by bnicolef (9 Posts), Fri Mar 30, 2012 04:34 pm
I didn't report my home readings, but they explained the drop to 77/36 from having my blood drawn. I've had Probably more than 300 needle sticks in the last two years, and the only time I've ever felt ill, is when it took over an hour to get an IV in. My veins are tiny, invisible, collapsing little things that cause nurses to question why they do their job lol.
Yesterday I ended up with terrible stabbing pain under my ribs and in my back. I was afraid it was my kidneys or something, and since they hadn't gotten back my urinalysis, I expected they could at least do an ultrasound to check out my gall bladder or make sure it wasn't like kidney stones or something. Well, I got turned away from ER, telling me I had to go to labor and delivery for any sort of abdominal pain. I kept telling them the midwife said it was ligament pain, but they said there was nothing they could do, since it could be contractions.
I should mention my annoying blood pressure. I checked it (expecting it to be super high) in the midst of a pain attack, it was 115/67. After a good chunk of time with no pain, I take it again right before I leave for the ER, it is 155/75. I tell my husband, hey, maybe they will see one of these super high numbers. I get to labor and delivery (maybe 30 minutes later.) My blood pressure is 99/44.
The nurse instantly says "ligament pain" as my diagnosis. I keep going on about my symptoms, and the midwife realizes that no, it isn't ligament pain, when I start crying as soon as she touches my rib area. She said that maybe I have a fatty liver?, so she orders more labs and an ultrasound. Both came back fine, so I am left to assume it's just my gall bladder.
My urinalysis came back "fine" today. I remember them treating me for a uti before, even though I didn't have any symptoms. I compared those results to the one just done. Before the only thing "off" was a wbc result of 2. Rbc and epithelial cells were both 0. This time the only things "off" were the wbc, rbc, and epithelial cells results were all 1. I am not even sure what any of those mean, but I'm pretty sure all three of those should be 0. So, I don't understand why they treated me last time when the result for one was 2, but this time the result is 1 and they don't treat me, even though I have symptoms? I wish I knew more about this sort of thing!
I also realized that I can only view urinalysis results, none of my blood work is on my online chart. I may go request those results on Monday, so I can see what they are.
I looked through all of my labs from my last pregnancy (that are available anyway) and realized they are not so good about "fine" actually meaning "fine." My last pregnancy I gained 100 pounds, all but 10 of those pounds after 26 weeks. My diet had a few sweets, but we are really healthy eaters. I couldn't walk without feeling like I was going to fall over (I barely left the bed, slept 16+ hours a day, my husband had to bathe me.) Labs after labs came back "fine" "fine" fine." When I look, I see protein and albumin well below normal range, my thyroid tests were all at the very lowest number in "normal" range, or just below it, and I kept having highest possible "normal" glucose test results (with one that only said "abnormal.")
Sorry for the ramble! I just worry when I feel like I have to play doctor for myself. I don't like it, because, I am not a doctor. I only know when my body is telling me something isn't right. I expect them to be able to interpret what that means, but to hear "it's nothing" or "you're fine" with no explanation or clear reason behind their diagnosis is the most frustrating thing. Then, to find out when I had the worst 10 months of my life and just kept hearing the words "fine," that no, not everything was as "fine" as they kept saying, and maybe I could have had some relief.