Thursday, March 3, 2011

Update on Health

Just saw hematologist this morning after blood work. He doesn't want to see me for another year! All the blood work is the same....not better but not worse. He wants to keep a check on things and said we'll do the same blood tests in one year. I should come back to see him only if I develop night sweats, fevers or start losing weight.
Only problem I'm really still having is with my stupid neck. I've been referred to neurosurgeon who has had neurologist conduct a treatment injection as well as a diagnostic injection. I go back to see him in a couple of weeks. He thinks my problem stems from large bone spur on C3 which is compressing nerve.
My main goal is to be pain free...ha! At my age that is unlikely. Maybe I should say I'd like to feel my age rather than my mother's age!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Sorry it's been so long since last blog. Maybe some of you thought the results of tests came back bad. All is good. Ultrasound showed all organs look normal so nothing interesting going on there. Blood work came back about the same. Since I am not experiencing any extreme symptoms doctor has requested more blood work again in about three months. I made appointment for end of September since hubby and I were going on long trip to Alaska this summer. That hasn't happened because of trouble with RV. Motorhome is still in the shop. We hope to get it back this week but will still need "diagnosis" of some problems. We didn't like the news from current shop so picked up rig a couple of weeks ago only to discover a new malfunction. Turned around and took back to have that repaired.....still there.

Still planning on shorter trip whenever we get motorhome back and in good working order.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More tests

Went this morning for abdominal ultrasound. The tech found my tickle spot. Didn't know there was so much heavy breathing done during one of these tests. I thought I would hyperventilate..."now take a deep breath and hold it".

Don't like waiting around for results but followup visit to Dr. isn't until May 25th. I'm sure if something drastic is noticed they will contact me.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

God is always Good

Well, finally got to see Dr. S today...and that was a miracle. When I was told to go see Dr. S. I had some trouble getting appointment then finally got one in good time. Unfortunately, the office called yesterday and said they would need to reschedule. Grrrrrr! Miraculously, after making another appointment in another month's time(!!!!) God was there. A couple of days earlier I was asked by a friend to take her to chemo...her last...yea! Anyway, she has chemo at the same location as Dr. S. I happened to mention to the appointment nurse that I was bringing someone to the office on Wed.for her chemo and, get ready, they could see me then!!!! God is Good.

Took my friend today and had my appointment with Dr. S. Then I found out that there was more to the story. The evening my friend asked me to take her...we were chatting on facebook. I don't regularly chat with everyone but I saw her on and hadn't spoken to her for awhile so I said "HI". Today she told me she NEVER chats on facebook. That night she just happen to activate the chat feature. Have I already said God is Good.

Just had to share that God story.

On the medical side...having blood work and ultrasound. Will then go back and see Dr. S. for results. Cannot go back until third week of May...I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks with my husband. Having 40th High School reunion and rv campout with friends after that.

Until next time......

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Development

Had blood work (CBC) done on March 30. Doctor B's office called next day and wants to refer me to a hematologist for further testing. Lymphocytes still high. Saw Dr. B on Friday, April 2, for other things...staph infection in nose. He said he doesn't think the Lymphocytes are a major concern but it needs looking into. Dr. S is out of office Easter week and has not called yet to make appointment. Hopefully, he will call the following week and I can see him soon. Need to get health issues cleared so can go ahead and plan rv travels this summer.

Weight at Dr. B's office was 127.2. Still maintaining weight loss.

I was previously treated by a hematologist in England when my sarcoidosis flared. Had enlarged spleen...spent two years on prednisone. The two biggest active sarcoid events in my life were spurred on by hormonal changes....babies! This past summer I was taken off all hormones...maybe there is a connection? We'll see.

Feeling fine (except for stiff neck still). Am seeing physical therapist for that right see some improvement. Hoping that will continue.

Also started having a protein drink every day. I think I lost some muscle tissue when on weight loss program...want to get that back.

Happy to be alive and celebrating Easter 2010 today! Great sermon at church again today. Thanks Hunter.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Better Now

OK I've stopped whining for now.

Went back to chiropractor and now he recommends physical therapy (I told him I wasn't sure about purchasing a home cervical traction). We will see how that goes. He did say he will be purchasing equipment for his practice which will do traction...I guess I get to pay for each treatment if we go that way.

All I know is I want my neck to feel normal again...even just a little bit normal again. Sometimes I feel like I'm a robot the way I need to maneuver my neck...can't just lift my head like regular people. Sometimes it feels like my joints are stuck.

Anyway, we'll see how therapy works...still waiting to hear back from the PT office about my insurance and how much they will cover.

OK I whined a little!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Need to Whine

Sorry to put this down on paper (whatever) but I need to whine a little.

Contemplating the purchase of cervical traction device recocmmended by my chiropractor. They cost $500 or more! The big question is will it help or will I be out another $500 for nothing. No problem if I knew it would help. I've been trying to get my neck back to it's pre-pain state for over a year with no improvement. Chiro says I have retrolisthesis of the cervical vertebra C5-C6. They are shifted and cannot be corrected except with surgery and realignment with a brace. It was probably happening over years but finally pushed "over the edge" by some small movement on my part. This is after years of regular correction by a chiropractor.

Today is a bad day. Pain, dizziness, fun.

Thanks for listening and letting me whine a little.