Wednesday, March 14, 2012

When the Doctor Says "I'm so sorry but..."

Following up from "Ouch!  What was that?"
on how 'life as you know it can change in a heartbeat'...

Last Monday Wayne went for his quarterly routine cholesterol tests.
Less than 24 hours later,
the Doctor's office called wanting him to come in immediately.
His CK (creatine kinase) levels were extremely high
showing he was having muscle deterioration.
He had to go the hospital for a bunch more tests
with an appointment to find out the results yesterday afternoon.
Needless to say...
it was a very stressful week.

Being the "what if", "worse case scenario" kind of gal that I am,
my mind was spinning.
What if I lost the love of my life?
What would I do without my best friend?
How would I go on without my Stanley?
What would become of me?
Would I become a recluse?
Would I start to collect too many cats
and become a crazy cat lady hoarder?????


Fast forward...
there was a mix up at the hospital lab...
(are you kidding me...)

I am VERY happy and thankful to report that
my Stanley is as "healthy as a horse".
All his tests were 'normal'.

Well be assured the 7 days of worry
have taken a toll on us
so we have made plans to
'take some time and smell the flowers'
this coming weekend
and will try to keep front of mind
how quickly life can change.

52 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh I sooo glad he's OK....and I guess the good that came out is that you will be take some time this weekend for yourselves...and that he is OK...waiting not fun though.....Scary mistake.....

Donna said...

What was that all about? my gosh that is a crazy scare. But you know how to turn negative into positives as you have GRATITUDE and INSPIRATION in your life.

a weekend of awesomeness is coming to you both!

S. Etole said...

Echoing Nancy! So thankful he is well. Hopefully the person whose blood test it was can receive the help they need also. Have a super good week-end!

Mary Ann said...

Wow what a relief for all of you.

After recent health problems that my brother has experienced I have a whole different view on life. It's very scary how the quality of your life and how you live it can change in the matter of a few hours. I won't say that I fully embrace the "live life like it's your last day philosophy" but it is in the back of my mind often.

Cat said...

Wow that mix up was terrible!!! So glad that everything turned our all right. I think you've made a good plan as a result :-)

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh my gosh, I'm glad he's okay. But on the other hand it is terrible that you had to go through seven days of worrying because of a lab mix up.

Enjoy your weekend together.

zaza said...

What a terrible week for you.
Five years ago my sweety was diagagnosed with prostate cancer and yes all those questions were on my mind. Thankfully it was diagnosed early and with surgery seems to have "got" it all. He is having annual PSA tests (which are still heart stopping until the results) that have been free.
Hope you are giving your Stanley extra cuddles.
Too bad it takes a scare to make us Stop to smell the flowers!
Have a terrific flower sniffing day!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Whew, we're glad he's okay, Catherine, but feel terribly sorry for the other person.

Since All Beings pass in their time, though, the lesson definitely is to make the most of what you have, right now.

(((Hugs)))

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Brian said...

Oh my goodnes! At least the mix up had a positive outcome but that sure was stressful.

Susan said...

Yay, yipeee, hallelujah! I am so glad he is healthy as a horse! So happy for you and for him! What a worry that must of been. Smelling the roses is a good idea. I actually wrote about that on my other blog theoakesplace.blogspot.com

So happy for you Cat!!!!!

Deb said...

Good Grief! I hate hospitals. Well, carry on and live life to the fullest and celebrate that your man is in good health. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Lúcia said...

This kind of thing should never happenned, one's mistake can cause so much pain. And another pacient thought he was ok...
But I'm glad to know Stanley is well, and you too my dear. :)

Cheri said...

So glad Wayne is OK!!! This kind of thing really makes you think and appreciate life and all the details. We had a scare similar to this with my husband a few years back but his symptoms turned out to be not as serious as we thought and very treatable but the same thoughts were going thru my mind!

Anesha said...

So glad that it all turned out well in the end. It must have been a hard week for both of you. Lots of hugs. Anesha

Katy Noelle said...

OH, LORD!!! gee whizz! bah!

Well, I'm feeling all relieved, too!

Phew.... =D

xxooxxoo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So scary but a good outcome! Yes take some time and smell lots of roses! Hugs, Linda

Linda R said...

YEA!! That is such wonderful news.. I do hope you have a fabulous time this weekend.

Hugs, Linda

Becca said...

WHAT?! Oh my gosh, what a terrible thing to have to go through! Wow. I'm SO glad things turned out well. I am just like you...I would have been sick. Yes, take a deep breath now, and enjoy life and each other and celebrate! Love the photo...reminds me of an old one of Russ I might have to post. :-)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Oh my goodness gracious, the torture you guys must have gone thru! I'm so sorry that had to happen, but I'm happy for you guys that he's just fine!!! That flower is beautiful & he's a hoot... Now, go get some R&R!!! =)

Just Who I Am said...

So glad everything is alright.So much stress for the both of you .Have a celebrate evening ,make fun and enjoy life
xxx Elisabeth

It's me said...

I am so glad for you both....love from me....xxx....

Linda@VS said...

Oh, WOW! What a horrible mix-up, but thank goodness it was one. Maybe it's a good thing that something like this comes along from time to time to shake us out of our complacency and make us hyper-aware of the good things in our lives. Scary, nonetheless.

