I didn't want to leave you all hanging after I announced I had gone to the emergency room fearing a blood clot...especially those of you who have been praying for me. (Thank you again for that!) The day after I went to the emergency room, I tried to use my little magic white paper to get in for an ultrasound as promised, but they couldn't get me in for two days. I was back where I started. So, I called my family doctor and asked them if they'd received my blood work from the hospital (which alone could have ruled out a blood clot). They told me they wouldn't have the results for 3-4 days (and yet, the nurse had wanted me to wait at the hospital for the results in the beginning...Right). I asked if they had called the radiologist yet to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound and they hadn't (as expected) so I asked if they could.....and--long story short(er)--I was at the vein specialist within forty-five minutes. Just before the ultrasound, I was really stressed out--partly due to the disasters I'd been watching on the weather channel while waiting for them to call my name, partly because of the sick people in wheelchairs around me (I was picturing being one of them), but mostly because I knew I couldn't possibly be imagining the pain that was going on in my leg and I so badly wanted that to be the case. The woman doing my scan (a doctor from Russia) was great, though. Most of the things she did to my leg hurt like the dickens, but she gave me better information and better explanations than anyone else who I'd seen about this problem. She did a very thorough exam--more detailed than the situation called for--and didn't see any signs of a DVT---HOORAY!!! She didn't even make me wait to hear that--She told me before she even forwarded the report on to my doctor! I was so relieved to find this out that I could have floated off of the floor. What a huge relief!!!
I wish this crappy pain would have disappeared with that DVT anxiety, but unfortunately, it's still here. I hope I can figure out what's going on...and that its not too serious (in the words of the lovely nurse practitioner!) The Russian lady recommended me to find a new doctor (she told me everything I had been through was badly managed an that some information I had been given was total crap), so maybe I'll start there. This is so exhausting, but the thing I feared the most has been ruled out--Praise the Lord for that! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I'll let you know how everything goes from here. I'm not even going to attempt to speculate at this point--LOL!