My Personal Biography - Explaining my Absence
A Little Stress
An Explanation of my Absence from Hubpages
I have missed everyone on Hubpages and have only been on line briefly over the past couple of weeks. It reminds me of the comment that you do not know what might happen when you wake up on any given day. This is a bit long, but it only represents less than two weeks of my life.
The Good Part of the Story
I have not written very often about how I feel about things in my life. I have written about some things, such as having lupus, and others know I grew up in alcoholism, plus a few other things as well. Anyway, life was grand for a moment there. My husband and I purchased a brand new car; it is a Honda Accord in a cranberry color. It is beautiful to us. We saved long and hard to have a hefty down payment, and our old car was 13 years old.
Atlanta - Rheumatologist Visit
Shortly thereafter I had to travel to Atlanta from Jacksonville to see a rheumatologist specialist. I apparently have a new connective disorder, which is a type of bone problem that has appeared over the past few months. They do not have an exact diagnosis yet as connective disease disorders often have no particular test. They rely on x-rays, which look like I had psoriatic arthritis, but I do not have psoriasis. Due to other medical problems, I cannot take many medications, so my doctor set me up with a medication that I inject twice a week for 12 weeks. When I found out the co-pay was $5000! I almost fell out of the chair.
However, I was put into some type of chronically ill category and our income was low enough to qualify for assistance. It is not so low that we have ever had government assistance for anything, but we are retired, so it is lower than when we were working. The end result was Medicare paid for part of the medication and I went in and out of my Medicare gap in one day. The good news for me is I am now in my catastrophic gap, which means I only have to pay five percent for medicine for the rest of this year.
Percutaneous coronary Intervention stenting
Heart Disease in Women - Surprise!
Two day after I returned from Atlanta I was scheduled for a chemical treadmill test as I was limping most of the time due to the bone problem and using the treadmill was not possible. When I arrived they started the test, and then, did an EKG. It looked so bad they immediately admitted to the hospital.
The next morning I had a cardiac catherization, and they put two stents in my artery for the left ventricle. I only had discomfort twice and thought it was indigestion. This is an important message to women and I have written a hub some time ago on women and heart disease. If they had they not accidentally found this blockage, I would have probably had a major heart attack within a few months and died. I figure God is not through with me yet!
I was awake during the procedure just receiving a little bit of some relaxation medication. When you have stents put into your heart, you are given a lot of blood thinner, so they leave the tubes in your groin for a couple of hours to prevent bleeding. Also, you must lie still. Almost two hours had passed and my husband, mother and sister were sitting in my room on the sofa when the nurse came in to check me again. This time I was bleeding, a lot!
When they told me my EKG was not good, I was definitely nervous. As I spent a couple of decades as a cardiac nurse I knew when it meant when the T waves were inverted. I though, "Aren't I too young for this to be happening?"
I had to go sit in a waiting area to wait and speak with the doctor, and a lovely soft spoken black lady had her Bible open to Psalm 91, which has a lot to say about not living in fear. This particular Psalm was one that I read a lot frequently during a difficult time in my life. I had not read it in a long time, but this sweet lady talked to me without knowing what my problem was and my fear was just gone. I think God may put people in your path when you are in need.
Crisis to Healing
Suddenly the family was scooted out of the room, and three nurses were working hard to stop the bleeding. They press so hard on my groin that it was quite painful. Once nurse gave me a delightful IV drug called Dilaudid. I had never had this drug before, but it almost instantly lightened the pain. They held pressure for several minutes and at some point put a dressing and clamp on the groin area. I had to lie still for a total of hours, which was not what I consider a good time.
My hemoglobin dropped 3 points, which indicates a significant blood loss. Before the procedure they had also given me some IV cortisone as I have had some adrenal gland problems due to long term prednisone use. Due to these complications, I was kept in the hospital a couple of extra days, and my poor husband was frantic much of the week with me in the hospital, and he also had to care of my 89 year-old mother. When I did get home I didn’t feel well for a few days, but it has been two weeks now, and I am feeling much better. I have also had my second injection of the new medicine, but it is too soon to know if it will work.
I admit I was also a little scared during the bleeding event, but even then I realized these nurses were very professional, and they knew exactly what they were doing. I just knew fairly quickly that it was going to be okay.
As If We Needed More
As if these problem were not enough, my husband was driving our new car on the interstate, and a rock flew from somewhere and cracked the windshield. The car still had the new car smell. This was not supposed to happen! Of course, it is repaired and fine now.
Then, last and I guess least problem, our microwave quit working. We now have a new microwave installed over the stove.
Love Conguers All
Attitude is Everything
It seems things happen in groups, both good and bad. Keeping the faith and a positive attitude will get you through all the bad times. My biggest problem now is the fact that I am taking a blood thinner, so I have a few extra bruises. Otherwise, I survived what could have been a life disaster. Material things can be fixed and replaced. I had the people I love dearly there for me, and I’ve been pampered since I got home. What more could I ask?
© 2013 Pamela Oglesby