Friday, September 11, 2009

Health Update

So, I went to emergency last night because of my increased heart rate and shortness of breath. I hemmed and hawed about going but after realizing there was no way I could sleep with my heart pounding away, I went. I left after 1.5 hours because there was still another hour wait and I was finally tired enough that I could sleep (midnight). This morning I saw the doctor and was sent for 7 different blood tests and and ECG. He was wonderful because he totally validated the seriousness of it. I hope they can figure out what is wrong with me. Several people have suggested anxiety. I know this is not it. I have had anxiety before and it was so different. My resting heart rate hasn't dipped below 115 since I started monitoring it 24 hours ago. I can't even walk a block without being completely out of breath. My blood pressure (normally about 100/60) is also elevated to about 140/80. I may have had a little breakdown this morning in the van. Kai and Koen couldn't have cared less.

I'm nervous because we have a wedding shoot tomorrow. They are physically and mentally demanding when I'm 100% healthy so this should be quite difficult. I'm going to really take it easy and make Gary do most of the formal stuff.

I can't wait to be better. I really believe that what I have is not contagious so I'm not worried about infecting my family anymore which is a huge relief, they all seem healthy.

Finally, Koen has slept through the night (8pm-7am) for the past 3 nights. This has been wonderful timing as I'm quite a disaster. So happy about that. Seriously, I am very thankful.

If you are the praying type, please pray that they can find out what is wrong with me so that we can start treating it ASAP. I feel so bad for my heart and body that it has to have this strain on it.

Finally, the one benefit of this is that I can eat whatever I want. I am hungry 24/7 so the other day I literally ate half of that cake I made. I eat in bed at 3am. Gary is currently on a McDonald's run. We only eat there once every 3 months or so and I'm looking forward to it:) So bad but I might as well take advantage of this insane metabolic rate....


  1. Wow Louise. We are praying for you.

  2. I'm definitely praying Louise. Having been through the challenges of being sick and waiting for a diagnosis (Crohn's) gives me MUCH compassion.

  3. yes, wow! certainly will be praying that they can find some answers for you!!!
    will be praying for you during the wedding tomorrow.

  4. I am praying for you.

  5. Glad you went to get checked out since your symptoms have persisted. I will pray they figure it out quick so you can get back to feeling normal again soon. Hang in there.

  6. Yikes! I have been absent from the blog world for awhile, so I just read about this! So sorry you are so incredibly sick!! I thought you had the flu, too, with the aches and the weight loss mentioned a few days ago. Has your milk supply changed? Hypothyroidism often results in milk supply fluctuations. I'm def. praying!
    I know you don't have anxiety! You don't lose weight and have whole body aches with that!! I'm glad your doc took you seriously. Hang in there!

  7. Just came to see how you are feeling today. Any better?