Ups and Downs

Ups. One of the BIG ups in my life is that since my brain tumor was removed, the hip and shoulder problems that I’ve dealt for years are, very slowly, getting better!  I didn’t fully realize how bad things were until my muscles started unclenching and untwisting and loosening.  What a difference!  Frankly, it’s a little disconcerting at times.  These muscles have been clamped down for so long, it feels scary for them finally to let go.  Joints are clunking into places they haven’t been for years.  It feels like my rear end might fall off.  But it also feels […]

Kidney Ultrasound: The End of a Difficult Week

Let me just say this: Last week was pretty stressful.  I’m glad it’s over. Up until now I’ve been pretty good about keeping perspective.  But I readily admit: last week challenged me.  With a lingering UTI, a callback ultrasound after my mammogram, and a kidney ultrasound, it was a bit much.  I felt sick.  I was stressed.  I struggled to maintain as much positivity in my life as possible.  It was pretty hard. Kidney ultrasound: Rough process.  I had my kidney ultrasound on Thursday.  It was a rough process.  Not the ultrasound itself – that was easy.  And painless.  The […]

Mammogram Follow Up Okie Dokie!

Hooray!  Great news! It took a long time, an ultrasound, and another 3D mammogram, but the result was worth it.  Nothing at all to worry about.  Yay! I am so happy to have clear – and good – news! The good news did take awhile to get to it, though.  Fortunately, my doctor had told me it didn’t seem like anything to worry about so wasn’t too worried as I sat in the waiting room in my UVA-provided, mauve mammogram “outfit.”  Plus, Marshall was out there in the other waiting room, and I knew he’d be with me when the […]

Infection and Insurance Update

Long story short: Infection is close to being totally clear. The long story is that over the weekend I kept having a low grade fever up to 99.8, even while taking a very strong antibiotic (Levoquin) and Tylenol.  I felt weak and horrible, and was worried about whether I would have to go to the hospital – fevers, even low ones, seem to make me more susceptible to passing out since my craniotomy. By Monday, after four days on the antibiotic, I still had this weird low grade temperature, on and off.  And I continued to feel horrible.  After receiving […]

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