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Monday, April 09, 2007

Hey Family! What's Going on With Us?

I got a call last Wednesday letting me know that my oldest brother was going in for emergency surgery. He had a perforated bowel. Sounds like fun, huh? I drove down on Thursday as my sister-in-law was having a scheduled surgery to remove 3 vertebrae. So that left my niece, and her step brother and sister at home with no way to really get around. I picked them up and took them to the hospital so they could see their parents, then we went out to eat. The next morning Kelsey and I were out the door a little after 5 so she could get to Midway airport in Chicago to catch a flight to go see her mother. In the meantime, John's wife was released but had to wait for me to get back there because she can't drive. We stopped and saw John for a bit then I took us home and to be honest, I crashed on the couch. Because you see, I went to bed at 2am and got a little over 2 hours of sleep. Anyway, I went back and forth to the hospital to be with John, and ended up leaving on Saturday morning. I wish I could have stayed longer as I know how much it means to have family helping you out, but I had to get back to my own family. Plus we were hosting Easter and we had to get ready for that.

Dion made the ham and some carrot soup....ummm....yuuuuum! I made sweet potatoes and desert and all went well. My mom left for Milwaukee this morning to take another shift of helping out.

Now, I, for the last few weeks have had numbness in my fingertips on both hands. I figured that I should get it checked since it wasn't getting better. I thought I was on my way to Carpel Tunnel, and I still may be, but the doctor wants to eliminate other things first. So, after 10 tubes of blood being drawn, here is the lowdown of what he is testing for:
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • "inflammation"
  • "infection"
  • Factor V Leiden Mutation
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

No wonder they had to take 10 tubes of blood. I will find out results on Friday. I hate waiting. But that's nothing new. I guess that's it. I suppose it's a lot, but, really, what in my life isn't?


Shari said...

I hope it's something that can be taken care of.

For numbness of the extremities, diabetes and Guilliam-Barr (sp?) Syndrome come to mind. They're probably a bit on the extreme side. I don't mean to scare you. Just adding more to your list.

As for all that running around, that's what family is for. They'll be there for you, too.

Sounds like you had a good Easter.

Amalia said...

Doesn't it sometimes seem that everyone falls apart at the same time? It's happened in my family, too. Just keep plugging away (you're doing a great job) and soon everyone will be hale and hearty. Then you can get some rest!


PS Good luck on your bloodwork!