Well, I had my follow up appointment with my physician and things are “eh.” Words are sometimes hard to come by when I am on this much medication, but that word definitely describes it best :). I knew when I woke up this morning that something wasn’t quite right. I still felt some pain, now more towards the left side of my chest (closer to the heart). I was a little alarmed because I was hoping it wasn’t another heart issue. The doctor finally gave is a name: costochondritis – inflammation of the sternal area. Apparently there is cartilage all around the sternum and mine is significantly inflamed – especially with all the wires. She lightly pressed on my sternum and oh my word! It made me lose my breath it hurt so bad! She winced herself and thought – this isn’t right.
So, she prescribed prednazone now to hopefully take away the rest of the inflammation. I’m glad I wasn’t off my rocker this morning thinking that something wasn’t quite right yet. Now I’m on vicodin, 800mg motrin, and now prednazone. I feel like a walking zombie to be honest! I am totally willing to do whatever it takes to make this pain go away though! She said that the inflammation is more of a common problem, but she said it is a very painful one and especially with my wires, it makes it that much worse. Here today I was thinking I was just going to kind of tough it out – I’m glad I didn’t and actually went in.
After I am done with my prednazone, if there is still some pain, I have to call my doc immediately because then there are other issues. I already have a loose sternum wire, which she is a little concerned about. I had to call my cardiologist and fax up my ER report to let them know what is going on, just in case they want to do something about that. Also, they want me to see my heart doctor sooner, rather than in February (when my next 6 month appointment was supposed to be) because I have a little pain by my heart. After a week, if I still feel the pain, I have to call up there again and just see someone they said. So, we’ll see once how this week goes and then kind of go from there!
I would say I am farely functional, but I can’t give hugs :(, which makes me sad – I am a huggy person. I’ve been practicing my knitting and crocheting, which is nice! So, this week will be a “take it easy” week – I don’t want this to ever happen again! And I am a tad forgetful – I couldn’t remember when I was born today when I was asked :). If you ask Dan…I’ve been a little crazy :).
Thank you for the prayers…it’s been a little bit of a scary weekend, just not knowing EXACTLY what is going on, but God has given us answers and we just pray the healing continues! Praise God that I have been sleeping like a rock! I could honestly sleep all day I think – that is not me, but I think it’s all my medication. But God has already worked in a mighty way! I’m just so thankful we got more answers today!