Some of you may know this already, but I have registered really late for the Race for the Cure this year because I have been very ill. It started back in late October, 2016. What I thought was a simple allergic reaction to shrimp turned into an eight month ordeal. First visit to the ER I was put on steroids and inhalers. My condition worsened, I was treated for bronchitis, COPD and asthma. After many visits to various Doctors and Urgent Cares, a variety of mis-diagnosis and a series of medications, I started to retain excess fluid to the point that I no longer had ankle. I referred to them as cankels (calf to ankle); my stomach became distended. I was referred to a pulmonary doctor who ordered a Parenthesis, a procedure where a long hollow needle is inserted into the abdomen and fluid is removed. The first procedure 5.75 liters were removed, second procedure 6.25 liters. I just kept filling back up with fluid, I had had enough! Mike, my loving husband, took me to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital emergency room on July 2nd. I was admitted an all kinds of tests were run! Heart MRI, CT Scans, Ultra-sounds, another parenthesis, 4.4 liters, and blood work out the wazoo. My arms and stomach were bruised and sore from the injections and blood drawn. The day I entered the hospital I could only manage to walk a few steps without being out of breath. I needed assistance getting on the bed and back off. I was in a sad state. After all the poking and prodding they finally came to the conclusion that my heart was a little weak. The right side of my heart doesn’t pump hard/fast enough to draw fluid from my body and send to the left side of my heart for distribution. I’m currently on a different blood pressure medicine and Lasik’s to help keep me from retaining all the fluid again. But more importantly I FEEL GREAT!
So my point is, I wasn’t sure I would be able to participate in the walk this year. I am not fully recovered, still seeing a Cardiologist for more tests. I may not walk but I still feel the need to participate as the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is very important to me. Cancer has effected each and every one of us in some way. This is my way of giving back. I will volunteer for the Expo again this year.
Thank you for taking the time to ready this; it’s not cancer related but wanted everyone to know why I haven’t begged for donations yet. ;)
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