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Broken Ribs Hospital Report November 5, 2018

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Just got home from the hospital.

I had my latest follow-up appointment about my broken ribs, and the news is only so-so.

The doctor was pleased to see from today’s x-ray that the ribs have finally started to heal properly, about 1/4 healed as of today. He accounts for this by the fact that the calcium injections that I’ve been having are doing the job, and I had another couple of injections this afternoon as well.

He told me that I have to avoid doing any heavy lifting or motions that make the ribs “extend”, as that will hinder the healing and is causing significant pain. He renewed the prescription for Tylenol codeine once more, and told me to use it sparingly if possible. (Believe me, I’ve only been taking it as a last resort, as it makes me sick to my stomach and bowels and leaves me feeling very dehydrated and woozy. Not my idea of fun.)

Oh, well… at least there’s some progress. 🙂

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November Is a New Month November 1, 2018

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It is a new month. November.

Or Movember, as it’s also known, since a lot of men grow moustaches for the month as a means of supporting prostate cancer research and the like. (Since I have a moustache already, I guess I can just let it grow a bit longer, right? 🙂 )

So far, I don’t have a lot of medical appointments for November so far ::knock on wood:: but that could change as the month goes on. I still have to get both the flu shot and the pneumonia shot this year, but need to wait until the weekend, as I’m finally feeling somewhat better from the bout of bronchitis I’ve had since the end of September. The bad news is that the broken ribs are healing slowly, and I’m still not very mobile and able to do too much stuff.

I’m also hoping that Old Man Winter decides to hold off somewhat in regards to the white stuff. I’d really appreciate that.

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming October 28, 2018

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Getting myself together for this afternoon’s game session with Tammy and SteveR. The two still broken ribs are making life hellish for me this morning, and my left shoulder is very bad and my feet are hurting terribly because of the cold and humidity that makes up Ottawa’s weather today. Still, I’m looking forward to the gaming distraction for the day. We’ll see how functional I am, since I’ll need to take a dose of pain medications before I eat lunch.

SteveR is going to continue the Star Trek Adventures game that he started running back on September 8th, since Tammy is able to game for the next two weeks again. As mentioned in a previous post, I hope that he runs a campaign of the game, though to be honest I’m looking forward to starting the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked campaign with the Sunday players when he’s ready to get back to my running stuff again.

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to shower and then get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming.

Hospital Appointment Results October 22, 2018

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I’ve not spoken about it, other than on Twitter, but… Three weeks ago, I broke two ribs on the right side of my body. Today, I’m home from my second follow-up appointment at the Ottawa General about the broken ribs. The news is not good.

My two broken ribs are not healing, or if they are, they’re healing very slowly, much slower than expected. This is likely due to the fact that, living on my own, I’m having to do everything myself so don’t really have a chance to give the ribs a rest, so to speak.

Anyway, the doctor had me given two calcium injections and a cortisone shot, and has ordered me to stay off my feet for three or four days, get some bed rest, and relax.

Gonna do my best, but not sure I’ll be able to follow the doctor’s orders all that well. We’ll see.

No Sunday Gaming, Sort of October 21, 2018

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With Tammy still working on-call this weekend, has decided to come out today to help me with some of the household chores (just laundry, really), and then we’re going to create another character or two for the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG.

Looking forward to this.

Then I’m going to go with him to Conroy’s Pub down the street and have supper with him there. Feeling guilty about yesterday’s extended shopping trip (walking on the blister was slow and painful). Look forward to that, too.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 12, 2018

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While the weather has cooled off nicely, I’ve still got a heck of mess in my life right now, both financially and health-wise. My mom is now in the Geriatric Unit at the Civic Hospital here in Ottawa (and no, I’m not talking about that), I’ve still got symptoms of the bronchitis that I’ve been fighting (and am on an antibiotic for) and my rib is still broken from my fall down the stairs here at the house on Sunday. Glad to see the back of this week, as it’s been kind of stressful, but the end of the week means I get to game this evening with the Friday night group. That said, there were two conditions to gaming this evening. The first was that they were buying supper. The second is that they’ll be doing all the (heavy) lifting around here for the night, since my chest and ribs are not up to it.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing their Living Land campaign of the Torg Eternity RPG this evening. I’m looking forward to the game, and can’t wait to game with Kathy and the Friday night gamers.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

October is a New Month October 1, 2018

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

To be honest, I’m really happy to see the rear end of September.

