Posts Tagged ‘hospital’

Well I just “celebrated” my 26th birthday on Monday (March 29th). It was alright, Cory had wished me a happy birthday around 1am or so my time (12am his).

The day wasn’t that great, it was rainy out and stuff. Mom and Adam came up to see me and brought me my cheesecake sampler birthday cheesecake and my present from them. Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook It’s a pretty nice pocket guide for primary care, there’s an emergency medicine one I’d like also.

Ate some cake, watched the rain let off a little and went and fixed my busted in lock on my car door. In the process of removing a bolt I sliced my finger apart and bashed it into the sharp edges of the door frame. Apparently both bolts that hold the lock to the door handle area had come out so I found one and finally got it reattached and all. Works pretty well now.

My next gift from them will be reactivating FFXI. Mainly just so I can talk/play with Cory, but there’s some new missions I want to finish up too and maybe work on my WHM to get it ready for level 99.

Thomas got me this awesome Bludgeon from Transformers  Voyager, which he had gotten for himself but the sword was bent some so he knew how much I wanted one and let me have his non-perfect one (which is fine with me).

My mom is going to reactivate FFXI for me either Friday or Saturday probably whenever it’s safe to reactivate to avoid a fee for other months, so hopefully Cory and I can play together soon.

I had to take an employment test with the Census Bureau today. Had my application and I-9 form filled out and ready, the test giver guy was pretty awesome. I made a 98% got 27/28 questions correct. I hope to hear back from them in a week or so. So here’s hoping.
My email has been acting up and I didn’t get like a weeks worth of mail recently so if you sent something and no reply send again. Some emails are trickling back through too from that time frame but still send another.

Oh I did my clinic orientation at the free clinic. Looks like I’ll be doing front office stuff which should be fun, plus I get to help needy people out in some way. Hope it all works out very well.
Goodnight!

Brad

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Well I had a pretty severe upper GI bleed last week. I went to the ER Sunday morning after vomiting up bright red blood (actually it was coffee ground type the first time then BRB) and having some bad epigastric pain.

Got taken back pretty quickly, NG tube went in which immediately started sucking out bloods. (mind you you are not sedated when they put that tube in, its very uncomfortable and seems to get caught on anything and yanks portions of it out of your nostril.

The ER doc was giving me Morphine 5mg for pain, but it wasn’t really helping. Eventually around 18:00 that evening the doctor for my group who does admissions came and talked to me, we got my pain meds changed over to Dilaudid which helped my pain a great deal.

“Slept” in the ER over night, my GI doc showed up Monday morning for a consult, he wanted to do an endoscopy since he saw the bright red blood. Around 16:30 we started the endoscopy, they thankfully removed my NG tube while I was under a little bit of sedation, I remember all that though so it wasn’t that bad. He didn’t find a source of the bleeding unfortunately. I see him Thursday morning to followup and see what else we can do. He mentioned the pill cam endoscopy but that’s expensive but would help to show if theres bleeding down in my small bowel.  My hospitalist wants me to talk to him about colonoscopy since I am at high risk for colon cancer, have a previous history of polyps, etc. I am past due on my colonoscopy though anyway, I’ll bring it up to him but will have to tell him I have no way to pay for the procedure up from, which isn’t usually a problem with that group as he and my primary doc are in the same group so I pay that bill monthly. The hospital on the other hand wants $500 upfront to be able to have your procedure there. Its actually cheaper than doing that at the outpatient center.

I was transferred to the ICS (Intensive Care Stepdown) unit for a day, where I ended up receiving 2 units of O+ blood as my hemoglobin dropped down to 8-8.3. After awhile I was transported to a normal floor for HMG patients and finally got out on Thursday. The Hospitalist doc discharged me home with a few Dilaudid pills as they were helping my abdominal pain quite well when my Percocets wouldn’t. I found Dilaudid to be a much cleaner drugs in regards to the side effects. I had little sedation, no itching, nausea, etc unlike with Oxycodone or others. I think it might be something to look into having a few of those each month too  for those migraines that would take me to the ER I could take one of those and be done without a costly $500 fee.

