Hi, my dear, supportive DC FAMILY!! It is wonderful to be home for a few days before I go back to the big city hospital (Wichita) for surgery!
Yes, surgery! And surprise, surprise, I EVEN didn't have a clue as to the REAL, BASIC, problem until they x-rayed my bad, left lung, verified that I had had many bouts of asthma, leaving large amounts of calcification strung through out it causing some of my difficlty of breathing and not walking to much— In the phone call-back of the tech reading my chest report, stated that there was something lower than the chest, so back into the room for another cat-scan of my abdomen, but it was nothing to do with my usual colon or even chest problems—-there was a large tumor on my left kidney!!!!! Well, now, even I was shocked!! Kidney???!! I absolutly had NO warning that my kidney was having ANY problems, no infections, no blood in the urine—-NOTHING, it was an ACCIDENT that they even found it and if I hadn't gone in bawling and shaking about this cold, cough, belly trouble, that was NOT adding up in MY book, let alone the DRs!!! They would not have scanned my chest and caught the corner of this mass!
So THAT is why my left side kept feeling like it was drawing—felt so full, aching clear up into my back under my left shoulder blade, it was NOT the lung, but this mass!! Now how lucky can that be??!! I am sure by the time that mass had started bleeding etc, it really would have been too late, but this way, they put me on oxygen, gave me an IV of Rochen and Vithromax to finish knocking out the rest of that "cold"—breathing treatments that really helped to clear out the rest of that mucous—my body just felt TOO TIRED to finish the fight, felt that TOO MUCH was being drained out of me!!! And it WAS!!! I rested between many tests, have been assurred by my surgeon that it looks 96 1/2% malignant, but it isencpsulated and doesn't look like it has spread yet, there is also a spot in that left lung that needs to be watched——-my dad had died of lung cancer and I had tried to be watchful of that lung, besides it bothers me so much, NOW I KNOW WHY!!
On this site we have discussed many times about our Drs not paying attention to our complaints, try to write us off, convince us that we do NOT know our own bodies! Well, I am here to tell you, LISTEN to your own BODIES! We know the nudges our bodies give us that "things aren't quite right" for whatever reason! Know yourself, then hang firm, not hatefully or they will turn you off——and keep trying to get through to the Drs,,, they are mostly good guys, just tired, and we all get so we don't want to be bothered by anything else—-anothersickpatient—or whatever——so may not really listen———but if you KNOW that something is wrong, gently , but firmly, INSIST! Till yOU feel comfortable with YOUR inner self that you have been listened to, THEN a diagnosis reached, working together—-
I am not bitter, just thankful that FINALLY the Drs are listening with a new respect——and I am in a better frame of mind by venting to you kind folks on this site and to FEEL accepted even if I have felt ONERY at times—-that is OK< IT is a sign that something is wrong and you had better ge on it! To feel that OTHERS DO LISTEN to me—-has been the very boost that I have long ,desparately needed!!!
More information for you kind folks, is—they have taken me off of Metformin (hard on the kidneys—-who knew????) and Lisinopril as my BP has FINALLY come down and I don't need it—-BP was 90/53 in the hosp. so that is ONE more pill gone from my little boxes!! Ha
I have to beoff ASPIRIN for 10 days as the veins to the kidneys are LARGE and they want NO chance of bleeding out—-then I go back in Sept 15th to have the left kidney and mass removed, should be in the hospital another 6 days—at least—they said—-then home!!! And NOW feel sure that I will feel even better than before—hahha—Well, I HAVE TO!! For pitiesake!!
I have so missed my friends here, could hardly wait to reconnect when I got home, I haven't even eaten dinner and here it is 1pm!! haha— I can eat better too, but my good habits of careful eathing are paying off, my BS went up to 201, they had something order if it went really high, but I was fortunate to NOT need it—-so BS were mostly 123—-160 and I even got juices to dring and I sure wasn't getting any exercise!! H A__BUt now I know better than to keep on the Bad Track, and am getting back on, am starting to walk again—so watch out folks, for my dust! Up there they said I was a "HOOT"! I loved it—-now I am a Hooter Miss Kansas!! hjah—Pat roth, Kansas—-getting cooler tooooo——
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