Monday, December 21, 2009
Today I went to the radiology center for the tests on my legs. I was quite relaxed, prayerful and hopeful and even tried to joke with the tech. I was determined that if attitude had anything to do with the results I would be well-prepared. In some ways the results were worse than I had hoped and yet they were better than they could have been. The blood flow in my right leg is 58% what it should be, while it is 83% in my left leg. So while they are both bad, the left is better. I was able to read the monitor and although the tech said that it was not her job to discuss my situation, she did tell me that it could be treated and advised that I insist on seeing a vascular specialist in case my doctor suggested otherwise. She ended by saying that she is glad I didn't wait another six months before coming in. I felt some anger that this was not treated earlier. I routinely visit my doctor twice a year and I have always complained about my legs. Although they were not painful I have very visible veins and there were times when I would have swollen ankles and my feet were always cold. I was told to walk for 10 minutes every hour and elevate my feet while I sat, but never was there any mention of a test that would have measured blood flow. If I had continued to be sedentary it might have been too late before I found out since there is no pain when I am not moving. I truly feel cheated, but I also know that I cannot wallow in pity. If there is a way to make this work, I'll find it. I don't give up on myself that easy. Thanks to everyone who has sent their prayers and best wishes and shown concern. I truly appreciate it. I'll let you know how things progress, and maybe my situation might be an eye opener for someone else. Thanks everyone, and I'll let you know as soon as I know.