Monday, August 14, 2006

All Pink and Beautiful

DeAnna is doing well post liver transplant. She is so beautiful with such beautiful white skin and eyes. What a beauty. Her mom and dad are just beaming right now.

Still Sick and Tired

Well, I did get my test results back from the doctor about a 1 1/2 weeks ago. He said I don't have pnuemonia, but I do have 68% reactive lymphocytes on my blood work. This indicates I have an infection of some kind. My 2nd mono test came back negative again.

Doc asked if I was still having fevers. Yes! "Are you still taking Advil?" Yes! "Oh." Finally, he told me that he "thinks" I caught Charlie's virus which gave him mono, but for some reason, I'm not converting to mono, which is some sort of atypical cell in the blood work. The doc said that he would call this "viral syndrome," whatever that is. So I asked him what the plan of action would be. He told me that I should come back in 2 weeks if I'm not feeling better.

Still not feeling better! I don't have the fevers anymore, but I still have aches and pains all over with a large headache. I'm still taking 6 advil a day, and well, my stomach does not thank me for that right now. Eeewww...

Tomorrow the 2 week time frame is up, and well, there is no way I can get into to see him before we leave on our annual expedition to visit Charlie's grandma and my grandma in North Dakota. Advil does make me physically feel better, but I'm still so very tired. I'm booked all day long in meetings at work, and well, there is no getting out of them.

A new symptom I have now is that my lymph glands are all swollen and hard and actually hurt to touch. Maybe this time I would test postive for mono? Oh, who am I kidding? That would be too easy.

On a positive note, I'm so very excited to see my dear Grandma Eve who is living in her own home at 87 and still drives her car (only in town). I hope this won't be my last visit with her though. I guess I've always got that in the back of my mind. I still miss Grandpa Neil so much when we go there. It is so strange to walk in and not have him greet me with "Well, hello there honey! Come and give us a kiss! There's my Jen-eh. (in his Kentucky drawl) And of course, I couldn't leave out my dear Grandpa Gene on my mom's side. He'd always greet me by saying "Hi ya darlin'!"

I'm going to be so careful with not getting my Grandma sick. I don't want my virus to send her to the hospital. That would be horrible.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Happy Birthday to Lauren

My the resemblance of my siblings is least that is what other people say to us all the time.

L to R: Tim, Jen, Matt, Kristen, and Lauren

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired

Warning: rant ahead!

I've had a fever for 3 straight weeks. It started out as a super high 103.5 fever and then came down to 99.5-100 range. I had the high fever for 4 days, and then another 3 days of low grade. Off to the doctor I went, and he tells me it probably a virus and did bloodwork to make sure that I didn't catch my hubby's Mono. Turned out I didn't have mono. We assumed I'd just get better. That was the first week.

Then the second week, I developed a viral rash all over my body, which looked bad but didn't itch and wasn't raised. Still had the low grade fever with body aches, headaches, and general malaise. Called the doctor's office and his stupid MA tells me that "We don't do rashes. You'll need to see a dermatologist." All the while, I'm thinking that this rash is part of my illness, and I even tell her that. Still she sends me to the derm, and won't let me talk to my doctor. I'm pretty sure she thought I had prickly heat since we've been above 95 degrees for more than a week. I told her that I didn't have prickly heat, but she wanted to be a pain in the you know what. So, I go to the stupid derm, and the derm freaks out like a 14 year old high schooler at seeing how many moles/freckles I have on me. (I'm a red head!) After I put her in her place, I reminded her that I was there for the rash! UGH
She tells me that the rash is viral exanthem most likely caused by Fifths Disease. We end the 3 minute conversation, and she tells me it will go away on its own when the virus finally leaves my system. Meanwhile, I'm frustrated and still sick with a fever and now a rash and no def. diagnosis.

Well, here we are at week 3 of still having a fever and feeling like crap. Rash is now gone. I went to the doctor again yesterday, and well, now he is stumped. He isn't sure what is going on with me now. He ordered a chest x-ray and additional bloodwork, and I'm still waiting on those results. Doc thanked me for coming back. He was clueless that the MA had sent me to the derm for the rash. I guess the derm hadn't sent her report to him yet. So now the doctor is wondering if I have viral pneumonia, hyperthyroidism, or possibly a virus attacking my heart. While in the office, my resting heart rate was 120!!!!! WTF??????

All I know is that I've been eating 6 Advil a day for 3 straight weeks so I don't I feel like crap 100% of my days. I'm feeling very frustrated, and tired of what feels like the run around. All I want are some answers.

The one good thing is that DH took the kids up to our family cabin on the lake for the week. I'm alone, but at least I can be sick in peace. I'm longing for a good hug from my hubby, though.