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In a hurry to get to the lab for blood draw...so drove to hospital today instead of walking....

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I was anxious to get the blood draw done so I can get the results ASAP. The neurologist set up several MR's (MRI, MRA and MRV of brain) that are scheduled for next Tuesday to rule out brain tumors, sinus rupture and fluid on the brain. I am scheduled for 1-1/2 hours of MRs. The blood test is to rule out myasthenia gravis (which I read about on Spark people)....and I hope I don't have that.

I wanted to get the blood test done ASAP but there was a question regarding the doctor's order so I have to wait until tomorrow to get the blood draw for that.

The neurologist felt the blurry vision and headache could be due to some pressure on the optic nerve. If it is due to myasthenia gravis the vision blurriness could be due to weak eye muscles.

By next week I should have some answers.

Yesterday I had the cardiac echo and that was not perfectly normal but I have to wait for my doctor to tell me whether I need to be referred to a cardiologist or not as I could not tell from the report whether it is serious enough to look for any treatment. I have 2+ mitral regurgitation and also moderate left ventricular dysfunction. (I don't like the sounds of that but at this point I really don't know the significance of these results.)

I did manage to work my full eight hours today inspite of being gone from the office for 3 hours in the middle of my work day. I plan to go to work tomorrow, even though I have had a headache and blurry vision all week.

I found that opening mail and stamping it was quite enjoyable as I did not need to do much reading while doing that project.

I am doing a lot of squinting, head turning, and leaning forward when I am trying to read small print on the computer, so, of course, the neck aches are continuing...along with the sore back and ribs.

I hope tomorrow is better than today. Looks like it's time to go to bed....I could use some sleep....it's been a long day. I started work at 6:00 a.m. and didn't finish my 8 hours until 5:15 p.m. Good night!!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/7/2011 7:24AM

    I hope you find some relief soon.

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A positive blog...for a change....

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Nothing spectacular has occurred but I have decided I would feel a lot better "accentuating the positive" instead of hashing over what is wrong.

The good news: I still have a job which provides excellent health insurance and therefore I am able to see the doctors this week to help unravel the problems of headaches, neck/back pain and blurry vision.

Today I see the neurologist and I am a bit apprehensive because I had followed with a neurologist following several whiplash neck injuries about 15 to 20 years ago. I recall being sent for MRIs and not getting much relief from chronic neck pain at that time. However, the orthopedic doctor suggested I see the neurologist regarding the headaches and blurry vision, so that's what I will say first when I meet with the neurologist.


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KENSTEVENS 1/12/2011 2:54PM

  My prayers are with you. It's good to start each day with, "Good morning Lord!" Then be happy you are able to get up. We are blessed each day. Sometimes we just have to open our eyes to see all the blessings. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/6/2011 9:44PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/6/2011 7:07PM

    Good Luck

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DR1939 1/6/2011 6:26PM

    I agree with accentuating the positive, but taking care of the negative. It seems that is what you are doing.

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CATLADY52 1/6/2011 12:33PM

    Definitely tell him about that. He can assess your situation more completely that way. Good luck. emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/6/2011 12:20PM

    As the song goes, "Accentuate the Positive". I find that keeping a positive attitude has helped overcome the plateaus and other problems of this weight loss. Keep up the positive view.

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MBOLTON5 1/6/2011 7:23AM

    good luck! emoticon

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102633 1/6/2011 7:22AM

    Best of wishes to you. May you find some relief from the pain and the blurriness soon.

Medicene has improved so much over 15 - 20 years that there may be an answer today.

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MRE1956 1/6/2011 7:03AM

    It's great to blog in a positive manner for a change, isn't it? I've been in the same position many times, and I also have found it refreshing to not vent too often (and I've had long phases of such posts)......

Hope things work out for the best for you!

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LIALOU70072 1/6/2011 6:15AM


Each time you're confronted with what could be a negative, try to find at least one positive thing that may come out of it...once you start making that conscious decision to be positive...positive things just start happening!!

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Walked about 1.25 miles round trip to clinic yesterday....

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I don't think I could have made the trip without my walker as my CPAP machine with humidifier is probably over 10 lb and my purse is another 6. My back has been sore and I have noticed walking very far (over a block) makes my back hurt.

So today I have to go to the hospital again (luckily the whole walk is through a skyway system from the building where I work to the hospital.

