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Home From the Montfort (Hospital) October 30, 2017

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I just got home from the Montfort Hospital about 10 minutes ago. I’m exhausted, shaking with the pain and spasms in both arms, and…tired.

I had to be at the hospital tonight around 8:45 pm, 45 minutes in advance of my MRI tests. I finally decided, given the cold, blowing, and somewhat rainy weather, to take a cab to the hospital, as I just couldn’t trust my left arm and shoulder driving, and it’s a good thing I did given that I’m in pain and suffering arm spasms since the tests were done.

I arrived by taxi at the Montfort Hospital around 8:35 pm, and had to walk on my still tender feet (remember the blisters? Not fully healed yet) almost the length of the hospital to the Registration area and then to the Imaging labs. After registering and filling in a questionnaire that is mandatory before MRIs, I had a devil of a time changing out of my clothes into a hospital gown because of my left shoulder and arm difficulties. I then was helped by the technician and her aide onto the flatbed of the MRI machine.

I’ve had an MRI before this, I believe twice, so I thought I was prepared for the process again, but I was wrong. Thank Goddess I’m not too claustrophobic, though, or perhaps it’s just that the MRI tube doesn’t induce that in me. In any event, I was having a cervical spinal set of MRI tests done, and so my head was completely inside the tube. Even with the sound deadening headphones and the music of CHEZ 106 playing, it was deafening in there, with the pops, wheezing, thumping, rattling, and other sounds of the MRI device during the 20-25 minutes scan. Don’t remember it being so noisy the last couple of times. I should hear back on the MRI test results within the next week to two weeks or so.

By the time, I came out of the scanner, my left shoulder was stabbingly painful, my muscles in the lower arms were throbbing and spasming, the left shoulder feeling like every nerve was on fire. It also generates some heat, and I was soaked with sweat (a condition that I was told for this procedure was normal), but I was somewhat dizzy as well. I had to rest in the waiting room for about 15 minutes, and then proceeded back to the main hospital lobby area and ordered a cab home.

Once I got home, I was barely able to take my insulin shot successfully, and had a hot cup of chamomile tea. I collapsed into my den chair, and I’ve been scribing this WordPress entry. As soon as this is done, folks, I’m off to bed. I need to take a couple of Tylenols before I hit the bed, methinks.

Night, all.

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Back From GenCon August 21, 2017

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I am finally back at the house after returning from GenCon Indy 2017.

I got in this evening around 7:15 pm, having some issues that I’ll deal with a bit below, and then went to supper with and his parents to a late dinner at Boston Pizza.

For the most part, I had a pretty good convention, and I took a few photos here and there (some of which I’ve posted over the week on Twitter) as did SteveR. Folks can expect to see my GenCon reports as the week goes on.

That said, the medical issue I suffered on Saturday at the convention definitely affected my ability to participate and see the convention on both Saturday and Sunday, and made flying home today something of an ordeal that I won’t go into here yet. Suffice it to say, I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow, and see what happens. Otherwise, I’m not feeling all that bad, and am hoping I’ve not come down with con crud. ::knock on wood:: Meanwhile, I’m off to have a hot cuppa, take my insulin shot, and then maybe unpack the meds, and get some much needed and well earned sleep. Night, all.

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.

Dinner and a Movie (No Spoilers) July 1, 2017

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Had a good evening yesterday.

The Friday night group and I went out to see the new (well, not really these days) Wonder Woman movie. We went and saw the late afternoon show, as that was the only one at South Keys that wasn’t in 3-D. (Most of us can’t go see 3-D movies because frankly they cause us headaches.)

I’m not going to spoil the movie for folks, but will say that the acting in the film was better than I expected, Gal Godot was terrific in the title role, and it is the best film DC Comics has done to this point. Period.

After the movie, which ended around 7:15 pm or so, the five of us went to the Baton Rouge steakhouse, and had a fine meal with good conversation (discussing some of the movie elements, and explaining about the history of Wonder Woman, whom Ellie is now besotted with!), and then ended the evening with some ice cream at the local Dairy Queen.

Got home before 10:15 pm, and was pretty tired and sleepy.

Home From the Ultrasound Tests June 26, 2017

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I have just got home from the lab where I had the ultrasound tests done.

Suffice it to say, I’m not doing well at the moment, can barely move my left arm and shoulder, and the pain is…very bad.

The tests lasted for just under twenty minutes, but I actually passed out from the pain during the movement of the shoulder at one point for around 30 seconds.

Anyway, I’m home now, alternating ice and heat on my shoulder, and have taken some pain medication and will lie down for about an hour now.

OUCHIE!!!

Io Sono Venuto, Ho Gamed, Io Sopravvissuti A May 21, 2017

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I have returned home.

I came, I gamed, I survived. (Barely, to be honest.)

I’m home from CanGames 2017 (well, about twenty minutes ago), and have come through the convention by the skin of my teeth. There were some really good moments, a couple of really bad moments, but I think I enjoyed my weekend of gaming for the most part. I will be posting up three or four journal entries during the next week or so about the convention, but for now I’m just glad CanGames is over for 2017.

I don’t remember exactly when I got back to the house, but have not unpacked any of the gaming stuff and am about to go lie down before tonight’s insulin injection, and then hopefully get some sleep. On top of the allergies/asthma attack, I think I may have picked up some other bug at the convention, and my back, left shoulder, and right foot are bothering me, well hurting quite bad, my head is entirely clogged and stuffed up, and I’m just plain tired. Oh, and I have no voice.

Good night, all.

Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.

An MRI Kind of Friday March 3, 2017

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Hadn’t talked about it on the blog, but I was scheduled to have an MRI this morning at 9:00 am.

Well, the MRI is done, and I’m home. I had a couple of other tests that included some dye and a bit of a sedative, which has made me a little sick to the stomach (on top of still recovering from the antibiotic), so I got home about 11:10, and have been lying down and just taking it easy for a bit.

Feeling somewhat better now, so checking out some e-mail and taking care of a couple of other things.

I’m supposed to game with the Friday night group, so hopefully I’ll feel better in a few hours.

Up first for now, a cup of (peppermint) tea. 🙂

Doctor Appointment Results February 22, 2017

Posted by jkahane in curling (sport), diabetes, doctor, health hut, life, personal, tv hut.
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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. 🙂

Friday Morning Thoughts January 13, 2017

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Woke up this morning after a restless night’s sleep spent tossing and turning. Managed to get my feet caught up in the sheets, and woke at the usual time with my right leg slightly numb from the constriction.

I don’t feel too tired, to be honest, but it’s been a busy morning of work here at the office. Friday being what it is, there have been several meetings to figure things out for next week, so it’s been a busy morning.

Looking forward to going home for the weekend, and having a bit of a rest. Since the forecast is for extremely cold weather, I think maybe I’ll hibernate. 🙂