Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Cat is Out of The Bag

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen..the list of my many blogs of the past five years.  Having thoughts of dementia, brain tumor, etc. Muscle Cramps


Muscle Fatigue and Weakness

Irregular Heartbeat

Fatigue

Mental Confusion

Irritability

Abnormally Dry Skin

Insatiable Thirst

Chills

Depression

Nausea and Vomiting

Nervousness

Insomnia

Diarrhea

Low Blood Pressure

Periodic Headaches

Salt Retention

Constipation

High Cholesterol Levels

Glucose Intolerance

Impaired Growth

Edema

Extreme cases, cardiac arrest
And last but not least vertigo!
 
Ok, ok  I was in hospital again.  I was released Valentine's Day.  My stay amounted to three days of endless tests and thankfully bedrest.  This doc was very determined to find out what was amiss.  I thought just another bunch of tests that proved to be nothing there.  A waste of time and gobs of money.  But I must admit I was getting very tired of hearing it was all in my head, or worse.
 
While there....in Nasawadox, no less, I flourished with the pints and pints of magnesium and potassium.  I apparently had a severe deficiency.  Hmmmm, you would think five years of giving blood for tests that proved nothing that this would have been a no-brainer.  Also a waste of time and more gobs of money.
The red flag was the vertigo. 
 
I was just medicated for vertigo but never diagnosed as to why I was on this stuff...In my head I suppose.
 
The last straw came about two weeks ago....constant asthma ( I usually don't have this) .  I have a little cocktail that fits the bill so this is almost an aside disorder.  But.....when I called in one of the scripts for renewal...the back office decided I no longer needed this.  No refills.  What?  Walmart also made a call or two asking the back office to refill....always getting an answer that had nothing to do with refills.
 
Finding a new physicians office here is like seeking the golden grail....no new patients, or their speciality was something very precise. None of which I qualified for.  Family physicians are like hens teeth....you've heard of them but can't find them.
 
I needed an ambulance to get me there in time.  The ride is very long and I didn't think it was a good idea to try.  I had the benefit of oxygen, duo meds and professionals at my side.
 
The asthma was treated very quickly, it always is for me.  But there were underlying discrepancies.  Thank goodness for this ER doc...no stone was left unturned.  "Why do you take this? Why that?"  Led him to believe I was being medicated to death.
 
Three days later I had scripts in my hot hands, a vague idea of what was amiss and instructions that were simple to follow. 
 
Was this a Godsend or what?  I'm over my anger regarding my previous doc....serves no purpose.  Got a snappy referral for a Family Physician , whose back office does not prescribe.
 
I am happy to be able to share this for the purpose of be careful what you get.  I thought I had my health issues covered, I was aware of my condition and looked up most everything on the net.  But, as in all avenues of life....garbage in...garbage out. I can rest easier now....no need to have these deep black thoughts.  I don't have what I thought I did and what I do have is treatable and not worthy of another health related blog.  (clapping in the background)
 
No doubt...I'm achy breaky now but not for long.  Take care, be aware! RD

3 comments:

heatherbelle said...

Goodness...I had no idea..so sorry to hear you have been in hospital but happy you're home and doing ok..

Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

I do hope you are better. Conflicting medications can often cause more problems than they solve. I had a pharmacist that was very good at catching this but he has since retired. When in doubt now I just stop everything but chicken soup and let my body norm out.

BTW I saw a House episode recently where the patient played by Candice Bergen was being poisoned by the metals in her artificial hip.

We have become so zoned in on specialists that it does sometimes take a generalist like you find in an ER to spot the problem. Some decades ago a very young ER intern caught a kidney stone that I had suffered from for over a year and a half. Because of my high pain threshold all other doctors had ruled it out with no tests.

Note: Learn to roll on floor and scream or always take an ambulance in so they take you seriously.

Bee's Blog said...

Horrific though this is I am so glad that they have been able to sort you out once and for all. Thank God for the ER doctor who was on duty.

You see, everything happens for a reason and what we think are horrors, are really blessings in disguise.

Hooray for you!