I read an interesting "factoid" about Minneapolis....we have the largest pedestrian skyway system in the country (or is it the world) connecting the skyscrapers in our downtown area. Probably due to the cold winters and other weather conditions we contend with.

I remember when I was able to walk only 1 mile per hour (or less) and I probably frostbit my hands.... and the time when it was raining and I had difficulty holding an umbrella and a cane....it would have been nice to be in a skyway then. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/5/2011 8:54PM

    Never realized that you had that many walkways there but what a great idea! You are a real trooper. Keeping you in my prayers.

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/5/2011 7:49PM

    There are no skyways in the area I live.

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MCGS62 1/5/2011 3:02PM

    I wish Pgh had skyways.

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JOANNS4 1/5/2011 11:58AM

    I know it's cold there. The walkways are a blessing. I'm praying for you.
Jo Ann

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MARPET44 1/5/2011 7:23AM

    Thank goodness for the walkways. They are a great asset especialy with the weather you have been having. Hope all is well. My prayers still going out for you. emoticon

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Tuesday....Follow-up at Sleep Center Clinic....

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

My CPAP machine has been readjusted from a setting of 11 back down to 8 which should help air leaks which may be causing my blurry vision that comes off and on.

A week ago I had blurry vision and headache with a neckache and I did get a new prescription from the eye doctor who said my vision had improved....

Things went well with the weaker glasses until today....

I had blurry vision again and had trouble with several different strengths of readers. Driving to work I was unable to read the road signs again.

I am lucky to be seeing the neurologist on Thursday since this blurry vision coming and going apparently has not been an eye problem per se. I hope the neurologist can figure out what is causing this. I also am having spine pain that started in my neck and has moved down to my mid back. My lower back has been hurting pretty regularly ever since I took a 1 mile walk on hilly terrain way back in September. I thought I should have recovered from that by now, but actually it seems to be getting worse.

Today I decided to walk to my clinic appointment and so got 40 minutes of exercise, walking about 1.25 miles which is a pretty slow pace. I had to bring my CPAP machine which is fairly heavy and so I used my walker so my purse and CPAP machine wouldn't weigh me down.

I am glad I walked...and I saved about $8.00 for parking to boot!!! I'll walk again tomorrow the same route when I go for the echocardiogram at the hospital.

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/5/2011 7:51PM

    Best of Luck

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SUGARPUNK52 1/4/2011 11:16PM

  Walking is good.I walk every day.I usually have to use a cane but I still walk.Saving money is a bonus.Good luck.Hope the doctor can find an answer to your problems.

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MILLISMA 1/4/2011 10:37PM

    Teddy thinking of you and sending hugs.

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Variety is the spice of life...(love those spices)

Sunday, January 02, 2011

This morning I had a great breakfast under 200 calories.

After I ate it and felt satisfied I tracked the calories and nutrition stats and was surprised it was so low in calories. It was also low in protein (I probably will have an egg or some soy protein tomorrow morning.)

Part of the reason for the satisfaction was the VARIETY of items. Oatmeal, flax meal, soy milk, skim milk, coffee, stevia, dried cranberries and fresh cranberries. A bit of cinnamon added (the spice I eat quite often with breakfast) would have been a nice addition.

The rest of the day won't be quite so easy to plan for nutrition as we are going out for dinner with a friend. My main concern at the seafood restaurant is the sodium content since I really enjoy shrimp, crab and lobster. Something to ponder before I get there as I need to limit sodium intake due to a fluid retention problem.

I'm off on a great start and won't let a dinner out spoil that.

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TEDDYTEDDY 1/3/2011 6:49AM

    Unfortunately it was a local restaurant with a website but no nutritional values...when I tried to see the menus there were "broken files." Ended up with an interesting salad and coconut shrimp.

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MILLISMA 1/2/2011 10:26PM

    I also check out the websites for nutritional values. Sometimes the meal itself is fine but it's the sodium content that makes it a killer.

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AGIATA1A 1/2/2011 5:24PM

    Great way to plan ahead, conscious though makes all the difference!


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CATLADY52 1/2/2011 10:47AM

    Some restaurant have web sites that list their dishes nutritional value. Or decide what you want and make a change in the way it's prepared. Whatever, enjoy the meal and company. emoticon

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