I was a stay at home mother. Then I moved back in with my parents and they were helping me through the long, nasty divorce.Eventually things turned around and I was their caretaker. I had taken a first aid/CPR class when I heard my father had been diagnosed with chronic heart failure. Only to have to use the CPR on my mother within a few months. When I saw the instructor again, I told him that he should have told us to remove dentures when doing the CPR. He was taken aback that I had had to use it so soon after learning it. I also have had to learn the heimlich for my dad several times.
I have had medical treatment for my seizures almost all my life. Civilian doctors were great, but when we were in the USAF, health care was poor. My seizures got worse and the doctors didn't listen to me- too busy listening to themselves! I was pregnant with my fourth child but had not yet seen the OB when the neurologist wanted to change my medication. I told him I was pg, but since I hadn't had the lab test I was not pregnant, therefore the medication could be changed. During that pregnancy, I had two grand mal seizures and a third one shortly after the baby was born. I now have type 2 diabetes (after gestational diabetes, inactive lifestyle, and 3 generations before me with it) My doctor didn't believe I had it when I told him so, so I suspect there may be something in my patient profile that says hypochondriac. I just notice patterns and draw the conclusions! I wish doctors would not condemn me for noticing things. I am here all the time (well, most of the time- sometimes, I'm not really here) and the doctor only sees me for a few minutes along with many others in his schedule. I was told that I have sleep apnea while in the hospital for the diabetes. The crohn's hit me in the early 1990's after retiring from the USAF.
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 08, 2011