Well here's an update on how things are going. Yesterday, evening I received a phone call from one of the Doctors from the Pulmonary Clinic, at Walter Reed. My Pulmonary Dr is out of town at a conference, so one of the fellows called in her place.
He told me that my PET/CT scan showed that the nodule on the upper right lobe was gone, but the one on the left is still there and I've also have developed several more throughout my lungs. He said that she was more experienced, smarter and new better what to say about my PET/CT. So that she would call me next week with my results.
However, he was calling because the radiologist was worried about me and wanted him to check on me. The Dr asked how I was feeling and was I breathing okay. I mentioned that I was having serious pain on my right side thru my ribs up under my breast. I mentioned that I had an x-ray and the Dr that ordered it said nothing was fractured. Well, he said, actually you do have two fractured ribs on the right side. It's my 2nd and 3rd rib, he also mentioned that he could see that I had 5 other fractured ribs on the left side in varying stages of healing.
He said I hate to upset you, but I have to ask, "Do you feel safe at home, are you being harmed by your husband?" I said NO, we've been married nearly 29 years and he's NEVER hit me. That I have a cat that weighs 10lbs and he seems to like to stand on my ribs and I believe he's fracturing my ribs. I explained that I have osteoporosis really bad from taking high dose steroids. He could look into my records and verify that. I'm not sure he bought my explanation, he reminded me that if I were a child they would have called child protective services already. He also said that he would be contacting my PCM and letting her know that I've fractured my ribs again.
So, my PT isn't doing any work on my back as long as I'm in the pain that I'm in. As there isn't a darn thing they can do for fractured ribs, I'll just have to take extra pain meds and hope the pain goes away soon. I'm unable to lift anything over a pound because of the pain. Having troubles dressing and lifting my arm. Bill wants me to take it really easy over the weekend. He said he'll do everything for me and he just wants me to lay and rest.
Hopefully, I'll feel better by Monday pain wise. As I'll start radiation on Monday, it hurts to drive, it causing serious pain to look over my shoulders, I'll have to drive up into the city with heavy traffic every day next week. Prayers for a speedy recovery would be appreciated. I'm not sure how much the radiation is going to affect me, they are planing on doing heat therapy with it too.
I'm going to call my oncologist in the morning as I'm pretty sure I'm in need of blood. I'm very pale and have really dark circles around my eyes. I get really short of breath when I walk, but that could be my ribs too. The hardest part is my fatigue I"m totally wiped out and just want to sleep all the time. I'm due to take my next MTX injection tomorrow. Will let you know what he says, it may be Monday before I get my blood as my Dr is given 72 hours to return my phone call.
Hope you all have a good evening and a great day tomorrow. I hope that those of you are having pain, I hope your pain levels drop and you have a day without pain or at least with very little pain. Hang in there all and you're in my prayers.
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.