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 […]

Infections, Steroids, Mammogram Callback – Really?

Monday I felt good.  Then it went downhill. I took two long, slow walks this past Monday – it was the furthest I’d walked in months.  It felt great.   In fact, I felt so good that I forgot to take my 5 p.m. steroid dose until 9 p.m..  It would have kept me up if I’d taken it so late in the day, so I opted to skip it and then email my endocrinologist the following morning for instructions. My endocrinologist told me I could use this as an opportunity to try tapering down the steroid from 12.5 mg […]

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