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“The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic”

Did you know I am an avid reader? I’ve been escaping into dystopian and sci-fi type novels, but suddenly I was in the mood for a book with a chronically ill protagonist. I’ve been in a bit of a funk and I thought a narrator who voices my thoughts, who lives life the way I…… Continue reading “The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic”

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POTS Alert Cards in English and Spanish

Going to a country where I am unable to speak the native language was a bit concerning for me as someone with a rare medical condition. I knew I needed to make sure I would be able to somehow communicate information about my medical condition to health professionals if the situation were to arise. Learning…… Continue reading POTS Alert Cards in English and Spanish

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Why are some chronically ill patients so intense?

While the Infectious Disease doctor didn’t have any “ah-ha” moments and definitely hadn’t looked over my files ahead of time (her staff’s fault for scheduling me as a patient with an acute need, not her fault), she did order a test I haven’t had before called a Gallium Scan. Here is how things proceeded… Tuesday…… Continue reading Why are some chronically ill patients so intense?

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It’s Not All Sunshine and Butterflies: The Negatives of Mayo Clinic and The POTS Treatment Center

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I have been to both Mayo Clinic (Minnesota) and The POTS Treatment Center for help managing POTS. Most of my posts touch on all of the positives of each place. While I mentioned my personal struggles with getting through each program, I didn’t really mention what I…… Continue reading It’s Not All Sunshine and Butterflies: The Negatives of Mayo Clinic and The POTS Treatment Center

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Patiently Proactive

Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset Proactive: creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened I am a proactive person and always have been. I don’t wait around for the world to magically make…… Continue reading Patiently Proactive

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“How would a doctor determine if I have Hyperadrenergic POTS?”: All About Catecholamine Testing in POTS

To find out if it a patient has Hyperadrenergic POTS, specialized doctors typically order an endocrine test called a Catecholamine Blood Test. I had my test performed at Mayo Clinic’s Autonomic Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Want proof? Here is a glamor shot taken just prior to the test: Okay, time to get serious! The Catecholamine…… Continue reading “How would a doctor determine if I have Hyperadrenergic POTS?”: All About Catecholamine Testing in POTS