Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm worried.......


Okay, so I posted a couple weeks ago about our scary trip to the ER. Steve was diagnosed with a large hiatal hernia and sent home with meds for pain, nausea, and acid reflux.

The trouble is, he doesn't have acid reflux. He hardly ever gets heartburn. But the nausea and pain has continued, off and on, in varying degrees. He's missed a couple days of work since the ER episode....which is so not normal for Steve. He has an impeccable work ethic and just does not miss work.

He had seen a Nurse Practitioner at our GP's office a couple days after the visit to the ER, just for follow-up, and he basically just confirmed that yes, the pain could have been (and probably was) from the hiatal hernia. He also said that it was possible Steve had and passed a kidney stone. Nothing definitive and nothing terribly helpful. Since then, we have wondered if perhaps something else is going on and perhaps the pain and nausea is from another cause...

Yesterday he got sick at lunchtime and stayed the rest of the day at work. He had only eaten a few bites of his lunch. He did not eat dinner. He did eat a few crackers about 9:00 last night, before he went to bed. He spent a bad night and called in today - very nauseated.

So, he called the doctor's office this morning to try to get in today to see someone -- anyone. His appointment was at 11:00 and the NP that he saw basically took one look at him and made an appointment for tomorrow morning at 8:00 with a gastroenterologist. His blood pressure was very low. He's gone back and forth today between the nausea, feeling better, and pain.

I hope and pray the doctor will be able to find the problem tomorrow and that it will be something we can easily fix. (I guess that's always everyone's hope and prayer that goes through something like this, isn't it?) But in the meantime, I gotta say......I'm worried.

7 comments:

Baker Watson said...

Hang in there, Patty. I know it is a scary time, but hopefully the doctor will be able to quickly determine what is wrong and get Steve back on the road to a speedy recovery. We will be pulling for you and Steve. Keep us posted.

Patty said...

Baker, thank you so much! You're right, it is a very scary time. I really hope we'll get some answers today.

I will definitely keep everyone posted.

Patty

spunkysuzi said...

I hope they can narrow down what's wrong so at least you can try to deal with it!! My thoughts are definitely with you today. "hugs for steve" Get better soon!! Patty stay strong ;)

jeri said...

Here's hoping that everything is okay with your husband. Hope he feels better very soon.
Jeri

Patty said...

Thanks, Suzi. We now know it's not his gallbladder. He's got a colonoscopy scheduled for next Thursday, so we have to wait another week to find anything else out...


Jeri, thank you so much. We're still playing the waiting game, unfortunately. He went back to work this afternoon, which is more like "the Steve I know." He said he was feeling fine...and he is, until he isn't.

More later...

Baker Watson said...

Glad to hear he is feeling better for now and that there are more tests lined up to try to track down the problem. Keep hanging in there.

Baker

Patty said...

Thanks again, Baker! I'm feeling better, still anxious, but trying to keep my faith strong and a positive attitude. I know that makes a huge difference...I just wish it was a week from now, so it would be over and we would have an all clear. :-)

 
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