Bloody eyes and MRI’s

MacGyver has my cold now and he didn’t really feel like coming down to Nokomis but we had to, and if you have to be sick all week I guess it doesn’t hurt to be sick in a place like this.  It’s pretty much our paradise.


That’s me or rather my fishing pole hanging off the dock because… why not?

Anyway like I said, we had to come down.  I had an appointment and after running 5 miles on the Legacy Trail yesterday morning, I went here:

Doctor office

A few weeks ago I was having some pain and tightness mostly in my back and it wasn’t going away so I went to see the chiropractor.  While I was there he took my blood pressure and I don’t think anyone was more shocked than I to see that it was critically high because typically it is seriously low.  My heart rate was actually lower than normal and it caused some concern. Those two things may not seem like such a big deal but there have been a few other things too.

For the past year or so I’ve been dealing with occasional blue toes.  The thing is that once they turn blue, it takes days for them to go back to normal and there is no rhyme or reason to why it happens, it just does.  The other alarming thing is my eyes.  I’ve woken up several times with broken blood vessels in one or both eyes. Oh, and there were those two times I woke up with a blue bottom lip…. You would think that those three things combined would scare me into seeing a doctor but they didn’t.  If I have a tingle or a pain that I think may prevent me from running or a cold or the flu, I turn into the biggest hypochondriac on the planet but blood in my eyes and blue toes, meh, it’s nothing.

It was ultimately the migraines or rather my family’s reaction to them that scared me.  They’ve gotten worse than ever before and I’ve begun to lose my speech during them.  The last time I lost my speech and my vision became very blurry, and then one side of my face went numb.  It was scary.  MacGyver said it looked like I was drunk but I lost all memory of what happened after I got the headache.

And that’s why Monday morning, I was here:

The doctor will see you now

Answers can never come quick enough, especially when it comes to matters involving multiple issues with your health.  I spent a lot of time with the doctor yesterday and even though my blood pressure is starting to normalize naturally, we need to get to the root of the problem so that we can fix it.  Obviously there is a reason these things are happening and that’s what we’re looking for, the underlying cause.  This is where that saying patience is a virtue comes into play!

So while the answers will be slow at least were headed in the right direction.  Today, I’ll be going to the lab for lots of blood work.  They’ll be doing the usual CBC, Metabolic Panel and such.  They’ll also be testing my Sed Rate and my C-Reactive protein and there will blood work to test my kidney and liver function.  The blood work is just a starting point.

The next step is an MRI of my brain.  I’m waiting on the insurance company to approve the MRI and the imaging center but  I hope I can have that done asap because my doctor would like the results before I go back to Clearwater later in the week.  Besides, there’s nothing like dealing with your stupid insurance company when you’re having brain scans, good times.

doctor testsSo, that’s all we know right now.  I’m telling you this because I said I would talk about it when I knew more but really, I don’t know anything.  The doctor has an idea as to what she’s looking for but until there are more tests, I don’t want to speculate.  So, that’s where I am and why I am where I am.  Make sense?

Don’t worry though, it’s not all medical tests and blood work, in fact, I’ve spent every spare moment on the trail, running, fishing or canoeing and I’m loving every minute of it.  (The doctor said slow running is actually helping to lower my blood pressure and that it’s good for me.)  It’s been therapeutic really because if all I had to do was sit around and wait for doctors and my insurance company to get on the same page, I’d go crazy(crazier)!

This is my 'it's time to fish' face!

This is my ‘it’s time to fish’ face!

See, I’m having fun because, fishing!

Last night MacGyver and I took out the little canoe and he caught a small redfish right at the end of our canal which only made me want to fish more.  Unfortunately, this is Florida and no sooner than I got the fishing fever the noseeums starting biting and we had to head back home.  Plus we were in the canoe which is really boring if Mom isn’t there. Nobody canoes like my Mom. She brings the party hard, trust.

the canoe

What this boat needs is a mom!

We will definitely try fishing again today.  MacGyver is feeling a little bit better and once the blood tests are over later in the afternoon, I’m sure some fishing will be just what the doctor ordered!

When is the last time you went to the doctor?
Ever had an MRI?  What part of your body did they scan?
Do you have high blood pressure? If you do, does running help you?

6 thoughts on “Bloody eyes and MRI’s

  1. You Fabulous Fishing fck. I freakin love your attitude. You just go girl. All will be be fine.

    If you just keep running, everything sorts itself out. All you can do is run it out.

    All my good running love and thoughts go to you. Like our runs, this one just slow and steady. You will finish the run. not to worry.


  2. I’m sorry to hear about your health worries! 🙁 I hope a cause is determined and treated quickly.

    I’m very lucky and haven’t had an health issues yet.

  3. Hey girl. I am very sorry for all you are going through. Heart goes out to you because I was there. Last year was my year of medical tests. Due for another MRI, but I am burned out on tests. I have had an MRI for the knee and the last MRI was of my brain. Remember all my falls, poking the eye…well it progressed to a seizure, strange shaking of my eyes at night (nystagmus), spastic arms and legs, tremors, tingling…and more lovely stuff. All the stuff I have dealt with on and off for years culminated and started happening at the same time. They thought it was a stroke, tumor, or MS. Now, they think it is MS. Found lesions on my brain, but I need to go back and see if they are worse to get a true diagnosis. Right now, I feel pretty good. I know it is scary hun, but glad that you are taking care of it and not dragging ass like I did to get in. Hope my post didn’t bring you down. Hugs going out to you and here for you if you need to talk. Oh…I normally have low blood pressure, but my fatness is bringing it up to what is most people’s healthy range, not so much for me. Must get off my butt! 🙂

    • Big hugs back to you. (I understand the lesion thing, I had 18 of them at my last MRI but my doctor said it was more vascular in pattern and I think this go around my doctor is thinking mini strokes.) I am definitely learning to take it easy and listen to the doctors and take care of things when they tell me to. It’s not easy because I think we all want to think we’re unbreakable but even great people get broken. I have family members with MS and there are all kinds of new medications that are truly groundbreaking. It’s not the same as it was years ago so go in and get a final diagnosis. I know it’s frustrating but the sooner you get one, the sooner you can be on the path to healthy! 🙂 And the same goes to you, if you need to talk I’m here and I mean that. 🙂 Hugs!

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