Saturday, January 14, 2012
Had the little procedure done. I was told to arrive by 8:30 because the broncoscopy/biopsy was scheduled for 9:00... only to find it was *actually* scheduled for 9:30. Why do they do that?!?!Ha ha. I was a little agitated so my BP was 113/75- DON'T STRESS ME OUT
The procedure was fine. Not a easy as the last time- this time the lidocaine and ? that they gave me to inhale really bothered my lungs and made me want to gag. Just 10 minutes of inhaling it so I could survive. For the procedure, I was awake but they say they give a memory-erasing drug? I've never remembered being awake during it ( so the drugs must work) but it's necessary to guide the tube down my esophagus. I do remember the nurse wheeling me from the surgery room to the recovery room and accidentally hitting the door frame. Oops.
Had some juice in the recover room, kind of dozed in and out of consciousness. Waited about 30 minutes for X-Ray to come into my room to make sure my lungs weren't bleeding out/collapsed, then waited about an hour for them to send the "all-clear". That's unusually long for Park Nicollet - I've found them to be super fast and efficient compared to the Allina system that I'm used to ( my primary is/was/will be Allina, but was referred to Dr. Lisa Bolin/ Pulmonary within Park Nicollet. She's awesome)
Unfortunately, this time and last time I had the procedure, I was extremely nauseous the rest of the day. This time, however, I had two bouts of vomiting.. once in the car on the way home and then once after I'd reached home. Not so fun on a fasting stomach. Luckily round 1 had some of the juice from the recovery room in it! Thank goodness for the bags that they give you to put your clothes in while at the hospital!!!
Today, I'm just laying low. Anytime I have the inhalers ( or the 1 time I had Albueterol which I REFUSE to ever take again), it makes my throat congested ( yellow mucus) for about a week or two. My exercise this week might be cleaning the living room!
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Ha. My first lab that came back abnormal since my illness in August and it's my trigs?
My LDL and HDL levels are GREAT but now I'm borderline high 175 on the triglyceride level.
Actually, I did the 8 hour fast.. according to the mayoclinic website a 9-12 hour fast is recommended to be accurate but I'm sure my 8 hour level can't be THAT far off.
From the Mayo Clinic website:
Why do high triglycerides matter?
Although it's unclear how, high triglycerides may contribute to hardening of the arteries or thickening of the artery walls (atherosclerosis) — which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.
High triglycerides are often a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Sometimes high triglycerides are a sign of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), liver or kidney disease, or rare genetic conditions that affect how your body converts fat to energy. High triglycerides could also be a side effect of taking medications such as beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, steroids or the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Well- the good news is that after just 3 weeks of using the 40mg/daily steroids, the lung doctor has determined that it isn't helping! I get to taper off the prednisone. Of course, some of the weight / fat distribution damage ( etc) has been done but, within a week or so, I will hit my maximum "worst-case-scenario".
Hopefully, after that, it's just working my way back down. I have a bronchoscopy and biopsy scheduled for 1/13- still no determination on why I'm still sick since August.. No clue as to the lungs/breathing/wheezing, or the fatigue ( as my top two complaints). Next steps are endocrinologist visit and infectious med visit ( supposedly doesnt mean it's contagious.. just they they are the "mystery diagnosis" doctors).
On a positive note, I did manage 400 calories on the elliptical on Wed morning.. Of course my lungs were burning after about 3 minutes but I pressed on, took it slow and kept on for the 400 calories.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I'm not new here, though I sure could be. Since about May 2008, I've watched my weight rise, even when making a conscious effort. Talk about disheartening!
Currently, I'm at my highest weight. In August, I caught a bad case of pneumonia, or as I call it.. a SUPER BUG. Now, with the addition of 40mg/day prednisone, and my lungs burning within 20min on an elliptical, I don't see myself losing weight any time soon. My sister has encouraged me to give it another shot, and I'm willing to give it a try.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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