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A Stay in the Hospital April 14, 2018

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For those who may have noticed, I did not game yesterday (Friday) evening.

The reason for this is that I spent much of Friday night and all of Saturday morning in the hospital.

I started feeling pretty bad on Friday (the 13th!) with very bad lower abdominal pain and bleeding down below. That’s when I decided that I’d get myself over to the Ottawa General Hospital. Took a cab over. I got to the hospital around 9:25 pm. Managed to get through triage relatively quickly and was feeling pretty meh. Couldn’t sit in a chair properly, so found an empty seating area (relatively speaking) and stretched out as best I could.

Several hours later, I was admitted into the Observation wing, and after hooking me up to an IV and taking blood samples and some other tests including my favourite (the DRE) NOT!, I was told that it might be diverticulitis and was scheduled to have an abdominal CT scan. They hooked me up with a saline solution to hydrate me, since I wasn’t allowed any water (chips) or food, and also gave me a shot or three of Delaudid for the pain. The nurse who was keeping an eye on me took a photo around 1:10 a.m..

All I remember at the time of the picture taking is that I was seriously uncomfortable from the pain, and really tired. Couldn’t sleep, ’cause I couldn’t lie on the bed for long periods of time because of the back and shoulder issues.

I had the abdominal CT scan around 7:20 am today. They injected a dye that made me warm all over, but the CT scan lasted all of 1 minute, 30 seconds, and then I was left on the bed for the trip back over to Observation for 25 minutes. It was very cold in the hallway.

Anyway, the good news is that I don’t have diverticulitis or any form of cancer down there. Not going to go into any detail about what’s happening with my bowels and the like, but a treatment has been prescribed, and now I just deal.

Got home around 11:50 a.m. this morning. Hunger warred with a desire for sleep, and food won out. Then went to bed and slept for several hours.

I’m hurting all over, and the bruising and pain where I had the IV and then the bloodwork done on the other hand is pretty bad. Can’t use either hand really well, but have managed to type this. The abdominal pain is still pretty bad, too. 😦

Taking it easy the rest of today. Have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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NCS Tests Today April 5, 2018

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Promises to be a long day today.

I’ll be heading over to the Ottawa General hospital in a few hours to the neurology department to have some Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) tests done. Heard all kinds of bad things about these tests. Really not looking forward to this at all.

Back Home From the Hospital February 28, 2018

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Back from the hospital again today. Or should I say two hospitals.

Started the day off with terrible diarrhea which postponed my morning trip to the Riverside Hospital for my blood tests. By the time I got to the hospital, the blood lab was packed to overflowing and I was told that I’d have a wait of at least an hour. Seeing as how I had to fast for the blood tests, I figured I’d stay and get them out of the way. Found a place to sit down, and focused on things other than food, since I was pretty hungry by then since I’d not eaten since around 10:30 pm the night before. Had a bit of water, as a few people snickered at the grumbling from my tummy. The blood tests were pretty painless, as the RN was pretty good at taking the blood, and there was no bruise. Seven vials of blood, and two little containers of urine. Good thing they had still let me have water, otherwise…

After the bloodwork had been taken, I hopped into the car and headed over to the Ottawa General and my appointment there. I figured I would go eat some breakfast or lunch or whatever, but decided to check in first at the ultrasound lab. Good thing I did, as I was told the test would be better taken without food consumption because of the relaxant/dye they were going to administer. Stuck around the lab until 1:00 pm, and then had the tests done. Took about 20 minutes. I’ve come to realize that I hate ultrasounds. It’s all that pressing with the hand-held on the places that hurt. Ouchie! Should hear back on these results in two to three weeks.

Once the tests were finished, I took about 15 minutes to recover, and then headed out to find some breakfast. Looking at the clock, I realized it was actually time for some brunch. I headed over to the same place where I’d gone for breakfast the day before, and had a lovely, relaxed meal. My feet and ankles were still hurting from the tests, so I drove home at a leisurely pace.

At home, I had a cup of tea with half an apple, and then settled in for a bit of editing. Took a nap after that, and am now spending a bit more time on the computer.

Home From the Eye Examination February 27, 2018

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Just got back from the eye specialist at the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General.

I was a little bit concerned, as I’ve had some blurry vision of late (but I try to account for that due to the bug I’ve had and some of the stuff going on with my spinal nerves and the shoulder business). On top of that, I’ve had some instances where I think I’ve got a tiny blank spot in my vision; it’s come and gone so fast that I sometimes think it’s my imagination. So enough worries about my vision going into the yearly exam.

I was the last appointment of the morning with the specialist, Dr. Mintsoulis, and managed to get in only about 15 minutes late. I didn’t drive, having taken a taxi since my vision wouldn’t be that good after the appointment because of the dilation drops they have to use for the tests. Anyway, once I got to the exam clinic, I got taken in very quickly (last appointment may have its advantages), and the tests were had.

Suffice it to say, I was given the freezing drops, the dilation drops, and another set of drops that leaves a bit of a yellow residue around the eye for several hours. I had all the standard eye tests, including the vision test where you tell them letters you see on board at the far end of the room with various lenses affecting your vision. In addition, I had the pressure test and the one that I have once every few years. A small needle takes a sample of eye fluid for testing for retinopathy and several other conditions.

Pending the results of the last test, the verdict was pretty good. My vision has degraded somewhat, but not worth the cost of a new pair of lenses and specs. There are no visual symptoms of retinopathy and nothing else seems to be out of place with my eyes, other than a case of eye dryness.

I left the hospital and went out for a late brunch at a well hidden decent restaurant for breakfast in South Ottawa, and then headed home. Both trips by taxi, of course. I got home, and made a hot cup of tea. I took a (second) shower when I got home, but the eyes were still pretty bad from the morning tests, and I’ve been feeling under the weather the last few days. Feeling pretty dysfunctional for the afternoon as the eye dilation drops and the other drops they gave me for the eye exam made everything bright, blurry, and larger than life.

I spent most of the afternoon napping, after covering myself with a duvet and just lying down on the couch in the living room.

The eye dilator solution still hasn’t worn off fully. Fuzzy vision is so much fun. (Riiiiight.)

A Busy Week Ahead February 26, 2018

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The last few days of February are upon us, and it promises to be a busy week for me.

Tomorrow, I’ve got my annual eye doctor appointment. Being diabetic, this is an important deal for me. Promises to be a long morning at the Eye Clinic at the Ottawa General Hospital, and then visually challenging due to the dilating drops they administer before the other tests.

Wednesday is another hospital day. First off, I have to have my six-month diabetes blood tests done, and then it’s off to the General again for two ultrasounds of my ankles. The latter tests have been scheduled for almost five months, and I’ll be glad to get them over with. Just hope they don’t show anything too bad.

Friday will see me driving mom around to several appointments and possibly a bit of grocery shopping.

Suffice to say it’s going to be a long week, one where I’m going to need to rest up my feet and body a bit on the weekend. Then it’s more doctor appointments next week. Oh, joy, oh bliss! NOT!

Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled November 29, 2017

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Gaming for this evening, Wednesday night, has been cancelled.

It has been a horrible day, to be honest, and the appointment with the specialist, a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon, did not go well. Very badly, to be honest, and the diagnosis and prognosis are not good. Add to that the pain that I’m currently in (on a 0 to 10 scale, I’m at 11 or so), and I just don’t feel up to gaming.

So gaming is off.

Personally, I’m sorry that I had to cancel gaming tonight, as I was rather looking forward to continuing work with the Wednesday night gamers on the The Dark Eye RPG characters and campaign with them, but such is life. Real, that is.

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.

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.

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.

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.