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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.

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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?

Finally Caved In (Doctor Appointment) October 19, 2017

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Well, I’ve caved in.

I’ve had this bug – either a major bad cold or perhaps a bad case of bronchitis now – for around 3 or 4 weeks (I can’t really remember, to be honest). It’s not the flu, because even though I’ve been pretty warm/sweaty/whatever you want to call it or cold at times, I’ve not been running a fever.

But anyway, as I was saying, it’s been going on for a while, and I’m not really feeling better (I may be coughing worse), so… I’ve caved in today, and called the doctor’s office. I’ve got an appointment for 4:00 pm this afternoon, so we’ll see what he does and what he decides on for treatment based on that.

In the meantime, I’m just going to take a shower and relax. *cough, cough*

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.

A Busy Monday August 14, 2017

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Monday morning. The day before I leave for GenCon Indy.

Must have slept on the bad shoulder last night, as I’m in pretty bad pain this morning. Need to take a couple of pills now, and hope they mute the pain somewhat.

Not going to be able to get much rest today, as I’ve got two doctor appointments today, and have to do a bit of shopping for some of my medication related stuff (noticeably the insulin and the needles) and a couple of other sundries. I’ve also got to finish the packing for GenCon 2017

So this promises to be a busy day once more. I would have liked to have taken it easy and rested up a bit today, but such is not to be the case.

An Exhausting Day (Cars, Physio, and Food) August 8, 2017

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An exhausting day.

The day started off with almost no sleep last night due to foot pain (nerve spasms) and the terrible shoulder pain the exercising has caused.

The morning consisted of a round of car shopping. Went to the local Toyota dealer and looked for a second-hand car, but didn’t see anything I really liked. Took a second-hand 2015 Corolla around for a spin and while it handled all right, the seats weren’t comfortable and I wasn’t crazy about the feel for the road. The price was good, though.

From there, went for my physiotherapy appointment and got put through the wringer. The pain in the shoulder was pretty bad, so we tried acupuncture but that didn’t work, and made the neck muscles on that side hurt. Some deep massage helped, and after some electro-stimulation, I felt almost pain-free again. Went to the little restaurant in the building with the physiotherapist for lunch, and had a terrific potato and parmesan soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Very tasty, and quite satisfying.

After that, it was back to car shopping. Went into Mazda and found they had some good second-hand vehicles. Wanted a Mazda 3 from 2015, but that one had already been sold, but got to look at a decent Mazda 3 from 2014 that was fully equipped and decently priced. Took that vehicle out for a test drive, and it was smooth and sleek and handled like a dream. Could even drive it right-handed, which made things easy and rested my left arm and shoulder. From there, it was over to Hyundi and checked out the cars there. Thought about the Accent but it was too small, and then drove for test with the 2014 Elantra they had. There was a lot of terrible things about the car, the worst being that I had to drive two-handed – and guess what, my left shoulder pain got very bad.

By that time, it was supper time. After stopping at home for pills and meds, my mom, sister and I went over to Boston Pizza for supper again. Terrific meal, including a side salad, hummus and flatbread chips, and spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs and mozzarella for supper. There was enough Bolognese for three people on that plate! So I took the rest of it home with me. Also had a Heineken with supper, and that helped with the shoulder pain somewhat. 🙂

Am now home. And get to do some of this all over again tomorrow.

Totally exhausted.

A Crazy Week Ahead August 7, 2017

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Even though it’s a civic holiday today, I’m up relatively early. Couldn’t sleep too much as my body is just hurting in various places. The left shoulder is particularly bad. The exercises seem to be helping, but the pain from them has made the condition much worse.

This week promises to be a bit of a bitch. Given mom’s current non-driver status and the fact taxis and the like are getting too expensive, I had planned to spend much of today searching for a new car, but discovered that all the car dealers are closed for the day (that civic holiday). This means that I’ll either have to do this tomorrow afternoon, or spend Thursday on this. I have a rough idea of what I’d like, but we’ll see how the expenses for the car shape up.

I’ve also got two physiotherapy appointments, one on Tuesday and the other Friday, and also have a Footcare appointment as well on Wednesday. In addition, I need to get a haircut this week, as my hair’s so long I’m starting to get a mullet. I don’t usually go this long without a haircut, but… In addition, I’m leaving for GenCon Indy a week Tuesday, and have got all sorts of things to purchase and start getting ready, so that’s another element to deal with.

Should be a crazy week.

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.

Long Day Ahead August 3, 2017

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It’s Thursday morning here in the Ottawa valley. A somewhat muggy, wet day here so far.

Today promises to be a long day. I slept rather badly last night, nightmares that I don’t remember having woken me up twice, and the left shoulder hurts very badly this morning, so I must have lain on it several times during the night. I have my shoulder assessment at a physiotherapist’s, and I’m quite worried about this. It may have an impact on whether or not I’m able to go fly down to Indianapolis in just under two weeks, among other things. And I’m worried about my arm mobility after the assessment.

Still, one thing at a time today.