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Home From the Diabetes Clinic March 7, 2018

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Just got home about 20 minutes or so ago from the Diabetes Centre and my six-month appointment with the diabetes and endocrine specialist there.

The news was better than I expected, but not all that great.

I got to the Riverside Hospital for my 3:20 pm appointment about 10 minutes early, and sat and relaxed while I waited to see the doctor. I didn’t have a long wait, and then got to see one of the nurses and technicians, who weighed me and took my blood pressure. I was down about four (!!) pounds weight-wise, and my blood pressure was perfectly normal. Guess those pills are doing their work. Good news. About 20 minutes later, I got to see the doctor, and that’s where things went a bit…south.

We went over my blood test results, and things were pretty much as I expected. My a1C results were up by a full two points (and I’m not saying what it was here). The triglycerides are very high, but my cholesterol levels seem to be doing better. The PSA test results were down slightly from the previous, but he told me that he’ll make sure that my family doctor keeps alert and up-to-date on the PSA stuff (for obvious reasons, at least if you’re a man over 50 years old!). We talked at length about what’s been going on in my life medically (for those who don’t know, it’s been pretty clear in my blog entries!), and he decided not to make any medication changes, but did say that I need to get back on some sort of healthier diet again. I also talked to him about the physiotherapy Catch-22 that I’m in right now, and he said that while it’s usually outside his purview, he’d arrange for me to have a shoulder MRI as soon as possible. We talked about a few other medical concerns I have, and then we were done.

After making the next appointment and setting up the blood tests and the like for the next time around in six months, I managed to get home relatively quickly with my sister, and got home about 25 minutes ago. Will now have a hot cup of tea and half a bagel with lox, and then sit back with my feet up and do a bit of reading.

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Back Home From the Hospital February 28, 2018

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Back from the hospital again today. Or should I say two hospitals.

Started the day off with terrible diarrhea which postponed my morning trip to the Riverside Hospital for my blood tests. By the time I got to the hospital, the blood lab was packed to overflowing and I was told that I’d have a wait of at least an hour. Seeing as how I had to fast for the blood tests, I figured I’d stay and get them out of the way. Found a place to sit down, and focused on things other than food, since I was pretty hungry by then since I’d not eaten since around 10:30 pm the night before. Had a bit of water, as a few people snickered at the grumbling from my tummy. The blood tests were pretty painless, as the RN was pretty good at taking the blood, and there was no bruise. Seven vials of blood, and two little containers of urine. Good thing they had still let me have water, otherwise…

After the bloodwork had been taken, I hopped into the car and headed over to the Ottawa General and my appointment there. I figured I would go eat some breakfast or lunch or whatever, but decided to check in first at the ultrasound lab. Good thing I did, as I was told the test would be better taken without food consumption because of the relaxant/dye they were going to administer. Stuck around the lab until 1:00 pm, and then had the tests done. Took about 20 minutes. I’ve come to realize that I hate ultrasounds. It’s all that pressing with the hand-held on the places that hurt. Ouchie! Should hear back on these results in two to three weeks.

Once the tests were finished, I took about 15 minutes to recover, and then headed out to find some breakfast. Looking at the clock, I realized it was actually time for some brunch. I headed over to the same place where I’d gone for breakfast the day before, and had a lovely, relaxed meal. My feet and ankles were still hurting from the tests, so I drove home at a leisurely pace.

At home, I had a cup of tea with half an apple, and then settled in for a bit of editing. Took a nap after that, and am now spending a bit more time on the computer.

A Busy Week Ahead February 26, 2018

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The last few days of February are upon us, and it promises to be a busy week for me.

Tomorrow, I’ve got my annual eye doctor appointment. Being diabetic, this is an important deal for me. Promises to be a long morning at the Eye Clinic at the Ottawa General Hospital, and then visually challenging due to the dilating drops they administer before the other tests.

Wednesday is another hospital day. First off, I have to have my six-month diabetes blood tests done, and then it’s off to the General again for two ultrasounds of my ankles. The latter tests have been scheduled for almost five months, and I’ll be glad to get them over with. Just hope they don’t show anything too bad.

Friday will see me driving mom around to several appointments and possibly a bit of grocery shopping.

Suffice to say it’s going to be a long week, one where I’m going to need to rest up my feet and body a bit on the weekend. Then it’s more doctor appointments next week. Oh, joy, oh bliss! NOT!

Start of December, A New Month December 1, 2017

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It’s December 1st. A new month.

And I’m glad that November is over, though I am dreading the true coming of winter this month, but given how last month went, just happy December has arrived.

Being Jewish and a singleton, December tends to be a depressing month for me, though I do have some family and a few friends that will try to lighten the mood. That said, there’s all kinds of other stuff that December brings, so we’ll see how the month goes.

Medically, I’m hoping that the month will be a quiet one, but I doubt it. I;m currently in severe pain for reasons that I’ve discussed elewhere (sort of) in the blog. I’ve got an appointment with the regular doctor as well as my Footcare appointment to deal with, but there’s other stuff going on as well. And possibly a visit or two to the hospital… As for the rest of December, I’m hoping it passes quietly, there’s not a lot of snow ::knock on wood::, and that someone buys me a Christmas present of some sort! 🙂

The real trick for me in December (well, most of the winter, really) is to manage to keep warm. The arthritis that I have is one thing, but the neuropathy damage from the diabetes that I do have makes winter tough on my keeping the extremities warm.

