Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A New Lease On Life!

I've Got A New Lease on Life!

I’ve been MIA for a while. I've been on the mend, I’m finally back on the torch, and it sure feels good! (Here is a picture of one of the latest beads)

I am posting this for awareness purposes:

After almost seven years of a “mystery” illness, I was finally diagnosed with Primary Hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). I traveled almost 1,000 miles to The Norman Parathyroid Center in Tampa, Florida for surgery. They are the experts with the most experience, and since this is not very common, I wanted to go to the best! They removed a tumor and one of my parathyroid glands, and the restoration of my health has been remarkable! I am so grateful to Dr. Politz and Dr. Norman for giving me a new lease on life. I feel AMAZING!

Best Source of Information: http://www.parathyroid.com/

Parathyroids have nothing to do with the thyroid. Hyperparathyroidism is not very common, and therefore, often goes undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed. Most doctors know about HPT, but do not know it well.

From the Norman Website: The ONLY purpose of the parathyroid glands is to regulate the calcium level in our bodies within a very narrow range so that the nervous and muscular systems can function properly. This is all they do. They measure the amount of calcium in the blood every minute of every day... and if the calcium levels go down a little bit, the parathyroid glands recognize it and make parathyroid hormone (PTH) which goes to the bones and takes some calcium out (makes a withdrawal from the calcium vault) and puts it into the blood. When the calcium in the blood is high enough, then the parathyroids shut down and stop making PTH.

Hyperparathyroidism occurs when one (or more) of the four parathyroid glands grows into a tumor and behaves inappropriately by constantly making excess parathyroid hormone regardless of the level of calcium. In other words, one of the parathyroid glands has lost its control mechanism and continues to make large amounts of parathyroid hormone without paying attention to how high the blood calcium is. Thus, even when the calcium level is high--when the parathyroids should not be making any hormone at all--one of the glands keeps making hormone. Why? Because one of the parathyroid glands developed a benign tumor and lost its inhibitions and controls.

Inappropriate blood calcium levels can make you sick and very symptomatic. For the past six years (especially the last two), I had many of the symptoms. In October, my body lost the ability to regulate my blood pressure. My BP was very erratic, spiking to 222/116 and dropping to 95/55. These swings often made me feel like I was going to pass out. This is what took me back to the doctor.

Once the lab results were in, I again heard high calcium, and again it was dismissed. I did some research on my own, and found Dr. Norman’s website. It is so informative, and I became educated. I could not believe what I was reading… only EVERYTHING I had been telling my doctor for years! I emailed my labs to Dr. Norman, and they confirmed that my numbers warranted pursuing PHPT as a possible diagnosis. I then did a self referral, had a consultation with Dr. Politz and surgery was scheduled.

Again, I am sharing this for awareness purposes. It is a shame that this went undiagnosed for so many years. Not only does this disease make you feel sick, it MAKES you sick. It causes kidney stones (which I had almost two weeks after surgery), will cause osteoperosis 100% of the time as it leaches the calcium from your bones, has been linked to breast and prostrate cancer, decreases your life expectancy by years, and many other things...

A bit of advice: If you are having ongoing, unresolved issues, do your own research! You need to take an active part, along with your doctor, in your healthcare.


Heather Sellers said...

Oh Lisa! I'm so glad you shared. It has been too long. I hope you are doing great and your recovery is speedy. Our prayers are with you, Heather

Linda said...

Thankyou for sharing this.

It is so great you are back at the torch with a talent like yours.

That bead is so amazing and offers loads of inspiration to a newbie like me.

Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs said...

Heather, Thank you lady! My recovery has been easy compared to how I felt most days! I am doing great :) I appreciate the prayers...good care and good prayer, the best combination! I hope all is well with you!

Linda, thank you so much for your kindness. I hope you find much enjoyment from melting glass. If I can ever help in any way, please let me know. I LOVE to talk glass!!

Happy Holidays to you!

Daniela Ellenberger said...

Thanks for sharing.
It's good to hear that you are back on the torch and we will see more of your beautiful work.
I wish you a happy and healthy new year 2012
Greetings Daniela

Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs said...

Thanks Daniela, I really appreciate that! Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy New Year too!

Beadwright said...

I am so happy you don't have lupus as you once thought. I still need to phone you.
This new health you have will make 2012 the best ever.
Wishing you love, happiness, and of course continued health.
Ohhh and the bead is awesome too. LOL

Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs said...

Hi Nicole, Thanks so much..you are always so supportive, and I'm blessed to call you friend! I hope all is well with you, and that your holidays are safe and happy! Wishing for better days for both of us in 2012! Love to you! Lisa

Böbe Ikotics Bead embroidery said...

Wonderful job!

Stone Designs said...

I'm so glad you are on the mend! My late sister always said "you have to be your own advocate" I love your work!

Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs said...

Thanks everyone for all the kindness and well wishes! I am feeling better with each passing day, and enjoying and appreciating my torch time more than ever!

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

Good for you for doing research - I'm so glad you found the problem and had treatment. YAY on feeling good again!