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. 


Cheers!

A Week in Review

I’ve been quiet on my blog again. I did try hard in October to post every day. I guess I’m just not destined to be a daily blogger. There are too many other things in life to experience. I did manage to keep up with others’ blogs even if my own sat idle. I decided I could take a break. 

I finally heard back from my doctor. My heart test results were all normal. My blood pressure reads are all down with the addition of a new medicine. I’m also down 8.5 pounds, and I’ve successfully tracked everything I’ve eaten and stayed within my calorie limit for 23 straight days. Baby steps but all positive steps forward. I feel better already. I had some more blood work done today. My doctor thanked me for taking such great care of myself. 

I’ve got a kindle full of books to read. There never seems to be time to fit reading in, too, no matter how much I want to read and do nothing else. I wish I could be a professional reader and get paid to read for a living. I’ve also been writing again, enjoying creating my own characters and stories. 


I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week. Shinedown is still my obsession, and I’ve been listening a lot to two of their albums, Amaryllis and the Sound of Madness

Here’s a few pictures I took this week. Our local Wegmans has the Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas cookie cutters out already (October 26th).


The very next day it snowed enough to coat my car. I woke up and snapped this picture. 


The same day it snowed I snapped a picture of the celosia in the planters downtown. 


And I’ll leave you with something from a new app that was suggested to me – mematic.