It has been a killer week. But I survived! :-)
And I might even have a(nother) diagnosis for my latest problem ...
I had a CT scan on Wednesday morning, which was rather non-eventful other than the three pokes it took to get an IV into me. (Hey, I needed a little color from the bruises, didn't I?)
On Thursday, I saw my OB (finally!), who did the most painful pelvic exam I've ever had. She didn't see or feel anything out of the ordinary, and said the next step was to see my gastroenterologist to rule out something intestinal, and if Dr. GI can't figure it out, to come back and she'd take a look inside with a laproscope to see what she could find.
Ellie was scheduled for her annual checkup on Thursday afternoon, but Scott got a call from Ellie's teacher about ten minutes before he was going to leave to pick her up to say Ellie's right ear hurt bad enough that she couldn't lay on that side. It was good timing at least! Sure enough, she had a raging ear infection on the right side, so we got prescriptions for antibiotics and numbing ear drops.
By the time that was all finished up, I was in no condition to go to the kindergarten readiness program I'd intended to go to that evening. Sigh.
Today, I called my internist to see if she'd gotten my CT results. She hadn't seen them yet but she was able to find the preliminary results in the computer system. The most notable thing in the report was that I have "stranding" in my intestine right in the area that I have pain. She says that's a sign of inflammation, and said the CT report said there was probable diverticulitis in that area.
So it's antibiotics for me! Meanwhile, my respiratory infection seems like it rebounded again, and my wheeze and junky lungs are worse, so I'm on Avelox, an antibiotic that's designed for respiratory infections but is also a second choice line of treatment for diverticulitis. Gotta love it when you can kill two birds with one stone!
Meanwhile, after scheduling an appointment yesterday to see my GI doc in a few weeks, I got a call from his assistant that they had a cancellation and can fit me in on Tuesday. Which is quite good timing!
An interesting note is that my internist says that a colonoscopy is contraindicated with a diagnosis of diverticulitis because there's a higher likelihood of perforating the bowel if it's all swollen. So I apparently have that to look forward to eventually, but not for the next few months.
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