Being sick makes me lose all track of time, it seems. I can not believe that it has been almost two months since my last blog. I have been ill for quite some time now. It has been an uphill battle. One problem causes another problem which causes another problem and so on and so forth. All of this has caused me to fall into a deep depression. Depression on top of mental and physical illnesses and you have a woman who has lost all sense of time. I seem to lose days, weeks, and apparently months at a time.
Happy sick Thanksgiving
There has been a stomach virus going around where I live that has caused the ER’s to become overloaded. Hubs and I spent Thanksgiving with our sons’ family. I found out while we were there that one of the family members was sick with the virus. Several other family members who had been there that day later developed symptoms of the virus. I also got the virus. As my luck would have it, the virus caused my gall bladder to stop working. Consequently, I have been sick since Thanksgiving day.
One thing always leads to another
In September the doctor diagnosed me with an arrhythmia. My heart rate was dropping below 50 beats per minute on a daily basis. The low heart rate was causing me to pass out. A sonogram showed that inflammation on the walls of my heart caused the bradycardia. My PCP ordered extensive blood work to attempt to determine the cause of the arrhythmia. Labs determined that I also have an autoinflammatory disorder. The labs also determined that my RF factor was high, which is an indication of rheumatoid arthritis.
Disappointment leads to more disappointment
Late October I saw a doctor at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. I was under the impression that I was seeing a neurosurgeon. I have Cervical Spinal Stenosis due to 5 bulging discs and one herniated disc in my neck. The damaged is from a mass of arthritis. All of this is causing severe nerve issues throughout my body. My primary care physician changed the doctor I was seeing to a rheumatologist. She thought that since my RF factors came back elevated, arthritis located in my neck was rheumatoid. I waited eight months for this appointment. I’m sure you can imagine my disappointment when I arrived. Obviously, it wasn’t what I expected.
How fast does your blood replenish anyway
The doctor asked numerous questions. A second doctor asked numerous questions, as well. The doctor ordered nine tubes of blood to be drawn. This surprised the lab technician. He even jokingly commented, “Wow! What all are they testing you for?” He then chuckled. I had no idea, of course. As it turns out, it was a good thing they drew all of that blood. Negative for rheumatoid arthritis. Yay! Unfortunately, all of my liver levels came back elevated. Very much not yay! More blood work. Negative for all Hepatitis. Yay! Unfortunately, all of my liver levels came back elevated. A complete abdominal sonogram showed fatty liver disease. More blood work. My cholesterol and triglycerides results came back positive. Once again, my liver enzyme levels came back elevated.
Steroids are not my friend
Now, I eat a diet free of fried foods and I do not eat a lot of fatty foods. I do not eat fast food nor do I add condiments or sauces to my foods. When I am able, I walk a mile and a half. I am not sedentary except when I am unable to move, of course. I am 5’4″ and weigh 260 pounds. Of course, inflammation causes swelling. I have to take prednisone to reduce the swelling. The steroids have caused me to gain 60 pounds this year. No matter what I do, I can not lose weight. On the other hand, I can not keep from gaining weight when I take the steroids.
Sick and tired
So, here we are back to the dying gall bladder, which causes nausea every day. It also causes other ailments that people do not like to talk about. Being sick all the time causes exhaustion. It is not an excuse for not blogging, but it is a legitimate reason. I am going to try to blog more often. I will add a reminder to my calendar. Blogging helps me fight the depression, so I am not sure why I do not do it more often. Life gets in the way, I guess.