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November 4th, 2009 at 08:11 am

Dh seems to be fine, so phew.

His first doctor appointment didn't go so well. Doctor mentioned the word, "Stroke," though she really didn't have a clue. At that point it flipped me out a bit, considering my dad had a stroke this year, etc. I thought maybe I had been in complete denial. (Looking back, I think it just didn't seem to be that at all, so I logically ruled it out). But at the point I did think maybe I was in denial. She was stumped and actually called a neurologist at the hospital. He just said, "I'd need to see him." Since they weren't really sure if it was something serious at that point, they got him an appointment right away.

We went over to the big hospital, and I told dh I knew for a fact he was getting into a neurologist faster than my dad did, who had a much more major stroke. Didn't know if this was good or bad. But good to get answers.

In the end, no answers, but I did like the neurologist. He said his brain looked completely healthy, from initial examination, and he thinks it is just an inner ear thing, set off by a virus. Dh tends to get vertigo and hearing loss with colds, etc.

My pet peeve, you know, is making important decisions based on finances. Too often a doctor or nurse has muttered, "I would do this, but it's expensive, and I assume you can't afford it." Not said in those exact words, but pretty much. One nurse said, "Oh I see you have this plan and can't afford it." HUH???? I will afford anything for my health. It's just a bit of my pet peeve when it comes to car repairs and health visits.

ANYWAY, I didn't like the way this was going. Doctor said he could do further testing, "but it's expensive." This guy really wanted to piss me off, didn't he? We are talking about a loved one's brain! Who cares how much it cost for a flipping test?

But he did redeem himself. He made clear that he was confident that dh's brain was fine, and that he didn't want to put him through that at this point - not enough symptoms to justify it all. At least this is logical. (Next steps would be blood testing and MRI).

If dh does have further episodes, etc., then it is possible he will get an MRI. For now, everything seems fine, and the virus thing seems logical.

The neurologist was very "it's up to you," as was everyone else we talked to. They seemed a little sympathetic that his symptoms were a little freaky. I think it was like, "If you want a MRI.." "If you want drugs, if you want another appointment, whatever you need."

In the end he is better and we decided to drop it.

So I am relieved to say he seems fine. If his ear bothers him again we may pursue more of an ear specialist, but it's hard to do much at this point, now that he is 100% again.


I've not felt very well - but could just be stress. A billion germs seem to be flying round. We all seem to have a *touch of* everything, if that makes sense. Work is terribly slow, and by some miracle I barely used any sick days this year. So I am glad I can stay home and rest. (With the kids in preschool dh and I were constantly sick, but that seems to have passed. Phew!!! Last year wasn't so bad, but I had a nasty flu that knock me out almost 2 weeks. I will be proud to end this year with only a handful of sick days - assuming that is possible. Shouldn't get ahead of myself I guess, but we usually all get hit harder in the spring - more stress I guess with tax season and everything. Right now everything seems to be mild as we have low stress otherwise).

7 Responses to “Health Update”

  1. momcents Says:

    Glad to hear that DH is better. Sounds very logical about a virus - my own DH is now 40 and has been plagued by ear infections when he is sick - he also gets the vertigo from fluid build up in the inner ear.

    Take care.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad it's good news. I'm sure it helps to have the neurologist opinion that his brain looks great.

    Don't rule out stress...it can mask itself into other symptoms.

  3. Caoineag Says:

    Oh I had nearly forgotten about how as a child I would be unable to lift my head due to vertigo from colds and flus. Yeck. Your DH has my sympathy. I am so glad that as I got older, that particular side effect from illness has completely subsided. Nothing quite like being home alone and unable to move because you can't lift your head without assistance.

  4. John DeFlumeri Jr Says:

    Does this make you think about all the changes in national healthcare?

    I hope your child gets better fast.

  5. lartiga Says:

    I've had vertigo attacks and they are horrible. Glad to hear your dh's problem does not seem to be serious.

    Sometimes we put ourselves last... take care of yourself, too, monkeymama.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm glad to hear your DH is feeling better, and the doctor's visits helped to settle your worries.

    Hope you get feeling better.

  7. scfr Says:

    I'm just now getting caught up on the blogs (family visiting from overseas is off on a little road trip w/ DH) so I'm not sure what exactly happened with your husband, but I am very glad to hear all seems to be well.

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