February 02, 2013

Further Testing on Hold

I was told in December that I need a Cardio/Pulmonary Stress Test before going forward with the Pulmonary Hypertension.

I saw my PH Cardio Dr who got me in touch with the Dr who does this special kind of testing.  All plans were set, I was to have this 2-1/2 hr test on Jan. 7th.  The only thing that would prevent this from happening is a cold.

Well at Christmas time, everyone in our building came down with something and of course so did I.  I got a cold that wouldn't quit.  Turns out it was severe bronchitis.  I was put on antibiotics and cough suppressants.  I had to put the test on hold.  At the same time the clinic returned my call to reschedule the test telling me their computer for the equipment was down, it needed to be fixed.

I waited a week called back and was told they needed to get a new computer and have it programmed could take more time and I have to wait a month after the bronchitis to be well enough to have the test.  So we were going to plan the test for the second week in Feb. 

My plans are again on hold because my bronchitis came back with a vengeance.  This time I was given Prednisone, antibiotics and stronger cough suppressants.   The test will have to wait and so will my RHC because I am also having problems with my gallbladder. 

If the Gallbladder has to come out I'll have to wait an additional 6 weeks, been in testing for the gallbladder for the past 10 days.  Endoscope and ultrasound.  Final test was the HIDA scan.  Which took 2 days thanks to some complications.  7 attempts to get the IV in, then an hour into the HIDA scan my IV clotted off and they couldn't get the second part of the meds in.  Since I could not have any more attempts at the IV I was told I had to go back the next day and have a pic line put in to do the whole test over again.  I look like someone strangled my arms, they are covered in bruises.  The Dr should get the test results of the HIDA scan on Monday or Tuesday and will let me know what's next.  I'll try to keep you updated.