August 01, 2008

An Update

Hello all of you wonderful friends. Thank you all for your prayers, well wishes and very loving and encouraging words. My visit with the cardiologist went pretty well today. He is a wonderful doctor and I feel like I am in the best of hands. He was very comforting and at least seemed not to think that whatever is going on with me is worst case scenario. There are tests scheduled for Thursday am and we should know a lot more then. I know that if he was really concerned he would have made sure I had the tests today. He seemed to think that since 10 or 11 years had passed since I took the medication & the fact that I treadmill 3-4 hours a week were things that were on my side. I would love to hear more from those of you with friends & loved ones that have been through something similar after taking phen fen. I will keep you all updated and hope that you will continue to keep me in your prayers. Your words were truly a blessing to me today and helped keep me calm. Love, Jen

50 comments:

  1. I hope you are feeling better soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Hang in there! Sending happy thoughts your way :)

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  3. Sending happy thoughts your way. Sounds like you are in good hands and will certainly keep the prayers coming.

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  4. Thanks so much for posting about your dr's appt. I have been thinking about you this afternoon and wondering how it went. I will continue to pray for you and will check back here often for updates.

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  5. Ahhhh. Big sigh of relief. Keep them positive thoughts going girl! Still keeping my fingers crossed (they're a bit cramped! LOL)and wishing only the best for you and yours...

    ~Stacy

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  6. I'll continue to lift you up in prayer. <><

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  7. Good news that the dr. didn't rush you off to the hospital or right into testing. I will continue to pray for you and watch for updates as you learn more information.
    ~Adrienne~

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  8. Yep...Those are great signs! Are they going to do a take home test? (where you are hooked up all night, looking for arythmia?)

    I know how scary it is...I went through a battery of heat tests last year...all turned out perfectly perfect!

    Wishing you strength and peace!

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  9. I've had irregular heartbeats in the past and then it triggers a major panic attack. It was a horrible feeling...I really thought I was dying! I would break out in a cold sweat and not be able to catch my breath. I had EKGs done and nothing showed up. It doesn't happen very regularly anymore...thank goodness! I never even thought that it could be from the phen-fen!

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  10. Oh forgot to say that I'm really glad to hear that your doctor is calm about it. Remember that worrying doesn't help anything so try not to worry too much!

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  11. Hi Jen, I was just checking in to your blog and was so surprised to hear this phen fen news. I have a close friend who also took phen fen for about a year in 1997. She had to stop taking it because of the reported health risks. She's fine now, and the only health problems she's had since the medication is chronic insomnia. They are still running tests on her.

    I'm so glad to hear you are in good hands and that you take care of your body with exercise! That will make such a difference there.

    Please keep us posted. My prayers are with you.

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  12. Jen, my sister's MIL took phenfen and had heart problems as a result. I know the drug company settled out of court with her, but it's been years ago. I will check on more details for you.
    It's such a shame that these companies don't always take the precautionary measures they should. They get blinded by the $$$.

    And I believe you are right. Not scheduling tests until Thursday is a good sign!

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  13. Jen,

    You take care of yourself and don't let your worries ruin your summer. So sorry to hear of your concerns and I pray all will be just fine.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Melissa

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  14. Jen,
    I read your blog all the time and read your entry about phen-fen and your heart. I am glad to hear the doctor doesn't sound overly concerned. I certainly will keep you in my thought and prayers...these things can be very scary, remember "Be still and know that I am God."

    Claudia

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  15. Hi Jen,

    I saw your post yesterday - I finally have a chance to comment this morning and I just wanted to say I was so sorry to hear about this. This latest news from your dr sounds promising though, and I'm sending you lots of good vibes that things will be okay!

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  16. That sounds like good news. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

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  17. i'll pray for you...you pray for me, okay? love you to pieces! it'll all be okay! blessings girly!

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  18. Great news so far..I will continue to pray for you. Hugs.

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  19. oh my. Just read your previous post. Thinking and praying for you. Keep us posted.
    Sarah
    Vintage Lily
    http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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  20. Jen, I too took that drug years ago but haven't noticed any problems. What were your symptoms? Glad you are doing well.

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  21. Wow Jen. I hope all goes well on Thursday. I will be thinking of you.

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  22. I too read your blog all the time but don't believe I have ever posted here. This verse meant so much to me in a personal health crisis, surgery, and recovery. "Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

    Praying for peace and good health for you. Do not be afraid!

