Monday, September 12, 2011

Referred to Internal Medicine

So at my derm appointment last Thursday, I mentioned the memory loss, dizzy spells, and vision issues with her.  She said it didn't sound like the normal post pregnancy issues.  She referred me to Internal Medicine to have them check me out further. 
I met with a Dr.  who ordered a brain MRI, which I will be getting this Monday 9/12 evening at 8:00, (weird time, o'well).  Also she did some blood/urine tests.  She called me back on Friday with those results.  She found my CRP levels slightly elevated at 1.0 (maybe because of the 14 excisions I had just encountered, in my opinion), also she found elevated levels of protein in the urine.
So I'm suppose to give another urine test before my MRI on Monday night for further testing, and supposedly her office is going to call me to set up a time for a cardiac test (not sure what kind of testing).

The Dr. also referred me to Neurology.  I received their 5 page questionnaire in the mail and just now sent it back.  I will await a call from their office to schedule an appointment with them too.

It is nice that I'm being watched, but I can't help but feel I may not need the tests and neurology referral.  Better safe than sorry.
I should talk with my Dr. about getting a colonoscopy as my dad died of colon cancer at 49.  Ugggh, doesn't sound like fun, blah!

Friday, September 9, 2011

14 more shave biopsies...

I went in on 9/7/11 to get some more of these atypical moles removed.  She did a shave biopsy on 14 of them. 
1-Right toe (closest to big toe)
1-Top of left foot
1-Top of left hand
1-Left wrist
1-Middle of right arm (right in the elbow crease)
1-Right forearm
1-Left Shoulder
1-Upper middle of back
2-Left booty cheek
1-Right booty cheek
2-Lower left abdominal area

Phew!  They put a "blocker" in the injection so the burning wasn't so intense.  Um, why don't they always do that?  I had to ask about it.  I guess they would've given me Adavant but I didn't have a driver.  It wasn't too bad, the worse was my toe and top of my foot.  Still nothing has been as bad as when I had one on the bottom of my foot taken off.

I did tell my derm (I don't have an oncologist as my melanoma was caught in-situ) about my vision, memory, and lightheadedness, is that even a word, ha!  She then referred me to internal medicine as it didn't seem normal to her.
They had made an 11:00 appt for me that same day.  Ugggh, I spent 2 hours there only to be assessed and still have to go in for a brain MRI on Monday night at 8:00.  Odd time for an MRI, but hey I don't have to miss work (again).  Also Internal Medicine referred me to neurology, so I'm going to get some 10 page packet in the mail and have to send it back in before they make my appointment.  I pray its just "getting old and post pregnancy" brain.  ***fingers crossed***

Good Lord, I have enough paperwork mumbo jumbo with my kids and their activities/daycare.  Blah.  O'well I'll do whatever they say.  I'll just await my biopsies and hope they are all just Atypical and be glad they are off.  I still have a bunch more, so we'll see if I get another "batch" of them off in the future.  It is now getting easier to monitor them at least.

I'll update with the findings on my 14 biopsies as soon as I hear.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Another Year Has Passed

Baby Brynn!

It has been a little over a year since my last post and over 2 years since my Melanoma diagnosis.  I have been moved from checkups every 4 months to every 6 months now.
Nothing new has been detected!  I have been living life "as usual" and has been wonderful.  I have had another baby since my last post, so life has been exciting as we've added a new baby girl...Brynn Leigh to our family dynamics.
I've also been promoted at work to an Assistant Director position, and that has kept me very busy.  In addition I'm training for the FULL MARATHON in May 2012.  A lot going on that's for sure.

I had went in for my 6 month check up this July and we were looking at a couple of moles that I've been questioning.  In the end we decided to watch them and revisit on my next 6 month check.  After I got home, I had a change of heart and scheduled the removal of them September 8th.  I'm really dreading it as one of them is pretty big and on my TOE.  Ugggh, I had one removed on the bottom of my foot and that was a big Ouch! I hope to have quite a few taken off while I'm there.

I have one on my right toe, the one next to the big toe.  It appears as if some of the color is bleeding out, like the circle is starting to resemble a triangle.  Very odd.  One on the top of my left foot.  This one has part of it disappearing.  I have multiple areas on my abdomen, with multiple colors in them, and actually some on my inner thigh area, that I'm dying if anyone has to get in there and check it out.  I have one on the top of my hand with multiple colors and part of it disappearing.  I'm a mess!

I have A-typical mole syndrome, so we've left most of the odd looking ones there as I have so many that its hard to remove all of them.  Its been a while, so I'm ready to get send in some more biospsies.

I don't know if its because I just had a baby, but I have moderate to severe memory loss.  Mostly with words.  I have to really concentrate, and for instance, I had to search for the word biopsy on the Internet because I forgot it!  I have called my kids different names, the other day I called Brynn the name of her cousin. I forgot the name of our daycare provider, completely.  I forget most people's names at work. Almost every sentence is a challenge for me, blah!
I also get extreme fatigue/dizziness in waves.  My baby sleeps through the night, yah lucky I know, so I'm not sleep deprived.  I'm 3 months postpartem, but I still get this weird feeling.  Also I was typing the other day and when I'd look off to the right I'd see this half circle on the left side of the screen.  So weird things that are adding up, to make me go in and get these different moles off.  Uggh, hopefully nothing is messing with my brain! 
I hadn't mentioned the memory loss and dizziness to my derm, because I thought it was from being a new mommy and I couldn't explain the dizziness symptoms so I felt silly saying anything.  Now that its still happening, I'll have to inform her.  Hope its just new mommy syndrome!

I'll update on my new biopsies.  Hopefully she agrees to taking quite a few of them off.