Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I ran across this blog yesterday from JDECKNESS, I think it is really good. It is about dealing with the slip-ups we all have from time to time and getting back on track. Please visit the blog & see for yourself:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
So I got in to see my doctor today. Described my symptoms, both what I did and did not experience.
As expected he suspects gall bladder issues. He doesn't think it is acute since neither the frequency nor severity has been increasing and I have not been vomiting or feverish. So the good news is I don't need emergency surgery to remove it.
He has ordered an ultrasound for next week, or as soon as I can fit it into my schedule. If that is inconclusive there is a second test they can do, which is more invasive. Assuming my gall bladder is the issue my choices are to delay the surgery and try to manage it by my diet or get it removed. Eventually it will likely have to be removed anyway since it won't get better.
He also said it could possibly be relax or an ulcer, but thinks the gall bladder is a likelier candidate.
So "highly intelligent" person that I am I went home and ate for lunch something very similar to what I had eaten Thursday night that caused the attack. I wanted to experiment & see if it WAS what I had eaten that caused the attack...and the experiment worked. Another attack, fortunately much less intense than the other night.
My 2 coworkers who have recently had their gall bladders removed are both still on very bland diets. They can't eat anything spicy, drink alcohol, anything fatty, etc.
I don't drink much at all, but I love pizza and spicy foods. I don't like the thought of having to give those up completely. So more experimenting. I just had some of my HOT salsa with the new Tostitos chip, Hint of Pepperjack ( hey, it's made with whole grains, it's practically a health food LOL!). We'll see how it goes tonight.
I'm optimistic that I won't have to restrict my diet too much because from their descriptions it sounds like my coworkers were a lot worse off than I am right now.
It won't be the first time I've had something removed. My poor belly button, though, is going to get another scar.
And I wonder...what do the hospitals actually DO with the bits of people they remove? When I had the "knuckles" removed from 2 of my toes way back when I asked the doctor if I could have them but he wouldn't give them to me. So I wonder where pieces & parts really end up?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
TMI WARNING! Proceed at your own risk!
Thursday night I was in pain. Not agony but enough where that was really all I could focus on. It started around 9-10 pm right at the top of my ribs where they come together. Based on the location I don't think it was indigestion (too high) or heartburn (too low). Some minor (in comparison) pain started spreading along the sides of my ribs and up my shoulder blade. I couldn't lay down on my sides, or stomach, or back and either had to sit upright or stand...and it still hurt. I felt like I had way over- stuffed myself although I had not and like if I could only puke or burp or something the discomfort would end (but I couldn't seem to do either). I did not actually feel nauseous. My dinner was fatty & processed but within all my nutritional ranges.
I ended up taking some Rx painkillers I had from previous injuries/surgeries which never really worked until the pain went away about 2 hours before I had to get up for work. So I got virtually no sleep.
This was not the first time I have experienced this in at least the last 8 months. It was not the worst experience but it wasn't the mildest either. Normally it happens at night but it has happened at least twice during the day at work.
Friday, in addition to being exhausted, I still felt out of sorts. The area where the pain hit still felt wrong, my shoulder blade still hurt, but no major pain like the night before. I was telling a coworker about why I was so tired and she asked "did it hurt here (pointing to the exact place) and then travel around like this & up your shoulder blade & did it feel like this (describing the exact sensation)? Yes, I replied, that was it exactly.
She said those were her symptoms too and she had just had her gall bladder removed because of it last month.
Great, betrayed by my body again. I made an appt. with my doctor for Monday afternoon but just now called the office & they can get see me in an hour. I told myself 3 times ago that if it happened again I would go to the doctor, I was concerned it could be a symptom of heart disease...but of course it happened again and I did not go to the doctor. So I'll go now and get it figured out.
It really irritates me though because it seems like something is always going wrong. Fortunately nothing ever life threatening or major, just lots of "little" irritating health problems. If it is my gall bladder & I do have to have it removed it will cause some minor setbacks in my training. I think that pisses me off more than anything. I should get "frequent patient miles" or something for all the times I've had surgery. I'm also probably going to get disqualified from the organ donator list at some point because at the rate I'm going I won't have any organs left to donate if I die! ( that is an LOL! by the way).
I feel like I should make a rude sound now to express my disgust at being betrayed by my body yet again. I should just start going cyborg, head off all these issues in the future.
I'm off to get ready for the doctor, will update afterwards.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Last month I reached the 50 lbs. gone milestone. As my reward I had decided previously that I would get a massage. I've never had one before. In anticipation of this goal, back in March, I got a coupon for a "VIP Spa Package", 65% off the regular price. The package includes a choice of massage type, mani-pedi, facial or chemical peel, hair cut or style, and a skin evaluation/picture thing (one of those that highlights sun damage).
Never having done anything like this at all...what should I expect?
Do I have to tip each person? Or just the place as a whole & they divvy up the gratuity? The coupon states the gratuity is not included & I assume any tips should be based on the normal charge, not the price I actually paid.
Do I have to get naked?
Will they be upset if I accidentally kick whoever does the pedi because I can't stand having my feet touched? I think I may just skip the pedicure part entirely to be safe (plus my feet are so ugly they are just not redeemable LOL!)
What else am I not even aware of that I should be asking?
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