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Brenda Davis' Adventures
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Hi this could be a long story. I will keep it as short as possible.
It started with routine blood work and a sleep study.
The cardiovasuclar (heart) stuff started with a sleep study. The sleep study said I have sleep apnea (I quit breathing when I'm sleeping) so I got a CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) machine that helps me breath at night. The day I picked up the machine I had shortness of breath on the way back to our car. So after a few minutes of discussing if I should go into the ER as long as we were there and I had been told that if I ever had that problem, due to blood clots, that is what I should do.
I went into ER and the on-call doctor had a chest x-ray and EKG done. He then decided to schedule a Stress Echocardiogram, an ultra sound of my heart including a walk on a tread mill. At this Echo the tech decided not to do the stress part because he was seeing stuff that said I shouldn't do the stress part, he also talked to the cardiologist, heart doctor, who also thought I shouldn't do the stress part. I was set up to see this cardiologist about the echocardiogram results. The results were that I have a leaky heart valve and narrowing artery. I was set up with an appointment at Abbot to have an Transesophageal (I swallowed an ultra sound camera) Echocardiogram (ultra sound of the heart)(internal echo) and a Bilateral Heart Catherization (angiogram, small camera threaded through a vein to your heart to get better internal pictures, of both sides of the heart) on July 14, 2010.
The cancer stuff started with a routine blood test. This routine test showed liver numbers that were indicative of cancer. They did another blood test. The numbers from this test indicated POSSIBLE Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. I had a bone marrow biopsy done on July 9, 2010. Have part of those results back and they indicate abnormal plasma cells. They will know more when they get the rest of the results.
I will keep you updated as I have information to pass on. Please be patient. Please see journal for updates.