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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.

Respiratory Tests July 7, 2017

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Just got home from having the respiratory tests.

I got to the facility where the tests were scheduled, Bank Respiratory Services, around 1:00 pm, and didn’t have to wait all that long.

I don’t really know how to describe the tests themselves, other than to say that they involved a lot of heavy (*whoosh!*) breathing, controlled breathing, panting breaths, and some other stuff. I will say that I wish I had taken a photo of the room where I’d had the tests, ’cause there was some cool gadgets and gizmos in there. As a bit of a humourous side note, I will say that the nasal clip that is used to prevent you from nose breathing kept slipping off my nose! The tests took about 45 minutes to an hour, and left me feeling a bit dizzy and panting, but that was to be expected.

After spending a bit of time recovering in the waiting room, I headed over to my favourite Harvey’s restaurant and had an Angus burger, some onion rings, and a bottle of water. (While I love Harvey’s, I think I’m getting tired of their food fare. Need to find somewhere else to eat lunches on these days of doctor appointments.) From there, it was over to the pharmacy to pick up some insulin that I had ordered, and finally back to my house, where I took a 45-minute nap and then got down to stuff that I needed to do around the house.

Friday Morning Post July 7, 2017

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Haven’t posted in a couple of days.

Nothing really new to report. My health is pretty sad at the moment, in terms of my left shoulder; the pain is getting worse, every day, and I don’t have a good feeling about what’s going to happen at the doctor’s next Tuesday when I finally get the report on the ultrasound that was done a week (or is it two now?) ago. On top of that, if the doctor has to refer me to a shoulder specialist (orthopedist, I think?) it might take a month
or longer to get an appointment. Meanwhile, the shoulder is just going from bad to worse.

As for today, well…the fourth official day of my retirement from work. Doesn’t seem to make a difference to my overall mindset, but we’ll see how I feel after today’s appointment. Yes, I have an appointment this afternoon at Ottawa Respiratory Services; the doctor must have thought there was something to book me an appointment there.

I need to be there in the next hour and a half, so time to head out the door. Then find somewhere to eat lunch after the tests are done.

Yesterday’s Doctor Appointment, and Results June 7, 2017

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Had my two weeks’ doctor’s appointment yesterday.

What a mess.

The appointment was scheduled for 2:15 pm, but because “we’ve had a busy day today” (according to the receptionist), I didn’t see the doctor until 3:35 pm! *sigh*

In any event, there was good news and bad news on various subjects.

Good news: The x-rays of my chest came back. They show my lungs were/are clear, so I’ve not got an infection there of any kind.

Bad news: The x-rays of my left shoulder have not come back yet. So as the pain gets worse, and is starting to affect my left arm and hand and fingers… Meh.

As for the rest of it, well… Since I’ve not got an infection, per sé, that leaves mould and the like at the house (which is not present, far as I know) or my allergies. The latter are more likely, since apparently it’s a bad allergy season and lots of people are having a hard time with it. He prescribed an inhaler for me, Symbicort, for me, since I do have a history with asthma as well, and told me to take over the counter meds for any other aspects of the “infection” as I need them.

Insofar as the left shoulder is concerned, the doctor won’t prescribe any form of treatment until he’s seen at least the x-rays, but preferably the ultrasound that he’s asked for. Since there hasn’t even been a call about setting up the ultrasound yet, I’m not optimistic. The fact of the matter is that the shoulder pain is getting worse every day, I’ve got almost no mobility with it, and there are problems setting in with my muscles, as well as the use of my hand, arms, and fingers. Not good.

Oh, and I still can’t talk for the most part. He did say that my voice should come back as I heal, and it might take up to six weeks. He also said to be careful and not talk if I can avoid it for a while, as I may damage the vocal chords due to the swelling that’s present in that area. Just great.

In the meantime, I have another appointment in two weeks. *sigh*

Doctor Appointment and Hospital Tests May 23, 2017

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Just got home from seeing the doctor (a scheduled appointment) and then going to the hospital for some x-rays.

The news is not good.

Due to the allergies and the asthma attack that I’ve been suffering from, I’ve injured my larynx because of the talking and the coughing (mostly the latter). Probably didn’t help it at all by going to CanGames 2017 this past weekend. *sigh* In addition, my throat is partially swollen shut because of the allergies and possibly made worse by the asthma attack that is persisting.

In addition, there is a serious problem with my left shoulder, made worse by my having forgotten not to use my left arm when I threw a small, plastic footstool in a fit of anger last night. 😦

The doctor sent me for x-rays of both the shoulder and my chest, and I also am waiting to hear on an appointment for an ultrasound of my shoulder (and it may be followed up with some other tests as well). He thinks I’ve got an infection in the chest now as well (bets are on con crud…anybody?). In the meantime, he prescribed for me an antibiotic and a strong anti-inflammatory. And I am not to talk for several days.

This should be fun.

And I’m just going to try and rest for the rest of the day and into the evening.

Doctor Appointment Results Today May 18, 2017

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Just got back from the doctor’s.

I managed to schedule an appointment with the doctor today, as I’ve been feeling pretty sick since the other night, though I’m feeling better today. After examining me, the doctor told me that I’ve had/am having a severe allergy attack from all the pollen and stuff, and this has triggered a bad asthma attack as well (something I’ve not suffered in a good ten years or so).

He told me the asthma attack will take several days, if not a bit longer to get over, and said that I should just take some over the counter medications to help alleviate the symptoms somewhat, and just get on with things.

Anyway, just got home. So a quick lunch, and then a bit of a nap before moving on to other stuff for the day. Like getting ready for tomorrow’s foray to CanGames 2017.

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.

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).

Back From the Diabetes Centre March 17, 2017

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Got home about 20 minutes ago from my appointment with the diabetic nurse at the Riverside Hospital Diabetes Centre.

The news is more positive than it is bad, but I don’t know how much I got out of the appointment.

I got to the hospital for my 1:00 pm appointment around 10 to the hour, but ended up sitting and waiting for over 20 minutes before I got to see the diabetic nurse. That did not help my mood at all. Suffice it to say we talked about a lot of stuff pertaining to how I’m doing with the diabetes and all, and came to several conclusions. I’m going to try some white bread and regular grains again, rather than the whole wheat, and I’m going to alter the time I have my snack every day somewhat. Since they are discontinuing my Breeze2 diabetes glucose monitoring meter, I got a couple of meters through the Centre that I’ll try and see how they work for me. (Not going to say anything else about that for now.) Finally, I’m going to adjust the insulin dose up somewhat, as my blood sugar readings are a bit high at one point in the day. So we’ll see how that goes as well.

Anyway, going to take it easy for half an hour, as I’ve got gaming this evening, and I just need a bit of downtime for the moment.

A Busy Afternoon March 9, 2017

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It’s Thursday in the Ottawa valley. The temperature has dropped, though not as low as it’s going to get over the weekend, but the sun is out so hopefully the day will feel warmer than it has so far.

Promises to be a busy day. After work, I’ve got to go for my Footcare appointment, then to the hospital for a PSA blood test, and finally for a haircut. Then I’ll think about lunch.

Gods, but I feel tired already!