My demeanor after the whole CT Scan for dyspnea must have sent my spirit plummeting through worry. I stopped my participation in the whole NaNoBloMo event at a mere five days ’til the finish line, that’s as bad as if my son would have quit the military at sixteen years and five stints in active war zones rather than tolerating a few more years to be eligible for retirement. I’m so glad he has more gumption than his Mom, because he just retired this year, after twenty-two years in military service.
I spent these last few days reading about hiatal hernias, trying to
convince myself that my problem is not something really serious. I learned that even though my hiatal hernia is considered minute, it just might be causing some of my post-mastectomy problems, like heartburn and shortness of breath, I’m being hopeful.
I did not hear back from my Oncologist to hear her thoughts about that spot on my liver, until I contacted her nurse on Tuesday. He told me that she was not concerned about the cyct-like nodule on my liver and that she is sure that everything is fine, BUT, SHE will phone me that evening to discuss her conclusion with me.
When she phoned, I thanked her but expressed continued concern with my shortness of breath and that I didn’t know where to turn next since my family physician seemed to be “frightened” to deal with my health issues anymore. I told her that maybe I needed a new family physician who might refer me to a lung specialist.
Dr. Theobald disagreed with me and said that she thought my breathing problems must be a result of a heart problem, ‘your lungs are fine and healthy’.
“But, the CT Scan showed that my heart was fine, didn’t it?” I queried.
“No,” she corrected me, “CT Scans are not going to show heart disease. I can refer you to a cardiologist. Let me think about this overnight and I will have Mark (her nurse) phone you tomorrow with the referral information.”
On Wednesday afternoon, after not hearing from the nurse regarding setup of an appointment with a cardiologist, I contacted him. Mark gave me the name of a cardiologist to whom Dr. Theobald referred me, “His office will be phoning you tomorrow or the next day, depending on the weather. If you don’t hear anything from them by Monday, call me and I will put another call in to them.”
So far, I have not heard anything from the cardiologist’s office. The weather was not bad yesterday, until after lunch time when this winter storm system began moving in. Today, the roads are snow-packed on top of the ice/sleet that fell all afternoon and night, yesterday. I was not expecting to hear from any doctors today since so many businesses and schools are closed, the roads were very treacherous this morning. I’ll phone Nurse Mark on Monday, which is going to be the start of a busy, busy week with one visit to the plastic surgeon and a colonoscopy on Friday. Ew hew, good times ahead! 😉