Saturday, October 2

One Day at a Time

Sometimes it's difficult not to get bogged down with the stresses of life.  It seems just as soon as things start going well something new pops up. 

I've had chronic stomach and abdominal pains for about 6 months, back in April I had an exploratory surgery and nothing of significance was found.  So I've just been living with it, thinking it could all be in my head. 

Well this past week I couldn't take it anymore, so I went back into my doctor to start from scratch.  They did blood work (4 tubes worth!) and scheduled a CT Scan for the next day.  Wednesday I went in for my scan, which totally stunk.  She tried to put the IV in my left arm and it didn't work so they had to move to the right arm, I'm a huge baby when it comes to needles.  Anyway, somehow I made it through. :)

The next day I received a call from my doctor with the CT results.  It turns out that I have 4 cysts on my spleen and grade 1 spondylolisthesis in my L5-S1 vertebrae.  Spondylolisthesis is just the slipping forward of your vertebrae and can cause significant back pain, they'll probably just send me to physical therapy to fix that.  My main concern is the cysts on my spleen.

I've done a little research and haven't found much about spleenic cysts, which of course stresses me out a little more.  I've gotten in touch with a GI specialist and should be seen next week to discuss the next steps. 

When I was 19 I had a CT scan and it showed a "cyst" on my right ovary.  It grew a significant amount while I was out of town for a week so they scheduled surgery to have it removed.  During surgery they discovered that it was not a cyst but a tumor that had enveloped my entire ovary, so they had it removed.  My fear is that these "cysts" that "appear to be benign" could actually be more than that.  My history with "cysts" isn't very good.

Needless to say, this week has been eventful.  I am really focusing on giving my anxieties and worries to God.  I cannot worry about tomorrow for today brings enough troubles... I know that I am in his hands and He will continue to watch over me.  Prayers are much appreciated... And I'll definitely keep y'all updated as I get more information myself. 

Thanks for keeping up with our crazy lives, it means so much. 

Here's a few fun images of my insides... I can't figure out too much of it but it's still fun to look at. :)

This is one of the cysts on my spleen

And another...
This one shows the slipping of my vertebrae


Kelsey walters said...

I'm praying for u. I know how scary this can be. I've had the same problem with "cysts" and it's pretty terrifying and painful. Unfortunately I'm about 2 have back surgery. It's scary but like u said all u can do is give it 2 god. Luv and miss u my friend. Keep us updated.

Nicki said...

Thanks, Kels. I really appreciate your prayers. I'll definitely keep you in mine as well. God is good, all the time.

cal+claire said...

I'll be praying for you!
I understand chronic stomach pain and having the GI works - I have a few stomach problems that have been diagnosed and one they've never found an answer to, I'll be praying all of yours have answers! (Simple ones!)