Thursday, 18 February 2010

Things That Are Sent ToTry Us...........

There I was so excited on Monday to show you the caravan and tell you all that I was considering taking it over as my work space. Which I'm pleased to know, you all think is a good idea and its a definite, all systems go.
Got up Tuesday morning, thinking yes we will start today and then saw the state of my body. Not a pretty site and definitely not for the faint hearted. I was all over swollen again! As the morning went on so I got bigger, a bit like Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka.
I went to Physiotherapy in the afternoon and my Cardiac Nurse, took one look at me and told me to go to my Doctors immediately. Could not do Physiotherapy, as it would put to much strain on my heart. So left Physiotherapy and went straight to the Doctors Surgery. Doctor takes a look and is not happy, tells me to go home pack a bag, she will ring the Hospital, I need to be seen urgently. So Home I go pack a bag, bawl me eyes out as I'm so fed up, get a call from the Doctor to say go straight to A & E, Medical team waiting for me. So off to the Hospital we go.
Get to A & E, book in then wait to be seen by the triage Nurse, see her explain situation, tells us to take a seat outside and wait to be called. About 30 minutes later, get called by a Doctor. Go through the whole story again. She examines me, checks my lungs etc, etc. Then says that she wants to do an ECG, X-Ray's and take some blood. There in lays the problem, taking blood. As the whole medical profession that has come into contact with me know, I don't have a very happy relationship with needles. My veins either collapse, or think to themselves "Oh look a needle, lets run and hide" and they move as the needle pierces the skin! And by that time I'm having a cold sweat, my hands are really clammy and I'm feeling not well at all.
Anyway, I have my ECG, their happy with that. Then comes the tricky part of the evening taking blood. I tell the Doc you've got one go, if it doesn't work your not rooting round to find another vein. So no pressure. She looks and looks, then says your so swollen its so hard to find a vein. Eventually, she decides to go in at the wrist and manages to get a syringe full of blood, before the vein collapsed. Then off I go to X-Ray. Come back from X-Ray and wait nearly three hours, before a Nurse comes to see us! By this time I'm hot and bothered, fed up and very, very uncomfortable. She then tells us that we have to wait to see the Medical Registrar, but he's the only one on in the whole hospital so need to wait. Unbelievable!
Eventually, he arrives at 11.15pm, looks through all the results, X-Ray's are OK, no fluid on the lungs, ECG OK haven't had anything nasty happen, Blood ,well they didn't have enough for all the tests so he wants to take some more!!!! You can imagine what I said can't you. He tries to get some blood, in goes the needle, vein collapses, no blood. No go, no more. Told him that no way is he doing it again. Then after all this tells me that they haven't got any beds, so can't keep me in. But he is changing my water tablet, back to the original one that I came out of hospital with and that he is arranging an urgent Heart Scan. But my question is:- I never had any water retention before my Surgery and all seemed well when I came out of Hospital, except with the leg that they took the vein from, so why now is my body blowing up with fluid? Making it difficult to move and breath. They don't know, that's why they need a Heart Scan! But written across my notes is Heart Failure, but it doesn't mean my Heart is dying, it just means that my Heart is failing to pump blood, fluid around my body properly. Again I don't understand this, as my body was surviving on my Heart only working with 1 completely blocked artery, and the other three 80% blocked and I felt OK. My Heart is now supposed to be working with three new bypasses and I feel worse now, then I did before the Operation.
I'm having to weigh myself in the morning and then in the evening to see if my weight is increasing and it is! Weighed myself this morning and I put on 3lbs yesterday! If I go on at this rate, they will be rolling me to the Hospital for my Heart Scan.
Also had to go to the Lipid Clinic yesterday and my cholesterol level has fallen again to 3.7 . They are really pleased with that but will have to continue on the Statins for the rest of my life. So at least that was positive.
So until I can physically move properly and not be hobbling about the new work room is on hold.
See told you Things are most definitely sent to try us.. At least I'm still smiling, well trying to ..LOL


De said...

Oh, Debbie, I am so sorry you are struggling. My sister has congestive heart failure and there are medications to treat the problem and make you feel better if that is what the actual diagnosis is. She is actually feeling better than she has in quite some time. Please try to not get too discouraged. I'm praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh no! You're really poorly! Best wishes with it all debs, I hope you get better soon! Chin up, at least the craft room gives you something to look forward too when you are better.

x much love x

x hel x

Lara said...

I am so sorry to read you are so sick. Hope and pray you will feel better soon.

Lize said...

Debbie, I hope your problems are soon sorted out, and without 'donating' too much blood to the cause! In the meantime we'll wait patiently to see the pics! Take your time and get better PROPERLY!

PS. It is so good that you have such a great sense of humour even when you must be feeling poorly.

Karin F. said...

am sending you a feel better card:

hope it works....
hugs Karin

Olivia said...

