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July 23, 2013

Land Crabs….


Must be that time of the Year…I had gone to the VAMC today for some PT and a Walk in App. with the Pulmonary Doc’s….This is one of those Apps. that you make because you Canceled last months meeting…which in turn was a make-up meeting for the one the month before. That one was to go over my CT Scan….I figure if they don’t come looking for me, then there is NO problem…

So I get home, and it’s all quite, and I’m doing some Paper work @ the Man Cave Desk/Workbench/Dinning Table. And I hear a noise like something is Moving things around by the Cable and power Connectors…
A little bit later I hear a sound in the Kitchen, I looked around just in time to see my walker move ever so slightly…

I see a NEW Room Mate….

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This one’s just a Baby…

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This Guy put up a Good Fight, But with my Superior Intellect, I was able to over power him. Waterboard him and send him on to Washington….

July 15, 2012

Puppy Cam


You all know that I Love my Weimararaners and I Do Miss them…I found this Puppy Cam and Support what they are doing…

These six Golden Retriever pups were born on June 24th…helping to heal the invisible wounds of our Nation’s Combat Veterans.  The litter of five girls and one boy will spend the next two years lifting the spirits of Wounded Warriors and giving them a therapeutic and purposeful mission.

http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/service-puppy-cam

Warrior Canine Connection TM (WCC) is a therapeutic service dog training program that harnesses the healing power of the human-animal bond.WCC TM teaches Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the skill of training mobility service dogs to be partnered with Veterans with mobility impairments. This worthy mission is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of PTSD in the Warriors who train the dogs–and the great news is, it works! These Warrior-trained service dogs are then partnered with Veterans to provide them years of loyal companionship as well as an increased sense of wellbeing and independence.

December 18, 2011

2011 @ VA Hosp.


This has been a Hell of a Year so far for me…normanaly I have one or two Major problems. But nothing like this year.

I quit Drinking many years ago and Smoking a few years back, now this year it seems I’m falling Apart.

I am going to try to set up a time line, not just for myself but a NEW Primary Care Doctor at the VA Hosp. after the First of the year.

About the 19th of Jan. seen Prim Care Dr./I was Not sleeping due to back pain problems and getting out of bed… had blood work done.

On the 20th Jan. Dr. called wants to see me / High Wht.Cell Count. Will see me on the 26th Jan.

Wed. 26th Jan. Dr. says Stop one Med/Stat Blood Work/BP-P High go EKG…Dr. wants me to have Transport home. Did not show…got home Pub. Transport, late evening. Very Tired n Stressed.

Fri. 28th Jan. AM Ok till afternoon Start Change by 5PM had Elevated BP n P…Called Hosp. told to call 911….

VA. ER, monitored, Dehydrated/Stress/Stopping Med. Given Meds. Sent home that Night.

Fri. 4th Feb. Prim Dr. called Stop taking one Inhaler…OK… no problem over weekend on Mon. 6th Feb. having problem breathing call Dr. Start Med. Again.

Mon. 14th Feb. Echo Test

Thu. 31st March, started having Pain Lower Rt. side Groin area. By 22:30 Pain was Hip to Hip w/stabbing Pain Lf. side. Called 911 transported to VA. Hosp. ER…admitted for Diverticulitis…Till Sun. 3rd.April sent home with Meds.

I have a Lump that became painful Left side of  my abdomen on, Thur. 11th Aug. L Pectus Muscle Hematoma/admitted/Sent home Mon. 15th Aug. w/Meds.

Now while I was at home the Swelling started to go down for a few days. Then one morning the Lump seemed Larger and it also look and felt like it had moved. It seemed to grow larger every few days….it started out about the size of a Quarter not just under the skin but deeper, No discoloration…but now over a week later its about the size of a Walnut and it is Moving. By the weekend of the 27-28th Aug. It was the size of my fist and had moved about 3 in. down and more to the center of my Abdomen and it was getting Painful.

