So, I won’t have to do this a dozen times, I’m writing one message regarding what’s been going on with me lately and sending it out to everyone I think wants to know. [and to hell with the people who don't want to know...]
Cardiac issues -The heart monitor I wore for two weeks showed many episodes of tachycardia. My heart rate fluctuated between 39-160 bpm. Based on those results and the near syncope episodes I have, my primary care referred me to a cardiologist. I haven’t heard anything from them yet. As soon as I do, I’ll get an appointment set up and I’ll go from there.
Rheumatology issues – The doctor put me on Enbrel for the “undetermined autoimmune disorder” I have. Hopefully, that’ll help with the inflammation throughout my body and relieve some of the pain associated with it.
Spine issues - I recently had two MRI’s done…lumbar and cervical. I don’t even know where to begin on that front…it looks like I’m headed back to the neurosurgeon once I get an appointment. I’m not looking forward to more back surgery, but it is what it is!
Labs issues – Lately, I’ve been battling having “wonky” levels on many of the things evaluated.
Along with that, my doctor called me a few days ago to tell me I’m severely anemic. I was given a prescription for an iron supplement and if that doesn’t work, I’ll have to take iron through an IV infusion. Having gastroparesis makes what I can eat challenging, so I’m up for suggestions. I pretty much live on cottage cheese and smoothies because meat is too hard for me to digest.
No one has quite figured out the episodes of me almost passing out while having nausea/vomiting along with severe diarrhea. Everyone seems to have a theory, but no concrete answers yet on that front. For me, these episodes are the most problematic and worrisome out of anything, but I feel I’m in good hands and my primary care is very thorough with all the tests and labs she has me do. Eventually, they’ll have it figured out and I’ll be on the path to feeling better.
I want to thank everyone for their continued support and concern but remember I’m a tough old broad and I think I still have a few good miles left in me. I just need some much-needed maintenance and repairs! I guess it’s time for me to break out my roll of duct tape and chill out so I don’t feel so overwhelmed.💓
So with everything that this past year has thrown my way, I can only hope my Thanksgiving will look similar to this...