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  23. JEn! Hang in there girly! We are praying as you speak!
    hugs,
    Robyn

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  24. Oh, Jen!! I'm so sorry you are dealing with this!

    I know this sounds so rediculously Oprah, but stay focused on the positive. Breathe, be calm, smile as much as you can.

    We are praying for you!!!

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  25. Oh, I should have commented long ago on your site...

    Lifting you up in prayer!

    Love, Alli

    http://www.blissfullydomestic.com

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  26. Jen, my mom and I both took phen fen about 11 years ago. We loved it at the time - I haven't had any issues. Please keep us all posted. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  27. Jen,
    Sending positive thoughts your way.
    Feel better soon, kimme

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  28. Oh, I shall keep your heart in my prayers. I have a wonderful drink that has helped me stay calm, and is all natural, chinese tea. Let me send you a box- my treat! :)

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  29. Hi, Jen -- I just wanted to let you know, first of all, that I will be praying for you and thinking of you and your family. Secondly, I work as a cardiac ICU nurse in Atlanta and patients we have seen with effects of this and similar drugs have been fine. (The reason they were in our unit was NOT for that...but for other reasons...just to clarify!) From the fact that he did not order immediate tests/treatment/etc. and the fact that you take care of yourself, I am certain all will be fine with you as well. They will probably do an echo (ultrasound of your heart) and see if there has been any damage, and if so, how much. Were you having symptoms or did this arise from a routine exam? (You don't have to answer that, of course...I was just wondering.) Anyway, cling to God, and we will certainly keep you in our prayers over here.

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  30. A prayer is being said for you today. You have every reason to be positive. Stay in the moment. Take good care.

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  31. Oh gosh how scary! I'm sorry to hear about this. It does sound like you are in good hands and we'll be thinking about you!

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear about this! I wish you well, I'll keep you in my thoughts...

    Take care,

    ~ Jennifer

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  33. This is what I get when I leave? GIRLFRIEND, seriously..I was only gone for a few days..I am sending extra large and very big gigantic and enormous good thoughts, vibes and prayers to you..FEEL IT?? I am sorry for this..but you will be alright.FORSURE.
    take care sweetiepie.
    Lotsa love and best of the best to you.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    coastal nest

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  34. Still praying in Tennessee!

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  35. I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Sending happy thoughts.

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  36. Hi Jen. It's Jen from The Closet Therapist. I came by to get that paint color from your dining room again and saw your post. I'll be praying for you and hoping with you that this is not going to affect your health one bit.

    As I was browsing your old posts looking for the paint color I saw that you had your unintended collection of birds that you were paring down. I love birds too! Anyway, I read somewhere that a collection usually tells us something about ourselves that we are trying to express. (I think it was in Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui.) Maybe you can ponder that. I finally found the paint color and laughed when I saw that it is "Bird's Nest". There must be something to the birds, dearie!

    If I use that paint color, I'll send you a picture!

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  37. Thinking and praying for you. It sounds like you are in good hands. Hang in there!!!

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  38. Jen

    Glad to see you are happy with your doc--that is super important!

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  39. prayers and internet hugs to you....

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  40. I hope you are feeling better and continue to receive good news.

    I received my Cath Kidston book in the mail - thank you again!

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  41. Oh, dearest! I should have checked in earlier, I just read your past two posts! Let me say, I'm so, so, so glad that you had a good doctor's appointment, and that you trust your doctor. I've been thinking about you, and praying that these next few days will be filled with moments of peace, deep breaths, and a stillness that marvels you!

    Sending love!

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  42. I'm glad to hear that your doctor isn't overly concerned. I will keep you in my prayers :o)
    ~Des

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  43. Hi Jen,
    So sorry to hear about you not feeling well. I hope you are doing a bit better.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rosemary

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  44. Jen stay posative..breath deep..relax think wonderful thoughts..all will be
    well..I hold you in my prayers.
    I'm one who got a diagnosis of breast cancer 4 years ago and now I stand tall on healthy solid ground! hugs NG

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  45. Thinking of you sending prayers.

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  46. Hi Jen. I just wanted to give you a blog hug and let you know I'll be praying. Will be checking back for updates, hoping for good news!

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  47. Jen I just wanted you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers...I do hope things are better for you today...

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  48. Jenn, I am sorry you have been going through this scare! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

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