Dan's pretty much doing the home treatment thing on his toe (which is looking much better!). The doctor wasn't able to suck much stuff out of it because it had solidified too much. Ew. But we are trying to massage his toe every day to get stuff broken up. Again, ew, but it seems to be working.
With that going on, it looks like Dan is done with the doctor for a little bit (they only thing they could do about the ganglion now is to surgically remove it - again, ew).
But I think the Zimmermann family should really do more to support the medical community. So I am doing my part to make sure the area doctors can all drive their Porches and what not. No Toyotas for these guys!
Was it just last week that I went to the doctor? No, it must have been week before. Anyway, he sent me to have an echocardiogram and a pulmonary function test. Both came back fine, but since I was having so much trouble breathing, he put me on two different inhalers - and a sleeping pill but that's so I could sleep, not for the breathing. Anyway, the combo of those things have meant that I've actually slept the entire night through for several nights. Ah - bliss! It has been so long since I've been able to do that.
Anyway, the GP doc sent me to a cardiologist to check out the electrical workings of my heart since the echo was good (so structurally I'm a-okay). Went to that guy yesterday. He was nice - his pants were too short and he was wearing white footies with beat up clogs, but he didn't seem at all like the other cardiologist I had been to back when all this started. I think that guy just wanted to get me out of his office. Anyway, the guy from yesterday said it definitely sounds like I have "inappropriate sinus tachycardia". It doesn't sound like it should be a real problem - more like a rude allergy issue. But apparently it is and from the searching I did on it today, I can just tell you I am shocked at how closely everything I have read about it matches me.
BUT - it's not for sure that's what is going on, so don't start holding your breath yet. I go back to the same office but to a different cardiologist on next Thursday. This guy specializes in the electro-whatever aspect of the heart so he should be able to figure out why it is going if IST is what is going on.
I wonder if my heart is pastel colored?
I hope that's what it is. It's a non-deadly, fairly unserious heart thing. And it would finally give me, give all of us, answers. Treatment for IST is either medicine (which my searching gave me a few things to ask about instead of beta blockers, which doctors keep trying to put me on and it just doesn't work well with me) or surgery or to ignore it. Well, the ignoring it thing hasn't worked for the past year and a half so I think we'll try the medicine route first. Especially since the surgery, while simple, apparently has something wild like an 80% recurrence rate. IF it is IST. If if if if if.
Of course, I'm kinda worried about what they might have to do to confirm (or disprove) that I have IST. Pretty much they put a catheter in either your neck or groin (or BOTH!) and run a camera-thing around to check out if your heart nerves are going a little wonky. Ugh. The thought of that just makes me twitch with ickiness.
Anyway, that's the medical update here. 4 doctors/hospital visits in as many weeks. WOO HOO! I bet my insurance loves me!