Friday, December 05, 2008

Health issues

Well, YDS had his physical in October. I mentioned to the pediatrician that he has been complaining of headaches for about 6 months. I didn't think much of it as I get migraines, and my older son has been a migraine sufferer as well. The pediatrician asked me to keep a headache diary and schedule a follow up. I mentioned nosebleeds as well, but since the little guy had not had a nosebleed too recently when he had his physical, not much was said/done about the nosebleeds. Well, I decided to keep track of the nosebleeds as well as the headaches. These are not your typical kid picked at his nose nosebleeds, but rather they are kid wakes in the middle of the night with a gushing nosebleed.
I kept track of these things for a month. He had 4 nosebleeds and 7 headaches that I documented. While at the doctor's office for the follow-up, however, YDS says, "Oh, I had a headache that woke me up at 4:25 this morning."
Doc says, "How do you know it was 4:25?"
YDS replies, "Oh...my alarm clock said 4:25."
So, the conclusion after checking him out and finding a bit of tension in his neck and shoulders is that it is probably stress/tension headaches or migraines, but that an MRI of his brain is necessary to rule out anything else. oh, and the pediatrician called me at the end of his work day to say, "In all the talk fuss about the headaches, I forgot to refer him to the ENT. I want him to see a specialist for the nosebleeds."
So my calendar is suddenly full of medical appointments for YDS. He has an MRI, a consult with the ENT a couple of days later, and an appointment with his primary for a visualization/biofeedback consultation. Given that fact that in the last year we lost YDS' Pepere(DH's dad), MSS has been in and out of the house, and just the fact that YDS is a perfectionist, my money is really on the stress/tension headaches or migraines given the family history.

Next, I went to my primary for a regular physical. I had not had a physical in at least 5 years. All of my labs were done fasting, and all of them were normal EXCEPT my fasting blood sugar. I have known for years that my blood sugar could be an issue. All of my babies were over 9 1/2 pounds at birth, and several relatives (grandparents) on both my mother's and father's side had adult onset or "type II" diabetes. I know that I have not taken proper care in recent years to keep my weight under control, so I was not really surprised. I have been informed that my sugar level is such that it is "pre-diabetes." I need to reduce that amount of carbohydrates I am eating. My doctor (this is the first time I met her) also promised me a mammogram (oh joy) and told me I need to make a GYN appointment. I don't have dates for either of those yet.

Lord,
Please help me to not worry about any of the medical issues that I cannot control. Please help to make the changes necessary to lose some of the excess weight and get my blood sugar into the normal range. I really would like to be around for my children, Lord. Your will be done...

Amen

2 comments:

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

Sending prayers your way. Hope all turns out well.

BTW - the mammogram isn't so bad. I've had one and really, compared to giving birth, it's a piece of cake :)

Mary B said...

Well compared to giving birth Anything is good!!!!
Hope his headaches can ease up. Miss you!