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Archive for November, 2007

CA & CTS

Posted by --- on Friday 30 November, 2007

It’s been a strange week this week regarding my health. In fact it’s been a hard year all round!

 I was convinced this weekend that I had cardiac problems. The sensations I was having were so strange (I’ll try to describe them another time in detail). They started on Friday and continued regularly – often every second or so if I was moving about – but I tried to pretend that it was all OK and half persuaded myself that I was over-reacting due to the knowledge I had from nursing. I thought I was scaring myself so I didn’t ring up the GP until Monday and then booked in as a normal appointment. I got in two days later but the sensations had stopped that morning – typical! I knew that I still needed to check it as I knew what it was despite trying to tell myself otherwise. If it had been anyone else describing these symptoms to me, I’d have sent them to A&E for an ECG. My GP wasn’t very happy that I’d left it and told me that my diagnosis was right. He also told me that my blood pressure was too high and I should monitor it. He sent me for an ECG that afternoon- which looked normal, thankfully – and told me that if it happened again, I needed to ring as soon as I could to arrange a 24 hour tape so they can monitor it. It’s quite frightening when you think there is something wrong with your heart. I’ve looked after many patients with heart conditions and although I could understand and empathise, it’s not the same as experiencing it. At certain points after I’d made my GP appointment I even half thought that I might have an arrest! How scary is that?!

As I said in another post, I went to see the neurologist almost a fortnight ago about my numbness and pain in my hands and wrists. First of all I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome but not all of the symptoms matched. For instance, the pain and numbness affect my whole hand and often affecting my little finger up to the wrist first before spreading across my hand to the index finger and thumb.  I was sent for a nerve conductivity test to try to find out more. This is where they pass an electrical current through key nerves and measure the output. The sensation is very much like those exercise machines that you can buy but stronger – not pleasant but not painful either. I went today and  off showing normal results but just as she (very nice lady!) was finishing the tests, I threw in abnormal readings. She changed tactics and did further tests and concluded that I had atypical carpal tunnel syndrome. I am being referred back to my GP who will then refer me to someone else. Apparently it’s the fasted way. I’ll keep you posted.

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Neurologist

Posted by --- on Monday 19 November, 2007

Later this afternoon I had my hospital appointment with the neurologist  to see what’s wrong with my wrists. It was a stand in Dr who was probably fantastic but he was Dutch with a heavy accent and we struggled to communicate. He say’s that he agree’s with my previous diagnosis that it is nerve damage – well duh! – and I should go for a nerve conduction test that I should arrange. I did tell him that normally the clinic arrange appointements and referals for patients and not the patient which he accepted as he asked as soon as I went in about my nurse training. I don’t think I did manage to make him understand that I’d taken time out of my studies. In the end I went and got the HCA to arrange my appointment!

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b’day

Posted by --- on Wednesday 14 November, 2007

Well today is my birthday. It wasn’t what you’d call a great day. I had a homemade card of my daughter, nothing off either of my sons and S came back from work with a maccies, ate it standing in the kitchen and then went out to his mate’s house because he’d got a water leak.
I didn’t do much today. I planted up the rest of the bulbs that I could find, including some hyacinths which I think are too late for forcing. I emptied a couple of pots, dividing and replanting a pelargonium and a garden mum which are under the staging in the greenhouse.

Happy birthday me… 40th next year – ain’t that great.

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I’M A NAN!

Posted by --- on Wednesday 7 November, 2007

…..!!!!!

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