- I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Dizzy, My Head is Spinning!
The last two weeks I was scheduled to work 4 days a week. I found out today that I am not up to that. I got severe dizzy spells, chest tightness and short of breath. When one works in a clinic and mentions a twinge of tightness in the chest, one ends up with a ton of blood work, an electrocardiogram, and chest xray. All in all, my blood count was a bit low, my ECG was normal for me, xray normal. I was told that I was exhausted and or it could be another prelude to a migraine and go home. I felt so foolish. I am that magic age when things go awry, and given my history, it would be no surprise. Heart attacks have different signals in women than in men and I guess it's okay to be cautious. Maybe I am just coming down with a cold. Hmmmm.