My right arm is hurt. One of the sites that an IV was in and where they did numerous sticks for bloodwork has gotten VERY swollen. At first it was just a half dollar sized lump inside the elbow area, but now it has grown down and up, its up into my bicep now. So bending my arm out or picking things up, etc causes a great amount of pain.

I’m also sick now. I started feeling under the weather yesterday afternoon. Laid down for awhile after my brother went downstairs and noticed the body aches and my head felt like it wain a vise. Then I started to feel hot to touch and sure enough a low grade fever. Now I’m hanging around 102.5F. Though it likes to hang around 100.x, I’ll test it and it’ll be 100.4F, then seems to go away then retest when I notice fever again and its like 100.9. Just keeps growing every time it comes back.

My PCP is going to try to make time to work me into his schedule to see me about my arm and illness. Hes just a great doctor, very friendly, genuine concern, will do what it takes to help his patients.

Cory’s been sick as well, hes bee congested and nauseous I think. Hopefully he’ll feel better soon. Greg hurt his shoulder so hopefully that’ll heal up soon also.

Okay that’s enough, my arm is killing me, making me cry especially if I accidentally straighten it out. Gotta be up early anyway.

Good night!

Well not a whole lot has happened the past few days. It’s been snowing though, which, is super awesome! Its not as much snow as we had the weekend before Christmas but its still out there and more is on the way I heard.

I had to visit the ED Thursday afternoon for a migraine. It had started Wednesday and none of my meds were helping it so I went over there and got checked out and given 1mg of Dilaudid and 12.5mg of Phenergan. That stuff usually helps my headache, it doesn’t make it go away but it makes it much much more tolerable, enough to where I can actually sleep. They gave me half the normal doses I get (2mg Dilaudid, 25mg Phenergan) so the pain and nausea was still hanging around after the shot but not as bad but not a huge improvement that I probably would’ve had with the higher dosing.

I slept for awhile after coming home from there and got back up around 21:00. Cory had sent me a message so I tried to talk to him some. I was really hungover groggy and stuff so couldn’t really concentrate that well to talk as much as I usually do.

I managed to get up at a decent time today, got woke up around 07:30 then off to sleep again, then up around 8something then 10 and finally got up around 11. Pretty tired now too, since I didn’t nap or anything at all today.

I played some Spirit Tracks today, I beat the Fire Temple, the boss there Cragma (I think that’s his name) is a neat boss, hes pretty easy compared to some of the others. I’m getting close to the end, but I will be doing all the side quests too since I enjoy those.

I guess that’s all for tonight, got more to talk about but am just too tired to go on.

Well today was pretty cold. It wasn’t really the temperature as much as it was the wind. One one of my many walks when the wind started to blow, you’d start freezing. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow (Monday). I’m hoping it will, that last snow storm we just had has me all excited for another one of those.

I talked to Cory today some. He mainly talked about some of the football games going on and keeping me updated with certain team’s scores. 😀 Then got to talking about DNS some and how his iMac had some grayed out IPs listed along with the ones he entered. I’m not that familiar with OSX or any of that stuff so did some Googling around and send him the links to some forum posts I found.
I picked him up some Christmas gifts yesterday (bit late), but now his feet shall be all comfy and warm and he’s getting a gift card as well. He wanted that from Wal-mart so that he could use it toward the purchase of a PS3. I hope he gets it soon 😀
I really hope we get to meet soon, he is my best friend either way but would just love to meet him in person and be able to hang out with him and do stuff. Maybe it’ll come to happen soon. He’s a really great friend to me and I love it.
Anyway got his presents packaged up and ready to go, even has a pretty mailing label with a Final Fantasy character on it that I think he’ll enjoy. :]

Hung out with Thomas some tonight, he’s going back up north with his mom tomorrow for a few days. We ended up going to China Star so I could eat really quick then we stopped by Wal-Mart and he got some items and then we went outside and talked to Harold for a few minutes while he took a breather from pushing all those carts around.