I called 911 on Mon. 29th Aug. I was Admitted for Abdominal Wall Hematoma and Diverticulitis. The reason I had waited so long, we found out I was not Thinking very well. The hematoma had turned into an Infection and my Kidneys were shutting Down, I was a little out of it…I do remember a Doctor screaming in my Face about if I wanter to Live or Die. He wanted to put a Stint in my Neck…Well he did put it in. Also it seems they had put in a Foley Catheter and a Balloon in my Rectom. and a drain bag for the Abscess Puss from the Infection. I have been in the MCU for over a week, a Nurse from Physical Therapy comes in my room and wants me out of bed to use a Walker so she DRAGS me out of the Bed the Balloon in Rectom gets torn out. The Woman is dangerous…So now I am bleeding from there. So finally on the 12th of Sept.  after Two weeks they pat me on the Head say you are well enough to go home. But now along with my Abdomen problems, I have GI Bleeding…

I get a home Health Care worker to Help me. The Infection is gone the Swelling is down but I have problems bending over also cleaning my self. I am still having problems voiding my Stools and having Bright Red Blood in my Stool. I also having problems with Swollen Legs and My Hands. They say these will go down with time and Meds. Also I am Very Weak…I am Bleeding every time I Poop or Pass Gas. I have a Porta Potty within Arms Reach at all times.

OK so now it’s Wednesday 28th Sept. (My Birthday 64) I have come to the VA to see my Prim. Care…I am feeling OK just a little hungry, I ask my HC to get me a Candy Bar chocolate…When the Nurse checks my Blood Pressure and Heart Beat it’s all over the place…they ship me to the ER. It seems that I am Having an Arrhythmia (but I’m feeling fine) well they call the Cardiac Team and the get ready to Zap me(To get my Heart in Sync) when one asks if I had anything to Eat…I said yes a Chocolate Bar…Ok now they can’t Zap me. They have to wait…So they Admit me with Arrhythmia/GI Bleeding. They Zapped me that Night and I was still feeling OK…I stayed a week till Wed. 5th Oct.

So now we get to Fri. 4th Nov. at VA to see Heart Doc. while seeing HER she is telling all about how she will not be there and that she is e-mailing my Prim. Care about Heart Meds and that I should go see Him about them…I go see my Prim. Care and he fills Scripts but he does not fill the Heart Meds. I go home for the weekend with my Meds.

On Tues. 8th Nov. I am at the VA for a Cardio/Echo Test(now I am feeling OK) and as they Start the Test my Blood pressure is Very LOW…So it’s down to ER and I am Admitted overnight for Tachycardia Observation. Also sent me home with a Plastic Bottle to fill for a day of Urine Test..I did it and turned it in.

I have seen Prim.Care he is Retiring after 1st of the year…Also have, to have a Holter Monitor put on…the 27th Dec. It is the 27th I went in and they shaved parts of my Chest and attached the Electrodes and gave me my instructions. Today is the 28th I went in to the Clinic and had the Monitor removed and was told that I will hear from them if there is a Problem. (???)

That’s my Story so far…

December 17, 2011

The Last Two Days


Yesterday n Today I have been going to the VA Hosp. here in Miami….Yesterday just for a Follow-up Check-up with my Primary Doctor…Got some Bad News…nothing about me well maybe indirectly…No my Doctor ‘Dr.Napoles’ One of the Good Guys…One of the Few Docs that Remembered your name when you meet outside of the Office Visit. Is Retiring after the First of the Year. He is a Viet Nam Vet. from the early days. He told me that he has a few Patients that he is going to try to place with Good Docs also, instead of the VA just assigning you to any other Doctor. And that I am one of them…

Then when I get Home I find in my Mail that I am being cut from the Food Stamp Program (Hell it was only $16/M) after the first of the year becaus I will be getting more SSD. Not as much as I would like but more than $16…So I guess it evens out.

November 10, 2011

The Continuing Saga of my Heart


As some of you know back in September on the 28th (My Birthday)(64) I ended up in the VA Hosp. here in Miami, Fl. do too a Hart Arrhythmia and GI Bleeding. See Blog for 8 Oct. 11.

I went for a Cardio/Echo Test on Tuesday the 8th of Nov. 11. Well Guess what…

They were able too do do the Test but had too Inject some type of carbonated fluid into my system too enhance the ultrasound picture (contrast)…All I could think of was Club Soda and NO Bourbon….
 
So they Shipped me up to CCU so they could Monitor me…
 

This is what occurred do too NOT paying Attention, on my Part too My Medications.

