I think last year was the FASTEST YEAR EVER for me!I can recall MY FATHER stating the OLDER you get The FASTER it GOES!
He was RIGHT!
A few of you have inquired about MY HEALTH over this PAST YEAR and I have remained pretty silent on that issue!
If you have been FOLLOWING me for sometime you know I had asked for YOUR HELP!
TO SEE THAT BLOG POST from MARCH 13, 2017 GO HERE!
I still SUFFER from THE EPISODES as I call them and now am entering year THREE!
MY DEFINITION of an EPISODE is my EYES GO I cannot focus and I feel like I will PASS OUT!
It’s hard for me to keep my eyes OPEN.
I cannot walk!
The episodes last for MINUTES!
Once the Eyes come back into Focus I am left with a terrible HEADACHE from the base of my neck to the TOP of MY HEAD.
The Next DAY I usually feel like a TRUCK has HIT ME!
To say I am a bit discouraged is an underSTATEMENT!I have seen Medical Doctors, Cardiologists,Neurologists,Endochrinologists,Acupunture Specialist, Massage Therapy and now a HOMEOPATH.
I lost over half my head of HAIR!
I have shrunk over a FULL INCH.
I am VERY TIRED even though I have exercised my entire LIFE!
The latest NEWS is I have OSTEOPOROSIS of the SPINE!
But lets back up a moment to where I found OUT I had a LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH over my HEART this past FALL!
Back in SEPTEMBER I was boarding a flight to London and as they were announcing the boarding sections I was throwing up in the recycle bin!
I was able to board the Flight barely and had asked for help as I entered the plane.Of course, they questioned my well being and wanted to make certain I could FLY!I assured them I was OKAY and just needed to sleep it off!I felt I had gotten FOOD POISONING from my can of TUNAFISH I had eaten before leaving for the airport!
It only got worse and I will spare You the DETAILS!
Once in England I was able to function but SLOWLY.
I barely ATE.
I traveled with a PLASTIC BAG in my BASKET BAG ready to pull out in a moments NEED!
I sat by Myself in the bus just in CASE!
AS the trip was ending and I found myself in London for four days I had to go to bed in the afternoons to MAKE the Dinner or Tea dates!
Here I am in the LAND of MY DREAMS and I am in BED!
After coming back HOME I ONLY got worse!
I WAS SO SICK!
Again I have NEVER had FOOD POISONING so did not know what to think but we are Now in week THREE!I did figure it OUT!I was on a medication from NEUROLOGY which was a pill that gradually added mg each week!The day I boarded the FLIGHT I was at FULL DOSAGE!I was reacting to the meds and having ALL the SIDE EFFECTS!
GOOD NEWS IS I LOST 20 Pounds!
Bad News is My doctor did not get back to me in a timely manner nor seemed concerned!I was VERY VERY SICK!
After calling and emailing I finally got a DOCTOR on CALL who helped me go off the medication!I had started reducing the meds by myself as I did not get a full answer from my NEUROLOGIST!(He told me to reduce meds but did not say by how much!)
I am OFF those seizure medications!I would rather LIVE through the EPISODE than be on those medications!I was on TOPAMAX,which is a seizure medication but used for MIGRAINES.
This was the third or 4th medication they had tried on me!
Now, I have to say all along I thought it was my HEART giving me trouble!
I have had HEART surgery on the MITRAL VALVE in 2010.About five years later I learned from a check up ECHO that the VALVE was leaking again!It was ALL MATTER OF FACT and NO real concern as it was NOT bad enough to go through the surgery AGAIN!It has never been brought up to me in follow up visits.
I WAS BESIDE MYSELF WHEN I LEARNED THIS NEWS!
But here I thought it was my HEART that was FAILING me!SO, upon returning from ENGLAND I demanded TESTS!Especially a STRESS TEST which I knew I would fail!Just because of my breathing and huffing and puffing!I was having all the SAME SYMPTOMS I had before I had the heart surgery!
I arrive for the STRESS test!
SAME woman I have had for the last 20 plus years!
Can I be BLUNT?
Cant stand the woman!
They have me hooked up to the monitor with wires all over my chest and Monica comes over and asks if I exercise.I say YES!I do PILATES REFORMER 3 times a week.I LOVE IT!
“Whats the Reformer she asks?”
Then she goes into a DIATRIBE about how I need to get my HEART RATE UP and that’s NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
I explain I cannot do aerobics as I feel LIGHT HEADED and have the sensation of fainting if my heart rate goes too high.The same happens WHEN I WALK !
SHE CONTINUES TO LECTURE ME!
Now my BLOOD PRESSURE is on THE RISE!
She goes back to the machine and says “Well, you will NOT be having a STRESS TEST today!”
WHY NOT I SAY?
“Because you have a LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH over your HEART!”
She gives me no EXPLANATION as to what that is and marches out of the room to talk to the doctor in charge.
I am given another HEART test instead where they inject a fluid into your veins that makes you feel like your exercising!DURING THIS TEST THE TWO ATTENDANTS TURN THEIR BACKS TO ME!A side effect of this test is a HEART ATTACK!
