Friday, November 14, 2008

Gah!

Got some of my test results back. Here is the short version. ;-)

My thyroid is normal. No diabetes. Kidneys and liver working as meant to. Unfortunately, for some or a multitude of reasons, my oxygen intake has been low for quite some time. How long? Nobody knows, but some of my symptoms started about 2 years ago.


According to these tests, my blood is really thick, whatever that means.


I have a bunch of tiny little blood clots in my lungs. Have some more tests to do, but the docs think they originated in my leg, and that I still have more (hence the original swelling).

I've lost 30 lbs of water--YES 30!!--in 14 days and that leg is still all swelled up. Estimated that I'm prolly carrying another 20 lbs or so of excess fluid.


Anyhoo, the clots passed through the right side of my heart and stuck in my lungs. Which of course, exacerbated the breathing problems, which exacerbated the lack of circulation, which made my body swell up like a balloon and made my heart work harder.

The good news? My heart apparently was able to handle it. Doesn't look like it's in failure. I'm going to have more extensive tests done next week to see if there was any damage. Also going to have a venous doppler done on both legs to see if there are any more clots. And I'm going to have some eyeballing done to my gallbladder, because the tests came back and said I had some issues there that are completely separate from everything else.

But going to take care of the heart/lung issues first. Got some new meds to try. I'll probably have to stay on oxygen for awhile. Hopefully that will correct things until we can find out why it's happening.

Thanks again for all your good wishes. Other than a cold I picked up last weekend (which has really kicked my butt), I've been feeling a lot and I mean a LOT better.

ATM

P.S. Took a couple of grody pictures this morning to show what I mean. On the left is my left leg which is almost (but not quite) back to human-size. On the right is a much diminished, but still humongous appendage. ack




33 comments:

mrsb said...

Holy cow! 30 pounds! I'm amazed that something wasn't picked up earler. Glad you are feeling better!!

Attila The Mom said...

I think I would have actually have had to GO to the doctor to get it picked up---- ;-) I first thought it was just a recurrance of the same lower back/hip/leg nerve issue I've had for a long time. And I thought I'd gained some weight over vacation and the summer. I just had no idea how MUCH until I stepped on the scale a few weeks ago.

Clippy Mat said...

wow, that's a sh*tload of stuff. glad you are getting things taken care of. the most important thing is to take care of yourself, and R.E.S.T. and recuperate.
best wishes for a speedy recovery.
clippy :-))

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh my gosh. I hope you're feeling better and better sooner and sooner.

Brenda said...

Wow Kid, you've been through the wringer. Been thinking about you.

Traceytreasure said...

I've been worried about you. I sure hope all of this is behind you soon and that you are feeling 100%! Congrats on the 30 lbs. lost! I may have found some! :)
I already knew that your heart is awesome!! Good luck with the swelling!

Hugs!!

KL said...

Hey! Isn't the lung issues and medical issues MY territory! I remember all to well the being on O2 and the pain in the @$$ that can be! If you need to vent or talk, call me, I am here for ya anytime day or night! Hugs to you and the guys!!

Chris H said...

Hells Bells you have been having it rough! I hope they have you on blood thinners for the blood clots? Hope all goes well with the gallbladder look-see too. Look after yourself mate.

Big Pissy said...

Good lord!

I'm so glad you're going to be ok.

Take care of yourself! :)

hugs,
Pissy

marymurtz said...

HO.
LY.
CRAP!

Thank God you're going to be okay; that is really frightening!

elizabeth said...

Fuck!!!

It sounds like you have been to hell and back.

Sooo sorry. Sending many hugs.

xoxoxoxo

Juniper said...

It can be really scary when your body does weird shit. You have a great attitude, and that's probably helping a lot. So glad you're feeling better, and I wish you a complete and speedy recovery.

Angela said...

Keep on shrinking
Glad you are doing better

Heather said...

i am so glad that you are starting to feel "normal" again.

i will continue to keep you in my thoughts, and i hope you will be completely healed soon! i miss you!

Jan said...

Thanks for the report. Thank God, your heart was strong. Looks as if you're on the right track.

Jill said...

Hello! I have been blog hopping today and found you through a new friend. OUCHY! Your leg looks like mine did when I was pregnant with my first daughter, I couldn't walk and had to use a wheel chair till I gave birth. I hope you feel better!!! Stop by my blog there are a few good laughs there!! :)

Valerie Marie said...

That's so frightening! Thank God you have such a strong heart (I always knew you have a big one) Take care of you!! ((ATM)) I'm praying for you. xoxo

Casdok said...

Wow! But glad there was some good news.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You must have a wicked strong heart. Wait! I already knew that.

Michael Manning said...

Sending you my warmest thoughts to get well! lol!

Cheryl said...

So glad to hear from you, I have been thinking about you so much! I HATE that you have to deal with this, it sucks. I wish there was more I could do for you in terms of support. I'm just glad that they found out what the problem was and they are testing/treating it. Feel better and treat yourself like a Queen. You deserve it.
XXXXXXXX

Grim Reality Girl said...

WOW. I am so glad for you that you are making progress. The situation sound frightening... glad they are continuing to monitor and check things out. I'm cheering for you AND praying for you!!!

phlegmfatale said...

Glad to know you are on the mend, and I hope all these problems are completely resolved with miraculous haste.

Liesl said...

This will teach me to not keep up with my favorite blogs. Honey! This is awful! I want you to make SURE you've been tested for Factor V Leiden, Antiphospholipid, anticardin lipids (I think that's it), lupus anticoagulant, etc. And make SURE you've had an ANA!!! (antinuclearantibodies) MAKE SURE! I am so serious I am typing in caps! Or, it could be that I'm still deaf from the Madonna concert I just attended and am attempting to translate that to this comment...

Pete said...

30!!

look after yourself

Stinkypaw said...

30lbs that's a LOT of water!! But that's a good loss! Do take care of yourself!

Heather said...

Wow! 30lbs- sheesh! Wow! I'm glad you're feeling better and you're definitely in my thoughts! Take care of yourself! Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about this.
Wishing you better (I mean really good) health soon.

Kippa

Queen Goob said...

So have the boys picked up some of the slack so that you can recuperate more quickly? No? How did I know you were going to say that?

LOL Teenagers and men.

wow....30 pounds or water?!?!?!?

Queen Goob said...

LMAO.....SPELL CHECK!!!!

Joe said...

Take care of yourself.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Wow...sounds like you are the incredible shrinking woman!

Hope you are back to your old self soon!

Ann(ie) said...

OH girlie. It's good just to know what's going on, but talk about an ordeal. meh. Thinking of you, love. xo.