Archive for October 31st, 2012

Not great news from the doc

I have been passing out, particularly after my veins begin to turn dark blue to almost black. This usually happens late in the day or at night and has been steadily getting worse in the past few years. Doctors have not taken me seriously and just throw up their hands. I am on my latest round of doctors beginning with a cardiologist—that was today. At first, he looked at me like I was crazy…yeah, blue, yeah… Then he began to listen to my carotid arteries. My AVM is on the left side and I have a strong bruit on that side of my neck. If you don’t know what this is, it is much like hearing the flushing of a toilet in a two-story house—that’s my take on it. It is the sound of the high volume of blood pushing through the arteries.



The doctor just exclaimed how big my AVM was to have such a loud bruit. He asked if was really large and I said it was a fair size, my daughter said it was really big. It really is large. Then he listened again like a kid in the candy store—couldn’t get enough. Now, he says it is very possible that I am suffering from cyanosis because he feels that the blood is not able to pick up enough oxygen. Here is this doctor who is a heart doctor and sees this as a problem after I have seen many doctors before who couldn’t put it together.


So, what can be done? Nothing!!! Yep. Nothing can be done but…I go for testing to make sure there is nothing wrong with my heart and there is no carotid artery disease and such. Then it will be off to the vascular doctor 2 days after testing. Another symptom that drives me absolutely crazy is the tinnitus—ringing in the ears. No one can really tell how or what one hears other than I have had doctors use a stethoscope to listen to my ringing. The last time someone tried was about 30 years ago back when it was barely noticeable. Now, it is more like being in a loud concert hall with people yelling, too—and this is all of the time.


I don’t know what will happen. There is so much I want to do in life. I don’t want to resolve myself to be placed on a shelf, only dusted before company comes over. 😦


Happy Gardening and may life give you more than lemons and if it does, be sure to make plenty of lemonade! 😀


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