People, I had a near death experience :-P Yesterday my mom took me to the ER and we were there for like 5 hours. Here's the thing:
You know I have Rheumatoid arthritis. Most of you probably know I had a "1% chance" side effect to one of my medications back in 2004, and got cancer in my neck (Luckily it was contained in my salivary gland so I didn't need chemo, etc.). Basically I could go on and on explaining all the rare/weird health issues and side effects I always end up having.
Well in the fall I had some vision problems (blurry vision, pressure in my eyes, etc.) and went to the eye doctor where they said my vision was fine and it might be strain of some kind...after a few weeks it got better and went away. Then about 3 months ago I had a "twitch" in my upper lip...people talking to me could see my lip twitching---it was weird! My family doc said to cut back on caffiene, etc. and after awhile it did go away. About a month ago my feet started going numb/tingly off and off. I didn't think much of it at the time and as the month went on I started to think maybe it was related to my arthritis. Well then about a week and a half ago I had the intense back pain that then turned into neck pain. I thought maybe I pulled a muscle, but my family doctor didn't feel a muscle spasm etc. and said if it wasn't better in a week to talk to my RA doctor about it. So on Thursday morning I went to my RA doctor and he did neck/spine xrays to see if there was something there, but he was stumped about the tingling feel (which I assumed was related to RA) and said he'd have to send me to a Neurologist if it continued. Later that day my vision started going crazy again, like it had months earlier---blurry, eye pressure, and now a bad headache. Then I was at my mom's to pick up the girls and suddenly all ten of my fingertips turned bright red and went numb.
Basically at this point I'm starting to freak out that I have a brain tumor (and it really wasn't out of the realm of possibility since I had cancer in my neck before and the eye pressure was on the same same of my head and the neck cancer!) Then Friday morning the eye got worse, my whole head was pounding, and I started feeling dizzy, etc. (With the help of google other possible diseases I had were Diabetes, MS, and other horrible things ;-)
So I call my mom who leaves work and drives me to the ER....long story a little bit shorter, they did a CT scan of my head and I'm happy to report my head is fine! Phew. They also did a vision screening which had me with still perfect 20/20 vision, and they checked my eye pressure which was the same in both eyes. They also ran lots of blood tests and everything came back fine---no diabetes or anything else they check for.
But now that leaves us still stumped. We are waiting for results of my vitamin B12 test b/c a deficient in that can cause the tingling in hands a nd feet---that would be a super easy fix. If that comes back fine then I"m headed to the neurologist! But at least we have pretty much ruled out all life threatening things. I may still need an MRI of my spine to check for pinched nerves etc.
So there you go---I'm not opening my Etsy shop until I have a little better idea of what's going on, because if my hand numbness would get worse or something I don't want to have a ton of orders I can't fulfill.
The plus side? My mom didn't want me watching the girls by myself now this weekend (Lee comes home Sunday from fishing) so she took them last night and is keeping them until Sunday morning---yay for a break! :-)
And with the girls gone I needed new photo subjects---so here are our puppies! (And check out my new watermark! I just paid someone on Etsy $10 to do it because I didn't want to mess with making my own lol. I got a black one, white one, and some in a version that I could make business cards with etc. I'm not actually going into business right now (not sure I really want to---I only plan to be a SAHM for one more year) but I do have a few family/friends who have me take t heir pics and now they look more profession :-P
|This is Gunner---Lee's "hunting" dog, who spends about 4 days a year hunting pheasants and then sleeps on the couch the remainder of the year :-)|
|The collar box is to keep them in our yard with the underground fence|