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Hitting the Fan and Trying to Get Through It All.................
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Just a disclaimer: this contains what some people would say is "too much information" sorry if any of it is offensive, but I was hoping to hear from someone who has this same embarrassing problem :(

Ha! My last blog was before the sh** hit the fan in our house!

After retiring and spending time in Jamaica and Florida to celebrate, we came home to HUGE medical problems for both of us. It started in April when Jack was having leg pain and shortness of breath. I told him he better get to a doctor or an ER soon, but he said no, it'll go away. Well, it didn't, it just got worse! He finally got so out of breath that he was willing to go to the hospital. Turns out he had 7 blood clots in his leg and both lungs. Everyone said it was from driving too long without getting out to exercise. He spent 5 days in the hospital, 2 in intensive care. After a bunch of tests and bloodwork, they found he has a genetic disorder and will be prone to clots, and is on meds for life. He is doing fine now, even though he hates to take the meds as they make him a bit dizzy when he stoops down. Oh well, I told him, would you rather be dead or dizzy?? Men!

He wasn't out of the hospital a week before I got another spider bite. I had one 2 years ago and what a mess it was! When this one appeared, I went right to the emergency room. They put me on antibiotics and sent me home. Turns out I had a doctor appointment already scheduled with my family doctor, who approved the ER doc's choice of meds. He then suggested I see a surgeon. OK, so I go the very next day to see the surgeon and he starts yelling that he couldn't believe the ER and my doc "let me go" with my bite in such a mess. He admits me to the hospital and puts me on IV antibiotics and then operates on my back, draining the abscess. I ended up in the hospital for 5 days and had to go another week as an outpatient to get IV meds.

Oh and I forgot to mention that I am also dealing with a real pain in my rear end. It started in March while we were in Florida. A little pain and bleeding, nothing really bad, I'm figuring hemorrhoids? Never had them, so I don't really know. I went to the ER at the end of March when we got home and the doc said hemorrhoids. OK, great. I saw the surgeon, same one mentioned above, and he says, no, not hemorrhoids, but an anal fissure. Never heard of that one! He gives me an ointment and sends me home. The problem goes away while I'm in the hospital and maybe a week or so later. I'm wondering now if it was all the antibiotics that made it go away? Then it starts again. The surgeon (naturally) wants to operate on me. I said no, I'm not gonna give up my summer for that, so I stay on the ointment. I get a letter in the mail from the surgeon, who is retiring and recommends another guy to go see. I schedule the appointment and he gives me a different medicine to use, and says there's really no good operation for this thing. I use this medicine for 3 weeks and the problem is getting worse, not better. It HURTS constantly. They just told me today, to stop using the medicine and I have to go see him on Monday. In a nutshell: this pain is REALLY getting me down and it feels like this is never going to end! I'm usually a pretty happy girl, but I can tell that this is just making me into a whole 'nother person. It's been almost 5 months of dealing with this and I'm starting to wonder if I should see a gastro doc instead of a surgeon? I go see my family doctor next week for my regular checkup and need to ask him some questions. I saw him 4 months ago and I was supposed to have lost weight, but with all these problems, I'm just glad I haven't gained!

I'm trying to live normally, but I am in constant pain. I haven't taken any pain pills because I'm told they will constipate me, definitely NOT what I want. I keep telling my poor husband that this is just getting me so down. I don't think he really understands how much this really hurts. I had to quit walking because it hurt too much, but I joined another gym yesterday and had a nice workout. Today I went swimming and did an hour of water aerobics. I had a few times at the gym where it was bothering me, but nothing at all in the water. I just want this whole ordeal over with.

If anyone has this problem, could you please send me a spark message or comment here? I need to hear what helped you get better. Thanks!
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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2013 10:30AM

    Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!

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DARLENEK04 8/20/2013 4:40PM

  Wow, interesting set of issues. My Sisterinlaw has the blot clot issue, along
with just getting over surgery for cancer.

SLEEPERELLA that was great information and options.



Good luck,
DarleneK

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SLEEPERELLA 8/6/2013 5:27PM

    Hi I am a nurse, so here is what I know about these things
1) Hubby can do home PT/INR testing so he does not have to be at doc's office every week or more for his warfarin levels. It is easy to get started, just ask your MD.
2) The Fistula...will more than likely need surgery for decompression. Repair of most fistulas are considered to be elective but due to the pain most people get the repair done. The least invasive surgery is the fibrin glue injections.
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