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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.

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*

Nothing New or Improved Here June 2, 2017

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Nothing to report of any consequence.

I am still sick. Coughing away, some blood. Left shoulder in severe pain (the coughing has probably not helped.) And to top it off, I’m still talking like a fracking choking frog. Barely have any voice.

The doctor still hasn’t received the x-rays that were taken at the hospital the same day I went to see him. Bugger it all. 😦

Working from home. Just trying to cope. Not doing it very well.

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).

Doctor Appointment Results February 22, 2017

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Well, my fears and suspicions have been confirmed.

I went to the doctor’s office for my appointment early this afternoon, and things came out pretty much as I expected. The doctor listened to my chest and stuff, checked my ears and throat, and told me that there was definite “crackling” in my right lung and some in the left, and confirmed that I’ve got bronchitis. He reassured me that it’s not as bad as it might be, but that a course of antibiotics was called for, and prescribed some Biaxin/Clarithromycin. Meanwhile, the harsh coughing continues at times. So what else is new?

The appointment itself was to go over my latest diabetes test results and a general health check-up, and we talked about various things. Contrary to what the endo had said, my PSA test results were higher than the previous one, not lower, and he’s sending me for another PSA blood test in about a month. As for the diabetes, the doctor was content with where I am right now with it, but that I do need to get the a1C and my triglyceride levels down somewhat (okay, a lot with the latter!).

Went and picked up the antibiotic on the way home, after eating some lunch at Aamp;W. While the root beer (sugar-free!) is great, I’m not crazy about their food, though the sweet potato fries were nice (though not as good as the ones I’ve eaten in Kansas City). Got home, caught up on a bit of e-mail, and watched some curling action at the Scott Tournament of Hearts. Fell asleep (not surprising really, given the night that I’d had), and then did some reading of more Coriolis – The Third Horizon game stuff.

Just about time to make some supper, and then see where the evening leads me. More curling viewing, I suspect. 🙂

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 22, 2017

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Shaping up to be a comfortable, almost spring-like day here in the Ottawa valley. Rather strange for a February, but I won’t complain about this if you readers don’t either. 🙂

Work has been somewhat tiring this morning, but part of that is attributable to the fact that a) I’ve still got this bug, whatever it is, though I suspect it’s bronchitis, and b) the fact that I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night as I kept waking up from the coughing. The good news is that I have my regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment for this afternoon, so hopefully he’ll be able to figure out and tell me what I’ve got, and then we’ll go from there.

I won’t be gaming this evening with the Wednesday night group, as tonight is their off week, so I’ll be able to just sit back, and perhaps do some reading or watch some more of the Scott Tournament of Hearts on TSN. Some curling, hot drink, and relaxing on the couch with a book – sounds just about right for me at the moment.