For an unknown period of time, I may not be available for consultations. You can contact me, but I can make no guarantees that the situation will allow me to help right now.
My boy Ryder’s hemangiosarcoma (cancer of the spleen) has progressed to a much more critical level. He had a bleed on Tuesday 9/15, and since then my world has been all about supporting him through the recovery from this incident. As of today, Saturday the 19th, he’s more stable but still weak, and we are working on trying to help him find his appetite again. I’m in close contact with his vet, and doing everything I can to bring him through the crisis.
Please think good thoughts for Ryder. He’s such a sweet and special boy. A true gentle soul.
For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, I’ll post the good news here, as well.
I had the cardiac catheterization yesterday, December 20th, and it happily ruled out coronary artery disease. In fact, the cath lab nurse told me I have the arteries of a twelve year old. So, though we’re no closer to the reason for my symptoms, we now know something else to rule out, and it’s a big, scary something.
The procedure itself went smoothly. They were able to go in through my right wrist, and had no problems. The only issues were my blood pressure, which didn’t want to come back up to normal, and nausea on the long ride home (and for a good part of the evening).
I’m wearing a pressure bandage, the first layer of which comes off this afternoon, and the rest tomorrow. I have to restrict use of the hand for a while, but that’s an easy price tag for such good news.
A pretty good Christmas present, don’t you think?
I will gradually be getting back to work (although typing is awkward), though between this situation and the holidays, probably on a limited basis.
Thanks to everyone who has been sending their good wishes and healing thoughts.
I’m facing a possibly serious (okay, I guess it is serious, but something that I hope to get under control quickly, so I can get back to normal again. Normal for me, anyway) health situation that will mean some temporary changes.
The first is that, for the time being, I won’t be accepting any new clients. Existing clients are still welcome to contact me for sessions. However, I am going to be in and out of availability, sometimes on short notice, and also will not be able to schedule as many sessions as I used to even when I am here. Email is strongly preferred, due to the fact that I have periods where even talking for a half-hour can leave me out of breath and stressed. (I’m hoping the new medication regime will help with that shortly.)
The details in a nutshell
On November 17th, I had a pain attack that began behind my right shoulder and spread across my chest. I have been short of breath for quite some time now, very tired, no energy, feeling flutters and pressure in my chest, and have been chalking it all up to grief and depression. It appears I was wrong.
Since then, it’s been: a trip to the ER, numerous tests, a nuclear stress test (which I failed), a visit with my (new) cardiologist, heart and cholesterol medication….
The pain turned out to be angina.
On December 20th, I am due to go through a cardiac catheterization. If they just need to explore, I will be home that night. If they need to insert a stent (or stents) or otherwise perform procedures to fix the issue, it will be a sleep-over. Blockages have been discovered, but until this test is done, they will not know where or to what extent.
However, we will know much more after that day, and once that corner is turned, I’ll be looking down the road to recovery, and to getting some of my old stamina and sense of well-being back.
Thank you for your patience as I turn down the volume a bit for a little while. I hope to be able to gradually return to more normal levels very soon.
We here at “Starling’s Nest” (meaning the whole Nastasi multi-species tribe) wish you all a joyous holiday season, and a happy and healthy2017!