Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Thanksgiving With Mildred

This past year has SUCKED! The other day this is the text message I sent out to my friends and family:
 
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...

 

19 comments:

  1. Huge empathic sigh.
    Mystery ailments outsuck Dyson.
    I hope you can and do raise more than a little hell.

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    1. Thanks! Love you saying it "outsucks Dyson"...lol. I'm waiting for someone to ask who is Dyson!

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    2. Or better yet, ask for Dyson's phone number.

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  2. I'm so sorry you have to deal with all this!! I'm glad to see you back, but take care of you first. ((Hugs))

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    1. I'm always around even when I'm silent. Contrary to popular belief, I do have times when I have nothing to say.

      I think we all deal with stuff as it piles up on our plates whether we really want to deal with it or not. What choice do we have.

      I finally got a call back from the neurosurgeon. Tomorrow I'll have to call and set up an appointment so I can see what he wants to "fix" and when he wants to do it.

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  3. You certainly have a LOT going on my Dear, Virtual Hugs and Healing Energies sent your way. Ever since the Pandemic began I think I've had more Medical and Dental Emergencies than ever in my whole damned life, it is ridiculous... and of coarse getting seen is more difficult now the System is so overwhelmed. But it sounds like you're in good hands and that's great that you're at least getting feedback on what it isn't. I recently had a scare and found out it was not Cancer, so then I didn't really Care what it was, you know? *LOL* Relief... and it's finally Healing, so knowing my Tit wouldn't fall off was great News, the Young Male Doctor thought I was hilarious and it was so Cute to see him Laughing out loud... I guess most of his Patients are so SERIOUS?@! *Winks*

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    1. I'm sorry but I got laughing trying to picture anyone's tit falling off and the young male doctor was correct! You are hilarious!

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  4. You've got a lot of health issues to contend with, that's for sure! Do you like spinach? It's high in iron. Spinach could be used in veggie smoothies, I think.

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    1. First, thank you for the suggestion and yes, I like spinach. I'll have to look up a decent recipe for a vegie smoothie using spinach.

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  5. As a member of a doctor's family, i can tell you Do Not Wait for the cardiologist's office to call you, you call them. Referrals can get lost in the shuffle of paperwork, and other things can happen.

    Same with lab results, it's not true that no news is good news. If you don't get lab results, call and ask for them.

    Good for you, working on these health issues. It's not easy, but it's worth it.

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    1. I'm going to call tomorrow and yes, I know all about doctor's offices. I used to work for various doctors.

      I'll keep working at it, easy or not because I'm not ready to say good-bye to this world yet. Being healthy or healthier is a much more pleasant choice all the way around.

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  6. Forgot something the first time i commented. Have you tried any of the new, vegan meat substitutes like Impossible Burgers? They are delicious, might be easier for you to digest than actual meat, and they are made with plant heme. Since i added them to my diet, i am no longer anemic, you might try them.

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    1. I haven't tried them, but they're on my grocery list now. Thank you so much for that suggestion!

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  7. About the iron...
    Have you heard of an 'iron fish'? May patients needing iron in their diets but can't afford/do meat use an iron fish to enhance their cooking with iron. I think they cost about 20 dollars.

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    1. Never heard of iron fish, but I will check it out. These days I'm up for most anything. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  8. I think you could sell your body to a medical school and get big bucks for it.
    Dr. Mike Here! People with a lot of different symptoms may have Lupus. Symptoms come and go. Here's a list.
    Top 10 Most Common Lupus Symptoms Include:

    Achy or swollen joints (arthralgia)
    Unexplained fever (more than 100° F)
    Swollen joints (arthritis)
    Prolonged or extreme fatigue
    Skin rash, including a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose
    Pain in the chest when breathing deeply (pleurisy)
    Hair loss
    Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light
    Mouth or nose sores
    Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud's phenomenon)

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    1. Oh gee, thanks! I don't think they'd give me much for my body! lol Maybe a dollar or two.


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  9. They should use your photo in Medical School books for falling apart slowly. It could replace mine, which looks like a Drivers License photo.

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    1. You're funny...I like that! Maybe we can compare ailments and then consult with Dr. House, but he used to say "it's not Lupus" about everything so I can safely say he'd tell me it isn't Lupus. My grandfather would tell me it's a fart crosswise.

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