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Not starting off the New Year very well!

There's an old saying that whatever you do on the first day of the new year is what you will be doing the whole year! I certainly hope this is not true or I am in BIG trouble! LOL.

Right before Christmas, I was put into the hospital with what they thought was a heart attack, "I" knew it wasn't but since I don't have all those letters after my name, no one would listen to me. I ended up being there a week. Had a stress test, which I failed miserably as well as having a bad reaction to the reversal drug they use to stop the one that raises your blood pressure. I became paralyzed, had trouble breathing, my entire body shook like someone having a grand maul seizure. They never figured out what caused the reaction other than the possibility that the reversal drug may have been administered too fast. Then I had an angio cath performed, heart is good and the 30% blockage I have in the front of my heart has not grown. Next I had a vascular cath done as they wanted to see where the 2 aneurysms that were were discovered in an MRA were actually located. Had a surprise there, not only do I have 2 aneurysms on the right side of the head, I have a matching pair on the left! Luckily, they are not located inside the sack that surrounds the brain so these are not necessarily life threatening at this point in time. Will have to keep being monitored AND should I have a stroke, I will be unable to take the medication that reduced the effect of a stroke because of the aneurysms. I was released from the hospital the day before Christmas eve and was able to have an enjoyable holiday, although I was very weak and no energy. Spent Christmas day with our twin granddaughters and that was very nice. Unfortunately, their "other" grandmother came over unannounced and sick to boot. She had just started antibiotics that day and didn't "think" that she could still be contagious. Two days later the twins mom became sick, luckily the twins did not get it. I went to see my brother the Sunday following Christmas, had not seen him or his family in over 2 years. By Wednesday, I started not to feel well and by Friday was in the ER with fever, vomiting, the whole ball of wax. After some tests, they confirmed that I had the influenza bug that is making the circuit. Finally getting over that and feeling better, still no energy.

In February, I have to have upper/lower GI test done to make sure that there is nothing going on there that could be causing the symptomology that mimics a heart attack. Okay, I can deal with all this as things seem to be improving. Today, I went for follow-up appointment to see the doc and was told that my liver panel blood work was 3 times the normal limit and I was to immediately go and get another blood test to rule out a lab error and then that will be followed up by another lab test in 2 weeks. Depending on what happens there will decide on what we do next. In the meantime, I have to stop my cholesterol medication AND I cannot take the meds I take for pain for the fibro/arthritis! Since I also can't take any NASAIDS (aspirin, Aleve, ibuprofen) I have to contact the rhumologist for something else. I am NOT a happy camper, although it could be worse.

The first part of the new year has not started off the way I would have liked; however, I am thankful that I am not in hospital. I know God doesn't give you anything more than you can handle, but sometimes I wish he didn't think I could handle so much!

I am going to "try" to get some creative juices flowing so that I don't dwell on what is going on and who knows, I might actually accomplish some things I want to do, such as the whole closet of UFOs I'm determined to get finished before the year is out.

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Comment by Janet/MO on January 15, 2015 at 6:55am

Hopefully this means that you will have gotten all of your health issues out of the way at the beginning of the year and the rest will be spent being healthier!  That was very inconsiderate of the other grandmother especially considering the fact that you had just gotten out of the hospital!

Comment by Ally Bryant on January 15, 2015 at 6:22am
Go for it Terri, set yourself some goals to work towards, at lest it will keep your mind occupied and off the health issues. You really have had a year of it. Hugs to you my friend. Hope we can connect in March when we are in Florida.

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