Friday, June 14, 2013

Cleveland Clinic Day One

Mom and I decided to drive over to Weston during Micah's naptime.  My poor guy is not used to travelling in the car so long...our island is quite small!  I was so excited when we realized it would work for my two nieces to ride over with us since they had to be in Miami the same day. As an aunt that lives far away, I feel like my nieces and nephews are growing up too fast.  Any time I can sneak in with them works for me!  Kaylie and Kiara are so much fun!  They love to giggle and talk and play games, I just knew the two hour ride would go by in a flash.  But, unfortunately, when we picked them up I started not feeling so good.  I slept most of the ride over :o(  They were so good with Micah, though, and when he wasn't napping he had plenty of fun with his cousins.

We checked in to our hotel, then Mom took us out to dinner at Cheddars.  I love that place!  Micah had the four of us giggling so hard.  I think people were starting to look at us!  For some reason he kept lifting his shirt up so his head would peek out the top.  (like his shirt was his hair)  And then we would say, "Hi Daddy!"  It was so funny and we were cracking up!  And you know boys, do something once and get people to laugh....they'll do it 100 times!

Morning came early and as I prayed that morning I begged the Lord to just be with me today.  I need Him so much and I didn't want to go through this day of unknown without Him.  As I read my Bible I was in Deuteronomy chapter 4.  He mentions in that chapter "if thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him" and "if thou turn to the LORD thy God...he will not forsake thee"  I felt as if the Lord was directly answering my prayer with, "Kami, I hear you, and I will never leave you."  He sure does love me!

Everyone at Cleveland Clinic was wonderful.  They work together and all my info is accessible by their computer systems to every doctor I saw.  Many things went on, but to just give a condensed version:

~My Internal Medicine Doctor is younger than me.  (When did I get so old?)
~The Cardiologist pronounced that I have a healthy heart.  Praise the Lord!
~I do have a "Serious Medical Condition"  that needs to be addressed.
~I do not have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
maybe I should repeat that!
~I DO NOT have Rheumatoid Arthritis!  So glad for this.  I have a dear dear friend that has this and some wonderful family members.  I realize how difficult it can be.  As I've researched RA, God has given me a greater understanding of what they are going through.  The doctor had diagnosed me with this because my Rheumatoid Factor was high.  But, as two doctors told me, this is just another marker of inflammation.  So, now I have three tests coming back marking inflammation in my body.
~There are some tests ordered that I have never had before and the doctor said he wants to find WHERE the inflammation is coming from.  Maybe my bones, maybe my blood vessels.  They just really aren't sure.

So, today I go for more testing.  My next test  after today isn't until next Friday :o(  I told Joshua last night that it looks like I won't be there for his birthday.  Talk about a hurting heart!  But, the Lord truly knows best, and my boy is so understanding.  I told him that since I feel guilty that he'll probably get extra gifts!

1 comment:

  1. Am very glad to hear that all went well on Thursday and that you do not have RA. I'm so happy that the doctors are running tests you've never had before. It sounds as if they will be able to get to the bottom of things and help you. I will keep praying as others are doing for you and your family. Love and hugs. xx