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Archive for May, 2015

Ignoring ones own symptoms

It’s easier as a doctor to ignore your own symptoms then to look for a reason why.  That’s why I spent a year having terrible pain in my hand before seeking help.  Then spent another year treating it medically with a neurologist before getting a second opinion from another surgeon who has scheduled surgery to relieve the pain.
It’s why I took 8 months to get the 6 month follow up on a mammogram.  And when the hubby asked how it was, I told him the lesion was smaller than before.  His response was “they were watching something?  You didn’t tell me that.”  I just didn’t think that a probably benign lesion was worth thinking about in my days.
It’s why I worked until I almost collapses a month ago with pneumonia before getting an x-ray and being forced to take a week off.
Though yesterday wasn’t necessarily denying my symptoms, it was just thinking it was asthma until the chest tightened further.  And the hubby got scared.  After last month’s bought with pneumonia, I didn’t fight the trip to the ER.  Though I would say the pain scale on my chest seemed odd, since the hand pain stays at a higher level than the pressure ever got in my chest.  But they let me go home. 
However, my husband is making me rest today.  I don’t think that he trusts me to not go full force.  I have no doubt that rest is needed.  A good night sleep is a rare thing for me.  I really wish nursing homes had patients who are fall risks to sleep on mattresses on the floor.  Apparently Medicare states that they have a right to fall, not to get injured but a right to fall.  So anyway, until I heal, I guess I am stuck resting. 


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