Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sunday Spotlight - 5th April 2015

In my life this week…

Cardiology appointment

On Tuesday this week my Dad took me to our local hospital, as I had an appointment with my Cardiologist. The first thing he did was to confirm the diagnosis of POTS that we had suspected before I had the Tilt Table test done. If you’ve not heard of POTS before, it’s something to do with the veins in your legs not pumping the blood to the upper part of your body enough, especially when you move positions from lying to sitting or sitting to standing. This results in me having a very fast heart rate (that seems to scare the hospital staff every time I have my pulse checked!) and I also get dizzy spells and have fainted a few times too if I’m not careful about standing up. He told me a few lifestyle changes I can try to make, like adding more salt to my diet, ensuring I drink lots of water and clenching my calves and hands before I stand up to help the blood flow better. However, these on their own don’t make a massive difference, so I’m going to be measured for some compression stockings (I’m going to look so cool!) and he’s also started me on a beta blocker to try and bring my heart rate down a bit. He did want to start me on Midodrine, but it can affect the functioning of the bladder, and because I am already in semi-retention he doesn’t want to make it worse, so we’re going to try some other things first. Unfortunately he also told us that he’s leaving, so I won’t be seeing him again, but I’m hoping my new consultant will be just as good.



Spring flowers

I really love this time of year, when all the new flowers start to blossom. Yesterday, my Mum, Dad and I went to a local National Trust place with the hope that I could take some photos of all the beautiful Spring flowers. Unfortunately when we arrived we realised that we’re a bit too early for most of our favourite flowers to bloom, so there were mainly just rows of empty flowerbeds! However, there were a lot of daffodils, so we made do with them and I managed to take a few nice photos. Funnily enough, our garden actually has more Spring flowers in it, so I might head out there to take some nice photos to share with you all.



Easter

Today is Easter Sunday and I decided to go along to Church with my Dad, wearing my Crown and Glory bunny ears of course! I don’t go to Church much any more, mainly because I’m so tired from a week of college that I struggle to get up in time, but also because I’m struggling a lot with my faith at the moment and I think I just need some time out to think about what it all means to me. However, it was nice to go with my Dad and listen to the story of Easter and the lovely hymns. There was even an Easter Egg hunt for the children at the end – sadly I was a bit too old for it, but I’m hoping the Easter bunny might visit me at some point today and leave me a treat or two.



What has grabbed your attention this week? I love hearing about people’s new discoveries and you may end up sharing something that makes it onto my list next week!

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6 comments:

  1. Happy Easter! Sorry to hear you haven't been well! I'm enjoy the Spring flowers though


    Casey - ATopsyTurvyBlog

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    1. Thank you Casey I hope you had a lovely Easter too xx

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  2. Love this post =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I just happen to stumble upon your blog, and whats the most recent post I read? - Its about PoTS! Well, me too! Ive been suffering for a couple of years now but was just recently diagnosed this year by a positive tilt table test! Man, I can't believe I've seen someone similar to me! Would love talk to you and see how your going :) Ive just started writing my first blog VanillaLemons! Would be awesome to have you as a close friend Jenny xx http://vanillalemons.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Nice to hear from you Mackenzie - it's always good to find people who have similar difficulties. Feel free to drop me an e-mail on jaffacat44@gmail.com if you ever want to chat xx

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