While there were a few good moments in the month, September was a month that I will remember because of the pain.

Most of the pain is in my left leg, my feet, my left shoulder, and my abdomen. (I’ve actually got a bad bruise from an insulin shot that is over a week old and going away very slowly. I expected this to take a while as being diabetic, the healing process is slowed down somewhat. What I wasn’t expecting was the pain that goes along with it, and there have been days where I’ve been in absolute agony trying to walk.

Anyway, here’s hoping that October is a comfortable month, and that winter doesn’t strike too early or too hard at all. ::knock on wood::

I’m currently down with my yearly infection during the late September/early October period, so that’s no different this year. I’m taking it as easy as I can, but I’ve lost my voice. Lots of fun ordering my insulin and other prescriptions.

In the meantime, let pumpkin madness strike. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled (Due to Illness) September 30, 2018

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Gaming is off for this afternoon with the Sunday group.

While Tammy is free to game this weekend and SteveR is eager to continue running the Star Trek Adventures campaign this afternoon, I am just too ill.

This is the usual illness that I get during the end of September and the beginning of October, and I’ve got it full force right now. Head blocked, sinuses clogged, snot running out of my nose (and even eyes), bad hacking cough, chest pain, swollen lymph nodes, and to top it off I’ve lost my voice (yeah, I know some folks will be happy about that last bit!). Blah.

Anyway, no gaming for the day. And I’ll be off the computer for the rest of the day. Going to lie down with copious liquids, both hot and cold, and watch some DVD and pvr materials. Either that, or try and sleep.

*cough, cough*

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled September 14, 2018

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This evening’s gaming session with the Friday group, the replacement session for last week’s missed session, is off for tonight.

The illness that was ravaging the members of the gaming group last week continues, so we’ll not be playing tonight. I’m saddened by this, as I was quite looking forward to running some Torg Eternity this evening.

Perhaps the Friday night group will be able to game once more at their regularly scheduled time next week.

Diabetes Clinic Appointment Report September 12, 2018

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Got home about half an hour ago from the Diabetes clinic and my regularly scheduled six-month appointment.

I managed to get to the hospital around 1:00 pm for the 1:10 pm appointment, and was told that the doctor was running late. One of the nurses who works there took my vitals, and the only real surprise was the fact that my blood pressure was somewhat elevated. Not surprising, given the stress(es) I’ve currently got going in my life. My weight was holding roughly the same (and no, I’m not going to say how much I weigh, but I could still stand to lose a few more pounds), and otherwise everything else is status quo.

The appoinment with the doctor went pretty much as I expected it would, but he surprised me by saying that he doesn’t think several of the medications are doing me much good these days. My a1C level was down a bit, my cholesterol levels were nicely down (within normal levels) and my triglycerides were still a bit high, but better than they’ve been. He wants me to go back to a meal time insulin that I had taken for a while (but which gave me little red rings around the injection points) and to stop taking the Lantus, the Glumetza (metformin), and the Diamicron. I told him that I’d give this a lot of thought, and I’d be in touch with the diabetic nurse about what I’ll be doing and keeping track of things. Lots to think about.

Went over to Harvey’s for lunch and had an Angus burger, some onion rings, with some water, and then caught another taxi home. Came in and just put my feet up and relaxed for a bit (may have taken a nap).

Now to figure out what I want to do. Decisions, decisions…