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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…

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MRI Results and a Rough Afternoon June 26, 2018

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It has been a very long day.

I went for my doctor’s appointment at 1:15 pm, and got the results of my MRI on the left shoulder.

After waiting about 10 minutes to see the doctor, he came in and we discussed my general health (I would rate it fair to middling at this point), then got down to business. The MRI came back as normal, with the exception of some inflammation in a couple of places, but nothing that would account for the pain that I’ve experienced the last two years or so. He told me that he’s going to make an appointment with a specialist (one that’s already in the works, but could take a maximum of 18 months to get, as they’re very much in demand these days), but that in the meantime I should go back and continue my physiotherapy. So that’s what I’ll be working towards this week, but with the long weekend coming up and Canada Day and everything ahead, might not be ’til some time next week.

From the doctor’s office, I went and had some lunch at Tim Horton’s, and then went to do some grocery shopping for some veggies and a few other necessities. And, of course, wouldn’t you know it but I moved the left arm the wrong way or lifted something too heavy with it or whatever, and *SNAP!* just like that, I had excruciating pain in the left shoulder and down the arm, and my neck started hurting. I drove the car and got home from the shopping, and managed to put things away, and then lay back for a bit and took some pain killers.

Time to start thinking of supper now, though I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stand in the kitchen and make the food. Some water to drink first before anything else, though.

A Stay in the Hospital April 14, 2018

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For those who may have noticed, I did not game yesterday (Friday) evening.

The reason for this is that I spent much of Friday night and all of Saturday morning in the hospital.

I started feeling pretty bad on Friday (the 13th!) with very bad lower abdominal pain and bleeding down below. That’s when I decided that I’d get myself over to the Ottawa General Hospital. Took a cab over. I got to the hospital around 9:25 pm. Managed to get through triage relatively quickly and was feeling pretty meh. Couldn’t sit in a chair properly, so found an empty seating area (relatively speaking) and stretched out as best I could.

Several hours later, I was admitted into the Observation wing, and after hooking me up to an IV and taking blood samples and some other tests including my favourite (the DRE) NOT!, I was told that it might be diverticulitis and was scheduled to have an abdominal CT scan. They hooked me up with a saline solution to hydrate me, since I wasn’t allowed any water (chips) or food, and also gave me a shot or three of Delaudid for the pain. The nurse who was keeping an eye on me took a photo around 1:10 a.m..

All I remember at the time of the picture taking is that I was seriously uncomfortable from the pain, and really tired. Couldn’t sleep, ’cause I couldn’t lie on the bed for long periods of time because of the back and shoulder issues.

I had the abdominal CT scan around 7:20 am today. They injected a dye that made me warm all over, but the CT scan lasted all of 1 minute, 30 seconds, and then I was left on the bed for the trip back over to Observation for 25 minutes. It was very cold in the hallway.

Anyway, the good news is that I don’t have diverticulitis or any form of cancer down there. Not going to go into any detail about what’s happening with my bowels and the like, but a treatment has been prescribed, and now I just deal.

Got home around 11:50 a.m. this morning. Hunger warred with a desire for sleep, and food won out. Then went to bed and slept for several hours.

I’m hurting all over, and the bruising and pain where I had the IV and then the bloodwork done on the other hand is pretty bad. Can’t use either hand really well, but have managed to type this. The abdominal pain is still pretty bad, too. 😦

Taking it easy the rest of today. Have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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.

Home From the Eye Examination February 27, 2018

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Just got back from the eye specialist at the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General.

I was a little bit concerned, as I’ve had some blurry vision of late (but I try to account for that due to the bug I’ve had and some of the stuff going on with my spinal nerves and the shoulder business). On top of that, I’ve had some instances where I think I’ve got a tiny blank spot in my vision; it’s come and gone so fast that I sometimes think it’s my imagination. So enough worries about my vision going into the yearly exam.

I was the last appointment of the morning with the specialist, Dr. Mintsoulis, and managed to get in only about 15 minutes late. I didn’t drive, having taken a taxi since my vision wouldn’t be that good after the appointment because of the dilation drops they have to use for the tests. Anyway, once I got to the exam clinic, I got taken in very quickly (last appointment may have its advantages), and the tests were had.

Suffice it to say, I was given the freezing drops, the dilation drops, and another set of drops that leaves a bit of a yellow residue around the eye for several hours. I had all the standard eye tests, including the vision test where you tell them letters you see on board at the far end of the room with various lenses affecting your vision. In addition, I had the pressure test and the one that I have once every few years. A small needle takes a sample of eye fluid for testing for retinopathy and several other conditions.

