We thought David was going to die

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Last Tuesday, David went to see his urologist regarding his testosterone test.  The urologist showed him a bunch of lab scores and said the final score was “very bad” and was a “red flag” that something was seriously wrong with his liver.  He told David to stop drinking alcohol, because it impeded his treatment for Low-T.  David had been drinking 4 beers per week, sometimes more if he was at a party.  The urologist told him, “Don’t drink at all.  Not one drop.”

When my husband arrived home, he was very depressed.  He thought for sure his days were numbered.  He began googling for more information regarding liver disease.  The prognosis was not good.  Unless there was a liver transplant, he would die.

Then he checked his life insurance policy.  The term would expire on August 27, 2016, which meant he would have to die before then for me to qualify for life insurance benefits.

Well, I wept at the thought of my husband dying prematurely.  What would I do in my big, empty house?  Who would converse with me on a daily basis?  Who would accompany me to the symphony concerts?  Who would help me host our parties?

I would miss David, my husband of almost 35 years.

David called his internist to order a liver function test.  On Thursday, he went to the lab and had his blood drawn.

We waited on pins and needles for the lab results.

Finally, at 1:00 am Friday morning, the results were emailed to David.  His scores were NORMAL.  There was nothing wrong with his liver.

What the hell???

We went through all this turmoil for nothing???

Good grief!!!

We didn’t know whether to be relieved or angry.

Well, today is Super Bowl Sunday.  We have calmed down significantly.

David will continue to abstain from alcohol, because his urologist believes it would impede his treatment for Low-T.  The dose for Clomid has been doubled, and hopefully, his next testosterone test in 6 months will have better results.

Meanwhile, David is rooting for the New England Patriots, whereas I want the Seattle Seahawks to win.

P.S.  Lisa called.  She wants David to get a second opinion.  She wants to know why there is a discrepancy between the two sets of scores.  David said he will call his urologist on Monday.

18 Responses to “We thought David was going to die”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    My only comment is to GET ANOTHER OPINION! As the old saying goes: Doctors differ and patients die!

  2. Olga Hebert Says:

    So scary to go through.

  3. Jan Says:

    Yikes! That is definitely scary. I hope that the results are normal for the next test. I can see why you would be so upset. I also hope that the Seahawks win today! Go Hawks! 🙂

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Doctors, you can be driven nuts by them. A blood test showed I had a high white blood count so my doc sent me to a specialist who put me through test after test for CML (a type of blood cancer). Well, after all this time, I am okay although my sister developed a blood cancer. Ditto the gluten scare of last year. My daughter is now on a gluten-free diet owing to issues she has.

    Always wise to seek a second opinion I think. Also, the labs make mistakes. Thanks for sharing this.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I was told that liver cancer is the most painful of all cancers. That’s something David and I don’t want. If anything, I would prefer to die of a sudden heart attack or stroke. Die suddenly. Don’t prolong the agony.

  5. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Second opinion definitely needed; listen to Lisa.

  6. DeniseinVA Says:

    All that stress, how awful for you both to endure. I agree with your daughter and with everyone else, get that second opinion and a third opinion if necessary.

  7. Kay G. Says:

    Oh my God, I am so sorry that you had this kind of stress in your lives!!! Something similar happened to my sister, they told her that according to her heart tests, that she was in serious trouble. My sister told me them to check the tests again, she had no such problems. After further testing, it was my SISTER who was correct!!
    Honestly, it just makes you want to throw your hands up in defeat.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl. I have no dog in this fight, just would like to see a good football game.

  8. Christine Says:

    I am so glad the results are fine for now…good advice from Lisa though. It was a great Superbowl I hear. My husband wanted the Patriots to win or he thought they would.

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    A second opinion is in order.
    David’s team won, yours and mine lost. Losing is not fun.

  10. Cathy Says:

    Just seconding everyone’s thought that you maybe should as the doctor for the name of another one to get a second opinion.
    Were they exactly the same tests you had done both times that gave different readings?

  11. dkzody Says:

    Any time one is taking a drug of any kind, liver and kidney tests should be done on a regular basis. Gives the dr an idea of what is happening over a period of time, not just at a one-time.

    I have come across some really bad doctors while accompanying elderly friends on their dr appts. Many of my elderly friends are scared to ask for a second opinion for fear their really bad dr will abandon them. Good riddance, I say. But, they go along with the bad dr and keep doing whatever he says to do. And yes, I say “he” because they have all been male drs.

    Definitely see another doctor. Get another opinion about the drug and the testing for said drug.

  12. Tom Sightings Says:

    I’ve been through that — where they test for something and decide something serious might be wrong. And then they do another test and conclude it was a “false positive.” It is indeed nerve-wracking. Anyway, glad he’s okay. Still, I’d second the idea of a second opinion.

  13. Kay G. Says:

    That WAS an exciting Super Bowl! So happy that I watched it! I have a best friend from Boston, so you know I wanted the Patriots to win for her!

  14. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    What a scary experience to go through, Gigi & David. Hope the second opinion shows there was an error in the reading, which can happen. Even when we for blood pressure readings, I ask that a second one be taken at the end of the session and it is nearly always lower.

  15. Musings Says:

    Thank goodness, David is OK. I agree about the second opinion though.

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