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I have the nasty chronic cough every year in the autumn and winter, but it seems to have started earlier and been worse this year. Combined with some other respiratory stuff that's been going on, my doctor sent me to a ENT (Ear Nose Throat) specialist to get checked out. Just got back from that appointment and it turns out that I have a growth on my vocal cords. He says it's probably just a benign cyst, but there is the possibility that it's cancerous, especially considering that cancer runs in my dad's side of the family. So now I have to schedule a day off work to get out-patient surgery on my throat. I doubt that I'll be able to get it done before the end of the year (preferable because then I won't have to pay the deductible again), and even if I could, I don't know if I'd be able to take off work, what with everyone taking off for the holidays.

What a joyful body I have. :-(
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I know that at least some of you (should) already know this from my Facebook, but I was hospitalized yesterday for emergency gallbladder surgery. First off, I'm (relatively) fine. My vitals are stable, I'm in a room, and although I'm in pain, I'm able to walk around for short periods.

They weren't able to do it laparoscopically because, as the surgeon told me this morning, my gallbladder was so infected and inflamed that it was "rotten" and they were concerned that it would rupture. So, because they did it with an abdominal incision, I'm going to be inpatient at least through tomorrow and maybe through Friday, depending on how quickly I recover.

I have to say that the staff here at Rex have been outstanding with regards to Matt & my relationship. There's been no problem with his being with me at all stages and they're basically treating him as if we were legal spouses. For example: we spoke with the nurse in charge of me tonight and she said that Matt could stay as long as he wanted, despite official visiting hours ending at 8:30. They've also been really good about keeping him updated with my status when I was in surgery.

Also, Matt was keeping my parents and sisters updated and apparently they've already accepted him as an in-law. :-P

And if you're in the area and want to come visit, I'm in room 7030 at Rex Hospital off Lake Boone in Raleigh.
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I've been feeling crappy for a few days but last night I really felt like shit. After getting home from dinner with Matt, Ron, Luke & Jeff, I took my temperature and lo & behold! my temperature was 102.1.

...So yeah, I went to the doctor first thing this morning. Turns out I have an ear infection and bad tonsillitis on the left. Bad as in, when the PA looked down my throat, she almost immediately went "whoa". So now I'm on another 5 day antibiotic trial and hopefully it'll clear this crap out.

I took a 2.5 hour nap this afternoon and woke up to find my temperature 100.4. Lovely :-|

Unfluenza

Feb. 13th, 2009 07:02 am
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One last thing before I head out for MY LAST DAY OF WORK!!! My coworkers and I have noticed that there's something strange going on lately; our patient counts have been going up, like they usually do during flu season, but we haven't actually had any flu cases come through. We have a ton of people coming in for upper respiratory infections and colds and injuries and STDs and such, but less than a dozen flu cases in the last 6 months. Kinda hope that keeps up; the flu is truly, truly nasty and the last thing I want is to catch it off a sick patient on MY LAST DAY OF WORK!!!

(Yes, I'm excited about going on vacation. Why do you ask?)

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