May 22, 2017
In my post last week, I referred to some health challenges Sarah has been having and wrote that everything seemed to be checking out okay. However, since writing that (and after an additional visit to the doctor), it appears that our gal is still dealing with a few things that may very well relate to late effects of cancer treatment.
For the moment, I won’t go into the whole list of of the symptoms she’s been having but I do want to mention one particuar thing and that is her heart.
Last Decemeber when she went in to have some breast lumps checked, her doctor didn’t like the way her heart sounded and did an EKG which turned out “normalish,” or on the outside edges of normal.
Everything seemed to be fine heart-wise until last week when she went to the doctor for some other issues and the doctor noticed some skipped beats. Sarah has also had several recent incidents where her heart started racing up to 120 beats per minute while she was sitting still. She said the elevated heart rate made her feel anxious and on the verge of fainting.
She has also experienced some significant shortness of breath and has had periods of weakness where she just feels “off.” She missed a couple of days of work last week and has been in to see our family doctor twice.
And so tomorrow afternoon I will be taking her to a cardiologist who will fit her with a 24-hour heart monitor. She also may have an abdominal CT scan and endoscopy in her future for some other issues but for now, we are taking it one thing at a time. Thankfully, her blood counts are normal and she is not losing weight so those are both good things.
We have been told through the years that there could very well be late effects to deal with from her cancer treatment and two big areas that chemo and radiation often affect are the heart and lungs. That’s one of the reasons they have had plenty of monitoring along the way.
At any rate, we are hoping for some answers this week and are praying for peace of mind as we navigate yet another bump in the road with our amazing gal. I’ll keep you in touch as we go along.
Question: Do any of you wonderful readers have good advice for shopping around for the best price on endoscopies and CT scans?
From what I can tell, prices vary hugely and since these tests aren’t covered by our insurance, we are very interested in not paying more than necessary. Thanks in advance for any insights you can provide.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.