I am so sorry you are having such health issues. You are on my prayer list and I hope that you feel better soon.

Bear cabin miniatures said...

Hi Debbie,
I was so sorry to read this post, things are taking a long time to get better, but do try and stay posative, you'll get there eventually. Don't worry about taking statins for the rest of your life. My dad had 3 huge heart attacks when he 42 due to a genectic fault, he has been on statins since then and he is now 78and fitter than me! I was really little, but I remember it took him about a year to recover. Don't be afraid to nag the doctors, trust me, the more questions you ask and the better informed you are, the quicker you will get seen!
Sending you my best hug
Julia xx

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Awwww Debbie! What a trying situation! I feel so bad that you're having to go through all of this! Having a sense of humor about it always helps though. Hang in there!

Enchanted Blessings,

Eva said...

Be optimistic, with good sense of humor is a great life philosophy.
Take care Debbie, hope your body starts to work properly and you feel better.
Lots of love
Muchos besos

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

Oh Debbie, i am so gald you did a post today to tell everyone.
I know everyone was worried about you.
Going to phone you and see how you are.
Nikki xxx

Karin F. said...

not sure if my other comment with the card will ever show up so I'll try again:

The sun will come out, tomorrow
Bet your bottom that tomrrow, there'll be sun
Just thinking about, tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow,
Til there's none.

When im stuck with the day, thats grey, and lonely,
i Just stick out my chin and grin and say,

Ohhhhhhh. The sun will come out, tomorrow
So you gotta hang on til tomorrow,
Come what may,
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I luv ya, tomorrow
You're always a day away

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Oh, Debbie! So sorry this is happening to you! I hope they can figure it all out soon and you can get back to your workshop plans and life with no needles and swellling and worrying! So stressful. I am not fond of needles myself but haven't had problems with rolling or hiding veins but I just don't like them so was reading your saga with crawling skin! Hope things are sorted out soon.


Kaleidoskopic Romance said...

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well! Sending you lots of positive thoughts. Take care, Debbie.


Laurina Bartmann-Lucius said...

Hi, Debbie
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well!!
Best wishes with it all debbie, I hope you get better soon!!
The son will be come out!!
Laurina XXX

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, Debbie, I am so sorry. I pray they can figure out what the problem is quickly so that you can go back to being your normal self again.

I'll be sending off your prize today!


MiniKat said...

Good lord! Thinking positive thoughts and sending them your way. I hope it all gets straightened out sooner rather than later.

Caseymini said...

Debbie, I really feel bad for you and your family. This is not an easy thing to go through. Please hang in there and keep fighting! We are all waiting for good news. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Many Mini Hugs!

Kim said...

I am so sad to read this- I hope they get it settled soon and you have the chance to heal- how frustrating it must be to not totally understand why it is happening this way. I agree with Julia from Bear Cabin Miniatures- keep asking and asking until you get someone to start to explain it to you in a way that you can understand- how can you heal if you don't understand why and what is happening? I wish we could all fly or drive over and set that workroom up for you! My best wishes and lots of hugs to you!

linsminis said...

Oh Debbie..this is awful to hear...but good that you are trying top keep "your chin up". I'm thinking about you & hoping that this gets sorted out as soon as's so sad that our NHS is in such a bad state, I seriously believe now that our facilities are 3rd world & that we just can't afford to be seriously ill anymore in this country!
Keep up with the upbeat attitude..being pyschologically positive will help in the long run.
All my thoughts are with hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Oh my God Debbie. You are the most remarkable woman - still managing to smile through all this. I can't believe all that rigamaroll that hospital is putting you through. My husband had a heart attack a year and a half ago and his arteries were were blocked, 90, 60 and 50 but they were able to put stents in. The worst part was that he found out that he was diabetic at the same time. However it is all behind us now and he is healthier now that he has ever been. He has seven pills that he has to take every day but he has lost weight and excercises every day. You will get through this Debbie and be better than ever. I just hope those dam doctors and the hospital can get it together and stop you suffering so much.

Dlsarmywife said...

Everyone has already said this, but you are in my thoughts hun! {{{HUGS}}}

Michelle's Mad World said...

You’re just not lucky are you! Try and stay positive and keep smiling and laughing…humour has always helped me through very difficult times (and my family). :o) I hope for every reason the Doctor’s sort you out. If it only means popping another pill for the rest of your life, then so be it..that’s not half bad. :o)

Sending you every good wish and hugs of comfort. :o))

Michelle xxx

Josje said...

Goodness Debbie, what a day you've had! I hope they'll soon find the cause of the problem so something can be done about it.
All my best wishes!

Kathi said...

Hi Debbie,
Thanks so much for your post today. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. This must be so difficult for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

Deb said...

Oh my I came to thank you for following my blog and I just read this entry. I'm so sorry all this is happening to you! Thank goodness you have a sense of humour! I used to read your blog all the time but then I went off the mini trail for awhile but now I'm back. Take care from another Debbie.

