drewbear: (Default)
So Matt's been laid out with a cold/flu of some kind since Friday night. Unpleasant, especially since we don't have insurance for him. But we're muddling through.

And then last night happens. I woke up at 3AM and spent the next hour-ish praying to Ralph the Porcelain God. And when I got up this morning, I spent 1:45 providing new offerings from both ends. I've been... experiencing his grace off and on all day and after a 3 hour nap, I think I'm finally to the point where I can keep down some clear fluids. Which is, of course, when the fever kicks in. So I'd say it's a safe bet that I'll be heading to the doctor rather than work tomorrow. Perhaps I can convince them to give me an extra antibiotic prescription I can give to Matt.

On the plus side, I actually have sick leave to cover this, so I'm not losing money, and since this is a holiday week, I wouldn't have been able to earn overtime anyway. I just hope we're both better by next weekend; there are plans afoot.
drewbear: (Drew comtemplative)
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. :-(
drewbear: (Drew comtemplative)
Today is exactly 3 months since my gallbladder surgery. The scars are well-healed, but still ugly. I have some intermittent pains/soreness under the big one, but I don't think that's anything to worry about, yet. My stamina is still really low; I get winded going up a flight of stairs. I'm going to try walking more to see if I can build that up, but we'll see.

The biggest problem is stress. Completely aside from the physical recuperation, finances got royally fucked while I was out of work. I only had enough leave-time built up to cover 2 weeks of the 6 I was out, and my friends at work were only able to donate enough to cover an additional 1.5 weeks. So while I got a full paycheck for July, I only had about 1/3 the paycheck for August. Every bill but rent got pushed back. And now I'm playing catchup on them, plus having to start payments on the medical bills.

Speaking of which, even after insurance, the amount due to me was about $3000 all told. It could've been worse; if I'm reading the insurance statements correctly, the total amount charged by the various and sundry places came to about $30,000. So I'm grateful that I don't have to pay that full amount.

I just... want things to go more smoothly, you know?

Snoozy

Jul. 26th, 2010 10:22 am
drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
So. Apparently I needed sleep. Went to bed as soon as we got home last night, slept 9.5 hours, got up just long enough to refill my CPAP humidifier, then slept another 1.5 hours. As much as I want to be back working, I guess I have to admit that I need the rest.

Worn out

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:36 pm
drewbear: (Drew comtemplative)
Saw the primary care doctor this morning. The good news is, it's not a bacterial infection and he wrote me a 'scrip for magic mouthwash. Also, he wrote me another 'scrip for pain meds, so I should be good to go for another few days. We'll see what the surgeon decides to do tomorrow.

Also went with Matt to the AIDS Alliance Center here in Raleigh about some volunteer work he's doing for them. Then went to Greek Fiesta for lunch. It appears that gyros are acceptable to my body.

Dear lord, I wore myself down today. :(
drewbear: (angry choochoo)
Dammit. Woke up this morning in pain (as expected) and for some reason decided to count my pain pills before taking them. I don't have enough pills to last me through today, much less until my follow-up appointment tomorrow. As it is, I'll have to take only one pill every 8 hours (instead of 1 or 2 every 4) just to have even one left to take before bed tonight. Dammit.
drewbear: (Drew tongue)
just went upstairs to shower for the first time since getting discharged (yes, I know, ew stinky). the stairs were... unpleasant, but being clean is an exquisite feeling.

Got a follow-up appointment w/ my primary care doctor tomorrow morning & a follow-up with my surgeon on Friday. Hopefully they'll be giving me good news.

I know that I'm recovering remarkably quickly, but dammit, I want to be well already!
drewbear: (kenya bear)
The doctor just came by and I'm cleared for discharge!

They're getting the paperwork together now and, hopefully, everything will be ready for me to leave about noon. :-D
drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
‎**double deep sigh**
I had a very mild fever last night (only 99.5 to 100.2!) and the new surgeon (my original surgeon is off on the weekend and this new one works with him) decided to keep me until the fever was gone for 24 hours.
So. I'm here for yet another day.
Goddammit.
drewbear: (Drew comtemplative)
So I had another pain-shakey episode this morning, and the surgeon came in on the tail end of it. I wasn't ale to explain what was going on because my teeth were chattering too much and he assumed that I was going into sepsis. He immediately put in orders for some bloodwork and chest x-rays (all of which came back normal) and, after reviewing them, decided that I should stay yet another night if the pain is causing that kind of reaction when the meds wear off. He also mentioned that he was concerned that it might actually be a reaction to one or another of the pain meds.

I just keep looping the lyrics to "Sloop John B" (paraphrased):
home, let me go home
i just want to go home
let me go home.

this is the worst trip
i've ever been on
drewbear: (Nice Day)
I had NO IDEA how well my pain medicines were working until they wore off in the middle of the night. I woke up crying from the pain and my entire upper body was shaking like I was freezing. Thankfully, the nurse came pretty quickly with both my percocet (long-term control) and my morphine (immediate control). I could tell exactly when the morphine kicked in, too, because my trembles stopped like someone had hit a switch.