ARE YOU STILL WITH ME HERE?!!
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After these tests have been completed and there were a few it comes to the attention of my CARDIOLOGIST that no one did an EKG!He would also like my blood pressure taken!I can go at any time and just walk in……..
I arrive and tell the receptionist WHY I am there and also my doctor would like the BP taken!She informs me I need to go to the THIRD FLOOR for a blood pressure reading!I’M IN CARDIOLOGY!The first thing they do is sit you down in a chair and take the vitals!!!!
I think be CALM ……….do as she says YOU have the time!
I also tell the GAL who does the EKG!
Her response was,” I don’t know where you would have that done!”
I’m in CARDIOLOGY PEOPLE!!!!!!!
SO, knowing that the offices CLOSE FOR LUNCH and it is close to noon; I RUN to the third floor!YES, I’m out of breath!I say to the receptionist I’m here to get my BP read at the Injection clinic.He says,”Oh thats on the second floor!”I arrive on the second floor,”They are closed until 1:30!He does tell me I can go downstairs to have a reading in the EDUCATIONAL department!I say THANK YOU and off I trot!
I walk around the room and do not see the MACHINE!
There are TWO PEOPLE behind the counter.
I ask….. They Point!
BIG NEW MACHINE!
I try 4 times……..NO NUMBERS!
I turn around and say”Is it working?”
They ignore me.
SO, I get up and walk to the counter……..I can tell THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS NEW MACHINE!
NO blood pressure reading.
Now, I’m at The medical building and I was so sick over the weekend we had to CANCEL DINNER GUESTS!I think why don’t I try to get an APPOINTMENT with ANY doctor………(AT this stage I still think I have had food poisoning.)I go back upstairs and ask the receptionist.His response which I knew what it would be, but thought I would try anyway!”Oh, I cannot do THAT!” HE SAYS.”DO you have the APP on your PHONE?”I say, NO APP on MY PHONE! “Than he explains I must go to THE LAND LINE on THE WALL and call the phone number posted there!
I say you mean &*%-*$#@ and he smiles and says “YES!”
( I Know ALL the PHONES NUMBERS of this MEDICAL BUILDING BY HEART!)
I walk to the phone.
I’m tired Now and Frustrated.
There is NO CHAIR under the PHONE but a BANK of chairs within reach……but they are all hooked together so I sat on the FLOOR!
I call The NUMBER.
SIX MINUTES for a REAL PERSON to answer.
The gal comes on the line and asks me questions which I gladly answered!
She sends me to an ADVISE NURSE.
I answer her questions.
She puts me on HOLD.
She comes back on the line and wants me to talk to a doctor!
I do and have both these women on the line with me.
I’m still on the FLOOR!
Now, recall what I really wanted was my Blood Pressure Taken and as an after thought; I thought I should be seen by a doctor as I had been SO SICK for the last month!
The doctor comes on the line and states that from my answers to their questions I was a “WALKING HEART ATTACK!”Please get myself to EMERGENCY NOW!
Mind you this is the FIRST DOCTOR I have spoken with since the TECHNICIAN MONICA has told me I have a LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH!
I thank her and say I will walk myself to EMERGENCY NOW………
I DO and GUESS WHAT THEY DID FIRST THING?
Took my BLOOD PRESSURE!!!
It was HIGH!!!!!!!!!
I wait 20 minutes for the Emergency Room Doctor.
A thirty-something DOCTORESSA arrives and likes my shoes!I tell her ANTHROPOLOGIE!
I fill her in on the LAST THREE YEARS of EPISODES and being so SICK since LONDON which was in SEPTEMBER and we are now in OCTOBER!SHE looks into the computer and sees the EKG that was taken within the last hour.
SHE explains to me that the BUNDLE BRANCH was NOT there TWO years ago!(THE LAST EKG PREFORMED ON ME)and that I could have suffered a small HEART ATTACK!My doctor can have tests done to see if that was the case!I’m thinking to myself…….good GOD I don’t think I WANT TO KNOW if I did have a HEART ATTACK but that is INTERESTING INFORMATION!
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?!!!
SHE than turns to me and says ,“WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
I say, I wanted my Blood Pressure read as requested by my CARDIOLOGIST and than thought I should be seen by a doctor as I have not been feeling well and the doctor IN YOUR BUILDING on the END OF THE PHONE sent me here……….I state ,”ARE YOU RELEASING ME!” She says ,”YES” and with that she walks OUT THE DOOR!
I SAY “GREAT!”I can go HOME AND FEED THE CHICKENS!!!!!!!!
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
I’m still in shock about it………so I thought I would SHARE THIS CARE that I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING.
I HOPE THIS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM!
THE PAIR BELOW GIVE ME GREAT COMFORT!
SIR WINSTON and THEODORABLE
IN Night TIME MODE!
I’m Now seeing a HOMEOPATH who has me on a DIET as SHE feels it is a FOOD ALLEGORY which is causing THESE EPISODES as I call THEM!
