics and will leave me to watch in peace. I sit and crochet and fall asleep sometimes and get some much needed rest.
Yesterday, my #2 daughter broke a tooth while chewing gum. It was a tooth that had a big cavity in it long ago and finally gave way. It had a filling, but was weak. I was able to take the time to get her right in to the dentist because I have the whole week off.
I'm also starting to exercise because my older son has homework for school where he has to do cardio every day over the vacation and needs a workout buddy. I know I need the endorphins as stress relief and he needs the company. We make a good team.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentine's day to everyone. Hubby and I have never done anything special on this day. Just another day for us so we won't be missing anything by me feeling like I got run over by a steam roller. I'll get a little more cleaning done and a lot more Olympics watching done and probably another nap in today.