More Tests & Questions

I spent hours at the doctor's office yesterday. 

My gynecologist ordered a vaginal ultrasound, and told me to come back to her office once that was done. 

The cyst on my ovary is small, so she doesn't think it is bothering my bladder. She said my bladder may still be irritated by the infection I had weeks ago. 

Or, she said, it could be Painful Bladder Syndrome.

Oh joy.

But that wouldn't cause me to feel as I've been feeling.

One test to go right now, the echocardiogram next week.

When I got home, I looked up symptoms of right atrial enlargement and here's what I found.

Symptoms Of Right Atrial Enlargement
  • a reduced ability to practice physical exercise;
  • weakness and fatigue;
  • feeling lightheaded or faint;
  • dizziness and confusion;
  • tightness or pressure in the chest;
  • shortness of breath.

I don't know. But I'm tired of being poked and prodded. 

I stopped at Lowes for steel wool (I think the mice may be visiting under the kitchen sink again) and caulk.

Then once I left the doctor's office I stopped at the grocery and picked up a few items. Tabouli and pasta salad from their deli, salad, almond milk, cheese, crackers. Apples and grapes.

I'm really not very hungry. But I want easy things on hand that I can eat. 

I want food I can put together quickly like cheese and crackers and fruit and veggies.

Years ago at this time I would be busy baking for Christmas. Making all kinds of candy. 

One year I made every single person on my list a basket of homemade goods.

This year, still not really feeling it. How about you? Are you in the mood for holiday baking and making?


  1. Hi Brenda, oh I do hope that the doctors will find out what is the problem and that you feel better. I am not really in holiday mode yet as I did entertaining for Thanksgiving! I will have to get into it I guess when this Friday rolls around and it's the start of December.
    Have a nice day

  2. Hi Brenda, sorry you are having to go through all these tests. But, it is better to get to the bottom of the problem & have it fixed. You'll have the winter to heal. Then look out spring, you'll be back to your old self. Just take care of yourself & don't worry about the rest. By the way, no....I can't seem to get in the Christmas mood yet. But, I'll put a few things up. Take care!

  3. Good Morning Brenda,
    Thinking of you and hoping that you'll get some answers soon and get back to feeling good again.
    Take care of you!

  4. Brenda, have you considered going to a naturopath? I know there are situations where a doctor who practices conventional medicine is the best choice. However, I'm beginning to think-as are you, I suspect-that this has the doctor stumped. I see a naturopath, and even though I was relatively healthy to begin with, it has made a huge difference in my overall well being. Price is very reasonable ( at least here in the Rocky Mountain region). I hate seeing anyone struggle with an unresolved health issue. There are situations when conventional medicine is the best choice. However, naturopathy is great for the other times.

  5. Thinking about you Brenda hoping all the tests lead to something positive so that whatever it is can be treated. Sounds like a good idea to buy food that you can easily eat without too much bother at least until you are feeling better. It doesn't help when you lose you appetite but on the other hand you just can't force your self to eat. Here's hoping this will soon be over and you can start thinking about spring and planning your garden as I know this brings you a lot of joy. Do give Abi and Charlie a hug from me, they are very precious.

  6. Brenda, I can relate to the prodding and poking. I've still some tests to go myself. I hope you get some answers and some relief soon. I will get into the Christmas spirit now that I'm back home. I'm ready for some red and green decor!!

  7. Hi. I hope you will be on the mend very soon. I have been cleaning my house and putting away some items in fall colors, such as the front door wreath and afghans in fall colors. But I won't do any Christmas decorating until it's officially December. I like the feel of no decorations for a few days! My husband's doctor wants him to limit his sugar intake and he already has to limit salt, so I am looking for healthy holiday recipes and won't be doing the usual type of baking.

  8. if someone had told me that I would be feeling like an old shoe when I was 72 I would have said "I'll pass. you can have it."
    life is always still worth living of course. it's sometimes just so hard!
    welcome to heart country. you never really have another day of feeling totally well. heart failure. Afib. diabetes 2. and chronic kidney disease.
    that is my own particular cocktail with all its relative pills and numerous diet restrictions. and I'm still learning to adjust. it's kind of a weird adventure. lol
    I hope you fare better. and you will! you have that kind of courage and more.
    it just takes them awhile to figure out what's wrong. then you can put it all together and get through it. you at least will know. it's not knowing that can drive you crazy.
    and the holiday mood is Christmas movies on Hallmark for me. and the lights!

