Date: 10:00 AM EDT Friday 12 June 2020
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Dew point: 6.1°C
Wind: W 31 gust 41 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
1820 – 1903
The effect of this phenomenon seems to be cumulative.
Dear Maggie and friends…sometimes a “little” bit of knowledge is not necessarily a good thing. Having been a Registered Nurse since 1972…I have seen and learned a lot. A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I needed to see my Primary Care Physician….I had been having increasing pain in my mid-left area of my back, which was new. Usually, I deal with lower back and hip pain, and have had several different types of injections..either in facets ( between the discs), or rhizotomy’s…they use radio frequency or cauterizing of nerves to relieve pain. Anyhow, the upper back pain on the left was different. Some history: 3 years ago, I was at work, and began to feel some sharp, epigastric pain. I thought my salad for lunch had upset my stomach…after a couple of hours, with no relief, I drove myself to the hospital ER. Long story short…I was in surgery early evening for a thoracic aneurysm repair. Several days in ICU, then home, with another new diagnosis, A-FIB.
Anyway, my PCP ordered a CT scan, with and without contrast. Guess. What? I have a new thoracic aneurysm, 5.7cm x 8.7 cm. Grant you, my doctor has not called. Mikey went and got me a copy of the report and a CD of the images. So, first thing Monday, I will call my vascular surgeon,and get direction from him. It pisses me off that , I, as the patient, have to take care of this stuff….the doctor should be doing it. This is what is so very wrong with health care here. What if I didn’t know what needs to be done? I am sorry to unload on all of you, but I really needed to vent. I am trying not to be crazy concerned…but since I lost my 44 year old son 2 1/2 years ago from a pulmonary embolism, I am just a tad worried. I guess I got some lemons instead of lemonade. My message to all of you. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! If something doesn’t feel right, act on it. Again, thank you all for listening. Xxoo Margarett
Margarett, that sounds so scary! Thank goodness you have all that experience, and are taking steps to make sure you get the care you need! You are so right, listening to our bodies is very important. If this were me Monday could not come soon enough!
Your message is a very good one: “If something doesn’t feel right, act on it.”
Stay safe dear friend!