I am starting to get some help for my pernicious exhaustion and general feeling of being unwell all the time, no matter how much I rest or what my BG’s are doing.
Today I had a bunch of blood work done (some of it will take a few days to get back) but the doctor gave me a resting and walking pulse oximeter reading.
After sitting for some time in her office (twenty minutes?) my resting 02 Sat was 96%, but when I walked slowly around her office with the thing on my finger it went down to 92% and my pulse went up to 109 bmp pretty quickly and I felt a little light-headed – I was walking VERY slowly.
So what do these results mean?
I’m not sure. She was a bit cagey because she wants to get the results to the rest of my tests. I could be anemic. It could be something wrong with my lungs. I might need a lung x-ray next week, or other tests. It could be a combination of things…but it’s been getting worse instead of better over the past two months, and walking more is doing nothing to increase my endurance (I’m wearing a good-quality pedometer, so I know this is true) and getting lots of sleep is doing nothing to improve my general exhaustion.
So now I wait and try to not worry and hope for the best.
OK. I can do that.
Any ideas on the O2 sats?
UPDATE: My blood work appears to rule out anemia – my cholesterol is slightly elevated but everything else looks normal so far. My hematocrit always hovers one point above the bottom of the range – but it’s been there for years – not sure why. Oh, well. More doctor appointments next week.