Over the last few months, as most of you know I have had some health issues. Still trying to figure it all out but wanted to give you some updates.
For the last few months, I have been having some sharp pain in my abdomen/groin area. I have seen a new gynecologist who is so awesome. We wanted to rule out anything female related so she ordered a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound. I also needed to see her because I haven’t been having my periods for a long long time. Well blood test results came back and revealed that I have peri menopause. Whoo hoo! I’m getting old.
The Mayo Clinic says perimenopause, “refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward permanent infertility (menopause).” They say that after 12 months straight with no period is when it’s full blown menopause. I’m headed there quick, I believe.
I also needed to have my 1st mammogram. That wasn’t as bad as I thought until they called me back to say it looked irregular and wanted me to have a follow up mammo which then lead to having a biopsy done. That was uneventful, thank goodness. I kept it quiet so my mom and dad wouldn’t worry. My mom didn’t sleep the night before my first mammo so I was definitely not going to tell her I was having the biopsy. I told her afterwards and she agreed she wouldn’t have slept ha ha
The Breast Care Center at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL is amazing. Beautiful facility and wonderful caring people.
The thing I was worried about the most was the numbing part. When I go to the dentist it takes a while for my mouth to get totally numb. I shared my concerns and they made sure that I couldn’t feel anything. The first numbing shot did the trick, I was surprised. Kev took off work that day to be with me through it. Results came back the next day that I had dense tissue and they want to see me back in 6 months. Phew!
On a side note, have you heard that some anesthesiologists believe that red heads require more anesthesia over those with other hair colors? It makes total sense to me now.
That same day as my biopsy, I was able to get in earlier than planned to have my pelvic AND transvaginal (um yea not fun at all) ultrasound and those came back clear the next day. No masses, fibriods, etc. All the lady parts are good to go! So on to the next step.
I returned to my primary doc and he subscribed an anti-inflammatory (I don’t usually care for many meds but this one seems to be helping. YEA!) and has referred me to an abdominal surgeon. My appointment is this Thursday so we shall see what she has to say. If she can’t figure it out, they might order a CT of the abdomen. Pain, pain, go away.
The previous issues with numbness and leg/foot swelling are still there so we’ll have to revisit all that soon too. Do you know how much I want to get back to my workouts? It’s crazy, I mowed the lawn last week and took tons of breaks so not to overdo it. After 3+ hours I finally finished the lawn and it looked good I have to say. It was a jungle out there.
I’m shocked that I don’t hurt as much as I thought I would. I did go swimming a couple weekends ago and hit up the hotel hot tub too. That was real nice!
Now all I need is one of these bad boys. An Endless Pool!
Have you heard of an endless pool spa? Think insurance would covered it for me? My life would be complete lol
I just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s been keeping me busy over here. And just a word of advice, it is recommended that you have a mammogram no matter what your medical provider says. Here are some breast cancer screening guidelines to help you out.
Good to be back! What have you been up to?