Results from my echo and CT scan. I have severe pectus excavatum sternal deformity with resultant displacement of my heart, and mediastinal structures towards the left of midline as above. Mild bullous change is suggested within the left lung base, adjacent to the posterior aspect of the hemidiaphragm.
Today I had my pre-surgery required tests. I had a 40 minute long echo of my heart, and a CT scan. I don’t find out the results for at least a couple of days. One of my veins were blown in my hand, and it hurts like a bitch.
I have a birth defect that is called Pectus Excavatum, which means hollow chest. It’s a deformity of the anterior wall of the chest, it causes the ribs and sternum to grow abnormally. Which causes the chest to appear as sunken in. Today I went to my family doctor to do one of my pre-surgery tests. I had to breathe into a machine, that measured how far my lungs could expand. The test concluded that I can only expand my lungs up to 83% because of my chest wall. A normal person can expand up to 100%, and some cases above that. I go back next week to get a CT scan, and an echo of my chest. I’m going to keep posting updates on doctors appointments and whatever else pops up on here. Ok, I’m done now, bye.
I have a raging headache, and it feels as my body is wanting to shut down. I’ve had three hours of sleep in the past twenty four hours, cried, and barely kept food down. My brain is constantly configuring the outcomes of this surgery. No matter what I do, my mind finds its way to think about the one things that scares me most at this moment. I want to sleep. Sleep has always be a dear friend to me, and I’ve always dealt with my problems in the distance of my slumber. Just not tonight.
Feeling mentally and physically drained, I finally cried after keeping it in for two days. I’m not sure why, but what the doctor told me is unsettling. It’s all I can’t think about, and makes me sick to my stomach.