Kellies Medical Extravaganza

Those that have been reading since, oh, say, last August or so, will know that Kellie has been having some really peculiar medical stuff going on.  To save me having to repost it all, you can find the highlight/pertinent parts (in chronological order!) Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here.

OK, had a read back?  Good, then I will continue.

All that random medical stuff has had me on the worried side.  I mean, all the heart stuff was bad enough, but when everything started coming back "normal" and "clear" and all the rest of it, I was getting even more worried.  Not that I'm a worry-wort or anything.


What I DON'T always post here is stuff that is playing on my mind that could cause others reading to join the Little Stressed Man In The Corner Club.  Especially, Miss Kellie.  I figure that with everything she's got going on, the last thing she wants to read is something ominous.

So, Mr Doctor Man is being very helpful.  He is checking everything and running every test he can think, but even better, he is being proactive with it.  A couple of weeks ago, the blood test form he gave Kellie had lots of additional test things on it - literally covering all bases.  I took one look at it and saw a word that made my pert little arse clench in all sorts of ways.


I'm not sure HOW I knew, but I knew it was a form of cancer that, all things being equal, was not a nice one.  I took the form and casually magnetised it to the side of the fridge, folded and kind of out of sight from prying eyes (ie, Kellie)

I had a rummage through Google, and my heart was sinking with each page.  So many of the boxes of symptoms might as well have said "Kellie has this, and Kellie has that"

Being all manly and stuff, I "popped out" and made a call to my mum.  I was sat at the bus stop in the freezing cold trying to hold it together while talking to her.  She told me to stop worrying, calm down, and bare in mind that it was being checked as just a precaution.  So thank you 0dd Mummy for listening to me and putting my brain back onto the right track.

My worry and stress reigned in a little,  but it was still there.  This is Friday - Kellies test wasn't till Wednesday, and the results wouldn't be in till late Wednesday or even Thursday morning.

THAT was a long few days, and then - to really rub salt in the sensitive bits - the results were delayed arriving.  We had to wait till the following week for them as no one seemed to be able to locate them.  All I was thinking at this stage was "OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!"

Naturally, they came back negative.

What WAS showing on Mr Blood Test was a high... er... Hang on, it's here somewhere... Hmm, it was either thyroxine, or triiodothyronine.  One of those was normal, and one was high.  I think it was the former was high, the latter was normal.  Basically, the doctor is now going down the road of Kellie having an Over-Active Thyroid, or Hyperthyroidism.

So, going through various help sheets and stuff, there is a list of what (apparently) is considered to be obvious signs of the condition, the most obvious of which I have highlighted.
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Weight loss (rarely, weight gain)
  • Clammy skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Hand tremor
  • Weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Itching - overall
  • Lack of menstrual periods in women
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pounding, rapid, or irregular pulse
  • Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Skin blushing or flushing
  • Sleeping difficulty
EVERYTHING on the list has happened to Kellie over the last year, most of it frequently.  The stuff I have bolded is the stuff we've been focusing on, and not taking the other stuff into account... We also found a list of a half-dozen or so other tests that Hyperthyroidism give high readings for.  And wouldn't you know it, Cholesterol, Glucose and Triglyceride tests can all be elevated abnormally.

At the risk of cursing it all, we are hopeful that finally we are getting somewhere, and that an answer is looming on the horizon.  After her original Triglyceride test we through the roof, Kellies subsequent test showed it had lowered significantly thanks (I assume) to being on the super-powered Omega3 and Simvastatin.  I say lowered, bare in mind a "high" reading is 1.8-2.0, and Kellie was originally rocking a reading of 20.8, her new reading was down to 10.0.  Still really high, but a work in progress.

As ever, when we know more, I will update one and all.  We just want to shout a very big Thank You to Miss Posh Totty, who had a lot of medical issues a while back.  While not the same thing, the stuff was similar enough to get us to look at the bigger picture with the medical stuff, and not focus on one thing, plus she was there while I jabbered questions and ramblings in her direction.  So thank you darlin!

Please keep everything crossed for Kellie to be nearly out of the woods and to be on the road to recovery.

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One Response to “Kellies Medical Extravaganza”

Posh Totty said...

Awww a big mention on the 0ddness bl0g, I'm chuffed now :O)

I am just pleased I was able to help in some way. As I have said before, I am always here for you both and have everything crossed Kellie is nearing an official diagnoses and can begin to get treatment at long last.

Sending loads of love and hugs to you both Xxxx