On Friday the 4th of Nov. 11 I was here at the VA Hosp. To see the Heart Doctor from my last Stay here.
It seems that She had other things on her mind…(Personal)..and instead of doing my Medication Refills, she called my Primary Care Doc. to do the refills…so I went to see him…he was only able to see me for about 5min. He did some of the Refills but not the ONES I need for the Heart…of course he did not know and neither did I….I know that I had Run Out that Morning of some of them but I DID NOT KNOW the Important ones that had to be Refilled….So I had gone all weekend without a Very Important One.

This is what had Set my Heart off to do Strange things on Tuesday…

But Now they have CHANGED Diagnosis From Arrhythmia to Tachycardia…

This Tachycardia sounds more like what is going on ( I looked it up ) there are some tests (out-patient) and Blood Tests…

One of the Real Draw Backs is that my Veins have gotten Smaller and tend to roll or move when they are TRYING too Draw Blood…and they end up Jabbing your Arms and Hands or Wrists all over the place.
Looks like you tried to Hug a Porcupine.

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October 8, 2011

OhGod/OhGod/OhGod Part #2…Or Taser me Bro…


Or Taser me Bro…

On September 28th, my 64th Birthday went in to see my Primary Care Doctor @ the VA Hosp.
When the Nurse checked my Vital Signs BP-Pulse-Temp. and listened to my Heart…

It seems that my BP-Pulse was well below Normal also my Temp. and she said my Heart sounded like a Cheep Coffee Grinder…

Wile I had been Waiting I was Hungry, so I had a Large Chocolate Candy Bar…At a little after 11AM…   (this is Important)…

I was RUSHED too the Emergency Room…

It seems that I was in the Middle of Heart Arrhythmia…brought on by the Loss of Blood from the GI Bleeding…the build up of Fluids in my Legs and Stomach area…

This was at about 12:30-1:00 PM, Lunch time…they Wanted to Jump Start my Heart then but the Guys from Cardio said not to…the only thing I had in my Stomach was (drum roll) the Large Chocolate Candy Bar…they had already shaved part of my Chest and had something plastered there and some thing on my back…had a Hart Monitor on, EKG hook-ups, IV’s…So they sent me up to CCU to be monitored till the Chocolate was out of my System…Seems the  Chocolate has an Effect on the Hart. So a little after 11PM on the Night of my Birthday…I was Jump STARTED not that bad of a Jolt…I’ve been Hit with Higher Volts.

So the next few days were spent being Monitored for the Heart…and they started to Figure out what was causing my Rectal Bleeding, Stomach and Leg Swelling…Low Blood Volume and Low Potassium…

It seems that I am suffering from  Lower Colon Syndrome…Extreme Inflammation…All this ties together with the Heart…The Low Blood Vol. knocks the Heart out of  Synchronization also causes the Fluids to Build up to replace the shrinking of the Blood Vessels…and this can be linked back too the Diverticulitis and the Hematoma…

And Boys and Girls How did we Find out about this…? Can we Say “COLONOSCOPY” they only did a partial this time ‘I will go in for a FULL one SOON’….

I am on the mend…feeling Stronger everyday and Thanking GOD Everyday….

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September 17, 2011

OhGod/OhGod/OhGod….adinfonitum


OhGod/OhGod/OhGod….adinfonitum…

This is all I remember going through my Head/Hearing on the Night of  Monday 29 August 2011.

And some crazed Doctor yelling in my ear…Live or Die…something about my Kidneys Shutting Down…
He wanted permission to put a Stint in my Neck to Clean my Blood (Dialysis)…I finally said ‘YES’…I wanted too LIVE…
Needless to say I was one Sick Boy…

I have vague memories of the next few days…In and out of whatever…not real sleep. As soon as some one came near me or in my room my eyes would open. As near as I can Figure about the 4th of Sept. (6 days) I started to recognize people Doctors and Nurses…Good and Bad. And think, speak and answer questions.

It seems that at the time I had a Very Large Blood/Puss Absess moving around my Left Stomach Area.
I had this Drain in my Left Side…a Foley Catheter for Urine and a Balloon up inside me for Poop.

Let’s jump back a few Blog Pages….  http://theoldreprobate.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-have-returned.html and myalterego-glenn.blogspot.com/2011/04/diverticulitis-or-severe-lower-stomach

It seems that I still had the diverticulitis going on and the Hematoma took off on it’s own….

