Friday, March 03, 2006

Learn to walk on your hands!

...Then you can use your legs for important stuff, like giving high-fives, eating sandwiches...

So, I just thought I'd update on my 'condition' (Ick, I don't like that word! Makes me sound like a cancer patient or something. Hmph!). The doctor called me back yesterday and said he thought there might be a problem with my heart which could be causing my illness. Thus, I need to have an echocardiogram and several other tests done very soon. This was much-appreciated but highly nervewracking news, as I've seen what heart conditions have done to several members of my family. I also got the blood test results back today. I am normal in almost all levels (there were 30 or so results). However, I am fairly low in lymphocytes (which explains the leukemia symptoms) and some other things. No big deal. However, the possibility of a heart problem is becoming more and more likely.

Last night I was sitting at my computer and I suddenly had a tightening in my chest, just below my rib cage. It felt as though someone had tied a rope around me and it was extremely painful. I thought my lungs were going to collapse or burst, and it really scared me. The whole ordeal only lasted about 5 minutes, but it seemed a lot longer because I had no idea what was going on as the sensation was completely foreign to me. Today, I had to call my grandpa from school to ask him to bring me Tylenol 3, because the shooting pain through my entire left side (lower arm, hand, leg) and the painful tingling had returned and I didn't think acetominophen would cover it. The symptoms remain on both sides of my body, but today they were especially prevalent on the left side.

Please pray that whatever is wrong with me does not grow worse and that the tests go well. I appreciate it.



At March 05, 2006 1:19 AM, Blogger Andy said...

It's hard to believe that all of those symptoms are caused by a heart problem. Hope you get somethin' conclusive soon.


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