I know it is way past due that I write, but since the last surgery , I've had another minor one and have been literally in a doctor's office, hospital, or blood donor room every day for the last three weeks. This is my first day where I have no medical duties to adhere to.
I did get a little camera, so I am working on getting some material to put up on this site so you maybe can actually put a face to a name and join along with the experience.
I had a surgery to put a catheder through my chest, rib cage, and into my heart so I can get chemo, bloodwork, a fun thing called leukaphoresis - all while not getting poked so much.
From the beginning, I went from the operating room to the Hope Lodge , where I will be staying until this is over, hopefully by mid-November. After the operation, I was in the hospital getting chemo for the next three days. I did not get sick, but had the usual fatigue. With chemo comes a shot in the abdo...
A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
Sometimes we need to rely on our doctors. But checking our blood pressure isn’t one of those times.
If you are lucky, every time you see your primary care physician or endocrinologist, somebody in the office will check your blood pressure. If you are especially lucky, somebody will tell you what the numbers are and they will be pretty accurate. You will need that good luck. For several reasons you aren’t likely to get it. Many people have “ white-coat hypertension .” They become nervous at the doctor’s office and have higher readings that they normally would at home. The other problem is that medical people are a bit busy these days, and they often rush when they need to pause. I ran into that at my most recent visit to a doctor’s office. The nurse checked my blood pressure as soon as she came in the room. I’m sure that she knew as well as I did that patients are supposed to sit still for five minutes before the test. But she was too rushed, and my numbers were predictably too high.
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