Diagnosis And Randomness

Still in pursuit of answers, I went for an upper endoscopy this past Monday. That went off as planned. I fasted from midnight the night before, and the test was at 11:30. My dear hubby took me. I was groggier this time; I even had to hitch a wheelchair ride out to the car. The upper endoscopy showed mild gastritis. No results yet on the biopsies he took. 

I went yesterday for the last test my doctor wanted me to have, a CAT scan. That was more of a hassle than anything else. I had to go to Highland Hospital, a place I’d never been. I didn’t even know where it was! I had to fast from 10:00 a.m.  The test was scheduled for 2:00. They didn’t do the scan until 4:10. I sat in the waiting room for over an hour!  Once called in, I had to drink six 8-ounce cups of a sorbitol solution over an hour, and then wait 30 minutes. The scan and contrast dye injection were the easy part. Drinking all that liquid is nauseating. 

I now have quite the collection of doctor/hospital wristbands. Too bad they’re not worth anything!

The doctor called today with my CAT scan results already. I have acute diverticulitis. Ouch. I’m relieved I now know why I’ve been so sick. I’m on two antibiotics, a difficult task since I’m allergic to penicillin and sulfa, and many other medications bother me. 

August has truly been the month from hell for me. In three weeks I’ve had an ER visit, a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy, and a CAT scan. I’ve lost ten pounds, and I’ve missed five days of work. I’m eager to feel well again. I’m hopeful it’ll happen soon. 

On a happier note, here’s some cute bird feeder photos of my chubby woodchuck and his friends, the blue jay, the squirrel, and assorted sparrows. 

I’ve also got Chase, my faceplant kitty with his face pressed into the loveseat armrest. 

I took a short walk today and photographed a planter downtown. 

And my perennial favorite, the back door of the long-since closed Chinese restaurant with its “NO PRAKING” sign. 


Last Night

Yesterday’s sunset was glorious. I had errands to run on the way home. If I hadn’t been out late, I would’ve missed it. 

I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply for a recommendation on a shampoo and conditioner for my thinning hair. I highly recommend Ion’s Youth Restoration shampoo and their Repairing conditioner. The fragrance is wonderful. The shampoo smells a bit like baby shampoo. Youth restoration – I found myself wondering, ‘how far back are we going here?’. I warned hubby if I get any younger, he’s in trouble. 

I even got a free tote bag for buying three Ion products. 

I stopped next at the grocery store and picked up potatoes and squash. Then I grabbed some whole grain muffins for a work birthday breakfast. If I’m contributing, I’m bringing something I can have, too. 

Then I went to the pet store to pick up some more seed for our lovebird. My grocery store made the stupid decision to no longer carry caged bird supplies. They’ll feed the birds at the feeder but not the pet ones. Jerks. 

The sun was going down as I headed for home. I turned west, and there it was. Glorious.