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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Doctor McDreamy House and the Gut of Mystery

After 3 weeks of super drugs to kill the infection going on, there still be pain and swelling. This means that Weds. I have a CT scan with both contrasts, IV and oral. Joy. And that will be followed with a colonoscopy and endoscopy on Groundhog's Day. I have the gallon jug with the powders to be mixed for that already. Double joy. There was a surprise in that my doc pushed through Medicare to get these tests done immediately as possible. It could've been up to 2 weeks' wait, which would've pushed the 'scopies into later in February. That's a minor miracle.

The good parts of this are that I'm dropping weight, my white blood cell count is close to normal, I'm eating regular foods (though slowly) again at last, and I have a great doctor. He's really engaged in what goes on. He calls when your blood tests come back. He's thoughtful and almost House-ish when he sits there thinking. I like watching people think. He looks at things as puzzles and he's curious to solve things.. He's also funny, but that brand of humor you know people don't often get. Beyond dry, deadly understated and at the same time endearing. We hit it off. That's a rare thing in medical care these days. I really lucked out getting him. However this goes, I know I'm in good hands.

He's easy on the eyes, too. Nursey stories are of every woman around swooning in his presence, and a very jealous, loud, 'show up and claim her man' wife. I could see that. But the sexiest thing about him is his mind, to me. ;)

I'm not speculating on what this could be. There are too many possibilities to even think about it. When the test results come back, we'll know better. I do feel better after the keflex/cipro/flagyll round, and it's not nearly as bad. It's just not good. At all. As I'm losing weight I'm seeing how swollen that side is, so there's concern. But we'll know all pretty soon.

Meanwhile, I'm gathering the notes and draft portions together to write the Beest book and get it done.

Mare got very bad news and we may not have her throughout 2016.

It doesn't seem to me that my parents' generation was so sickly as mine, at this age.

Billy is okay, still isolated, but coming along.

I haven't heard from Strider in weeks. just hope she's okay.

Everyone abides, especially Beest, who's become an attention whore.

As for the bigger world, it's still spinning, however unhealthily. There's no energy these days to get very political. Pain and stress go together and I don't need additional amounts of either right now.

How is 2016 treating my blogosphere family?


Geo. said...

Your doctor is getting all the right tests done promptly and that's great. I hate to think of you in pain --I know it fuels stress. I find Lorazepam and cabernet most efficacious. Unfortunately my dr. won't write prescriptions to liquor stores so I can't deduct the latter as a medical expense. Since antibiotics haven't entirely solved the problem, I trust they'll scope and scan and find a correctable trouble spot. All my hopes and best wishes go with you into this, and my confidence in your strength.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great doctor...imagine...actually calling with test results. Wow. Fingers crossed for a simple ailment that can be cleared up quickly.
So far the year is going well for us....we're doing a cleanse...yuck.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

There are different degrees of divertriculiis. My mother, sisters and I have had it and two needed operations. I have been in and out of hospitals with it for years, but, so far, am intact. If this is what you have, it can be taken care of and you will be fine. When it is inflamed, it is very painful, but with medication and special diets, you will feel better. P.S., I always lost weight when going though these bouts.

Take care, dear Laura. I hope you get answers quickly with these tests. Please keep us updated.

Elephant's Child said...

Fingers and toes crossed. I love you have found a REAL doctor and not the facsimiles which usually masquerade as one.
And of course his mind, and that dry understated sense of humour won you over. Like calling to like.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Like Arlene said, diverticulitis can come in varying degrees of intensity. My mother's was much worse than mine has ever been, but it's never pleasant. Let's still hope that's what's causing your problems.

At any rate, I'm glad you're getting the tests so soon. I think the not knowing part is always the hardest. I'm sending all kinds of positive thoughts and wishes your way.

Munir said...

My family's and my thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so ironic that stress induces pain and pain in return brings more stress.
I would hold off every day stressful tasks until you are somewhat better. It is so nice that your doctor is thoughtful and understanding.
I can certainly empathize with you as when I was diagnosed with ulcer in my stomach, it was hard as slightest of worries would get my stomach churning with unbelievable pain. I always pray to God that no one get a pain in their GI system. I am hoping that you get better as the year moves and soon you get to have good and satisfied mental picture of 2016.