Hello lovely readers!
Friday was my Annual Review at the hospital which is basically a whole day of different tests, being prodded and poked to see how I am healthwise from last year. As I said on my last blog entry, I never look forward to these visits but when my health is at the stage it is now, I like it even less.
We set off at 10am Friday morning after a dilemma about what to wear! This is the first time we have driven up to the hospital, we usually struggle on public transport, but this time I really wanted to go by car as I get so exhausted otherwise. We also took my wheelchair as having tests all over the hospital I would never have managed to walk.
We arrived early and recieved all the forms for the day. A couple of tests were booked for set times but others just had to be slotted in when time permitted. I decided to go and have my ECG first before my heart rate went up with excersion and stress, then headed down to x-ray. Actually it was my mums suggestion to do this next and the reason wasn't wasted on me, the blood room is right next to the x-ray!
Again as I've said before, I am needle phobic. It is much better controlled now but I will NEVER be first in line for a blood test. Anyway I have certain favourites in the blood room who I deem "the elite blood takers", namely very good at doing them efficently and with minimum fuss. So after wheeling past the door several times to see who was in there, I established that they were not people I had met before therefore their blood taking skills were unknown! I then refused to go in until I'd had a good nose at "who I thought would be the best blood taker"!!! My nurse later asked me how I know what a good blood taker looks like, to which I could only respond "I just know!". After staking out the blood room from behind a door (I kid you not..) I picked a person and bit the bullet. My judgement was very good and he managed to get what he needed first time, without any hassle and without leaving a bruise! He is now in the blood taking elite hall of fame, and his face stored in my brain for future reference!
After that I had a bone scan, lung function, had my ear punctured for blood gases (oddly enough this doesn't bother me much), dietician, physio, and then the doctors.
First I saw my stomach Dr who is absolutely charming, such a friendly, caring man who I always look forward to seeing and I know will always try his best to help with my complex needs. He has put me on a new medication which we hope my stimulate my digestion and help me to feel less sick and horrible when I eat. I will start it this week so fingers crossed.
Then I saw a Cf doctor, who was also very nice, and took time to go through all my tests. My ECG was normal, as were my blood gases. My bones are a little thin but I am being treated for this anyway, and my lung function and x-ray were virtually the same as last year, which is brilliant news. Obviously my blood test results weren't availiable on the day but hopefully they will come back normal too.
I am so happy that things are remaning stable for the time being. THANK YOU to everyone who wished me well or said a prayer, I really do appreciate it and it really helped to know that people were sending me such positive thoughts. I send postive thoughts back to all of you!
I had a little shopping spree at the weekend to celebrate it was the perfect excuse! YAY!
Keep smiling ( I certainly am!)