January 19, 2014
KK and I have been so encouraged by your prayers and words of encouragement. We don’t want to bog down in the technical things but KK wanted me to update you so you could pray specifically. I don’t want to whine–but “nurse KK” needs your prayers putting up with me! 🙂
We are in the process of adjusting my meds and it has not gone well the last two days. I am feeling pretty bad and have had numerous episodes of spiking blood pressure. The doctor is making more adjustments—I’m expecting this to get better.
Since we still don’t know what’s causing this—we start the next round of tests tomorrow.
January 17, 2014
Just returned from the doctor’s office and here’s an update:
The MRI concluded that there are no adrenal gland tumors. The good news is no surgery—the bad news is we still don’t have a cause.
Blood work and urinalysis have markers that are way out of whack –so the search continues. At this point we are changing some of the meds and will continue with more medical tests. We have real confidence in the Internal Medicine doctor who is coordinating this.
(1) We’d like to know the cause
(2) Praying the adjusted meds will help me avoid another major episode of Tachycardia and soaring blood pressure.
(3) Wisdom for work schedule.
We were overwhelmed by your response to last week’s prayer request. We are encouraged by your notes and strengthened by your prayers. Thanks for being there…..
January 11, 2014
Health Update and Prayer Request
Over the past several weeks I have experienced irregular heartbeats. Out of the blue I get hit with sudden onset of racing pulse and my blood pressure soars.
Following one of the “episodes” I was hospitalized for a day and underwent an extensive cardiac workup–my heart seems to be in good condition (no blockages, etc.) —and that’s good. However, we were not able to find identify a cause for the sudden onset of racing pulse, etc. So I underwent some additional tests…
The tests indicate a problem with my adrenal gland—probably the result of the medication I have been taking for the last 6-7 years. We suspect a tumor on the adrenal gland. (Pheochromocytoma) The doctor says this is typically benign— so don’t jump to any conclusions. 🙂
In a way this is good news because it gives us a trail toward a definite cause. The next step is an MRI to locate it– and if confirmed, surgery to remove it. Probably can be done by scope and not be too difficult. We will be scheduling the MRI… ASAP …and get on with it.
I’ll update this site when I know more.
Thank you for your friendship and prayers!