We finally made it to the house again and I had to take one of my shots and we were going to watch the Blues Brothers but it was too long (he had to leave early cause of them leaving so early in the morning) so instead we watched Harold and Kumar go to White Castle since we had watched the 2nd one last night figured we might as well watch the 1st as well.

We got to do a short walk this evening (I do my longer walks in the daytime as it’s usually warmer then, so  I can be out walking longer without having to freeze to death and such). but only to the helipad and back to his car.

I’ve  done a bit of photography lately in the neighborhood and near the Greenbelt and creek. I’ve been having trouble out of the Hospital security guards when I’m near there with my camera out. But that’s a long story for another time (maybe tomorrow). I ended up with some nice photos, ducks, trees, the creek, all sorts of stuff. I’ll get some of them uploaded soon I hope and will post link.

Well I got my Ambien filled the other night, cost me $60.. also got some new deodorant Cory recommended (Old Spice Invisible Solid, Aqua Reef), I love that stuff, doesn’t break me out or such and smells really nice. But I paid $4.75 or such for it, this was at a CVS, which from the looks of it have raised their prices to way more than others. (Cory mentioned he got a 2 pack of that from Walgreens for a pretty decent price). I got all of it on Christmas Day so wasn’t sure who all was open and I had to get my meds there so just got the deodorant there as well. Now I smell good again.

Well it looks like it’s time for me to pass out, possibly literally. I took my Ambien about 2 hours ago and got busy fixing up iPod and some stuff. So now I keep nodding off thanks to that and my pain meds. :[

I’ll try to start posting more again soon. Just been a rough month with a few bad occurrences.

Night.

Its been awhile since I last wrote in my main blog (its possible this will become my main blog for awhile, possibly permanently) and not a whole lot has been going on.

My mom had to have colon surgery back in May to remove a section of her colon containing this mean looking polyp and to get it out before it became cancerous.

My aunt and cousin came up to visit last month, during that time my grandpa had gotten sick and ended up going to Urgent Care and they told him he may have had a heart attack recently and he needed to get to the ED. His EKG showed an arrhythmia and his BP/HR were weird. Ended up getting admitted for bronchitis and the arrhythmia resolved and no heart attack.

I was admitted to the hospital last weekend for a number of days due to an Uppger GI bleed. I was awake for 37 hours (didn’t sleep Sunday night due to the vomiting blood then being in the ER) then got to the floor and was being bugged a bunch through the day and consults and such then a few visitors. Finally passed out around 11-12 that night.

The 2nd day I was still vomiting some blood, my GI doc didn’t want to scope, but he did have an ENT doctor come in and spray hurricane spray into my nostrils way back there and then proceeded to stick a long thin scope into my sinuses. Nothing there but a red area, left deviated septum and some mucous.

The GI doc thought the bleeding might’ve been up there but alas was not. Around 11:45 the GI doc came in and said he guessed he was going to scope me, today if possible, if not tomorrow. Came back in and said 12:30, so that was good. Admissions dropped in after that asking how I was gonna pay, etc (they always pick the best times to drop by… -.-) Endo nurses were nice as always and a pleasure to have. They started sedating me, benadryl 50mg, Versed and then 200mgc~ fentanyl and I was slightly sitting up talking to them a bit and they told me to rest my head back down and then I was out.

Ended up there was nothing found, just old blood in the stomach, diagnosed with Dieulafoy’s lesion (vascular problem, vessel bleeds then stops, bleeds stops, etc so can’t really find sometimes without it actually bleeding). Got discharged the day after.

Got home and checked my application for transport at my former workplace, was declined. My former boss believes its a year to return, but I’m am almost certain its 6months if you voluntarily quit and a year if fired or such. Wish I could find where it says it so I know what is correct. 😦

I’m pretty tired so might post more tomorrow.