Friday, April 17, 2009


Hi Everyone,
Last week during my regular weekly appointment, my blood pressure systolic number wouldn't go above 80. This has been a regular problem, and one of the reasons I ended up in the ICU in December. Dr. Zangari has had me into a cardiologist to rule out my heart and after my episode with the blood pressure last week, he canceled all of my tests and is now having me see a neurologist. I am scheduled for a nerve conduction test next week in hopes that the neurologist will figure it out. Needless to say, I am sooo ready to get this over with. I am trying really hard to have a positive attitude about this delay. After all, I really don't want to end up in ICU again! My prayers are always that the doctors will be inspired to know what to do - Heavenly Father must want me to see a neurologist!! I am sorry I didn't write sooner to let you know. I have received many wonderful "good luck" emails, for which I am very grateful. Please don't hesitate to email me. One of the exciting side effects of the chemo drugs I take on a regular basis is that I don't get to sleep until 3-4 AM. I devour your emails in the middle of the night. (Did you know that all of the best shows are on after 1AM - My Three Sons, Home Improvement, Sci-Fi, etc.) Pretty pathetic huh!
I know some of you are going to really relate to this and some of you are going to think I'm nuts, but Tuesday Emily took me to Costco and I got to walk up and down every single aisle (with a mask on of course). I haven't been to Costco in over 7 months. During my real life, I was a once a week shopper there. Wednesday I slept the entire day to make up for it, but it was worth it! Monday, I am going to the temple with my sister Lisa. That has been on the top of my priority list. I feel that I am finally strong enough to sit through a session and handle being in a closed environment with coughing people.
Seriously, thank you for your love and heartfelt prayers! This is all in Heavenly Father's hands and I know He is very aware of my needs and especially aware of YOU - the wonderful, caring people that surround me. You all have earned so many brownie points!!

I love you, Becki


Stapletons said...

Hi Mama Stevens!
Sorry for the delay in your treatment. :( You have such a positive attitude about it though! There's so many praying for you; I'm sure you are right that it is Heavenly Father's will, somehow.

I wanted to give you my tip for late night TV watching. Lately, Scott and I are into watching You can see whole seasons of TV shows on a laptop or computer, with shorter commercials (and the commercials aren't 10 times louder than the show...forcing you to play with the volume over and over again, like TV or are).

Our favorites are The Office, Chuck, Eureka (sci-fi), and 30 Rock.

Happy midnight viewing! :)
Katie (Parker) Stapleton

Frieda said...

Becki, Thanks for the update...hope all goes well with the neurologist! Sounds like you are enjoying the simple things in life that we take so much for granted! I hope you feel well enough to enjoy a temple session...too bad they don't hold them at 3 AM!

Jennifer and Jason Young said...

Yuch Becki! That doesn't sound fun especially no costco! This uncomfortable pregnancy is keeping me up all hours too. We should hang out! xo