Christel Jensen said...

Yes Debbie it was great having things sorted. You will have a very nice and spacious workroom. Good luck with the project:)
Hope you feel better soon so you can get started.

dale said...

Oh, my goodness, I'm so sory to hear this. I hope you are all better, very soon!

Hang on to your sense of humor, it will help pull you through.

Sabiha Barkey said...

Oh...Debbie!,I'm so very sorry to hear you are having all these problems and feeling not well!

Wish i could help you...I wish you all the best and I hope you feel better soon!

Hug and X

kimsminiatures said...

So sorry Debbie. Keep smiling sweetie. You are very much in my thoughts. Feel better soon. Hugs~ Kim

Vicky Guile said...

Awww Debbie... sending oodles of my bestest hugs your way! please do keep us posted and I hope above hope that they find a way to stop this from happening. Thinking of you! love Vicky x

Jain Squires said...

Hello Debbie. Sorry to hear you're feeling so bad. You will have to plan your new workroom while resting. Get well soon,love Jainx

julie campbell said...

oh no debbie ! so sorry to hear this, really hope they can get you feeling better soon. really feel for you with the veins, my brother has the same problem and has a condition which has him in and out of hospital and he gets so frustrated with his veins !!
keep thinking positive Debbie and planning your caravan workshop,
julie xx

Marja said...

ooohhhhhh debbie...
what are you stuggling..
mij best wishes!!
i hope you get well soon!
XXX Marja

Liberty Biberty said...

Lucky you have a sense of humour Debbie!
Hope the professionals can get things sorted quickly!

Julie Kendall said...

Debbie im so sorry to hear the news....remain positive,I can only echo whats been said...your a very loved person

A. Wright said...

My goodness, what an ordeal. I definitely understand how you might feel like you've gone through all this surgery to get better and now you feel worse! All I can say is that I have faith it will get better. There's always bumps along the road, unfortunately you're got some big bumps right now. Hold on tight!

Big Hugs, April

Norma said...

OMG Debbie, it's so not fair when the worst things happen to the best people. I hope you can indulge yourself in a few of the things that make you smile to balance out the difficulties. If good wishes would be enough to make you better you'd be the healthiest person on the planet cos there are plenty of us sending them your way - they can't do that but I hope they can make your heart smile a little. Take care and keep us posted :)

Briarwood Miniatures said...

Dealing with doctors and hospitals can be soooo frustrating, especially when we don't feel too good to begin with. Sending lots of healing energy your way. Hope you're feeling better soon.

DollMum said...

Debbie I hope they manage to sort out what is wrong very soon, and get you stablilised again - you've been doing so well and I'm sure this is very frustrating just when you were contemplating the new workshop area.

WendiesMiniWorld said...

oh bless Debbie, :o( I missed the news as I was away overnight, I really hope they sort this out for you soon, I also cringe at the blood extracting attempts, my veins love hiding too and I usually end up being prodded for ages by more then one doc before a drop is seen! ((((hugs)))) xxx

MidnightsDreams said...

May many blessing follow you on your journey. I pray that you feel better soon

Dawn said...

So sorry you are having such a bad time health wise, hope the doctors sort things out for you very soon.
Credit to you for keeping your sense of humour, I've heard it said that "laughter is the best cure"

Creager Studios said...

OMG Debbie.... I had no idea you were going through this....last I heard it was just the leg...crap, now it's the whole body. I am hoping and praying that they find the culprit soon and put a stop to this 'Violet B.' reaction. Seems so weird...all tests seem fine yet the water retention...maybe switching the pills will help....Mick and the boys have got to be beside themselves with concern. There is an answer to this...and they will find it...hang in there, relax ...and just think about how thin and darkling you will look when they find the problem and fix it!!!
Hugs and Much Love to you...
Hang in there my Friend...


Michelle's Mad World said...

I have an award for you one my blog. :o)

I hope you are feeling a little better! :o)

Michelle xxx

WendiesMiniWorld said...

if you would like a tiny ray of sunshine in your life, theres a sunshine award waiting for you on my blog :o) it may not help but I hope you are feeling brighter really soon x

Cheryl @ Bingle Bears said...

Oh, Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear that you are having troubles. I'm sending you LOTS of hugs and love!
Heaps and Heaps of Hugs,

Eva Prunella Grandiflora said...

HI Debbie,

I just wanted to tell you that even if sometimes i am a little "absent" you are in my prayers every evening and i think of you trying to send you all positive energy I can.

Take care...You'll see all things will slowly come back to normal.

Jean Day said...

Please take it easy Debbie.... feet up, resting all day, lots of tender loving care, loving animals around you and lots of great vibrations. All my very best wishes for you that they figure everything out quickly!

Sans said...

This is the post I was reading at Rosanna's :).

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