Saturday, 26 June 2010

apologies........

for not commenting on anyone's blog for a while and for having nothing to show but I've not been well. Initially started about 8 weeks ago with breathing problems and pressure feelings in my head so off I went to the GP to be told no, its not blood pressure or anything you're depressed/stressed/hyperventilating and having panic attacks (!!) so of course I figured he knew what he was talking about so trotted off with my prescription for PROZAC, which after about 10 days I had to stop taking as I had a reaction to it and worsening symptoms. Went to the out of hours DR who told me I WASN'T depressed, but I did have a stomach infection so put me on antibiotics but it just got worse so after 4 days with no sign of relief I went to A&E where they ended up admitting me, giving me triple dose antibiotics through a drip and doing some tests to tell me yes, I have high blood pressure which I should have been taking medication for, a stomach infection, a small tissue hernia and cellulitis, but they decided to leave the hernia as the op's too risky because of weight issues. Got discharged after 5 days only to come home and find the breathlessness never eased, in fact it got worse and I started swelling from the waist all the way down my legs/ankles. Went back to the GP who said it was just a side effect of the antibiotics so I'd to wait for it to settle, which could take weeks or months:( Left it another few days during which time I continued swelling, visibly putting weight on (12kg in 2 weeks) and barely able to take 2 or 3 steps without gasping for breath before going back to the out of hours DR who said I had water retention and trapped wind - yeah right lol trapped wind was not a problem. After he gave me more meds which didn't work and I suffered another week not being able to do anything and by now barely able to breathe at all my mum and hubby decided it was ambulance time lol - ended up spending another 8 days in hospital having loads of tests done to be told I'm NOT depressed, I DON'T have trapped wind - but did have water retention - lots of it because the problem is actually heart related!!!! Apparently my left ventricle isn't pumping as well as it should and my heart's a bit stretched. It appears that it may possibly stem from me having had high blood pressure while pregnant - but its not been checked in over 3 years! I certainly wasn't expecting that one but don't think its too serious as I've been started on some medication and am being referred to cardiology within 4 - 6 weeks to see where they're going to go from there - the water tablet they gave me is great though I've lost just over 3 stone since last saturday lol - have to laugh or I'll cry, cos as well as all this my washing machine's packed in on me and Darrell got told on Wednesday he's out of a job - it never rains ..............

8 comments:

gypsyrose said...

Hi Caroline,
so sorry to hear about the health problems you have been going through,
but glad they have found the real reason now, so hopefully will be able to get you feeling better soon. also hope Darrell will be able to get a new job soon, and a new washing machine, lets hope things will improve for you now.
take care big hugs
Mary

fairymadjo said...

hi hun,
omg you have been throw it :( sending you very big huggs jo x

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Oh so sorry to hear your plight, I think these GP's are mad, hope things get better for you and you feel well real soon! HUgs always! G

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Tried to post, hope all is well for some reason my post just disappeared off the screen! Take care and feel better real soon! Hugs always! G

Melanie said...

I hope you recover soon. What twits GPs are sometimes.

janicepooh said...

hope you gey well even you know i dont know you i sent my best wishes i would want people to do the same i also just started but get well soon love ya tootles

Organic-Healthy Lifestyle said...

hi, caroline. can't help but admire your artworks. sorry to hear about your health condition but i'm glad you're feeling better. 'hope everything will be OK especially about finding a job for darrell. i'm a newbie here, 'hope you'll visit my site, too, http://colostrumforgoodhealth.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

I hope you get well soon. I send my best wishes to you and speeding recovery.