I have determined that auto-immune disorders are the 'gift' that keeps on giving. All right - don't yell at me for calling it a gift, because believe me, I get it. It's not. Unless you consider a flaming bag of poo on your porch as a gift.
I went to a new doctor this week and no one will be more surprised than me that I like her! She gave me a little hope and scared me a bunch, but she's a straight-shooter. I like that. Don't beat around the bush, just tell me.
On to the 'gift' I got this week from Lupus. The Wolf gave me another batch of lab tests to wait for. The Wolf blew my house down. I was starting to get accustomed to the flares, the crummy days and, yes, the good days. Now my heart is in question. Seems that after a really thorough history and exam with Dr. New (no that's not her real name), she has identified a potential for an embolism and/or a stroke in my future - and maybe even my not so distant future. I don't cry often and I don't scare easy (except for spiders and some snakes), but I'm going to be honest, I'm scared. I haven't cried, but it's going to happen. The news is just now catching up with me.
Seems that the Wolf can show up with a tendency for clotting. I've always been a good clotter. In fact, I've been pretty darned proud of it. I was also proud of my 'kick butt' immune system......see where that got me? That's probably why pride is one of those 7 deadly sins, right?
So, the lab has another 5 tubes of my blood. I am on watch and wait again AND on daily aspirin. I can tolerate the aspirin. What's another med? Especially if it's not steroids, which Dr. New and I agreed I don't have to do at this point. Topical will suffice.
But, if the panel is positive, I get to traipse on over to the Hem/Onc for further discussions of meds that I am in no way thrilled about.
The thing I want whomever is reading this to take away.....February is Women's Heart Health Month. I've always worn my red during February, even though I look awful in red. But, if you're reading this, whether you're male or female, PLEASE, I beg you - go to the American Heart Assoc website and familiarize yourself with heart symptoms in women. They may be different than you think.
I thought I was really heart healthy. I bike ride, I have low blood pressure, my pulse is nice and slow, my ECGs have been all clear.....but there are other things to consider.
So Happy Valentine's Day - remember, the symbol is a heart. Take care of it!