Katy Noelle said...

Of course, the poor person who's test it was.....=( (Have ten people just said that?)

TexWisGirl said...

oh my gosh! how terrible for you, but worse for the one that should have gotten those results, pronto!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness.... What you two have had to go through.... GOOD GOSH... That hospital should PAY for you all to take a nice, long vacation!!!!!!

Glad Stanley is FINE.... Praise God for that...
Hugs,
Betsy

The Smiths said...

What a terrible thing to happen... So glad it turned out ok in the end!

I don't think a day goes by without me being grateful to be still here...

Enjoy your weekend!

Kay :)

Sandra said...

just reading your what if list mine was in high gear and i added a few more and fretted with you. SO HAPPY to hear of the mix up. really happy. and that photo is stunning. did you take the flower in the house and add to the pic? love it love it. he is so handsome. God bless both of you.

Pamela said...

Oh i am so happy to hear he is fine!
How horrible that you had to go through all that!! But then again maybe it happened as a way to make you slow done and smell the roses like you said...there's a reason for everything in this crazy world!
Have a great weekend Catherine!!
Pamela xo

Tanja said...

I am so glad that everything is OK with your love, Catherine. Sometimes these things put us right back with our feet on the ground. You suddenly realize that life is so precious and it is so normal to have your loved ones around you.

Enjoy life and give your Stanley a big hug.

Love
Tanja

Becky said...

lol you are hilarious.Hoarder?lol.

Im so glad to hear hes ok.UGH thats a very rare thing to happen.I hope it never does again.I often think about that myself.Like what if they would mix up my results,scary thought.Especially being a nurse and working there seeing all that goes on.hmm..

Have a great weekend the both of you!

Laurie said...

I had the same thing happen when my dr. called me back to his office after my 3 mo. check up after my cancer surgery, and said it had come back. I was horrified! When I got to the office, the receptionist was so sorry, she called the wrong patient. Thank God Stanley is just fine, enjoy the flowers Catherine!

Ann said...

Oh wow, 7 days of stress for nothing. Well better that way than having it screwed up the other way around. Glad to hear Stanley is just fine

Linens and Royals said...

Awful scare for you both, so pleased everything turned out well. We all make mistakes but that was a HUGE one.
Mad cat woman hoarder is starting to sound good to me. I think I'm heading that way. XO

Nancy Claeys said...

Oh, for cripe's sake... that's terrible. You should get a free, um, appointment or something. Lol.

So glad Stanley is okay. You need someone to look after you! :)

BeadedTail said...

I'm glad everything turned out okay but what a scary week you went through! I'd say it makes you appreciate him more but I know you both appreciate each other so much as it is. But it is a good reminder to 'take some time and smell the flowers' which I hope you do!

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

Yikes - so glad it all turned out well for Stanley!! Keep smellin' those flowers!

Lin said...

Oh. MY. GOSH! What a horrible thing to do to someone!! I'll bet you were a WRECK.

I'm just really, really happy that he is okay. Whew!

Give him (and YOU) a hug from me!

The Purr Diaries said...

Phew! Thank goodness he's ok! That is a long time to wait though, no wonder you stressed!

silverthoughts2 said...

Whew. As much as it would irk me that the lab could screw up so badly...I would just be too thankful to really care.

Michael Manning said...

Relieved to read this particular outcome!!!!!!

Try and unwind now as best as possible.

Reena Walkling said...

So glad all is okay! Scary but does remind us to take nothing for granted! Enjoy the great weather!

Mariette said...

Dearest Catherine,

So glad it was an error! Well, you got a taste of how things could have been... We ought to be grateful for every day in good health and happily together.
Enjoy your week and upcoming weekend even more. Lovely photo of Stanley smelling the flowers!
Love to you both,

Mariette

HARLEQUIN said...

I'm glad that everything is okay! I wish you a wonderful weekend!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my! A whole week of stress for a mix-up. Yikes! My mind would have been going round and round too. So glad that all is well. That is one honking flower and "vase". Enjoy the rest of the week and have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Sylvia said...

Oh my, what a terrible week for you and your husband, Catherine, I'm so glad everything is okay !
Hugs,
Sylvia

Terra said...

That is a BIG reminder to stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the giant daisy.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm thankful he is okay - life can change on a dime - and if those were not his test results - were they someone else? Love, sandie

Romeo said...

That's a heck of a mistake to make :( Well glad that all is well....your blood pressure is reading normal now, yes? May take another week to return to normal levels and who would blame you?!! Smell the flowers, inhale deeply, but beware the bees.....

Purrs,

Romeo and "her"

SweetMarie said...

So happy he's okay! I sure hope someone gave you a sincere apology for the mix up! That must have been a very long and sleepless week!
Now that is a flower! Great pic!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh my. It just takes a moment to change a life. So glad it was 7 days and not a lifetime. So glad he is healthy as a horse and you will not become a cat hoarder. :) Have a better week!

Jaime said...

Just a little nudge from the universe to remind you of all the beautiful love you have in your life.
I'm glad everything is ok.

lol... crazy cat hoarder.

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