I have received so much love and kind words since I began writing about my journey to the Mayo Clinic. I’m moved by the outpouring. I realize that once I start the story, everyone wants to hear the ending. You don’t run the 26 miles only to stop on the last .2 mile. Forgive me, I’m not feeling well enough to put it all into words. But hang with me, I will finish! Give me some time to sleep and feel better. More later.

Today was oddly funny. We didn’t see any doctors. We sat in the waiting room from 7am to 11am. Then 12pm-3pm. Talk about a vacuum of time. Maybe this is why: We left the room at 7am. After a week of little sleep, we were dragging. As we sluggishly approached the elevator, we see a little old lady getting in ahead of us. She sees us walking faster to catch it. She holds the door for us. As Kim maneuvers the wheelchair in the door, another nice old…

This morning I had an appointment with the Rheumatology department. I saw a resident who seemed to think quite highly of himself as he introduced himself: “I’m a SENIOR resident…” The way he asked leading questions proved my theory. At the end of his questioning period, he said there was no correlation with my positive ANA and any connective tissue disease. I breathed a sigh of relief. I don’t have lupus. The attending came in and followed up. He decided to test me for a couple of other…

I had a rough day today. Excuse the short post. EMG in the morning–where they basically stick needles in your muscles. They must have hit the spot as I have been in awful pain and spasms ever since. The doctor said everything looked normal. No nerve damage. Next, I had an appointment with an anesthesiologist to help with the pain. She did a nerve block to the nerve roots in the area where my pain is–more needles in the back. More pain despite the local anesthetic. The block…

I had to check in at 7am. The system ran beautifully. After the nurse ran my vitals and took my weight, we were given a beeper. When that goes off, they would bring me back to see the doctor. Because I was an add on for the day, we had to wait until a doctor had a cancellation. Less than an hour later, the beeper sounded. I must say I was nervous walking back to the consultation room. My initial consultation was with an internist: Dr. Hurt, ironically….

IV fluids

Before I left for the Mayo Clinic I made sure I was hydrated: IV fluids are the best! A little NS and LR and I was on my way! My flight schedule was nothing less than intimidating: Norfolk –> Detroit –> Minneapolis –> Rochester It may not look terrible to most, but to me it felt like running a marathon without training. Here I am at the airport:   My travel buddy and I had a few hurdles to overcome on the way.┬áDespite the broken shoe, late wheelchair,…

Mayo

I never thought my second trip to the Mayo Clinic would be for serious health issues. I am headed to chilly (or should I say freezing) Rochester, Minnesota next week to seek answers to an unknown illness I’ve suffered for the past three months. I have received so much support from friends, twitter followers, and loyal blog readers–and I truly appreciate it. Your kind words during my illness have reminded me to keep going and to know there will be and end to this–and I hope my end…