She has me writing down ALL that I eat and DRINK DAILY!
The LIST is LONG of FOODS I CANNOT HAVE.
TO give you a brief idea NO GRAINS what so ever, even GLUTEN FREE.
NO,NIGHT SHADE VEGGIES which are Bell Peppers,Tomatoes,Potatoes,Eggplant and Okra.
NO RED MEATS
NO SHELL FISH
NO FERMENTED FOODS like ALCOHOL,VINEGAR,PICKLES,SAUERKRAUT,ETC.
NO TEAS except GREEN TEA.
NO Processed SUGARS
NO MAN MADE SALTS like SODIUM NITRATE,NITRITE and ERYTHORSORBATE.
NO GROUND GRAINS
THIS HOMEOPATH states she will TAKE CARE OF ME……….since I have Not been TAKEN CARE of the PAST THREE YEARS!
BUT I’m Human and Fell Off the LIST a few times with Chocolate and TEA and ONE GLASS OF WHITE WINE during the HOLIDAY SEASON and ON DECEMBER 26th I had a GLASS OF VINO!I have NOT had wine or alcohol since the beginning of SEPTEMBER!(Only because I did not FEEL WELL ENOUGH!)
“OK so you are going to have a hard time for a little while if you keep doing this cheating thing.”
I’ll spare YOU the other TEXTS!
I WAS NOT GIVEN A HANDOUT ON DAY ONE when I was told to start this DIET.
It was all verbal……..I had never heard of NIGHT SHADES BEFORE!
She did say I could have ONE COFFEE A DAY!
I STARTED THIS DIET ON NOVEMBER 4, 2018.
I’m doing MY BEST PEOPLE, but am finding it TUFF to find things to EAT!
I start my day with CELERY JUICE……THANK YOU MEDICAL MEDIUM!
I than have a LATTE from our Italian coffee machine that is industrial, which is ONE TABLESPOON of coffee with ALMOND MILK!
I need the CALCIUM…….for my OSTEOPOROSIS!
I have given up A YOGURT for breakfast as my ACUPUNCTURIST feels I was eating too much DIARY.
My tongue has been enlarged and that means one is retaining to much moisture he tells me!
I had given up WHOLE MILK TWO YEARS AGO by suggestion of my FIRST BORN.
I SAW A BIG DIFFERENCE in the TUMMY AREA!
NOT so much BLOATING!
CALCIUM percentage in WHOLE MILK is 25%.
ALMOND MILK has 45%.
I eat AN APPLE with CHEESE for lunch MOST DAYS……..as it is filling and QUICK!
I do have SOUP for lunch if I have made it and have EXTRA!
I made a GREAT Bok Choy SOUP YESTERDAY!
DINNER……….well there I have BLOWN it as I did not get the HAND OUT until recently of the NO NO’S TO EAT!WE eat mostly chicken and salmon and RED MEAT for DINNER!
Dinner consists of a PROTEIN, vegetable and green salad ALWAYS ending with FRUIT!
THIS IS THE ITALIAN’s WAY TO EAT and I have to say OUR KIDS were NEVER SICK GROWING UP!
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Where I STAND TODAY………MY Episodes are getting shorter in length and the feeling of PASSING OUT HAS NOT ACCOMPANIED them in this last month!They still come every two weeks give or take. Last year they came every TEN DAYS like CLOCKWORK!I could schedule my LIFE around them almost!
I get NO WARNING!
They just HAPPENED.
I’m pretty worthless after they have VISITED ME for the rest of the day.
IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD OF THIS OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCING THESE KINDS OF WAVES WILL YOU PLEASE SHARE WITH ME OR THEM!
I would appreciate any FEEDBACK you may have!
THANK YOU and I promise the NEXT POST will be MORE UPLIFTING!
MY LAST THOUGHT IS:
I DO WONDER if the OSTEOPOROSIS has anything to do with THE EPISODES?
I KNOW YOU PEOPLE ARE SMART AND CARING!I see that from your comments and emails and phone calls!AS of today I have LOST 30 pounds since the FIRST of SEPTEMBER, which is TERRIFIC but I am a bit worried.
I only drive roads where I can pull over………….which has limited my LIFE GREATLY!
I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL 2019!
I will CONTINUE to PUSH AHEAD and NOT GIVE UP as I have some VERY EXCITING PLACES TO VISIT THIS YEAR and I HAVE TO BE FEELING WELL!
LETS END this BLOG POST on a GOOD NOTE!
ADVANCED STYLE’s ARI SETH COHEN has a NEW BOOK OUT and although I am NOT in it (NOT OLD ENOUGH!)I am mentioned in his ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS on the very last PAGE!
THIS has MADE MY YEAR!
Perhaps, YOU will PURCHASE A BOOK?
AT THE MOMENT they ARE PRICED AT $19.49
They make GREAT GIFTS for BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,MOMS just because, and that up coming VALENTINES DAY!
MOSTLY PHOTOS with a bit of STORY behind each couple!
IT’s FUN and UP LIFTING…….would I ever steer you WRONG?