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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So, the tonsillectomy is pretty much healed... there's still some kind of 'blockage' like the uvula is swollen or something... or just a large chunk of drainage from my sinuses that won't clear.... not sure yet.

Now I'm on to working on the whole gluten-free life. My roommate is developing other allergies as well. She's known about coconut (she's allergic and I hate that stuff, so we're good), but she's showing signs of gluten intolerance and possibly a reaction to canola oil. Frustrating, to be sure. So, we have to watch so much of what comes in. I cook our dinners in olive oil, when I use any oil. For baking, I have sunflower oil. We're both seeing the doc next week so we'll ask for allergy testing for her... although I'd love to get it done as well, since I'm developing allergies to things as well.

I lost about 12 pounds during the tonsillectomy recovery and I'm trying to muster the energy to keep it off. I'll get to my goal... somehow.


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CREEKLADY1 5/22/2013 2:45PM

  Hope you both feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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Day 8 of Tonsillectomy Recovery

Friday, May 03, 2013

Note to self: don't fall back asleep with a mostly full but open bottle of vitamin water in your hands... on your bed....
scabbing is starting to come off, I think. My body is craving protein, big time, but I'm still not sure if my stomach can handle much.

More to come once the adrenaline has worn off....


Tonsillectomy Blues

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Okay, the veggie broth isn't nearly as good as the beef broth (both Trader Joe's concentrate packets), and I'm already getting sick of popsicles and sherbet. I think the soups are next on the agenda... and it's only been since Friday.

Penguin needs more variety.

Of course, I've dropped five pounds since Wednesday (last time I was weighed in, during my pre-op appt, and yes, I ate plenty until I wasn't allowed to Thursday evening). So, this is a good thing, although it's awfully rapid. But it's a head start to the weight loss and my gluten free life.

Yeah, about that. I guess it's been a while since I posted.
1. Heart issues are most likely stress related. Yeah, no sh**. I ooze stress out of my pores. It's been a part of my life for so many years now, it's just there... but now it's affecting my heart. Crud.
2. Trying to sort out why my body isn't liking things... I've come to the conclusion that I may be, at the very least, gluten-intolerant. My aunt has Celiac Disease, so I've seen that first hand.
3.Tonsillectomy: To try and 'make room' in my throat so that maybe I can sleep better (mild sleep apnea), we went for the tonsillectomy. Friday. Yes, I'm hungry. Sherbet doesn't cut it sometimes... and for adults, it takes much longer to recover... yes, it hurts. a LOT! I'm trying to not complain too much... really...

I'm trying... really... I think I need soup now.


Getting better...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

So, after all is said and done, the secondary health stuff that showed up while my heart was tachycardic was all due to that vile medication (an old anti-depressant) that the new doc put me on. How many times do I have to explain to doctors that me and AD's do NOT play well together.

I'm back down to just having tachycardia. They goofed on the first holter monitor, so I got a second one. Basically the results come down to me needing to reduce my stress levels badly. At least it's something workable. Now to just work on lowering those levels... hmmm.... all the "normal" stuff doesn't really work on me. I'll have to make more of an effort this term at school to use the time between classes to go use the Rec Center (kick-a$$ gym free to use for PSU students).

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Setbacks... argh!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

So, my heart has been racing at over 100 bpm for a resting rate. It was occasional for a while now, as in months, but the last few weeks, it's been constant. And then my breathing... my upper chest and throat constrict and get all tight when I talk or do much. My voice also dies out. I also get lightheaded...

All of this has brought my "getting back in shape" routine to a screeching halt. EKG, bloodwork, Echo all done. A few blood numbers slightly out of range, but nothing that sets off alarms for the doctor. Next stop is yet another appt in the morning to check my oxygen levels and some more tests... and likely get a heart monitor to take home for a day or so... oh, the joy.

You can tell I'm so thrilled. Honestly, I'm getting sick of being ... well... sick. This has also put everything else in my life to a screeching halt as well... If I can't walk 20 feet without nearly passing out, I can't go to work or school. I'm frustrated as hell.

I guess since my dad is a heart patient, they're focusing more on my heart. Also, that's been going on longer anyway... but what about my breathing? Since my doc is unavailable tomorrow, I'm seeing another one. I think I've seen this one before. it's a new clinic to me, but the name sounds familiar.

Ugh. Not a happy penguin.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 2/27/2013 2:33AM

    Heart function can easily be affected by lung function (says I, the anatomy and physiology tutor). Deoxygenated (low oxygen) blood comes in from body circulation through the right atrium (top right of the heart) and enters the right ventricle. Contraction forces it up into the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and then it flows into the left atrium (top left). Then it enters the left ventricle. Then contraction forces it out into circulation to the rest of the body.

Pulmonary restriction (usually from fluid buildup due to illness) can cause the heart to labor. If your lungs aren't bringing in enough oxygen your heart will have to beat faster in order to deliver the same amount of oxygen to your tissues.

It may be that you have a heart problem like your family history suggests. Or it may be you have a temporary lung problem. A virus maybe, or walking pneumonia, or you are developing asthma. Any of the latter can be treated. Don't get too worried yet. It may all be ok.

If they send you home with a holter monitor and it picks up dysrhythmias, even they do not necessarily mean you are doomed. An EKG - especially a portable one - can only tell a small part of the story. It reads electrical activity of the heart only and is used for interpretation. If anything is borderline or confusing, usually they will follow it up with a stress test or ultrasound. For instance, my own EKGs for YEARS said I had an enlarged right atrium - which was an interpretation of a dysrhythmia, not an interpretation of an actual image. An ultrasound showed I did not.

Sometimes when lung function is controlled, all the heart symptoms disappear.

I know tachycardia and difficulty breathing are troublesome. I have been dealing with both my entire life (check out my page). But my symptoms are better and I have worked with patients and their doctors (I am still a student) and members of my own family with similar symptoms. I have seen instances where cardiologists unfortunately shoo patients out of the office as if there is absolutely nothing wrong with them when they have no obvious cardiac disease. If that is the case, take as much documentation as you can to a good primary physician or PA or internist and hopefully they will be more considerate of your feelings.

Chin up, penguin.

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FITANDFIFTY2 2/27/2013 12:58AM

    I hope they are able to diagnose the problem, soon! That is so scary! My resting heart rate used to be 120.. crazy! After my weight loss, it is now 70.. so much better . I wish you the best Spark Friend!! Hugs to you!

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