Really need some support, had bad news from my dr. today

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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was scheduled to have some outpatient surgery this Wed. and went last week for pre op tests. I thought everything was all set.  I also had to go to a lung specialist as my asthma has gotten out of control and i've been wheezing terribly.  My EKG came back and it was different and changed from the one I had last Dec.  My PCP looked at it and said no way could I have surgery without finding out why the EKG changed.  And she doesn't know if the breathing problem could be related to a heart problem.  So I have to see a cardiologist now and have further tests to see why the EKG changed.  I probably have to have further lung tests to rule out or find out what is going on.  I couldn't get an appt. with the cardio dr. until Aug 13 so now I am truly scared about what is wrong with me.  I have always had some asthma but it usually disappeared with a few days of treatment.  Now I am wheezing every day and using 2 inhalers.  Surgery postponed until all tests can be done and they find out what is wrong with me. I am trying to stay strong and be positive but I am now feeling depressed, sad and scared.  My PCP told me I need to really take it easy. What does that mean?  Of course, i'm not doing much because I can't breathe so I am mostly home.  I just want my life to return to normal again.  I hope that there is nothing too serious.  My son is getting married in Oct. 2009 and I want to be around for the wedding.  Any advice and support and help would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying so hard to keep from crying so I don't get too upset but this is very difficult.

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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear that you are going to have to wait that long for that appointment.  Well, you  surely don't need to be out in the heat and humidity.  Is there any thing indoors you enjoy doing that could kill some time?
You and I both know that stress and crying can definitely bring on an asthma attack.  Do hot baths relax you?
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Aurora, I'm so sorry that you're going through all this. I too suffered from depression, but with drug and talk therapy managed to get it under control.

I've never has asthma, but our SIL has it and like you has to use at least two puffers to get relief.

This news about your EKG findings could be serious, but probably is a glitch due to the asthma.

Please, don't worry so much about the unknown and speculate that you might not be able to attend your son's wedding in October 2009. That's still a long way away, and much could be corrected by then.

I suggest taking a friend to your cardiology app't. This is important because in your panicky state you may not be able to absorb what the doctor is saying. Also, I suggest asking your friend to make notes for you concerning what the doctor said.

I know it's hard, but really try to take one hour at a time, then one day at a time and focus only on that; after all, everything else is an unknown. When you have more information to work with, it should be easier on you.

Right now, be kind to yourself.



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   Posted 7/28/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
These guys are right Aurora,

Try to live in the moment and stay relaxed until you get more information as to what is going on. The stress could bring on another asthma attack. So stay calm.

Do you do any meditation? It is so relaxing. Are there other things that you would like to do that would be calming to you?

Remember that we are here for you so post as you need to. Even if you just want to put your feelings down to relieve stress.

Keep us posted,
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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   


Did they tell you what had changed on your EKG.  If it was critical you would be in the hospital so I am sure they just want to check out your cardiac status before okaying the surgery.

Stay in the moment and know we are here for you always.  It will work out but I understand your fears. 

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   Posted 7/29/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you all for responding to my post.  It is so reassuring to know I have friends on this forum who care about my well being.  As far as the EKG goes I asked my PCP about the changes and she said it could mean a possible blockage or it could be nothing.  It could be a change because of the way the technician placed the electrodes.  So my dr. is being extra cautious as I do have risk factors such as cholesterol and high blood pressure although both are controlled by meds.  In fact my cholesterol is 198 so not that high and under 200 is good but I am trying to get it lower. I will keep posting about any of my test results although won't see the cardiologist until Aug. 13. Again thank you for responding to me.  It helps to make me feel better and more calm.]


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