Monday, October 3, 2011

HEALTH UPDATE


I feel good and have been able to resume my normal activities, just don't ask me to do any running yet. I'm at about 90% and may not improve past that (my opinion not my doctors who I see in about two weeks). My biggest problem, comfort wise, was fluid retention. I know I have bigger problems but they aren't causing me any pain or discomfort.


One type of fluid retention was in my abdomen, it made me look and feel about 8 months pregnant and I do mean pregnant. I needed it removed 3x by a simple 20 minute procedure and each time it was over 10 pounds. The other was water in my legs and feet, I could barely walk and I looked like the humans from Wall-E. I entered the hospital at 185 and was 215 when I got home. For the first week and a half all I could do was keep my legs elevated. If I did anything, I paid for it with my swelling and worst of all I appeared in public in sweats and slippers. The meds finally kicked in and now I'm at 155! Thats a bit too much weight to loose and have put a call into my doc.  

The best news of all is that I finally got the last electrode sticky off my hairy chest! That one was a real bitch. I think I've also seen the last of the tape glue but it keeps coming back. The bruises on my arms from the shots and IV's have cleared up, they were almost completely purple from wrist to shoulder. They almost ran out of veins to use - I felt like Shelby in Truvy's when she tells her that her veins are caput.



My follow-up visits start next week and now that I've lost most of the fluid (the stuff in my abdomen is not water) and my organ swelling has gone done, we should be able to a better idea for my long-term prognosis. 


I'll keep you posted and again thanks for all the positive energy!

20 comments:

  1. As always, we're sending positive thoughts your way.

    XOXOXOX

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  2. I'm so glad things are getting back to some semblance of normality for you. We've all be so concerned. I think you may have had the worst September ever. Hope your October is extra good to make up for it.

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  3. Thanks!

    One hour at a time...
    Hugs
    Jon

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  4. Get well! Sending positive healing thoughts & energy your way.
    Hugs,
    Stan

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  5. Sorry, you are not feeling well. Have you had diagnosis yet?

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  6. Im still sending good thoughts, hugs and prayers your way my friend.... :)

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  7. Gee, and I took the liberty to enter you in the Boston Marathon...lol

    Glad you feel better

    saludos,
    raulito
    http://fromtop2bttm.blogspot.com/

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  8. Lots of positive energy coming at you Sean!

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  9. Have you been driving nails up your arm? Glad to see that things are getting back to normal... I can't even imagine how you must have felt... scared, for one, I'm sure. Just let your body do it's thing. Hang in there!

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  10. With hope, prayers, and the knowledge that there are few things as curative as being at home with your loyal and loving dogs.

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  11. So glad to hear you're doing better!

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  12. What ordeal it's been for you. It's remarkable that you sound so positive! Best wishes for future health.

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  13. Thanks again for the medical update. I hope all continues to go well and I'll keep thinking positive thoughts.

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  14. Sounds like my positive thoughts have reached you. Please take care and keep us posted.

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  15. Glad to hear that you're doing better. It has to be scary to see that kind of thing happen.

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  16. this is good to know. Glad you are okay

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  17. Continue to get well my friend.

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  18. I do hope you the best and fastest recovery. Take care of you.

    Hugs
    Ray

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  19. Getting up to date on all the blogs I read [I'm more than a week behind]. Thanks for the update, hope you feel better soon and that your normal weight will return [sans water in your legs or anywhere else]

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  20. Hey, hope you feel better soon! Just a thought, get the doc to check pseudomyxoma - a colleague had that and his abdomen filled with mucous, it's relatively rare so the docs overlooked it for a while. Anyway, best of luck with everything.

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