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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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The Coming Week July 23, 2018

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The week ahead promises to be…difficult.

I’ve got a lot of stuff going on this week, but the really urgent part is Thursday’s (the 26th) appointment at the hospital to go over the MRI results and the my physiotherapy appointment immediately after that.

The hospital appointment has been a long time coming, to be honest, but it had to wait until after the MRI was done June 26th. The hospital has had the MRI results for a while now, but so has the physio clinic that I go to; the thing is, the physiotherapist wouldn’t treat me again until she had the results of the MRI, so I’ve not been to physio for close to two months now. Hasn’t helped the shoulder, to be honest. 😦

But that’s about to change this week, as I’ve got the physio appointment, and am really looking forward to that. Crazy, huh?

Add to that my sister is coming from the U.S. to visit, and my cousin from Israel is also coming to visit (as next week is mom’s birthday), and it’s going to be a long, long week or two.

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.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming, and MRI Stuff June 17, 2018

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Had a bit of a rough morning today, but feeling much better now.

I’m getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The plan is that they’ll wrap up the first, introductory adventure for Torg Eternity today, which should take between 10 minutes and 2 hours, but rather than starting another adventure (since Tammy is going on call for the next two weeks) we’ll wrap up the afternoon with some board games, probably Ticket To Ride of some sort.

I’ve got my MRI of the left shoulder scheduled for this evening at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) around 8:15 pm, so the early evening will be spent relaxing and having an early supper (for me, anyway).

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. 🙂

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.

NCS Tests Today April 5, 2018

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Promises to be a long day today.

I’ll be heading over to the Ottawa General hospital in a few hours to the neurology department to have some Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) tests done. Heard all kinds of bad things about these tests. Really not looking forward to this at all.

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.

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.)

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!

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.