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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.

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.


Scared About Today June 26, 2017

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It’s been a very long day, and I’m pretty scared about something.

I have an appointment at one of the labs attached to the hospital early this afternoon to have the ultrasound done on my left shoulder.

The problem is that I am in absolute pain (think 12 on a scale of 1 to 10) every time I move the shoulder, and the fact of the matter is that I want to scream in pain when I touch the shoulder. This should go really well when he presses the ultrasound device onto the shoulder area, right?

Oh, Gods…

Anyway, time to leave work and head over to the clinic. Wish me luck.

Last of the TFtL Pre-Generated Characters Done! May 5, 2017

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Have spent a very busy past couple of afternoons transcribing the five player characters onto character sheets for the Tales From the Loop game that I’ll be running at CanGames 2017 in exactly two weeks.

This has been a horribly difficult task for me, as I’ve been suffering hand and arm pain in my right hand – my writing hand – and am going to be avoiding all manner of stuff with that arm this weekend, if possible.

In the meantime, I need to get ready for some gaming with the Friday night group for the rest of the afternoon (or what’s left of it).

Home From Footcare December 8, 2016

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Just got home from my footcare appointment for this afternoon. Or should that be hobbled?

My legs and feet are in incredible agony, and I was barely able to walk to get the taxi and then get home, and this while snow squalls decided to descend on Ottawa (and yes, I’d heard about that in the news).

I’m going to take a couple of pain pills, maybe a third if I feel it’s necessary.

The rest of the day and tonight is a Lost Cause for me.

That’s all.

Feet of Pain December 8, 2016

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Just got home from work, and am getting ready to head out again.

The pain in my left foot and ankle is pretty bad today, and I’ve also got a problem now with my right foot, which I think is a deep corn on the underside of the foot just below the pinkie toe.

I came home to take a couple of painkillers, and am now heading out to my Footcare appointment. This is going to go soooooo badly.

Life and Leg Problems October 8, 2016

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It’s the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada this weekend, but I’m not feeling that I have a lot to be thankful for.

As most folks have noticed, I’ve not been posting all that much this past week or so. While the medical procedure that I underwent a week ago tomorrow went well, and I’ve been recovering from that relatively nicely, I’ve been down with relative malaise, chest pain, a cough, headache, and a few other symptoms during the week.

However, the real problem has been my left leg. While I’ve still got the pain and swelling in my left leg and ankle respectively, I’ve got problems with the knee now, as well as the thigh. I’ve had a swollen thigh muscle, I’ve had the feeling like there’s water dripping down my knee or pooling around the ankle, and a few other symptoms. And there’s a sharp pain on the top of my left big toe.

While I stayed off my feet for a couple of days after the medical procedure, walking has become an extremely painful chore on my left leg, and I feel a lot less pain keeping the leg elevated and the knee relatively straight. (Hence why I’ve not been on-line too much this past week.) The ankle pain has gotten worse as well. After having read some stuff on the internet about things (which one should never do, of course), I’ve come to conclude that it’s been brought on due to the diabetes.

But overall, I’m just feeling miserable and sorry for myself.

That’s all I’ve got for the moment.

A Quick WP Entry September 15, 2016

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Yes, I know I’ve not blogged a great deal the last few days.

Truth be told, I’ve been busy doing other things – watching some DVDs, working on some game material that I’m writing up for the Polaris RPG, and editing a game manuscript (that I can’t talk about).

In the meantime, work goes on as usual, my left leg and ankle continue to hurt a lot, and I’ve got my regularly scheduled footcare appointment this afternoon.

Take care, everyone.

Long Day Ahead September 9, 2016

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It’s Friday morning, and I feel tired.

I have not had a lot of sleep, due to pain in my left ankle and foot waking me up at odd hours during my sleep, and then having trouble getting back to sleep.

The day promises to be a long one, and quite muggy (and warm) as well. I’ve got two business meetings this morning, one with my team and one with the bosses, and I’m so not looking forward to those. In addition, I need to get through a tight batch of translation today, so that should also be taxing.

Thank Goddess it’s Friday. I can collapse for the weekend (barring unforeseen circumstances) when work is done for the day.

Time for the morning shower.