FACTORING IN THE TEST RESULTS – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Factor

So my test results came back. After I did a full translation of virtually every word in the report — I’m pretty good with medicalese, but this was way above my pay grade — I discovered that considering my age and stage of life, I’ve got functional, but not perfect arteries. If you want to factor in all the tests that were run initially during my first visit to the neurologist — and then this new set of tests — we know that I’m getting on in years.

Which is exactly what we knew before. We do not know if what the tests found to have anything to do with the visual symptoms. They could be connected, but they could also be entirely separate with no connecting thread. And worse, there’s actually no clear way to address the matter. It’s not like there’s a book which gives answers because what’s bothering me aren’t the symptoms for any known disease or condition or illness.

Thus I know what I knew when I started this process. I was afraid this would be the result and why I didn’t want to begin the process. It’s “non-result.”

A lot of information has been collected,  but are any of these results related to the symptoms? I’m not even sure why I started this process in the first place except that I felt I had some kind of obligation to find out if it meant something — or not.

“Or not,” seems to be the answer.

I’m just as worried (but more confused) than I was at the start. I’m overloaded with information that doesn’t mean anything to me. I suppose — or at least I hope — that this will make more sense after I see the doctor next week.

With all the advances we’ve made in medicine, in the end, a lot of it is more like art than science. Maybe someday it’ll be just like “Bones” on the Enterprise. Just use that little tricorder and poof! Diagnosis, cure, and life renewed.

I’m waiting. Aren’t we all?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

31 thoughts on “FACTORING IN THE TEST RESULTS – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I could have entirely skipped this round of doctors and tests and had the same answer. Why don’t they just admit they don’t know and let you skip the rest? Or is “I don’t know” not a medical term?

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        1. I know. I was sure this was going to happen. Been here before. Gone through tests and more tests and more checkups and in the end, they have NO idea. I really did it because Garry was worried. Now HE knows what I know. Nothing much. Something happens and then it goes away like nothing happened. Why? Who knows?

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            1. If it weren’t making it hard to see properly — especially up close — I wouldn’t care, but the vision is a problem. I need glasses, but how can I get glasses when I can’t properly SEE? I probably should have skipped the neurologist and gone to an eye doctor.

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                1. It was all that seizure stuff that threw me off. I forgot that probably my eyes had nothing to do with my brain. Two different departments. At least they proved I’m not suffering from Alzheimer’s,

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  1. Yep I agree with you Marilyn. My daughter is an O.F.A. on board the Ferry (which means ambulance attendant) and it was daunting to realize that if I were on board with my physical disabilities and age, I’d be the last consideration for rescue. Sometimes I wonder if that’s the case all round!

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  2. “I don’t know” in medicalese becomes, ‘the tests came back inconclusive.’ Between the lines it means, ‘have you met your deductible yet, cause we can do more tests.’

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    1. I don’t think there are any more tests they can do. The ONE test that might have yielded more data is too dangerous, so they won’t do it.

      Idiopathic. That means “I don’t know” in medical. Along with “inconclusive,” of course. But inconclusive doesn’t have to be medical. It can be anything.

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  3. The ‘result’ or outcome might not give you much joy, but boy, did it make for a remarkable post on the Fandango throw ‘Factor’…..
    I see what you mean. This is not the first time I hear that, and it won’t be the last. I’m also reading a book called Still Alice about a 50yr old ‘super woman’ with early Alzheimer…. So much progress and yet, and yet – in earlier times people ‘just died’ of old age, of ‘getting confused’, now we get probed, filled with meds, stuffed with stuff, we get shots and images… but die we must!

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    1. Yeah, but this involves seizures and an inability to see out of my left eye and the left side of my right eye. I am beginning to get used to not seeing, but I wouldn’t mind if they could figure out what it means. I need new glasses, but that is NOT what is making my eyes all patchy with strange whorling lights.

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  4. You really didn’t need a battery of tests to know you are getting old and parts are wearing out. Wouldn’t it be great if Bones were around to give you whatever he gave that woman in the hospital in Star Trek IV? If Bones were my local doctor I might actually go once in a while.

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      1. Yes, I always remember that scene even though it was just a small part, now thinking was that Star Trek III, where they are stealing the ship to look for Spock. IV was the one with the whales.

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    1. Basically, I learned that I have some plaque in my arteries, but not anything dangerous. And the blood flows in the right direction. AND I’m not demented. Now, if only someone could make my back hurt less, life might be a whole LOT better!

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