Pending the results of the last test, the verdict was pretty good. My vision has degraded somewhat, but not worth the cost of a new pair of lenses and specs. There are no visual symptoms of retinopathy and nothing else seems to be out of place with my eyes, other than a case of eye dryness.

I left the hospital and went out for a late brunch at a well hidden decent restaurant for breakfast in South Ottawa, and then headed home. Both trips by taxi, of course. I got home, and made a hot cup of tea. I took a (second) shower when I got home, but the eyes were still pretty bad from the morning tests, and I’ve been feeling under the weather the last few days. Feeling pretty dysfunctional for the afternoon as the eye dilation drops and the other drops they gave me for the eye exam made everything bright, blurry, and larger than life.

I spent most of the afternoon napping, after covering myself with a duvet and just lying down on the couch in the living room.

The eye dilator solution still hasn’t worn off fully. Fuzzy vision is so much fun. (Riiiiight.)

Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled November 29, 2017

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Gaming for this evening, Wednesday night, has been cancelled.

It has been a horrible day, to be honest, and the appointment with the specialist, a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon, did not go well. Very badly, to be honest, and the diagnosis and prognosis are not good. Add to that the pain that I’m currently in (on a 0 to 10 scale, I’m at 11 or so), and I just don’t feel up to gaming.

So gaming is off.

Personally, I’m sorry that I had to cancel gaming tonight, as I was rather looking forward to continuing work with the Wednesday night gamers on the The Dark Eye RPG characters and campaign with them, but such is life. Real, that is.

Doctor Appointment and MRI Results November 14, 2017

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Just got home from the appointment with the doctor.

This appointment was the follow-up to the previous appointment, and the second MRI that I had done last week.

The MRI(s) results were…not good. I’m still coming to terms with the results, and their implications for me. In the meantime, I’ve got to see a specialist to decide what to do about the (major) problem that has come up. I have to call the specialist tomorrow to set up an appointment to see him.

Meanwhile, the back/shoulder/arm/neck pain continues to worsen.

Nothing more to add at this point.

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.

Physiotherapy Appointment Results August 4, 2017

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It’s Friday morning.

I feel pretty good this morning, but the left shoulder and the area there are hurting pretty bad. Probably due to the “exercise” it got yesterday.

Speaking of which, I had my physiotherapy assessment and first treatment yesterday afternoon. I managed to get to the appointment barely on time (they only do assessments at certain times, so if you’re not on time, they may not be able to take you) due to a snafu with ParaTranspo that had me end up taking a taxi to the appointment.

Once checked in, the assessment took something like 45 minutes. The verdict is that I tore the upper back muscle that connects to the shoulder and rotator cuff some 5 months ago, and it has not healed properly (likely due to overuse). In addition, there’s a lot of edema and damage to the shoulder and muscles around the joint. Physiotherapy will help it a lot, but the physiotherapist discouraged me from getting a steroid shot in the shoulder, as she didn’t think it would help (since there’s no real problem with the shoulder socket itself).

I then underwent the first treatment session that consisted of some exercises, a deep massage on the area (that hurt like the dickens), and finally some electro stimulation. I felt much better after the session, and have booked two more appointments for next week. She also advised me not to lift anything relatively heavy and to not extend the arm too far or raise it higher than my shoulder for a little while, as this could aggravate things. Will definitely make things interesting when I go down to Indianapolis in around 12 days. *sigh*

After the appointment, I had a really good lunch at the coffeeshop/cafeteria in the building: a nice bowl of hamburger and veggie soup with a roast beef and havarti wrap. Filling, and satisfying. After that, I went home and did some work on stuff that I’ve been meaning to do.

My only complaint today is the fact that my shoulder is hurting like hell, as mentioned above. Meds and some tidying around the house and a bit of reading will help. I hope.

Results of the Ultrasound Tests July 12, 2017

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I had my doctor appointment yesterday to find out what the results of the x-ray and shoulder ultrasounds showed.

The appointment was for 2:15 pm, but I didn’t get in to see the doctor until close to 2:50 pm so it was a relatively long wait in the office. Once inside, the nurse weighed me. I was pleased to see that I hadn’t gained any weight, but I hadn’t lost any weight either.

Suffice to say, the test results were all negative. As far as he could tell, there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder, but he can see the pain’s real and that I have little movement in it, and there’s a good amount of swelling around it. Since it could be something to do with vertebral discs, he’s going to set up an MRI of my upper spine and the area, and see what that shows. In the meantime, he suggested (very strongly) that I go have some physiotherapy on the shoulder to try and get some of the mobility back and strength built up there.

Should be fun. NOT.

In the meantime, I’m in a lot of pain there. And it’s affecting the use of my arm quite badly at the moment.