Wednesday, January 16

Doctor's Appointment

Posted by Leah
Well, the appointment took much longer than we thought (4hrs total from one appointment to the next one). We got into the appointment didn't have to wait too long before they called us. I must say the doctor we had was very good. She was concerned about what was going on and felt that we needed to see a colleague of hers. She told us we would have to wait a little bit because he was in with patients. She then treated us to tea; how nice!!!! Then her colleague came in. He began examining me. He was so concerned with hurting me he kept apologizing. He did some preliminary tests and without missing a beat had a diagnosis! He spoke to both of us answered our questions. They said that it is Costochondritis. Which is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone, or sternum.

While this can be a serious problem that indicates heart issues. I can say when I was in the hospital it was ruled out that there were any issues with my heart. However, this can also be caused by infection or complication of surgery on the sternum or injury to sternum. As you know I did flat line during surgery twice so this could have been the result of some of the pain. However, it does leave some questions unanswered for me because I had this pain before surgery as well. As I said it can be brought on by infection I did have a high fever the second hospital stay. I have more questions for them. I will be speaking with them Friday as I have to call back in about the medications they put me on. I have three that I am on and I also have to go to physical therapy as well. I am hoping that with all that they're doing I'll be out of pain and back to my self and having lots of fun.

Grace & Peace,

1 Comments of Appreciation:

Tina said...

I'm glad to hear that you now have a diagnosis. Hopefully with that and the meds. and PT you will be feeling much better very soon. Best wishes and keep us updated.


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