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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. 🙂

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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.

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.

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.)

The Start of February February 1, 2018

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It’s Thursday morning. The first of February. A new month.

I’m just hoping that this month is better than last month, especially health-wise. The early part of January was pretty decent, but the rest of the month wasn’t all that great for multiple reasons.

I don’t have much to say today as I’m feeling pretty ill, to be honest. Am planning to go out later as I’ve got a footcare appointment. Probably not the smartest idea I’ve had, but I need to go for that appointment.

Yesterday’s Physio Appointment January 19, 2018

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Had another physiotherapy appointment yesterday afternoon. Only my third appointment since coming back from GenCon.

Woke up yesterday morning, and didn’t feel all that great. Lots of pain, and some dizziness. Managed to eat some scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese for breakfast, then showered, and then took care of a couple of laundry issues. Headed out for the physio clinic, “Quality Care Physiotherapy, and got there in time for my appointment, though I had problems parking the car.

The physio appointment went relatively well, though not without a lot of pain involved, and when I was finished I made two appointments for next week. I went downstairs to the small little restaurant in the building, ETC, and had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and some side greens for lunch. Yummy! 🙂

I dropped off at mom’s place and picked her up, and then took her to the local Basics store. After shopping with her, my who left side of the body was hurting again. All the physio care wasted. I took the groceries I’d picked up and went home after dropping her off at her place, and took another painkiller.

Spent a quiet evening watching the Ottawa Senators continue their losing ways with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, and then read for about half an hour. Took care of the nightly insulin shot and then washed up and went to bed. And didn’t sleep much…again.

*sigh*

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.

Monday Morning October 30, 2017

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Today promises to be a very long day.

I did not sleep well last night. Between the bouts of coughing that I had in the late evening and that led to some bad diarrhea, as well as the sheer agonypain that my left shoulder/arm/neck/back are currently suffering, sleep did not come easy and when it did come, tossing and turning were the best that I managed to have.

To make the day even longer for this Monday, I have my appointment at the Montfort Hospital this evening for an MRI at 9:30 pm. Not sure how I’m going to get there yet, since my left arm and shoulder are so bad that I can’t use the arm for much of anything these days.

Ah, well… one step during the day at a time.

A Long (Sick) Day October 20, 2017

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Yesterday was one heck of a day.

As noted in yesterday’s blog entry, I had made a doctor’s appointment since my illness has gone on too long and the coughing has gotten much worse.

The appointment was originally scheduled for 4:00 pm, but as I was eating lunch the doctor’s receptionist called, and said that I could come in any time, as the office wasn’t too busy for the day. Mom decided to come with me, since she wanted me to take her grocery shopping afterwards, so…

The doctor and I talked and then he examined me. The diagnosis was a severe case of bronchitis, since he could hear the crackling in my lungs, and so he put me on a dose of antibiotic, the Biaxin stuff, for ten (10) days and said that I should get a bit of rest, if possible. He also told me that when I was well again, I needed to come in and have both the flu shot and the pneumonia shot, as the “season” was going to be brutal for both.

From the doctor’s office, I drove over to the nearest First Choice Haircutters, and finally got a haircut. I hadn’t been for a haircut since before I left for GenCon back in August, so it had been a while and I was somewhat shaggy. When I left the salon, I felt like I might have lost 3 lbs. or so. Might have, given that the stylist cut off almost 2 inches (!!) of my hair!

From there, it was over to the local Independent Grocery, where I would take in the antibotic prescription to the pharmacy and also help mom do the grocery shopping. Suffice to say, I was there for almost 1.5 hours (as my mom’s getting up there in years, and she’s somewhat…slow), but picked up a good $60 worth of groceries for myself. I took mom back to her place, and helped her unload the groceries she’d bought, and then we went back to my place and unloaded those groceries, and made supper for her.

By the time I’d taken mom home, and then returned from the house after supper, it was close to 10:00 pm.

I was knackered. And coughing away like hell.

But life goes on, right?