The Start of September, A New Month September 1, 2017

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It’s the start of September. A new month.

I’m really glad to see the back end of August. Other than some good stuff at GenCon 2017 and a few other things this month, the end of August was miserable for me.

While the beginning of September hasn’t been all that much fun, given my blister on the feet problem, I’m really hoping that September is a good month for me and that I get a chance to relax, do some gaming stuff, and that my feet recover before the end of the month.

In the meantime, I’m waiting around for a call from We Care, the Home Care folks who are coming around to keep an eye on my foot wounds and change the dressing.

Not sure about gaming tonight yet, as that will depend on the foot assessment that I get some time this afternoon (I hope).

Visit to the Doctor, and the Hospital August 22, 2017

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I have just gotten back home after seeing the doctor.

When I went to the doctor’s office for the appointment at 1:10 pm, I got there late as I had problems dressing my foot wound and getting a taxi over to his offices. I saw him around 1:45 pm, and after assessing my wounds he told me to get over to the Ottawa General Hospital, as my blisters were pretty bad, but there was more trouble. He gave me a letter to give to the triage nurse and doctors at the hospital, so I grabbed a cab over there.

At the hospital, it took roughly 2 or 3 hours to see the doctor, and she confirmed what was going on: The neuropathy in my feet has progressed and all the walking I did (too much, apparently!) at GenCon 2017 caused the blisters, but also a relatively bad case of cellulitis in both feet. The doctor prescribed treatment for me, told me to take it easy and off my feet as much as possible, and that hopefully the antibiotics (yes, there are two of them!) will clear things up in 10 to 15 days.

Both doctors told me that my days of walking that kind of distances and to the extent that I did at GenCon 2017 are over. The progression of the diabetes and the foot neuropathy are things that happen to pretty much all diabetics, and one just goes on from there.

A Busy Monday August 14, 2017

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Monday morning. The day before I leave for GenCon Indy.

Must have slept on the bad shoulder last night, as I’m in pretty bad pain this morning. Need to take a couple of pills now, and hope they mute the pain somewhat.

Not going to be able to get much rest today, as I’ve got two doctor appointments today, and have to do a bit of shopping for some of my medication related stuff (noticeably the insulin and the needles) and a couple of other sundries. I’ve also got to finish the packing for GenCon 2017

So this promises to be a busy day once more. I would have liked to have taken it easy and rested up a bit today, but such is not to be the case.

In Retrospect June 1, 2017

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I’ve thought about this a lot the last week or so…

In retrospect, going to CanGames 2017 the weekend of May 19th was the stupidest, worst decision I’ve made this year so far.

My foolish pride and honouring my committment to run the games there, not to mention the desire not to disappoint the people who’d signed up for games that I was going to run there, combined with my diabetes (condition), that’s been my downfall the past (roughly) two weeks.

Stupid, dumb me.

‘Twas the Day After CanGames May 22, 2017

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Hope everyone is having a good day. 🙂

CanGames is pretty much a done deal for me, though the folks who organised and put on this year’s edition of the convention are probably dealing with the aftermath of the convention and hopefully getting in some rest today as well.

I made the decision to go to the convention this year after suffering a major case of allergies which led to a massive bout of asthma this weekend, and on Friday my voice was already down and dwindling. While it was not the smartest decision to go and game on the weekend (I was running four (4) game sessions of stuff), I managed to survive CanGames (barely). While I’m feeling extremely fatigued and exhausted, and the allergies/asthma attack are completely overwhelming my body right now (and I may have caught the dreaded con crud, on top of all that), I have to say I had a pretty good time running my games at CanGames 2017 and catching up with a few friends, but most of it has passed in a blur. The convention had a little bit for everyone – from children’s games, through board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and I think there were a couple of LARP events that I may have heard about – but I’ll admit that I missed most of it. I was feeling under the weather (to put it mildly!), so I didn’t actually take any photos or the like at the convention this year. (If folks who did take photos at the convention would care to share them, I’d be more than happy to see any pics and the like!)

On this holiday Monday, I’m just taking it easy, puttering around somewhat, having lots of hot liquids, Tylenol when I need it, watching some PVR stuff, and have managed to put away some of the gaming stuff. ve been trying to take it somewhat easy. Haven’t jotted down any notes about the gaming that I did this weekend yet, but will take care of some of that now. After I have a hot cup of tea.

I just hope the rest of this month is relatively calm and quiet in terms of everything, that I can recover quickly from this sickness I’m dealing with now, and that I can sort out some of the diabetes problems I’m currently dealing with.

Doctor Appointment Results May 9, 2017

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Just got back from the doctor’s office to get the results of my blood tests.

The news on my triglycerides was very good, but the other news is not good…in fact, it’s very, very bad.

I– I have a lot of stuff to digest after this doctor’s appointment, and have to make some very hard decisions.

I– I– I can’t talk about this at the moment. Sorry.