Bet you thought I died, huh? Nope! Not yet, although I think that every time I go to a new doctor, things get worse. The last time I wrote, I was going to see a cardiologist because of my leg swelling....and, because of an ECHO test I had in January. Apparently there was an issue that needed addressing, but my family doctor told me it wasn't "dire" so no need to worry..........???? Not so much! I had a cardiac catheterization last Thursday and they discovered that I need a new heart valve within 18 months. Isn't that just ducky? That's open heart surgery, my friends.......I didn't know that at first and now, that's all I can think about. Financially, I should have it done this year since we've already met our maximum insurance "out of pocket" expenses, but I have something else in the works and hate to be laid up again if this new situation works.
This past February, my neurologist suggested I see another specialist that deals with nerve/muscle issues only. We called her, but couldn't get until August. They suggested we see her associate, so we made an appointment with him and it was last week. He did the normal nerve tests in the office and afterwards asked if anyone ever suggested steroids. Apparently, they give you infusion steroids for 3-5 days and then once a week for two months and you improve. This guy claims that once I start, I should be walking in a week and a half. He thinks I have an autoimmune disease where my body is just full of inflammation. Who knew?? Anyway, he was going on spring break with his family and will return April 7th and I have already done all the tests I needed prior to the steroid treatments, so I will let you know. At least it's some "HOPE" for now. I cried when I left the office I was so happy. Keep your fingers crossed! Please??
In the meantime, I need to show you two things. First, the sticky buns I made for my family for Easter:
And then, the socks I have been knitting forever. I really should get going on them, I suppose.
So, that's the news with me. Hope all of you are well, or getting better. These mystery illnesses are no fun and from what I've been reading from some of you, you aren't having a ball with life either. I wish you well. I swear that IF I ever get back to normal again, I never will take the small stuff for granted ever again! Just driving my car again would be a joy, or getting in my 6 ft. bathtub, or even walking to the mailbox. For those of you who can do all of those things - - - you are blessed!! Think about it!!
So, until next time. Be well and appreciate God's gifts.