  9. Wow! Lots of comments with lots of suggestions and empathy.
    My advice is not to stress; don't think about unpleasant things. Relax. Enjoy Abi and Charley. Things will work out. You are on my prayer list.

  10. Hope you will feel better and find out what is wrong. Last January I got really sick and have been sick almost all this year but am doing good now. Tests are no fun and it takes a lot of patience waiting for results. But just knowing what is wrong can be a relief. I can't even think of baking ( still too close to Thanks giving cooking!) I am going to simplify my Christmas decorations this year, it will be fun to change things up a bit.

  11. Brenda, I'm so sorry you're not feeling well and not getting any answers. There's nothing more frustrating than a medical mystery. I hope you feel much better super soon.

  12. If after you get test results, nothing turns up, then try some holistic meds. I always think they are better. If you take a lot of prescriptions the meds work against each other. At least I think so. Good luck whatever you decide. I will keep you on my prayer list. That's the best of all.

  13. I am so sorry you've been having so many health problems lately. I don't blame you for being tired of being poked and prodded. It's very stressful, especially when they can't figure out what's going on. I'm just now putting out some Christmas decor here and there. I'm going quite minimal this year. As for baking, I'll probably do a little bit in a couple of weeks.

  14. I'm so sorry that you still aren't feeling well ~ I'm sending you all my best nursing TLC!

  15. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way Brenda. Try not to stress out, and take it easy.. I bought pre-made cookie dough this year, instead of making my own. Like you, not too in the mood for baking this year. I really don't think anybody cares if I make my own anyway. stress on that point..Take care, thinking of you daily..

  16. Being ill just stinks, doesn't it. Relax as best you can. I don't bake because it's just my and hubby and we inhale all the goodies way too soon. Holiday baking is really not healthy at all and we are focusing on good health more than ever. We traveled over 300 miles yesterday for three different doctor visits for my husband. We live in the boonies so everything is a trek. We were both exhausted. I hope you get some answers and solutions soon because it's draining to go through all those tests and not have a definitive answer.

  17. I'm relieved that you have seen a doctor. Hopefully they can quickly determine exactly what is making you feel bad, and do something to get you feeling better. Very smart of you to get some easy food on hand, reminded me to get some easy canned soups which I seem to crave during sickness and fever recovery.

    Rest, relax, and take care.

  18. Brenda I hope you get some answers very soon so you can get back to feeling great!

  19. I, too, hope the doctor figures it out!! lol You may be like some of us tired of being sick and tired!!
    I'm not feeling Christmas yet either! Mine usually begins after I've gone to all the Christmas Cantata's, Christmas Home Tours and our Choral Guild. After that's over I usually get into full mode on the Christmas baking and shopping. I'm almost finished with my seven grandkids.
    Take care and pamper yourself!

  20. Dear me, Brenda, you are having a time of it. I hope it all gets figured out soon. I wonder what would cause the enlargement in your heart that they found.

    I am slowly getting in the mood for a bit of Christmas decorating but the baking not as much. But, then I've never done a ton of holiday baking. Just a few things--like Christmas cookies with the grandkids and some cranberry bread. Maybe another pumpkin pie. But I think you should not push yourself at all to bake or decorate unless you absolutely feel up to it. Just take it easy until you find out more about the medical issues. And I hope that will be soon.

    The photo of the bright pink flowers is just stunning, by the way. Is it a peony or a rhododendron? ( I don't think I spelled that right!)

    Hugs and healing energy to you.

  21. Praying for you and hoping you find comfort and relief soon. Christmas baking and making is in full swing here. Our little grandsons’ excitement brings back all the fun and wonder of Christmas for us. There’s just something magical and inspiring to seeing Christmas through their eyes!!!

  22. I hope you will be feeling better soon, Brenda. Sending hugs and love to you and the pupsters.

  23. Brenda, I am so sorry you are not feeling well. I read Cozy every day, and love your attitude. It sounds as if you typically avoid Dr. Google, which is prudent! When I fall into that hole, I just know I have something deadly. :/ Sending healing and positive energy!


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