Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I feel truly blessed to have Ruddee home with us and he says it feels good to be back in Texas. I talked to my mother this morning and she said that Ruddee is craving Weinersneitel (spelling?), so she is bringing him to the church on her way to the fair, so when I get off work we can get that for supper and then hang out at my apt till mom gets done at the fair!!!! I am looking forward to spending some time with him and possibly getting him to work on my laptop!!!!
I had a great day scrapbooking and great fellowship with my sister, a dear friend and some new friends I have gained along the way.
At the crop, Jimmie started a 3 month long contest. You basically earned points for doing or using certain things and each month you were able to earn more and more points. My sister only came to the last month of the contest and the little stinker most likely won first place. She is a scrapping machine!!!! I had a blast and next weekend we are having a family birthday celebration with the family favorite meal and another yummy cake!!!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This appointment wasn't any different than the initial appointment. Different people asked the same questions and I had to tell the reason why I was there all over again. What are charts for if they don't write these things down and look at them. I was even asked for my phone number.....Are you kidding me. I know its in my chart, they call me to remind me of my appt.
Basically that was the most frustrating Dr. appt ever and the only thing I was told to do differently was take a fiber supplement.....well duh I already knew that!!!!
Hope everyone has a great day!!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The biggest thing is my follow up appointment in the morning. I guess I should start with the discovery I made in Aug. When I was 15 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease and was given chemo for 6 months and then a month of radiation to the chest area, the tumor was behind my sternum. This August I learned that one of the main chemo drugs, adryomicyn, can cause weakening of the left heart muscle causing cardiomyopothy. I then learned that radiation to the chest area can increase that risk. This apparently is only common in childhood cancer survivors and doesn't show up untill 10 to 15 years later. I am going on 14 years in remission, so if you know me you know my mind started thinking too much and I started worrying....yes I know worrying is a sin, but still I did!!! I made an appt with Dr. Gadasalli and after an EKG, Echocardiogram and bloodwork I was given a clean bill of health. Dr. Gadasalli said he liked the way my heart looked and the bloodwork determined that there is no fluid around my heart...YAY!!!!!!!
While talking to Dr. Gadasalli he asked why I was taking prilosec and for how long. I told him it was because of the acid reflux and for about 3 1/2 years. He didn't look so pleased and then he informed me that the radiation could have caused damage to my esophagus. My thoughts were "CRAP" one more thing. He made me an appt with Dr. Vemuru, a GI Dr., that following Tuesday. Dr. Vemuru sent me for bloodwork to test for GERD and Sprue disease and then I had an Endoscopy 2 weeks ago.
So the big thing on my mind is my follow up appt in the morning. Dr. Vemuru did a biopsy of my intestine to further test for Sprue, but also put me on meds for IBS, Irritable Bowl Syndrome. Basically I find out tomorrow exactly what is wrong with me. Oh yeah, I have a hiatal hernia which is the main cause of the acid reflux. Apparently when you gain weight your stomach pushes on the hernia causing acid reflux. So the main treatment is to loose weight.....just great, now I will have a Dr. drilling me about loosing weight. Guess I need it though.
Guess I should try and get some sleep. Night