CaroleHammett Posted January 22, 2009 Share Posted January 22, 2009 Hi, all. Just a quick note to let you all know that I've been offline for a couple weeks due to "ups and downs" that ultimately became all "ups" (thus posting under "Good News"). First of all, I developed some kind of infection last week, source unknown but probably respiratory since my supplemental O2 needs rose sharply as did my coughing (which became "wet" as vs. usual "dry"). Blood work also showed that platelet count had risen despite my being on blood thinners (Lovenox and Prednisone). On Monday, while at clinic preparing to have bi-weekly Vitamin C infusion, I suffered a small stroke (ultimately deemed a TIA--despite it lasting over 1-1/2 hours--due to speedy recovery (most symptoms gone within 1-1/2 hours). Fortunately, because I was at clinic at the time, I was given enough data to make informed decision as to whether to go to local ER. I was told that ER would not provide treatment (there was none) but would simply "monitor" progresss of stroke, so I opted to stay where I was and go ahead and have my Vit C infusion instead (couldn't hurt and might even help). My symptoms began with slurred voice, followed by enlarged pupil, inability to comprehend what was being said to me, walking like a drunken sailor and cessation of air flow in my two lower lobes. O2 needs rose from 1-1/2 supplemental to 4 liters. At end of 1-1/2 hours, however, the only symptom left was slightly (instead of fully) enlarged pupil. I later questioned how I could have TIA when on blood thiners, and doc told me I was lucky I was on thinners. If I hadn't been, instead of a TIA it would probably have been a full blown stroke and might even haven taken me out on the spot. I, of course, knew that I had to recover--and quickly-- since that was Monday and the following day I had an all day Inauguration Day Open House party scheduled and if I didn't make it, it would have ruined my cake (whose wording was: "Change is Here and So Am I!" ) By the next morning, my single remaining symptom was a very slightly enlarged pupil (and it was back to normal by Noon) so all I need to do now is hope that I don't have a recurrrence during next week (if I don't, it cuts down the odds of future recurrences). If any of you have had this and have input/information to add, I'd certainly appreciate your sharing it (for example, will I still be able to fly, despite cabin pressure, given that right now Florida, Carib and Mexico beaches are looking nice and warm and toasty compared to Colorado ) In the meantime, over 60 showed up at my open house (which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.so yesterday (Wednesday) I spent the day being lazy. Today I'll have a lazy morning, then off for the second of my bi-weekly Vit C infusions. I am now on a week's regiment of augmentin/amoxicillin (for infection) and wearing anti-coagulation stockings (to reduce posssibility of future TIAs), but continue to be pain-free (although swigging more cough remedies than usual). Ergo, I'm still lucky, still opting for Quality of Life and now have new short term goal of surviving to see my grandson become a teenager on February 20! With Love and Affection, Carole "the Bounce Back Kid" Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.--George Carlin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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