They let me come home this past Monday Night…12 Sept. 2011…I still have swelling of my Stomach Area…and some swelling of my legs these are going down It’s all Fluid…

I seem to be getting better…no real pain…at a slow pace…But I guess It’s GOD’s Time…that I am still HERE.

GOD HAS GIVEN ME ANOTHER DAY…

Just an Addendum to this it is Two weeks that I am home…26 Sept. 2011…I still have swelling of my Stomach Area…and also Leakage from where the Drain was in my side…It is Clear/Sticky…The Leg swelling has not gotten any better…as long as my legs are raised the swelling in my feet goes down…I put my feet on the floor and 10min. later they are swollen. I go to see my Primary Care on Wednesday the 28th my BD. Hopefully we can get this straighten out…

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August 16, 2011

I have Returned…


Yes I am back from my Recent trip to the VA Hosp.

Last Friday Evening Aug. 11th. I was having some Extreme Stabbing Pain in the Lower Left Side of my Abdomen Area…I was also having some Colon Problems…

Similar to what occurred back at the End of March. myalterego-glenn.blogspot.com/2011/04/diverticulitis-or-severe-lower-stomach.html .

As I said it was Similar but not the Same…Now an Area on the Left side Felt Warm, Hard and Distended…Very painful to Touch…

Well Friday Night they Ran some Tests and X-Rays and Admitted me…On Saturday they did A CT Scan…
That Showed that the Pain was NOT part of my Colon….

What they Believe is that somehow I Broke a Blood Vessel in the FAT/Mussel Area next to the Abdomen Wall that put Pressure on the Colon…Think Blood Bruise or Hematoma…Large about the Size of a Child’s Fist…

So now I’m Home…With Orders to Rest, Take Pain Pills, Rest…

It could have been Worse, but Life Goes On…I’m Thankful to GOD and the Doctors and Nurses at the VA Hosp.

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February 15, 2011

14 Febuary 2011 or St. Valentine’s Day or Cardio Echo Test Day


Such a Fun Day, had to go into the VA Hosp. for this Cardio Echo Test (see below) Not my Heart…
But today’s test proved that I have One, that I seen on the Screen that looked like this…
It’s not a Bad or Hard Test…But it is Cold and they only cover you with a small towel…I think it’s more for the Tech. so they don’t come into too much contact with your Naked upper Body…Then the sliding Jell on the instrument that produces the ultrasound is Cold n Wet…

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The simple explanation of the Test is they put the little Electrode Pads (3) Three of them. On your body…setting up X/Y Axis (remember your Math Class) They also add (1) more Electrode Pad that is a little different…So we have X/Y/Z Axis’s they have Added Height to get the 3D effect. OK here I should Explain that the Little Electrodes are like Microphones and the Instrument that the Tech holds is like a Speaker..Only using Ultrasound…Alright are you with me so far…? That’s the Basics, everything after that  is PFM (pure fu**ing Magic) no just kidding…The Computer in the unit takes over and calculates the speed of the  Ultrasound Waves and the reflection off the Heart Tissue and gives you a Graphic Display…

Don’t Ask how I know so much…BTDT…

So that was my St. Valentine’s Day
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February 7, 2011

Still Hanging


It’s been a Wild Ride, over the Past few Weeks…Blood Pressure and Hart Rate have come down to a Normal Level for me…But I just do not feel as Good as I did a Few Weeks Ago…

I have a Call into my Doc at the VA Today
 
I had a Very rough Night Last Night…I had the sensation of not getting enough AIR in my Lungs…
Shortness of Breath
 
This has been going on all Day Yesterday…every time I moved around or did things I had too STOP and Breath for a few Minutes…
 
I am on Oxygen 24/7….but Normally I can Sleep with NO, O2 just have it near by.
 
The Doctor had me STOP using one of my Inhalers that has a STEROID in it…
I am just wondering if this is Part or All my Problem…
Well just Waiting too Hear…I Hope he calls Soon…10:45AM
 
OK it is Now 17:45 (05:45PM)
 
I heard from my Primary Care Doctor
 
And he Said to go back on the Inhaler Medication he had me STOP…
 
Ahhh…I can Breath Again…
With in a few minutes I was feeling a Whole lot Better…
Starting a New Year of Sobriety to Day God Willing…..
 

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