Saturday, April 28, 2007
Pericarditis "If you think something is wrong with you then there probably is"
So for any of you who have been around me for any amount of time know that I have not felt well since November. Yeah, November. That's a really long time to feel bad. An abscessed toothed and sinus infection after sinus infection were the initial things that were bringing me down. By January I was still not feeling well and felt short of breath most days, especially after working out or even cleaning house. It was not my usual shortness of breath. I say "usual" because I have occasionally/seasonally used an inhaler since I was little for wheezing. I was using my inhaler constantly and it did not seem to be doing anything. Long story short I have had a lung profusion, CAT scan of my lungs, x-rays, blood work done 4 times, and finally the internist I went to, Dr. Nathan Hall, decided I should have an EKG done bc surely the pneumonia that was not showing up in my lungs anymore would not be making me short of breath everyday. So after two "minute clinic" visits, going to my GP like four times, one emergency room visit, then an internist, finally leading me to a cardiologist bc my EKG came back abnormal. The cardiologist visit I had anticipated for a week and a half was Friday. I went to the cardiologist where he told me my heart sounded fine but he wanted to check everything so to be sure my shortness of breath, chest tightness, night sweats, and weight loss had nothing to do with the heart. So one more EKG , a 3D echo, and blood work here we come. Turns out that it looks like I have Pericarditis. What? Exactly. Inflammation of the sack around the heart. Good news to know what is wrong, bad news that they are not yet sure of the severity, cause, or if there is any scarring that will not heal. This means I might never have the full capacity of breathing that I once did. Which is slightly upsetting since I like recently discovered my like of triathlons and have a long term relationship with running. God is good and I know he will take care of me. Maybe this all happened so that I would have to slow down and draw closer to my Lord. That and have more time to BLOG of course. My doctors are suppose to get together to consult with one another at the beginning of this week and decide what needs to happen next. So please pray for the doctors who have been so committed to finding out what is wrong and for full recovery. I know only those who truly care for me have made it this far into my post, so THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!