Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Doctor Says ...

... that I need to go for more tests before we really know what's going on. When I went in to see her I was fairly certain that she was going to tell me that I most definitely had Bell's Palsy, that it went away over time, and not to sweat it. Not that I was trying to self-diagnose mind you but that was what I figured I'd hear. Instead what I heard was "we need you to go have a CT scan asap and some blood work and maybe even an ultrasound of the arteries in your neck". HUH? That was not exactly what I was expecting, nor wanting, to hear what with the ridiculously high co-pays that my insurance carries when it comes to any sort of higher level of care tests.

According to my doctor, what I have doesn't exactly present like Bell's Palsy in that my symptoms more or less come and go whereas with Bell's they come on quickly, peak in 48 hours, and then stick around for about six weeks. Plus I don't have any sort of droop to my face or limited movement of my eyebrows, etc.; no slurred speech, no trouble opening or closing my eyes, etc.

Not that she was trying to scare the beejeebers out of me but she mentioned TIAs and other assorted possibilities that didn't sound all that wonderful or simple. At any rate, despite the high co-pay, I got sent immediately to the hospital for a CT scan of my head which turned out to be negative. Come to think of it, they didn't mention anything about finding a brain! Tomorrow I have to go in for some blood work and then I guess depending on how that turns out I may or may not have to have that ultrasound the doctor mentioned. Honestly, I am really hoping I don't because $500 worth of medical tests are so NOT in the budget anywhere.

I still have my fingers (my somewhat numb fingers!) crossed that this is just another pinched nerve or something but as the doctor said it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to all these tests. Safe, sorry, and broke!

I'll let you all know when I know - whenever that may be!

16 comments:

  1. oh gosh linda, tia's were the first thing that came to my mind. i had that neck artery thingy done this summer, they put slimy stuff on you and it doesn't hurt but it is creepy, you can see your blood going whosh whosh whosh... hoping for the best for you honey...

    smiles, bee

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  2. O goodness. I think it must be worse for a medical type like you because you know all the lingo. Your brain must be running super fast time.
    Thinking of you - fingers crossed.

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  3. Linda - I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time. Please take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing. R.E.L.A.X.

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  4. Good luck with the tests!

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  5. Sending out good thoughts and prayers to ya, girlfriend! Keep us posted.

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  6. bells palsy is only with paralysis.....

    fork out the money for the tests dear....you've got daughters who need you.

    and blogging buddies praying!

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  7. I hope this post sends out how concerned your posting buddies are for you. I will invite my cousins who, by the way, want to refinance a home mortgage, to drop by and send you some notes.

    Be strong!

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  8. Ok, ok...we'll wait. I'm glad you went to get the tests done though-it's very tempting not to when the copay is high, I know...

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    <3

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  9. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope your tests will go ok. Good luck!!

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  10. Damn, I hope it all comes out just fine, with you not only not having to pay excessive money for tests but that the tests also tell you what's up and that it's something very minor.

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  11. Wow...that's pretty scary stuff. I was thinking TIA's too. My husband's friend had one 9 years ago and, while it was certainly a scare at the time, he's been just fine ever since. Even so, I'm hoping that, after all the tests and money spent on co-pays, it turns out to be something innocuous and very temporary. {{Hugs}}

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  12. Ok Linda...you got my attention! Why do these things happen to such nice folks like you? Believe me, we are pulling for you big time! If there's anything I can do for you, just say the word - you know where I work (ha ha ha). You WILL get a hug next time I see you...whether you're ready for one or not!

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  13. Fingers and toes crossed for you. Big hug and we're all here for you. :)

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  14. Sending up prayers for you that you don't have to have any unnecessary medical test done. But also praying that they do find what is wrong.

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  15. not knowing is tough...praying for quick results and healing...

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  16. Uncertainty is never easy, Linda. Fingers crossed and wishing you the best.

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