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Journal Entry: Sat Oct 10, 2009, 6:14 AM
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As if I don't have enough problems right now with all my health problems, now I am suffering from a very bad case of Edema.

The past week I have been so swollen. The tops of my feet are twice their normal size, I had to take my wedding ring off because it was cutting into my skin, the top of my left hand is so swollen I can't make a closed fist or even lightly touch it. The bottoms of my arms are swollen and so sensitive that any pressure on them is so painful. The worse problem though is my belly below my belly button. When I sit up and the rest of my body weight pushes any pressure down on it I just want to cry. It feels like I'm being stabbed in the lower belly and my belly button is swollen closed even.

So after doing some searching on the net I have found out that what I have is Edema and I'm not surprised since I still am pretty much bed ridden with torn ligaments in my knee and a broken ankle.

My Dad was able to get these water pills from his pharmacist though and he mailed them to me. Today is the 4th day I've been on them and I think my feet are getting better, but that's the only result I see. I have a DRs appointment on the 27th, but I might end up having to go to the Hospital before then. My Parents want me to be admitted because I have fluid building up in my lungs to and have shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing really bad.  

In worse case scenario it could be something called Pulmonary Edema. Which is when the heart starts to fail on one side and fluid backs up into your lungs. I pray it's not that and just regular edema.

Pulmonary edema is usually caused by heart failure. As the heart fails, pressure in the veins going through the lungs starts to rise.

As the heart fails, pressure in the veins going through the lungs starts to rise. As the pressure in these blood vessels increases, fluid is pushed into the air spaces (alveoli) in the lungs. This fluid interrupts normal oxygen movement through the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath.

Pulmonary edema may be caused by damage directly to the lung, such as that caused by poisonous gas or severe infection, as a side effect of medications, or the result of major trauma. Lung damage with a buildup of body fluid is also seen in kidney failure. Exercising at very high altitudes can also cause pulmonary edema

Pulmonary edema may also be a complication of a heart attack, leaking or narrowed heart valves (mitral or aortic valves), or any disease of the heart that results in weakening or stiffening of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy).


    * Anxiety
    * Cough
    * Difficulty breathing
    * Excessive sweating
    * Feeling of "air hunger" or "drowning" (if this occurs suddenly, awakening you from sleep and causing you to sit up and catch your breath, it's called "paroxysmal noctural dyspnea")
    * Grunting or gurgling sounds with breathing
    * Pale skin
    * Restlessness
    * Shortness of breath
    * Shortness of breath when lying down (orthopnea) -- you may need to sleep with your head propped up or use extra pillows
    * Wheezing

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this condition:

    * Coughing up blood or bloody froth
    * Decrease in level of alertness (consciousness)
    * Inability to speak in full sentences
    * Nasal flaring


Either way I would appreciate any prayers and healing energy anyone is willing to give me at this time. For those of you waiting for your avatars I'm so sorry it's taken me a while to get them done. I promise you that I will try to get them done this weekend.

~ Ashlie

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LACYDRAWERS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Writer
My heart goes out to you Ash.
In my work we have lots of patients with Edema and it is a dibilitating condition.
Please take care hun and know I am thinking of you and you are in my prayers:pray:......:icontheheartplz:
Aelathen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hun I hope you will be ok I miss you very very much :(..
Mariketa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
It sounds like you're in so much pain, I hope there's some way your doctors can see you sooner because this sounds very serious. I really think it's better to be safe than sorry... that hospital trip is probably a good idea. I hope you'll feel better soon dear! :hug:
M-I-R-I-E-L Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Absolutely sending good thoughts out into the Universe for you, hon. :heart: :cuddle:
Victorian-Dandy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Many many good thoughts and much karma winging its way to you

You take it easy and I know its hard but try not to worry too much.

You know where folks are if you need to cry or vent

gokceyazin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009   General Artist
Sending positive energy and prayers love, keep strong, you'll get through. Please take care of yourself. :hug:
Lileya Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Get well soon! :rose: :heart:
arianereis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My dear, you can be sure that I'll be praying for you and sending all the positive energy for you to recover as fast as possible.
TrishaMonsterr Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
oh gosh hun :cling: :heart:
damn, and the doctors can't see you any sooner than the 27th?! well i hope all the best for you dear, and keep us updated when you can :cuddle:
DevilKittyDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Definately keeping you in our thoughts and praying for a speedy recovery hon. :hug:
shoppergurl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Your in my thoughts, as well. I hope you get better soon! :huggle:s
Morticcia-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
You're in my thoughts, sweetie... I wish you all the best, get well soon :kiss: :hug:
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