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April 3, 2007

A Scare

Well, the weekend for most of you is now over and the week of "hell" for Jim and me is over as well. To sum things up in a nutshell, Jim has had some problems with nausea over the past several months and was referred to a neurologist for treatment. It was suggested he have an MRI done to check for abnormalities. The follow up visit was scheduled for next week, but the doctor called last Monday to move the appointment to yesterday, and include a lumbar puncture (spinal tap). The information Jim got was sketchy at best, but apparently they found something on the MRI that they didn't expect to find...
We went to the office yesterday for the follow up and we both asked some more pointed questions about the results, and why the doctor was suggesting the spinal tap. All I can say is WHEW... It was not at all what we were expecting... The lesion/tumor they found on his brain was nothing they were concerned about (appears all people have some abnormalities) and since the MRI pretty much was inconclusive, she wanted to do the spinal tap to rule out any other infection or problems. Our minds were going a mile a minute, we were online doing medical searches and came up with a few (of the worst case) scenarios, MS, malignant tumor, all the really bad stuff... Only to find it was really nothing... WHEW!!! The source of his nausea is still yet to be determined, but... well... WHEW!!! (I have to say one thing in Jim's defense, the Neurologist is from Brazil, and has a Portuguese accent that is sometimes hard to understand, so when he talked to her while he was at work, he picked up only parts of the explanation)...
So... I took yesterday off to accompany him to and to try to put things into perspective, after the visit he was told to relax the rest of the day and drink lots of fluids, and I went out and mowed, trimmed, and weeded the yard. It was a beautiful 80+ degree afternoon and after the fertilizer was applied two weeks ago, the lawn had grown 5-6 inches since the first cutting... I was exhausted by the time I finished. Usually Jim and I knock it out in a couple hours when working together, but this was four hours of strenuous labor... It looks beautiful though, I am going to The Homo Depot today to pick up some lime pellets to spread to try to neutralize some of our more acidic soil where the grass is not coming in as strong...
Today and tomorrow are honey do days, between finishing up the yard and cleaning the house. We didn't get a lot accomplished this past weekend around the house, so I will be making up for it.
That's it for now, from beautiful Toano, VA... Over and "Out"!!!

5 comments:

Mark said...

Nausea huh...........it couldn't be that Jim if preg......

Hope all goes well and everything is finally ruled out.

We've been gardening for the past two weekends. Mostly just cleaning up from the winter and preparing the garden for all the annuals we swear we'll never put in again, but always do.....they make it look so nice.

Doug said...

It's strange how doctors are so cryptic sometimes...like they think if we don't know something we won't be worried. I hope the other tests show something mild (and I hope they show something...an endless quest is never fun).

TJ said...

I'm glad it didn't turn out to be anything real bad. I'm sure you know how impotant it is to have these things checked. Tell Jim I hope his nausea settles. Take care...

Kelly said...

I am glad it is nothing bad... I hope you find out more about his sickness, but it does not sound like it will be as bad as you thought might be...I have my followup tomorrow... ughh

Maddog said...

I'm happy to hear it's nothing serious but please keep us posted on what the doctor says.

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