Thursday, January 22, 2009

Results

Well...the Dr. called back with my test results from the CT Scans, and it looks like I have a tumor on in my left leg. It was a miracle that she found it and i truly think it was God. They decided to do a CT scan of my abdomen to make sure there wasn't a mass or something and when they took thos pictures, they took pics of the top of my leg and were able to find the tumor based on those pictures. The God thing is that there was nothing wrong with my uterus, kidneys, spleen, liver etc. I feel that God made my uterus enlarged that day, so this test would have to be performed and they would find the tumor. Even though from the beginning of all of this, I have always said "my left leg hurts, my leg hurts, the pain begins in my leg" Ugh! Frustrating when I knew there was something wrong from the beginning.

Oh well, I am just thankful that they have found it.

So, today I am going back to the Dr. to go over everything and all of my options. They are also planning to do a biopsy and CT scan. Then I head back to the hospital to the Nuclear Medicine department. Sounds scary doesn't it? There they will do a VQ scan on my chest. The scan on Tuesday wasn't able to get the timing right, so they couldn't see if small blood clots were in the smaller veins of my heart. So today they will inject me with some kind of radioactive superglow junk that will make it better to take pictures of my heart. Or something like that. There has just been so much info that past 2 days that I have overwhelmed, tired and scared. But I feel that we are on the right track now figuring out what is going on with me and I hope that it is something that can be fixed and I will start feeling better soon.

Please continue to pray and I will keep everyone updated as much as I can.

Love you all!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Organ Donation

Drew and I both have "organ donor" checked on our driver's license, but I don't think we both really truly thought about it until this weekend.

On Friday night we went to the visitation of his best friends dad - Jim Harless. While Drew waited in line to see Joe and his mom, I rested for a bit in the lobby with Mary and Joe's daughter Peyton - who is 10.

Peyton started talking about her "papa" and told me how she couldn't believe what happened and how much she loved him. Then she looked at me and said in her cute child's voice - "You know what is cool? My papa took such good care of his organs, that he was able to donate his heart and lung to science and yesterday he was able to save 3 peoples lives with his other organs." Then she said "Kind of doesn't make you so sad." I just teared up, because here was a beautiful 10 year old little girl who got it and despite the heartache and pain she was going through, she saw something good in it.

When I told Drew about it, I of course cried, but we talked more in depth about it and we know for sure that we are so glad that we have this checked on our driver's license and we are so thankful for Jim, his life and the life he continues to give.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Health Update

I wish I had good news….I went back to the Dr. yesterday. My family Dr. recommended I see a women's health specialist. So I went to see her yesterday. She was very thorough and very good. She came in with a pad and paper and said that she hadn't even looked at my chart or previous tests, she just wanted me to start from the beginning and tell her what was going on. Through the course of what I was telling her, she became more and more concerned about my left leg (where the pain always starts) and said that even with me sitting there she could see that it was larger than my right leg. She took some measurements and my left leg is about 5 inches bigger than my right leg.

She then did a pelvic exam and found that my uterus is enlarged. Because of that, it is pressing down on the blood flow to my left leg and causing all sorts of problems with how the blood is pooling. She thinks that I have been having a series of blood clots travel through my system and that is wreaking havoc on my body. Including my brain. She said that most people would have a pulmonary embolism and either die, or be hospitalized once the clot hit the lung, but a small percent of people (me) have an opening at the top of the heart, where a clot can get through and go to other parts of the body. She told me to start taking an aspirin immediately and that she was going to look through all of my tests and call me back with the next course of action. I asked her what happens when the clots go to the brain and she said sometimes nothing, but more times than not, they cause a stroke. So she was very concerned. She said that she was going to get it taken care of though and to not stress….yeah right! I was at least comforted because she seemed to know what she was doing. She kept asking me questions once she thought she knew what was going on and I answered yes to just about everything. Mainly where the pain was and did it feel like this, have you had this, etc.

So she called back yesterday afternoon and said that I need to have a Cardio CT scan done with contrast on my heart and she wanted one done on my abdomen to see what is causing the swelling of my uterus - like a mass or something. So I have that scheduled for Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

So that is what is going on. I am stressed, but I am trying not to think too much about it. My biggest fear is having a stroke. I think I fear that more than dying. But like I said I am trying not to stress. I just need to focus on my health, resting and living life. Drew of course is really worried, but hopefully by next week we will know more. I am just trying to stay positive and keep praying that all will be o.k.

It helps when I have two of the greatest friends in the world. Who surprised me and come over last night to just hang out and keep my mind off of things!

I will post more next week, once we know what is going on. In the meantime please pray that we will have some answers and I will be on way to feeling better soon!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Deepley saddened....

....today we got some devastating news. The father of Drew's best friend passed away this morning from a brain aneurysm. We are so sad and heartbroken. Please keep the Harless family in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for life without their beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.