In any case, the surgeon came by and told me that I'm recovering quickly (just ask Matt!) and they're going to hold me again tonight, but I'll be good to discharge tomorrow. He also had one of the nurses remove my wound drain (and boy howdy, did THAT feel weird) and said that I can start solid food again today.

Now to see about arranging the necessary time off work...
drewbear: (Default)
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.
drewbear: (Scarlet - math)
So apparently I have gallstones. No real problems from it yet, but I might go on medication to break them up before it gets too far.
drewbear: (Default)
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 :-|
drewbear: (Default)
So I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow for a basic checkup, the first time I've done so in almost 3 years. In preparation for that, I'm printing off some articles, in order to TRY to head off some basic "fatty-fatty-boom-ba-latty" "advice".
I'm sure I could come up with more if I tried, but I think that these'll be enough to get my point across to the doctor. :-P
drewbear: (Default)
It's been an interesting week and weekend.

As you know, I rolled my ankle last Monday and have been wearing a splint since Tuesday. I've gotten to the point where I can put weight on it and take off the splint for short periods, but pivoting it still hurts like a mofo, so I'm gonna be on the meds for another couple of days. I REALLY hope this is over and done with by Wednesday.

This weekend I went to the local farmers' market with some of my friends from work* and we had a good time, despite the looming weather. We had a nice breakfast at the little restaurant, though the waitress was a real jackass who screwed up 2 of our 5 orders and took forever to get us refills. Let's just say she earned the no tip she got.

The market itself was fun; there was a lot of produce and the weather/season is such that the vendors were just starting to start selling some plants. There was also a woman there who was selling some absolutely beautiful homemade cedar furniture. The prices were pretty good, though I don't have enough money available at the moment (damn saving up for the new job!). I got her card, though, and if any of y'all are interested, you can see the stuff here: Cedarwood Furniture by Franklin.

I had originally been planning on going to the North Carolina Ren Faire as well, but my ankle was starting to bother me towards the end of our tromp through the market & the docs at the clinic, as well as the physical therapist there, recommended that I try to walk on it for no more than 30 minutes at a time and then rest it, elevated, for at least 10-15 minutes. That, combined with the rain sweeping through the area, convinced me that it would probably be a Bad Idea to go yesterday. I feel bad, though, because I wanted to see my friend Alex all in his piratical gear. I'll just have to see him next weekend. ;-)

In sadder news, I went by my local (& favorite) comic shop after leaving the market and it's closed for business. I knew that it was going to close at the end of this month (the property management raised the owner's rent/"maintanence fees" by $1k/month without any warning), but I thought the last day was going to be either today or tomorrow. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the owner (a really nice guy). I do know that he was looking into possibly re-opening in down in the Garner area at some later date, which I fully support. Not only does Garner need something along those lines, but it would be cheaper rent, which is always nice.

Today I plan on downloading/printing all the forms I'm gonna need for my first day at work (tax stuff, health plan enrollment, etc.), writing my "this is why I'm REALLY leaving" letter for work (haven't decided if I'm going to hand it over or not, but it sure is cathartic), going to my gaming group for the first time in lord-knows-how-long and then picking up some furniture from the house of some friends. And yes, I'll be careful when moving the furniture :-P

*I've always maintained that I like the people I work(ed) with, but increasingly hated the people I worked for. My coworkers and I plan on keeping in touch as much as possible.
drewbear: (Default)
Okay, this is actually a little funny to me. I'm watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 online and because my throat and vocal cords are still sore and tired from clenching and coughing, whenever I try to laugh, it comes out more like a puppy whimpering. I have no idea why, but that actually makes me want to laugh MORE at the sheer ridiculousness of it.
drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
Ginger ale may be a recommended drink when you're sick, but let it go flat first. Carbonation fizz on a sore throat is... not fun.
drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
I am constantly surprised and disgusted by how much nasty the human body can produce when ill. Oh well... The coughing is NOT fun, but at least it's getting this crap out of my body.

In other news, I plan on doing quite a bit of online shopping today, since I called out sick. I'm doing charity donations in their names for my family, and I'm going to purchase my birthday gift for myself.

Blargh

Dec. 5th, 2008 10:32 pm
drewbear: (Drew tongue)
I've been stressed & tired lately (yeah, I know, what's new about that?) but it's gotten a lot worse in the last week or so for a variety of reasons. Let's just say that, if offered a job starting Monday, I'd take it without giving notice to my current employers. Also, I've had a worsening cough since Wednesday. Since we had a coworker miss all of last week due to the flu, we did a flu test on me and surprise! I'm positive!

Blargh. I have a mild-ish fever and the cough, but no other symptoms yet, so hopefully we caught this in time to minimize my tour of the Lands of Wishing For Death. The doc on duty (a REALLY nice guy, too) wrote me a Tamiflu 'script, which cost $86 at the pharmacy, WITH my insurance discount/adjustment.

::sigh:: At least I had the money, thanks to working on Thanksgiving Day for doubletime. Still, I had plans for that money & it's annoying to have this happen instead.

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