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Apr. 3rd, 2007

Oy.

Went for my semi-annual checkup today.

Normally, these are pretty much in-and-out, but today was not. Remember back around Omegacon time, when I had Strep twice in succession? Ever since then I've been kinda sickish, and haven't really cleared up completely. It pulled me off the bike because I was having problems breathing while exercising, and I got dizzy enough that I nearly fell off.

Well, when you mention "problems breathing" to your doctor, his ears perk up.

I've been pretty much used to the whole snot-and-coughing thing being the norm, figuring that between pets and pollen, it's a foregone conclusion that I'm gonna have problems with breathing.

What I didn't count on was that the shortness of breath/dizziness thing doesn't really jive with allergy/snot stuff. Essentially I should be able to breathe through my mouth enough that it shouldn't be a problem. The dizziness is not a good sign.

Suddenly I find myself in this new category of hyperawareness. Joint pain? check. Incresed blood pressure, higher cholesterol, check. Some other things, check. In the end, what should have been a 15-minute checkup went well over an hour, and resulted in an additional blood draw.

So there is some cause for concern. And this afternoon, I go in for an echocardiogram.

Possible but unlikely: rheumatic fever.

As you might think, my mental state right now isn't exactly calm. I'm going in at 1:30 to prep, and I'm going home afterwards. I've already decided to take a personal day at work today, because I'm really not much good here.

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molasses
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
better to know, whatever the case.

thinking about you.
jenx
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm crossing my fingers for you and thinking good thoughts.
laffingbuddha
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thinking good thoughts.
lexinatrix
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Best to you... although I can't help but think of Oregon Trail. At least it's not dysentery.
sageincave
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ack!
inked2x
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
*gah*
Take care ... I am sending good thoughts your way ...
avindair
Apr. 3rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Crossing my fingers for you...
gingerpook
Apr. 4th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Ouch. I'll be thinking about you.
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