Thursday, March 12, 2009

U. P. O

This is a first for me, I'm off work on a medical leave until Monday. Having some weird leg pain and an ultrasound of my pelvis revealed "an object dorsal to the uterus 4cm x 3cm with arterial flow." On the left side is described a perfectly lovely little ovary so we aren't sure what this unidentified pelvic object is. I have had some severe pain in that region the last few days hence the ultrasound. The tech offered to do a bonus trans vag ultrasound which I declined; not wanting to be greedy. Well guess what? Hey, what could be more fun that drinking 40 ounces of fluid, not being allowed to pee and have a probe stuck into a very personal orifice?
I had labs drawn by my doctor that were almost normal but just not normal enough to send me to a rheumatologist on Friday morning. For now a couple of prescriptions are managing my pain effectively (and putting me to sleep for most of the day) and steroids are being considered but it's a little complicated because I would have to be weaned off of another medication so that plan is on hold. I'm on strict instructions to be "as inactive as possible just short of bed rest." This is no problem as it pretty much describes my baseline activity-wise.
So for now my days are a balance of "Yikes! The meds are wearing off!" to taking the meds and falling asleep until the next round. The Mr. is attempting to be my caregiver by not understanding anything I am explaining to him medically but jumping up and pushing me back down on to the couch every time I stand up to do something strenuous like get a glass of water.
For today I am watching television and catnapping as the medications kick in. I mentioned perhaps going to the library which caused the Mr. to gasp as though I had announced my intention to re-shingle the roof while I'm off. Tomorrow morning is the rheumatologist. I am relatively certain no one will be able to diagnose anything kind of like when my car makes a klooopigy sound until I get it to the mechanic. I'll drop you an update afterward. In the meantime, I think I'm due for another nap and thanking you in advance for your prayers which I know are there without my asking.
Love you guys; updates to follow.

Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
UPDATE: I saw the rheumatologist this morning who reached the conclusion that I am a "mystery" and probably fell down some stairs or something and that's why my legs hurt. She wants me to be very still and restful this weekend and then on Monday, if I feel better I should stop taking my medication and go back to work. Oh; and the final prognosis? Evidently I will very likely wake up one morning feeling perfectly well and we'll never know what happened.


Pat said...

Lucky for you that Dean is off this week and gets to practice some nursing skills on you.
Stay still, let him wait on you and we will trust the Lord for a good report. Dad and I (and others) are praying for you.
I would get you a book, but fear you have already ready every single one out there.

Trish said...

Take advantage of the Mr., let him cater to your every whim!
That Tech didn't offer to let you go potty before an internal ultrasound??? Mine did or I would've peed all over myself and her!!!
Feel better you and of course I am PRAYING!

Deb said...

My goodness Sara. This is not acceptable.

I am praying, of course!

...And hoping that you'll find some great old movies to watch while your dozing on the couch.

And take FULL advantage of the Mr.'s willingness to wait on you.
You deserve it - for one thing.
And you NEED TO BE RESTING - for another thing.

I can't wait to hear the good report - for I KNOW that God has you in the palm of His healing hand all the while working out all the details of your life!

Margie said...

praying! you want me to bring over Phyllis's collection of MGM Movie classics & frank sinatra movies, I'll let you borrow them! or better yet, Mac knows where i live, he can come get them.

Jada's Gigi said...

Yes, prayers ye shall have! Enjoy your drug induced how i envy you that...:) but not all the testing, pain and drs appts...yuck!

Stacy said...

Praying for you Sara...
Thankful that your husband is a servant!

Constance said...

Chronic pain is awful, spoken from someone who has dealt with their fair share of it. Being on 600mg of steroids daily is almost as bad as the problem. Rest and allow yourself to be taken care of. We women are the worst about that! Even though I am still recovering from my knee surgery 2 weeks ago, I have had moments where I have felt guilty. I gave myself a stern talking to and put myself in her place!

byhisgracealone said...

praying for you is comforting when the Mr. in my life takes over (he catered to my every whine after my surgery). Hope you feel better soon.