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Arterial Blood Gas Analysis Result

Posted Aug 09 2010 11:40am

Before he used stethoscope, Dr TL seemed to know I had lung problem again. He can spot the subtle change in my voice. He seems to know when I have temperature. And I don’t notice these…

I am having another bronchitis episode. It explained the recent  symptom flare up. Strange thing is that I don’t cough. Usually, people with bronchitis wouldn’t stop coughing. I used to cough a lot. After severe ME/CFS, I just don’t cough anymore. I wonder if ME/CFS has something to do with it. I wondered if autonomic nervous system is not responding properly.

Anyway, I’m on antibiotics again. Dr TL checked his record and told that the last one I had was in June. It feels long time ago, but it’s less than 2 months ago.

The result of Arterial Blood Gas Analysis was already in. Dr TL felt bad about what I had gone through to have the test. It wasn’t his fault. Test had to be done. And it wasn’t the scary experience that I was told to have.

The result was normal. It is a good news. But he seemed to be concerned that CO2 was lower borderline normal…

I better start googling about lung conditions and educate myself. I know reasonably well about ME/CFS. But when it comes to lung problems, I only know the basic common sense. And it seems like my lungs are not behaving according to common sense…

Although Dr TL didn’t think the Lung Specialist would be interested in my case from the analysis result, he sent referral to the specialist because of other test results. Strangely, this referral was based on positive test results and there is no chance for psychiatrist to hijack the case. However, I have no idea what the Lung Specialist would think about it. I’m aware that the specialist would think my lungs don’t need his/her attention. Now I just have to wait and see.

The last appointment was also my Samurai Anniversary. I have been Dr TL’s patient for 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 3 years already. On the other hand, it feels like I knew Dr TL much longer than 3 years.

He teased me that was the reason why I was smiling. I hardly have anything to celebrate in my life. But it is not the only reason. It is the special day because miracle happened to me 3 years ago. Indeed, having a good doctor and a good friend is something to smile about.

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