If This Is What I Get For Going to the Doctor..........

  1. ...........I think I'd just as soon take another year off from getting checkups!:angryfire

    I spent all of 2005 bouncing in and out of doctors' offices, hospitals, and the ER with one ailment or another. Then last year I got cellulitis twice, but that was it---I didn't get a single cold, stomach virus, bout with bronchitis, or kidney stone. Instead of being off work for over six weeks altogether, I missed only six DAYS. In the middle of all this I've managed to lose 40 pounds and get back into good enough shape to climb stairs without getting winded, plus I'm doing the garden and yard work that I love once again.

    But knowing that I am getting older and the stress I've been under for several months has taken its toll, I decided to be 'good' and go for a checkup a month ago, and it's been Hell ever since. The blood pressure has shot up again, as has my blood calcium and PTH (parathyroid surgery is in my near future, alas). The other day I had a migraine so bad that it literally scrambled my brains---I even thought I might be having a TIA---I was dizzy, my vision was totally blurred, and I was so confused I didn't know whether to scratch my watch or wind my butt.

    Then there's this right leg of mine. I had cellulitis in it twice, and after the last go-round about eight months ago, it never really healed right.........it's been a dull red, warm, and sometimes when I've bumped it, I had to bite my lip to keep myself from screaming. Not only that, there are times it aches ferociously for no obvious reason, both while I'm up and about AND at rest.

    Today I felt particularly grouchy and complained about it to my PCP, who promptly ordered a D-dimer, which almost as promptly came back positive, which makes one highly suspicious for DVT. I'm having an ultrasound done Monday, and after that I'll probably get to visit Coumadin Country for awhile, if not Lovenox Land. It's pretty scary---for months now I haven't been able to stand having that leg even touched, and my hubby used to give me leg rubs along with my massages. If I do have a clot, and if part of it had been dislodged..........well, we all know what happens then, don't we?

    That's why, when I'm through with all of this, I'm NEVER going back to the doctor again.:uhoh21:
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  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from mjlrn97
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    Today I felt particularly grouchy and complained about it to my PCP, who promptly ordered a D-dimer, which almost as promptly came back positive, which makes one highly suspicious for DVT. I'm having an ultrasound done Monday, and after that I'll probably get to visit Coumadin Country for awhile, if not Lovenox Land. It's pretty scary---for months now I haven't been able to stand having that leg even touched, and my hubby used to give me leg rubs along with my massages. If I do have a clot, and if part of it had been dislodged..........well, we all know what happens then, don't we?

    That's why, when I'm through with all of this, I'm NEVER going back to the doctor again.:uhoh21:
    I do. (know what happens).

    A year ago Jan. I was told by one doc I had a pulmonary embolus, and the other one who read my CT said I didn't. So every ache and pain and catch and etc. I get really scared. Stupid doctors. Stupid getting old. {{{{{{{{mjl}}}}}}}}}}]
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I know how you feel. And when we are young most pains do go away with time.
    Now we nurses know not to "let it go" or use "tincture of time".

    Still after doing so well all this is discouraging.

    Bless you! And feel better soon.
  5. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Dear mjl,

    Just wanted to send you a cyber:kiss :icon_hug: and let you know I'll be saying a prayer for you. I'm sorry you are going through all of this right now. I strongly believe the ol' saying.."When it rains, it pours." Then, it seems the sun shines brightly until the next storm comes around. The sun will shine again soon, so hang in there. Take care of yourself.

    KOT
  6. by   caliotter3
    I agree with the opinions of the OP. I've been going to the doctor ever since I got lucky and got some hlth insurance. Now I'm coming up with this and coming up with that. I prefer my previous stance of ignoring everything. Unfortunately, when you end up plopped out cold on the floor and they call the EMTs on you, you're caught. Just a few days ago, I took myself to the ER. I know I'm going downhill when I take myself to the ER. Thought processes are dimininishing.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from caliotter3
    I agree with the opinions of the OP. I've been going to the doctor ever since I got lucky and got some hlth insurance. Now I'm coming up with this and coming up with that. I prefer my previous stance of ignoring everything. Unfortunately, when you end up plopped out cold on the floor and they call the EMTs on you, you're caught. Just a few days ago, I took myself to the ER. I know I'm going downhill when I take myself to the ER. Thought processes are dimininishing.
    Ain't THAT the truth!!! My staff was fawning all over me yesterday until I was ready to scream---they took my blood pressure like 6 times, and made me drink some gawdawful concoction made from chamomile and CATNIP (!) that's supposed to bring it down (I hate to admit it, but it did: from 212/120 to 184/100).

    Yeccccccchhhhhh. At least now I'm on some new BP meds that ought to help...........anything's better than that catnip tea!!
  8. by   tencat
    Quote from mjlrn97
    made me drink some gawdawful concoction made from chamomile and CATNIP (!) ).
    Well, Marla, I'd hate going to the doctor too if I was going to a VETERNARIAN! Catnip? Intriguing.....

    I hope everything turns out ok for you.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ((((Marla))))) You have had a really trying year, ups and downs enough to make even me dizzy. Thinking of you....
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    ((((Marla))))) You have had a really trying year, ups and downs enough to make even me dizzy. Thinking of you....
    Yes, and it's only April........

    It will all be OK in the end, I'm certain of it. Even though it looks like I picked the wrong year to try to wean myself off the last ten milligrams of Paxil, I've been able to stay out of the fog and despair of clinical depression......I'm still experiencing many different emotions on a daily basis, but I'm NOT depressed.

    I guess it's because I have lived long enough to know that this, too, shall pass, and because I can still find enough joy in daily life to tide me over: the softness of my 20-month-old grandson's smooth cheek against my wrinkly one as he hugs me tight; the promise of a sunny early-spring afternoon; the satisfaction of a good day at work; the love I can see in the eyes of my husband of many years. The trials my loved ones and I have been going through only make me realize all the more how very fortunate I am, and how much the Lord has seen fit to bless me with.

    Thank you all for caring........your friendship, too, is one of my blessings.:spin:
  11. by   UM Review RN
    Marla, I hope you're feeling better soon.

    Maybe we should start a support group? We can call it:
    The Occupational Liason for the Development of Friendships Among Relatively Tired Sisterfriends.

    For short, The O.L.D. F.A.R.T.S. Society
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Marla, I hope you're feeling better soon.

    Maybe we should start a support group? We can call it:
    The Occupational Liason for the Development of Friendships Among Relatively Tired Sisterfriends.

    For short, The O.L.D. F.A.R.T.S. Society
    ha ha very funny Angie!
  13. by   ertravelrn
    Marla.........thinking I am fixin to make the same mistake you did...I am going to be seeing my dr this week.......I think this is how I know I am getting old...I know they will find something, and not something that is fixed in the short term, but in the long term
    I am ready for the O.L.D. F.A.R.T.S. Society
  14. by   CseMgr1
    Marla,
    You sound like my sister. Just the other day, she was told by her PCP that she needed to see a Gastroenterologist ASAP, for he suspects that she has Barrett's Esophagus. In the meantime, what few teeth she has left are literally falling out of her mouth, and she's already spent over $4,000,00 on dental work during the past year. It doesn't help that she has no access to health insurance and has no hope of getting any until she turns 62 and becomes eligible for Medicare (she just turned 60 in March). When it rains, it pours....

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