Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More Doctors

I may have posted one blog on other topics, but the only real focus here is on medical topics. Suddenly, I know why going to the doctor is the only thing that old folks chat about. It turns out that if you aren't feeling well it is the only thing you think about. And ultimately you only talk about the things you're thinking about. Vicious circle.

So here you go, more chatter about me and my doctors visits. It only Tuesday, but it has been a busy week. I have already talked to two nurses on the phone, saw one NP, saw two MD's, had X-rays, and made two trips to the pharmacy. So what the heck is up? I'm so glad you asked.

After last weeks hematoma, I immediately started feeling better. So good that I was able to pull the girls out of day care on Friday. The funny thing about pain is that when you have it you don't feel anything else. When most of my pain was gone, I suddenly realized I had all sorts of pressure in my lower abdomen, coupled with some shooting pains and nausea. A quick pee in a cup test showed blood in my urine.

All put together, I just have a bladder infection. That is “just” as in the other alternatives - internal bleeding or kidney problems - are really scary. Final lab results come back tomorrow, but the antibiotic is doing the trick.

I hung my head low yesterday, pretty bummed that I had yet another issue. I was also bummed because the antibiotic really bothered my stomach. However, last night I found my stash of phenergan (an anti-nausea medicine). That coupled with Tylenol PM and I had my best night of sleep in months.

I woke up all smiles today, when the Jaley alarm clock rang at 6:45. I got her watching Dora and crawled back into bed for a few minutes of shut eye. As soon as I lay down, the muscles in my neck seized up. I couldn’t even move my neck and it hurt like a bitch. A few minutes later, I regained some motion, but had tingling/numbness in my arms. By then I was freaking out - about ready to crap my pants. I thought I may have a herniated or ruptured disc in my neck. My mom went through that and it ain’t pretty. I called my regular doctor's office and they saw me almost immediately.

Luckily, it was just major muscle spasms. That is “just” as in the other alternatives - skeletal or nervous system issues - are really scary.

So now my neck hurts like hell, but I am on muscle relaxers and a physical therapy regime. I hope to be better in a few days. At the very least, I got some extra rest today and that will help the recovery of all my other medical baggage.

And so it goes on the recovery road. I think (pray, hope, wish, desire, long for, and need) this to be the last bump in the road.

So that is the scoop from recovery lane. Next stop stroller lane. Lots of love.

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