Jul 14, 2017

A diagnosis

that took three days and a full night in ER, something that should have been obvious from the symptoms, maybe one of the first things you look for, a condition that affects many people and is common .... but only after an echocardiogram, nuclear stress test, CT scan with dye, several ultrasounds of the lungs and legs for clots, an endoscopy, a few other tests with machines that are unknown to her, and a thwarted heart catheterization, it's her gall bladder.   I assumed they checked this and ruled it out but no, that test was after all the others.
 
Then she was having trouble breathing and called the nurse (a very good nurse as they all were) and after some research discovered that something in her IV was the cause.  Maybe mixed with the nuclear and dye injections, I don't know.  She was told in the lab that two of her meds cannot be taken for several days because of them.  It was handled and she is fine now.  She's decided to treat first before committing to surgery.  Since she has had such critical results to routine procedures, she is scared to death for even laparoscopic surgery.  We will wait and see after she is released this weekend with medication.  Her first episode with the gall bladder, and we hope the last, but time will tell.  If the surgery is absolutely necessary, she will consent and hope for the best.  General anesthesia could be life threatening with her weakened heart, she was told.
 
At least we have an answer!
Thanks for all your concern and best wishes.  You guys are the best.
 
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14 comments:

Margaret said...

That's just crazy that it took this long to diagnose -- and after so many wrong tests too. You have to wonder what they were thinking. I will continue to send good thoughts and prayers for Carole. And you -- don't stress too much!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! Scary stuff. Hope she is feeling better--so many tests!

C. M. Designs said...

I was told, the last time I saw my GP, that he is NOT affiliated with the hospital here in our town. He said there are specialists that would take care of me, if and when I needed to be in the hospital. I told him that that does not make me feel very secure.
Sounds like what Carole is experiencing. I hope she doesn't have to have surgery. It's a "crime" that she had to go through all of those tests to find out it's her gall bladder. A friend of mine is going to have that surgery. Don't know when.
She is so blessed to have your help.
I couldn't sit outside to stitch because of the mosquitoes. Am glad you can enjoy your swings and yard.
Prayers for Carole.
Charlotte in Va.

Annmarie said...

So sorry you are continually being pulled in so many directions and that all of you have to experience this. Thoughts and prayers will continue for all of you and that Carole is feeling better very soon.

CJ said...

Continues prayers for Carole and you.

CJ

Vickie said...

I am grateful they figured it out. I am praying.♥

Maggee said...

Wow--that was a lot of tests! How ridiculous they were mostly unnecessary, but each doctor has their own opinion. She can relax at home now, and hopefully the meds will work to relieve this condition. And YOU can relax too! You are a good sister! Hugs!

Robin in Virginia said...

Marly, thanks for the update on your sister. Praying the meds help and she has a restful weekend.

Karyn said...

I'm glad that they finally have a diagnosis, Marly. My sister had gallbladder trouble and she thought she was having a heart attack when it acted up the first time, eventually she had it removed, but hers was pretty bad. I am sending thoughts that the meds work and Carole finds fast relief, and that you can get some (I assume) much needed rest.
Thanks for the update.
Hugs

Kristen said...

Oh wow, that's a lot of testing to endure. Glad she has a diagnosis. I hope she won't need surgery.

Theresa said...

So glad that they found out what was wrong with Carole. All those tests, my goodness.
Sending prayers for a good outcome without surgery.

Barb said...

Glad to hear you finally have an answer. I know that gall bladder can be very painful. The Dr. thought my good friend's husband was having a heart attack. I sure wish Carole well, she(and you) have been through a lot.

Susan said...

Glad there is finally a diagnosis, although it's too bad she had to undergo all that before finding out. Hope it will resolve without her having to undergo surgery. Will keep good thoughts!

Barbara said...

Isn't it funny how they did all those "expensive" tests before finding out it was her gall bladder. Sometimes I think it's just a scam and they know what's wrong but they want money from the insurance company....hence tests you don't need.

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