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Diagnosis number ??...

Friday, September 14, 2012

So I was reading my medical chart and there is a new diagnosis now: 2+ mitral regurgitation. I know what mitral regurgitation is but I have spent hours trying to find out the different levels and haven 't had much luck. I assume it is not severe as none of the doctors mentioned it to me, but I have noticed that they spend quite a long time listening with the stethoscope since that diagnosis was added. It is visible on the EKG and when I was on the telemetry unit I did notice extra "bumps" on the heartbeat line.

I plan on going to the American Heart Association website and perhaps will find the answers I am looking for there. I read the info about mitral regurgitation on SparkPeople and the Heart Association was one of the recommended sites for further info.

My labs at my internist were all normal but the potassium was on the low side and the doctor told me to eat lots of bananas and orange juice (don't like orange juice), but read the nutrition on the coconut water I drink and one cup of that has 460 mg of potassium which is about the same as a banana.

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SLEEPWALKING 9/19/2012 4:00PM

    I don't like oranges that much either I think the coconut water is a far better choice.

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MSLZZY 9/15/2012 8:28AM

    That's a new one on me. Take care~hugs!

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MYSTERY-LADY1 9/14/2012 9:02PM


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BUMBLEBEERN 9/14/2012 9:01PM

    2+ refers to the "grade" or the severity of the regurgitation as determined by your physician. This is usually associated with moderate risk.

Please do not rely on your physician to "mention" it to you. On your next visit, I urge you to discuss ANY questions you may have about MVR.

Take care of yourself!

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NESARIAN 9/14/2012 8:55PM

    I would choose coconut milk also!

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Why the chocolate didn't melt....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

So I asked myself (2 nights ago) just before I fell asleep whle eating a chocolate Dove bar, why isn't the chocolate melting?

Well, I figured out my mouth was cold from eating a frozen banana....

Also, when I went to sleep I had eaten only 2 squares, but when I woke up hours later the whole candy bar was gone...so apparently I was "sleep eating." However, I think it all ended up in my hair and on my nightgown.

Oh, sweet mysteries of lfe!

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MERRYMARY42 9/13/2012 4:33PM

    well, that is one thing, I don't think I ever did, eat in bed, do you go to bed to read? or watch tv, and then the eating, I have chewed gum in bed and it landed in my hair, but never chocolate, but never say never right? emoticon

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FRAN0426 9/13/2012 2:17PM

    Oh my goodness, what a mess of chocolate in your hair and nightgown.

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MSLZZY 9/13/2012 7:23AM

    Should I say "what a waste of good chocolate" or "better
outside than inside"? LOL!

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PATTYKLAVER 9/13/2012 6:45AM

    Thanks for sharing that. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who falls asleep eating something.

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Death by Chocolate?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I fell asleep while eating a small chocolate Dove candy bar. I remember saying to myself, "I wonder why it isn't melting?

The next thing, it was midnight and I woke up with chocolate all over my nightgown and even in my hair. Good thing I didn't choke on it.

The moral of the story: Don't eat in bed!!!

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1MANKNEY 9/21/2012 11:50PM

    What a way to go! Chocolate! Yummy! emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/12/2012 10:07AM

    That would be scary!

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MCGS62 9/12/2012 9:06AM

    but that would be my second favorite way to go --in bed that is

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MERRYMARY42 9/11/2012 9:00PM

    I have only done it with gum, and I did not learn the first time, it took me several times to figure out, that when I fall asleep, my mouth falls open, hence gum falls out, and usually ends up in my hair, but I did learn, I do not do that any more, in fact I do not chew gum. maybe, that is why I learned my lesson. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 9/11/2012 5:30PM

  Yes, but better on your clothes than in your mouth, I guess!

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SLEEPWALKING 9/11/2012 5:21PM

    It is amazing you are still with a sense of humor, going threw all that you did, knee surgery I hear is very painful.l I have a friend in Michigan who had both knees replaced.I like your blog death by chocolate.

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MRFUZZ 9/11/2012 5:15PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has ever done that! You made me giggle. emoticon

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Chronic headache? It's there again...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I was able to sleep a good 8 hours last night (the night before slept only 2 hours) but woke up with a pretty bad headache. My coffee hasn't kicked in yet and so by the time I get to work it might be gone.

Gotta run and take all my meds and don't be late for work like yesterday.

Have a wonderful day!!! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/9/2012 8:28PM

    heres hopeing your headache vanishes quicky

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MILLISMA 9/8/2012 8:13PM

    Hi Teddy,

I've been up in Maine since dad was in the hospital and was not on spark. Hope that headache went away. I find that sometimes coffee is the best thing for me also.

hugs...Mary Anne

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MSLZZY 9/5/2012 5:06PM

    Take care-hugs!

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MCGS62 9/5/2012 8:57AM

    I hope it goes away quickly !!

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KBTYLER 9/5/2012 8:23AM

    Im so sorry to hear about your headaches. My daughter has Chronic headaches too. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 9/5/2012 7:45AM

  you can do it good luck with the headaches

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Blood pressure, headaches, etc.

Monday, September 03, 2012

I am still having occasional chest discomfort. In the hospital, NTG (nitroglycerine) helped relieve it, but they did not send any home with me.

The headaches are pretty much all the time and I think are related to sinus congestion (pollen allergies) and TMJ as the pain seems to be pretty well over the head and sometimes centered on temples. I have also gotten headaches from neck spasms and my neck has been more sore lately with occasional spasms.

My admitting doctor on Thursday questioned what I was taking the Tegretol XR for and I told her it was for trigeminal neuralgia. That's another cause of jaw and temple pain.

Anyhow, I did feel well enough to exercise Friday and Saturay. Am going to the gym today and plan to swim in addition to doing 10 minutes on the stationary bike and 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Am going to make an appointment with my internist this week for follow-up after short hospital stay. Hopefully, she will be able to sort out things and make some suggestions (in addition to losing weight and adhering to low sodium diet).

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MSLZZY 9/4/2012 9:45AM

    Hope those issues can be resolved. HUGS!

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UMUCGRAD 9/3/2012 7:30PM

    Hope all is well soon! It's awful to feel badly for so long.

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NELLJONES 9/3/2012 4:22PM

    Be careful!

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MARILYNS66 9/3/2012 1:27PM

    Sorry to hear how you are feeling - it is tough when we are not at our best. I was in terrible pain for about 18 months before the docs were able to diagnoze it - was given 3 bouts of very strong meds to clean up the infection and was told I needed to see a surgeon to have the problem surgically fixed. The thought of it made me sick so I prayed about it - after the 3rd meds were complete I had to wait for 15 days to see the surgeon - low and behold the infections did not come back, he agreed with me that I was not a canditate for surgery due to the radiation I had 10 years ago but looked at the problem and announced that I was healed. Have not had that pain for over a month and am so grateful

Have faith, you will get through this and with the changes you make in your eating and exercising will help a lot to improving your situation

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MAHGRET 9/3/2012 1:23PM

    Take care of yourself!

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