Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Well, I have now officially been diagnosed with asthma. And I have learned that my best source of support and helpful information is my spark friends. So here I am asking for just that. Let me start by saying that I have been a paramedic for almost 20 yrs. So I am by no means unfamiliar with asthma. However, with that being said, I must say that as a medic my dealings with the condition are usually when someone is at their worst. Learning to live with it on a day to day basis is a different story. That is where my spark friends come into the picture. I feel like my doctor did a really poor job of "education." Does anyone have any ideas for any good websites that I can go to for good, informative, helpful information. I am just wanting to learn about all the ins and outs and the things I would never expect. Any personal advice would be greatly appreciated also. Thanks everyone.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Here is an update from my last blog. Unfortunately, it is not good news. The results of my echocardiogram were negative, just as i suspected. This was followed by an actual visit to my Dr. instead of just a phone call. He informed me that we would find out what was going on but "it could get ugly." Not exactly the words you want to hear from your Dr. So the nest step was chest x-rays and a pulmonary function test. Let me just say that this short, 15 minute test kicked my butt. And the worse news is that it was absolutely normal.
So now we are on to the next step. I am so not happy about this step. Let me back up a bit. I have a VERY difficult time seeing Dr's. The only thing that gets me through going to my Dr. is the fact that I have known him my whole life. I grew up with him being my Grandparents' neighbor. I consider him a friend. Therefore, I can be comfortable with him and my overall severe shyness is somewhat kept in check. Now the next step of this process is that he is sending me to a specialist. I know this may sound ridiculous, but I am having serious apprehension to this. I am really struggling to make myself go. And to top that, because all of my tests are coming back negative, I am now questioning whether there really is something wrong or if it is all in my head. I am really close to just throwing my hands up and saying that I am just crazy so I guess I will have to live with it. I just wish that I could have a simple little answer in a nice neat package. Deep down, I really am not dealing with any of this well.
Ok friends, I am done whining for now. Thanks for always being there and thanks for listening.
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