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Here I go again…


Well, I have had an interesting couple of weeks.  I have another week to go, maybe a week and a half, before I know what’s going on.  Here’s the story so far…

Thursday, July 23, I woke up feeling not so good.  I was having a very hard time catching my breath and my chest felt like someone threw a rock at me and my left shoulder hurt something fierce.  I decided it was time to take myself to the walk in clinic.  Fortunately, my own Doctor was on call at the clinic.  He asked me what was up, so I told him.  He listened to my heart and lungs for about that long then said he was sending me to the ER.  He said that they could do the same tests there in the office, but it would be a few days before he got the results.  The ER was faster.  So, I took my self to the ER (fortunately the hospital is next to the clinic) and the nurses there were waiting for me.  My doctor thought I was having a heart attack.  I called my Mom and Sister and Cindy came right over.  By the time she got there, they had me hooked up to two different machines and were in the process of drawing blood.  (I swear they took half my blood.)  She had a few errands to run and both the nurses and myself told her to go ahead, it would be a while before they knew anything.  After the blood draw, I got to go to X-Ray and get pictures of my chest and shoulders and all that fun stuff.  Then they put me back in my room in the ER.  Fortunately, they had the Disney Channel on, so I watched cartoons for about half an hour.

Eventually, the ER Doctor came in.  He said all my tests were clear.  No enzymes to show anything happened with my heart, blood pressure was normal, no infections or diseases were found in my blood, nothing out of the ordinary.  Okay, so what happened?   The ER Doctor asked where the most pain was and started to push on the area.  It hurt, so I said oww!  He smiled and said it wasn’t a heart attack, it was just separation of the cartilage between the breastbone and the ribs.  It would take 6 to 8 weeks to heal.  No heavy lifting and try not to cough cause it could start everything all over again.  Cindy got back just as he was releasing me, with the instructions to see my Dr. within a week.

So, okay.  Cartilage separation.  I can live with that.  The next Thursday I went back to my Doctor.  He asked when I was released.  I told him Thursday.   He said no, not when I was admitted, when was I released.  I said Thursday.  I told him everything the ER Doctor told me and I have to say, I have never seen my Doctor get so mad so fast, ever.  So he sent me to a cardiologist who looked everything over and said that while he didn’t see any signs of a heart attack, and that my heart looked good and sounded fine and that my lungs, all things considered, were good, he wanted to take a better look.  So, Next Thursday, Aug. 13, I, and my driver Cindy, leave here at 5 in the morning and go to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs for a cardiac CT.  Once again, I get my blood filled with all sorts of chemicals so the Techs and the Doctor can watch my circulatory system work.  Oh joy.


Woo Hoo!


Well, its all over but the celebrating.  I will be getting my back pay fairly soon, without, I might add, proof of mental competence.  Seems the last person I talked to at the Social Security office “got to thinking”.  She went back and re-read the deposition 3 times and couldn’t find any thing that said I needed a personal representative to handle my finances.  Woo Hoo!  She ended the conversation by saying she was sending out the form to release my back pay that day.  Don’t really know when I’ll be getting it, but I KNOW how much I will be getting.  I have my budget all worked out.  Woo Hoo!

Had a Doctor’s appointment today.  It went pretty good, all things considered.  Blood pressure is almost normal, blood sugar is back down below 200 and I’ve lost another 4 pounds.  Had discussions about the oxygen.  Seems I’ll just have to learn to live with it.  My lungs seem to have been damaged a bit more than the Doctors thought from the anesthesia.  Oh well.  I can handle it.  Don’t much like it, but I can handle it.

Today, even my OA (osteo arthritis) doesn’t bother me very much.  Neither does my sciatica.  All in all a good day.

Oh, I also got a “raise” at work.  (My hours were increased.)

Woo Hoo!



Okay, so my last Doctor’s appointment went pretty well.  My blood sugars are going down as is my blood pressure.  I still have a ways to go, but my Doctor was pleased with my progress.  I am still retaining fluid, but not as badly.  My arthritis is about the same as it has been and my heart flutter is more or less controlled.  By that I mean that I still have “episodes” but taking a potassium supplement stops the flutter when it happens.  It seems potassium deficiency runs in Mom’s family.  My Great Grandmother had the same problem and it took several visits to the hospital to figure it out.  Mom has a milder form, but she has it and we think my Grandfather also had a potassium problem cause he was always eating bananas.  Maybe he just liked bananas…  But I digress…

I’m also borderline dehydrated.  Really?  I’m on diuretics.  The Doctor’s answer?  “Drink more water.”  Really?  I had no idea that would help.  I carry around a 20 ounce glass that I keep full of water and drink from it all day long.  Sometimes it feels like all I’m doing is drinking and going to the bathroom.  Things that make you go what the…  I also have a “mild Upper Respiratory Infection and a slight ear infection” so I’m on antibiotics and a decongestant for the next 10 days.

The up shot of all this is that I don’t have to go back until June, unless something happens, like I get sick or get hurt, or have another “episode” that the potassium doesn’t fix.  That makes me very happy.  It’s been almost a year since I didn’t have to go back every month.   And if everything is still on track, I won’t have to go back until December.  YEA!

I’m so bored…


Well, that’s not exactly right. But I can’t really figure out exactly what I am right now. Its not like I don’t have anything to do – I have a sink full of dishes, a bedroom I need to straighten, several floors to sweep, boxes to move and/or empty, windows to measure for weatherproofing and Halloween to get out. So why am I so – blah?

I think its the new drugs I’m on for the fluid build up on my lungs, Edema is what the Doctor calls it. Annoying is what I call it. It isn’t related to hypertension cause my blood pressure is pretty close to normal. It goes up when fluid starts to build up. My heart is doing just fine. My lungs are just screwed up.

(Insert a deep, frustrated sigh here)

I’m not sleeping well, mostly because I get up every 2 hours to go to the bathroom. That’s so much fun. When the fluid starts building, my breathing goes down, which also makes me tired. Plus, I really do a lot of work in a small amount of time, so I’m tired and hungry when I get home from work, too.

Plus I have quite a bit of stress going on right now. Worry about my finances, worry about my health, until yesterday, worry about my job and my food stamps, worry about my Mom and my Sister… Can you tell, I’m a worrier. I worry about my truck (it’s an old, tired truck.), and winter’s coming, and the sun’s leaving…

I need a vacation…1016775_654074694622658_106417988_n