Abnormal?

For the first time since I started my blog, I skipped a day writing a post. Did anyone miss me? It ends up that after having a “heaviness”, uncomfortable feeling in my chest for 4-5 days, Steve finally talked me into going to the ER. My Dad had heart disease, and I guess I was a “typical patient” who wanted to know – but, I really didn’t want to find out if anything was wrong. It ends up that my heart is fine! Yippee! But the CT scan that they did to rule out a pulmonary embolism came back “abnormal.” Now – that is not a word that you want to hear from your doctor! Evidently, I have a “rare and strange” condition – Who knew? I told Steve that I was special! They found pneumonitis (not pneumonia) and bronchiolitis (not bronchitis) in my lungs – nothing too serious, but I get to follow up with a pulmonologist soon. Yay!

I got to thinking how “abnormal” is not a word you like to hear from a physician. It’s reminds me of when I had arthroscopic knee surgery prior to having bilateral knee replacements in 2010. The doctor came out that time and said, “I got all of the DEBRIS that I could from your knee – you really need a knee replacement!” Now, I don’t know about you, but I was not impressed that I had “debris” in my body! Debris! Sounds like he was “taking out the trash!”

After the virus attacked Steve’s heart and he about died on me in 2015, our favorite “doctor’s phrase” was: It’s not bad “for a man of your age!” Don’t you just love that one! Oh the joys of aging! God Bless, Courtney

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