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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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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*

Winning and Losing September 28, 2017

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Just got home from picking up the new car (among other things).

It has been a somewhat strenuous day.

I had to go out this morning to the blood lab for some blood tests.

This afternoon, the folks at Mazda took me in to the dealership, where I picked up my new car (see this blog post about buying the car, and a pic of what the car looks like). I’m still missing one of the pieces of info about the car, the pink slip that you need to have in the car, but other than that, the car is paid off and I’ve arranged to take it in for winter tires either next month or in early October.

I then went out and did some grocery shopping that needed to be done. Just some of the vegetable basics, and some fish for supper.

Got home, and…my poor, blistered feet are bleeding.

*sigh*

I can’t win.

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.

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.