Hello friends and family,
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I posted and visited. I stepped away from blogging for a time so I could focus on my illness and finding the help I really need. I saw a Neurologist at University Hospital that disagreed with my doc’s diagnosis and basically called her a quack, though my doc’s office failed to forward my medical file so he never saw one test result and had none of my medical history to review. My doc and I decided he was the quack and she has now referred me to a different office for which I’m still waiting for an appointment from. A short while after starting the Sinemet I began having problems with hypotension. I had a few heart attack like events that caused me to worry about my heart health. My doc cut my Sinemet dosage back and I have been doing better…except that a week ago I contracted strep and got sick as heck. I received antibiotics a few days ago and am doing a little better now.
On a good note the Sinemet relieved my leg and walking problems and I have not lost my balance or fallen in over two months. My limp has gone away and my pain is better as long as I don’t stop taking my meds. The neurologist I saw told me that there was no medical benefit from the dose I was taking and that to test his opinion I should stop taking it and see what happens. I did and for about a week I had no adverse reactions but at the end of the second week with no Sinemet my limp returned. I talked with my doc who told me I needed to start taking it again. It took two weeks but the symptoms subsided again…hmm, I think that test was conclusively in favor of my doc and not the Neurologist. I was sure at the beginning of this that I had MS, that had been my suspicion for a long time. I’m not ruling it out yet but the response I’ve had to the Sinemet is telling me my doc could be right, it could very well be Parkinson’s. Anyway, now that I’ve briefed you on the medical side of my life….
I’m excited to get to all your blogs and see what everyone has been up to. I’m bummed that I was unable to complete Blogging 101 but, honestly, it was getting difficult for me to keep up with the assignments. I had some problems with my computer that led to it crashing so I was off-line for a time but thanks to great friends in the tech world I was able to score a new computer and get it up and running with little hassle. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to load my photography software yet so my pictures and my photo blog are still on hold. 😦
I’m coming to visit you now…wherever you are 😉
See you soon and thanks for understanding my absence,
The Peridot Pixie