Friday, April 8, 2011

More Tests but it's all GOOD

What fun I had participating in my first "What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday"! Thanks to all the ladies that stopped by to see what I am working on. You can expect me to pop over to see your work soon;)

A HUGE thank you to Soraya from "A He{Art} Full Life". She sent one of her works of art for Lizzy's Benefit and it is BEAUTIFUL!! Please stop by her blog and say HI!!!

Here is an update on me....

So, I have had this breathing problem for 3 years now and it just keeps getting worse. I mean there are times I am gasping for air. If this weren't enough I am dizzy, too. Crazy dizzy. Not all the time, but several times a day. I can just be sitting on the couch and the room begins to spin and my stomach gets to feeling sooooo sick. It's really bad when I go up stairs, too. Most times I have to hang my head and rest just a bit and take a deep breath. Sometimes the dizziness overpowers me and I can't drive or even move...I feel as if the room is spinning wildly around me.

Needless to say I have been worried...not just because of these symptoms but because last year during a CT scan they found a mass on my lung. Anytime you hear the word mass you think of cancer, right?

We didn't have health insurance at the time {we are self-employed} so me being me refused to see the doctor {even though I was referred to a pulmonalogist immediately}. Here it is a year later, we have insurance and I saw Dr. Caruso at last. He is wonderful!

I spent 45 minutes doing a variety of breathing tests to see how much oxygen was in my lungs. I did pretty well which kind of surprised me. The test wore me out though and I found myself trying to catch my breath the rest of the day. So here is where I am now...

I go back in May for MORE TESTS. Lots more. Dr. Caruso is certain the "mass" is an old infection that has calcified...that was a relief. However, I have a whole host of other problems now...but I feel oddly calm about it all. Here is what I'm looking at....

*echocardiogram {i have nearly all the symptoms of having mitral valve prolapse}
*CT scan of my head {to rule out a tumor}
*CT scan of lungs {even though they look healthy something could be hiding}
*blood work
*thyroid check
*thyroid check of my tumors {i have had thyroid tumors most of my life-all benign as far as know}
*having our water at the house check {long story, but the Doc says could be water, buying a BRITA today}
*a few other things...can't think of them now. {i think they just want to rule out everything!!}
The bottom line is Dr. Caruso doesn't know exactly what is going on. Obviously something is making it hard for me to breathe and I am fatigued easily and making me dizzy. Like I said a bit ago...I feel calm about it all and know I am going to be okay.

I just know it.
I do.

Girls, you all mean the world to me. Your kind comments, your sweet thoughts...all of you are so very talented. Keep on writing and creating and supporting one another!!!

This weekend is a fun one. We have a dear friend stopping by on Monday so we'll be sprucing up our home this weekend. It's also our church Open House on Saturday then Date Night with Dave. Hoping to see a movie. In between all that I can hear my Art Journal calling my name:)

What are you doing this weekend?


  1. I think it's the not knowing that can drive one crazy. It is good you are on the path to finding answers. Thinking of you!

  2. Very glad you are now able to have the tests and start getting some answers.

  3. we are going through finding an answer for our little guy, and have been for many years now, so I can understand what you are going through...its very hard for us, as its obvious what is happening but no one can tell us why!!!I am jhoping that everything turns out for you and that its very soon you get some answers...also L...can yoy please send your address as I need to send you the little things I have made for Lizzy too...take care and thanks for popping by my blog and have a fabulous

  4. Hey Les!!! Thanks for the update, sorry to hear you are having these issues, but it sounds like the Docs are on the ball. Keep us posted and I will keep you in my prayers. :) My dad has been dealing with a severe case of vertigo, makes him super dizzy, for years. Insist on some answers!

    Ps. Got some cards done, will be sending them your way soon! :)

  5. Hi Leslie! So glad you are taking care of you...Sending good thoughts to you--thanks for keeping us posted.


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