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Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.

Home From the Lab March 21, 2017

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Just got back from the Dynacare lab.

Still feel ill with whatever bug I’ve currently got going, and am still having trouble with the seriously pained shoulder.

In preparation for my doctor’s appointment next Tuesday (the 28th), I’ve gone and had the tests done that the doctor wanted. They did the various tests, taking quite a bit of blood and all, and now I just have to wait until the appointment next week.

In the meantime, I’m going to lie down and take a nap. After I ingest a bit of protein (not sure what I’m going to have).

An MRI Kind of Friday March 3, 2017

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Hadn’t talked about it on the blog, but I was scheduled to have an MRI this morning at 9:00 am.

Well, the MRI is done, and I’m home. I had a couple of other tests that included some dye and a bit of a sedative, which has made me a little sick to the stomach (on top of still recovering from the antibiotic), so I got home about 11:10, and have been lying down and just taking it easy for a bit.

Feeling somewhat better now, so checking out some e-mail and taking care of a couple of other things.

I’m supposed to game with the Friday night group, so hopefully I’ll feel better in a few hours.

Up first for now, a cup of (peppermint) tea. 🙂

Doctor Appointment Results February 22, 2017

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Well, my fears and suspicions have been confirmed.

I went to the doctor’s office for my appointment early this afternoon, and things came out pretty much as I expected. The doctor listened to my chest and stuff, checked my ears and throat, and told me that there was definite “crackling” in my right lung and some in the left, and confirmed that I’ve got bronchitis. He reassured me that it’s not as bad as it might be, but that a course of antibiotics was called for, and prescribed some Biaxin/Clarithromycin. Meanwhile, the harsh coughing continues at times. So what else is new?

The appointment itself was to go over my latest diabetes test results and a general health check-up, and we talked about various things. Contrary to what the endo had said, my PSA test results were higher than the previous one, not lower, and he’s sending me for another PSA blood test in about a month. As for the diabetes, the doctor was content with where I am right now with it, but that I do need to get the a1C and my triglyceride levels down somewhat (okay, a lot with the latter!).

Went and picked up the antibiotic on the way home, after eating some lunch at Aamp;W. While the root beer (sugar-free!) is great, I’m not crazy about their food, though the sweet potato fries were nice (though not as good as the ones I’ve eaten in Kansas City). Got home, caught up on a bit of e-mail, and watched some curling action at the Scott Tournament of Hearts. Fell asleep (not surprising really, given the night that I’d had), and then did some reading of more Coriolis – The Third Horizon game stuff.

Just about time to make some supper, and then see where the evening leads me. More curling viewing, I suspect. 🙂

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 22, 2017

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Shaping up to be a comfortable, almost spring-like day here in the Ottawa valley. Rather strange for a February, but I won’t complain about this if you readers don’t either. 🙂

Work has been somewhat tiring this morning, but part of that is attributable to the fact that a) I’ve still got this bug, whatever it is, though I suspect it’s bronchitis, and b) the fact that I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night as I kept waking up from the coughing. The good news is that I have my regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment for this afternoon, so hopefully he’ll be able to figure out and tell me what I’ve got, and then we’ll go from there.

I won’t be gaming this evening with the Wednesday night group, as tonight is their off week, so I’ll be able to just sit back, and perhaps do some reading or watch some more of the Scott Tournament of Hearts on TSN. Some curling, hot drink, and relaxing on the couch with a book – sounds just about right for me at the moment.

Diabetes Clinic Appointment Results February 16, 2017

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As mentioned in one of my blog posts yesterday, I had my appointment with the endocrinologist at the Diabetes Centre yesterday afternoon.

I managed to take a taxi to the Riverside Hospital, and arrived there about 10 minutes early for the appointment. The nurse and technician took me in relatively quickly, and weighed me (I’m holding pretty steady these days, and that’s all I’m saying) and then took my blood pressure (it was up slightly, but not too high). The nurse commented that given how much pain I’m in, it’s not surprising. We went through my list of medications, and then it was back to the waiting room before seeing the doctor.

The endo was about half-an-hour behind on his stuff. So my 3:20 pm appointment didn’t happen until 4:05 pm. We went over my blood test results, and things were pretty much as I expected. My a1C result was down somewhat, but still higher than the doctor would like. 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!). He decides to tweak my medication by increasing the dose of Diamicron slightly, and switched me off the Invokana and back onto the Forxiga, and then we talked about a few other medical concerns that I have.

After making the next appointment and setting up the blood tests and the like for the next time, I was able to get a cab back home relatively quickly, and got home around 5:00 pm. Had a hot cup of tea, and half a bagel with lox, and then sat back with my feet up and did a bit of reading.

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 15, 2017

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Had a pretty rough night. I started getting nerve spasms again in my left foot around 10:00 pm last night, and they were very…strong. I took a couple of Tylenol, but that didn’t help, though I guess it made me feel sleepy (they always do). I went to bed, but slept very little and to be honest, I felt like I was losing my mind somewhat around 3:30 am. Suffice it to say, I managed a few cat naps here and there overnight, but woke up feeling woozy and tired, and the spasms haven’t stopped.

At about the right time for leaving for work, took one look outside at the falling snow (we’ve had about 15cms more of the white stuff overnight), and decided that I would work from home. The office was fine about this, so that was good. Besides, the way I was feeling at the time, it would not have been a good idea to go anywhere. And I think that taxis were at a premium around that time. So have been working from home, despite the fatigue and exhaustion.

Regardless, I still have to go out this afternoon. I have my regular, 6-month appointment with my endo at the Diabetes Clinic in mid-afternoon (not a good time of the day, ’cause he always falls behind), and I have to say that I’m not looking forward to that at all. I don’t think my diabetes numbers are good, and I’m also worried somewhat about my PSA blood test results (though I know they’re not as accurate as having an actual biopsy done); I just have to wait and see what he says.

Gaming-wise, the Wednesday night gamers are supposed to be playing this evening, though Donna told me that she’d get back to me later in the day about this. While they want to start playing the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, I’m not sure whether I’m ready to do so. They still need to do up their characters for the game, and I can manage that I suspect, but we’ll see whether we game tonight or not. There’s a lot of snow to clean up everywhere, and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to snow some more today or not.

A Long Week Ahead February 6, 2017

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It promises to be a long, somewhat unenjoyable week.

I’m going sometime later this morning for my three-month blood tests before my endo appointment next week at the Diabetes Clinic. The fasting for the blood work always kills me, because it throws my metabolism off and really wreaks havoc on my bowels for the next couple of days.

On Tuesday, I have my annual eye check-up, and I’m a little bit concerned as I feel my vision has changed notably in my left eye. The eye appointment is a pain in the neck, as to be honest the fluids they put in my eyes (notably the eye dilator) takes a good 6 hours to dissipate for me, and my vision becomes blurry and suffers from “too bright” symptoms for that period. Not to mention the headaches I get from it. To add to the misery, the annual eye appointments are always before 10:30 am in the morning, and I sometimes don’t get to eat breakfast before that appointment. So I’ll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow in that regard.

Given that I’ve been somewhat ill with either a cold, a virus, or some sort of flu the last week or two, this does not make things easier for the week. And I’ve not been feeling myself lately, to be honest about it.

And to add to the week, I have a decision or three to make about GenCon Indy come the end of the week.

can’t make that appointment