Our Word of the Week is “Stat”
Adverb: without delay: IMMEDIATELY
Welcome to my weekly update…or rather the chronicle of our doctors visits, as we don’t do much of anything else these days. Our theme for the past week “Stat.” It really started last week when I went to the doctor about the ongoing pain from my right hand up to my neck. You can read about that at A Jacked-Up Slinky. Even though they wanted me to be seen quickly, she warned that it could take months to get in. Fortunately, I got a call five days later and had my appointment this past Friday. Before we get to me though, we had other urgent matters to deal with earlier in the week.
Ali (10) started having her usual difficult breathing with chest pains on Monday afternoon, only this time it was more pain than breathing issues, and it wasn’t going away. After 10 minutes of seeing the misery on her face and realizing that it was getting worse, not better, like the times before, we went the ER. The pain lasted for almost two hours. During our visit, she had another chest x-ray, more blood work, and another EKG. We left there four hours later with no answers and a stat referral to a pediatric cardiologist. We make the one and a half hour drive to that appointment tomorrow.
For those keeping tabs, in the past three months she’s now had 11 visits to doctors or specialists, 5 x-rays, had blood work done 2 times, 18 visits to therapy (speech & language, PT, OT) and 6 visits to the chiropractor.
Next up was my neurology appointment. I braved the cold and potentially icy roads on Black Friday to start the process of diagnosing and fixing whatever is causing my pain. I’m not sure if it was my long list of other symptoms, or the fact that I barely felt her pricking my whole body with a needle (judging by the look on the Dr.’s face, I’m going to go with this one,) but suddenly we were back in stat mode, with an MRI and Electromyogram (EMG) Test & Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) scheduled for next week. She didn’t give me much in the way of the answering the “why” I’m hurting other than hypothesizing that I either have spinal cord compression or a nerve disease. Neither of which sounds particularly fun.
In the meantime I’ve been ordered to wear a wrist brace, especially at night to stop myself from contorting my wrist in to funky positions while I sleep. She also prescribed a nerve pain medication and a muscle relaxer. Both can cause sever drowsiness and they highly suggest that you do not drive while taking them. That makes the whole parenting thing a little difficult, so I’m hoping the find the cause and a treatment quickly that will allow me to ditch the pills.
My running totals for the past three months are 6 visits to doctors or specialists, 3 x-rays, 3 visits to physical therapy and 5 visits to the chiropractor. If your wondering if we’ve me our family deductible for the year yet, the answer would be, NO.
Keeping with the urgent theme, but not medically related, we picked up a Christmas tree Friday. I hadn’t planned to decorate until the next day, but the girls did the tree and put out all of the decorations that same night. I didn’t have it in me to do anymore that day, and I’m glad they did. We all need a little extra cheer around here right now.
Speaking of the holidays, we are only one week away from one of three Christmas parades the girls will be in with the dance company. ONE WEEK! Where the hell did the second half of 2018 go that I’m already prepping for Christmas parades?
I’m quite certain this next month will be a blur too, so I’ll be back soon with another update to help me chronicle the extra level of crazy going on here at the odd house.