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Specialist Visits and Surgery

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hello dear Spark Friends,

I am writing this in the middle of yet another heatwave here in Adelaide. I don't know if we are going to break any records or not - I just want this heat to be over!!! Today's forecast is 37 deg C and tomorrow's is for 38 deg C (around 100 F). It seems that March is more of a Summer than Autumn month in this neck of the woods... I have had 3 lots of heat rashes since my return from the Kangaroo Island holiday. And now, in the last few days I have come out in a number of boils, and they are no fun either.

The Allodynia makes my skin so much more sensitive to everything and anything so I have literally been hibernating and trying not to move as any rise in body temperature is enough to bring on the rashes. It's the same with exposure to sun, even in the early morning, or any perspiration, which was the case with the second lot when it was just so hot in our bedrooms at night and the fans were just blowing hot air.

The only times I have ventured out lately is to assist Mum with some shopping or to accompany her to appointments with either our GP or the heart specialist. Mum has had ongoing blood pressure problems and when she had a 24 hour BP monitor on in December, had readings as high as 220/100. Even though the last couple of readings with the heart specialist and GP have been much better, at 140/80, the specialist recommended that Mum have a renal denervation procedure done.

The indication from the specialist, who is actually the person doing the procedure, was that this would most likely take place around the end of the month, and Mum would receive a phone call from Cardiology later this week.

As it turned out, Mum had a phone call the following day (Thursday) asking her to go to Cardiology on Friday. Mum did so, and came home with another BP monitor which had to be fitted for 24 hours, and the news that the procedure will actually be done tomorrow! Had it not been a public holiday here today, I suppose it might even have happened today. I fitted the monitor for Mum on Friday night and she was very relieved to finally be able to remove it on Saturday night. Yesterday the lady from Cardiology came to collect it and was then on her way into work to send the information to the United States.

The Cardiology unit in South Australia is working with them to produce a study in the hope of one day making this procedure available under the Medicare system. The idea of the procedure is to laser the nerves around the renal glands that produce hormones that increase blood pressure, and that those who have this done will eventually be able to come off BP medication. Mum is fortunate to qualify as she is under the cut off age by a couple of years. Our GP has heard of this procedure being done in Victoria, but I'm not sure how long that has been the case.

We need to be at the admissions centre at 11 am tomorrow morning and Mum will have the procedure sometime in the early afternoon. All being well she will be discharged around 11 am or so on Wednesday. I have everything crossed that all goes well and the procedure does indeed work for Mum so that she can get to the stage where she no longer needs BP or diuretic medication.

If you would be so kind, dear friends, please remember my Mum in your prayers.

Please forgive me for being tardy in getting to your own blogs at the moment...I will attempt to catch up as soon as I am able.

Love, hugs and blessings to you all,



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    I've only just read this Nattacia. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mother. emoticon
    1860 days ago
    I am also sending a prayer for both of you. The B.P. procedure sounds very interesting.
    1871 days ago
    1871 days ago
    Hope all goes well with your Mom and you get some relief with the weather and your health soon! Take care and keep us posted on how you both are doing when you can. emoticon emoticon
    1871 days ago
    emoticon Sending up prayers for both of you.
    1871 days ago
    By now your mum should be over the operation and hope and pray she is doing well.
    Our climate is snow and cold in the winter, rain and heat in the summer, so we go from heating with oil, to air conditioner in the summer. Just can't win. When it is cold we want it warm, and when it is warm we want it cold. New England has everything, but it last too long when it gets here. LOL
    1871 days ago
    Keeping you both in my prayers!
    1871 days ago
    Prayers for your mother and for YOU. With the skin rashes and boils I hope you're on some antibiotics, I have had a recurring boil and it is incredibly painful. So kuddos to you to keep yourself going ....
    this procedure your mom is getting sounds very cutting edge, never heard of it hear in the US... so definitely prayers for a great outcome and that both of you are much healthier in the weeks to come.
    1871 days ago
    Wow Nattacia! That's an amazing story about your mum. I didn't know the United States and Australia worked together like this. Amazing! I will be praying for your mum to do well tomorrow AND I pray that you will find some relief form your affliction since it sounds very miserable. I am sorry. From our talks, you sound like a very kind person and I feel sad about your pain. Take care. Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1871 days ago
    Sending hugs and prayers to you and your mum
    Nattacia. I hope that everything goes well for her.
    I don't envy you in that heatwave. We had enough
    hot weather to last us now we have rain every day.
    I will send some to cool you off. Thinking and
    praying for you both. emoticon
    1871 days ago
    Sending hugs and well wishes to you and your mom she will be in my prayers today. Sorry about your rashes also. here in the us the temp is supposed to be a cool 30 to maybe 40 in march is it still winter saturday it was 60 i was hot in a sweatshirt in winter lol. crazy weather here too wishing both of you the best.
    1871 days ago
    HI Nattacia, good luck to your Mum. Doesn't sound good what is happening to you at the moment. Yes I am also sick of the heat, it has gone on long enough. We have 39 C today and hotter tomorrow. Bring on winter.
    1872 days ago
    best wishes to your mother. do hope it all works out for her. as for your heat wave, right now in the middle of usa we are getting dumped on with 9 inches of snow and still falling and winds were up to 40 mph. maybe if we combined our weather we'd both be happy?
    1872 days ago
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