Organ Recital

This is an actual picture of my chest x-ray today

At age 7, I started seeing a dermatologist for eczema

At age 11, I was diagnosed with asthma

At age 16, I had my first ulcer

At age 19, I was hospitalized for a kidney infection

At age 20, I gave birth to my daughter. During that hospital stay, I was exposed to e. Coli in the hospital, went septic, and into ARDS. I was on a ventilator in the ICU for 3 weeks. At the end of the hospital stay, I developed a blood clot in my arm (from fingertip to armpit) and went on anticoagulation therapy for 6 months

At age 21, I had my first migraine and started immunotherapy for allergies

At age 23, I was diagnosed with hypersomnia and sleep apnea

At age 28, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome

And I’ve basically been overweight since birth, despite numerous dedicated attempts to reduce my weight

Today I went to my new pulomonary/sleep specialist. I have been having terrible sleep luck since October. Usually, I miraculously get by with only 4-6 hours of sleep per night, typically interrupted. I can only recall a handful of times I’ve gotten more than 7 hours of continuous sleep in 4 months. I’ve been snoring like a lumberjack, much to my poor husband’s dismay. I’ve also been feeling sick for a week, and was told on Sunday at Urgent Care that it was “just a cold.” I’ve been huffing my inhaler every few hours for a couple of days, and it was a stroke of luck to get into a pulmonologist so quickly.

I did my H&P wth the PA, did a pulmonary function test, had two chest x-rays, and met with “Dr Eye” (his last name starts with “I” but I can’t remember his actual name). He said that I’ve got a pretty advanced case of bronchitis, and he was surprised that I was still working with it this bad. He reviewed my old sleep records, suggested that I resume CPAP therapy, and scheduled me for another overnight sleep study. He also strongly urged me to look into some surgical options to improve my overall health.

Oftentimes, I’ve wondered if my body was the major trial I was given in this life.

Stuck in Bed

I just feel plain yucky today! I started feeling ill yesterday afternoon, and it’s just gotten progressively worse since. Achy muscles, sore throat, swollen glands, fever, firey nasal passages, GI symptoms, headache, stuffy nose…sounds like the flu to me. I got my flu shot a few weeks ago, but being around a sick husband last weekend, and a sick daughter a few days ago…I guess I was doomed. Stress has been super high, especially at work, so I know my immune system has been suffering. I’ve only been away from my bed for short intervals for the last 24 hours. I missed singing in Stake Conference today. I’ve been downing ginger ale, jello, and toast. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better tomorrow…only two days of work till I drive down to Atlanta for Thanksgiving!

Putting it into perspective…


Before I blog about my trip to the doctor yesterday, I wanted to put in a plug for the Cindy Roesgen Benefit Concert. Cindy’s story is outlined if you click on the above picture. She’s the one who financed my friend Nathan McEuen’s last album “Festival,” and is currently suffering from a myriad of maladies including Pancreatic Cancer. If you’re in the Southern California area and want an evening of amazing music…please attend!

As for me and my comparatively minuscule ailments…I went to the doctor yesterday. Dr. Monroe was on vacation, so I met with his officemate Dr. Sikorski. He’s like the drunk uncle you don’t really want to bring out into public, and you can’t tell whether his jokes are to be taken at face value or are an innuendo. But anyway, I had finished my Z-Pak for the tonsillitis on Tuesday, and still didn’t feel better. He checked me out, and said that I had an eye infection…as a result of a sinus infection…as a result of an ear infection…as a result of pharyngitis. My nose was so plugged up that instead of me blowing my nose to get rid of the snot…it was oozing out my tear ducts. Gross, huh! He sent me out with scripts for a stronger antibiotic, decongestant and opthalmic drops. I’m not contagious, and will be taking it easy until I leave for Utah on Monday.

Also…Michigan got 8 inches of snow on the second day of Spring.