PSA: Vaccines and You

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  1. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Went to the doctor yesterday. He examined the CAT scans. I don't have gall bladder or kidney stones. I had him look at the pics a least twice. He just said the ultrasounds were just too low quality and the CAT scan proved there were no stones.

    I was hooked up to a scope and it's confirmed that I have bladder stones. I saw them on TV. About 8 or more. They decided to remove a "tiny" one. That was not exactly a pleasant experience (the entire visit wasn't a pleasant experience). I will need surgery to remove the rest, because those are much bigger. The doc gave me some more pills! Yay!

    I don't have bladder cancer, at least. Per both visual inspection and CAT scan. So, I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

    I also have stage 3 kidney disease and I need to go to a nephrologist. I have an appointment for that on Jan 2. That is *really* good because I don't know of any other nephrologists out here and the next available date was the 18th.

    If anyone has a Cannonball sax and wants some additional stones ...
     
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    Hang in there, Pete. If it weren't for us old people the doctors would drive Yugos.
     
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    Yeah, getting old is the damnest thing. I don't *even* say anything to Suzy about my knees on our three to four walks a day. She, a nurse, always just says, "We're getting older." And that friggin' tinnitus thang (runs in the family) drives me crazy. Small concerns compared to what many of my friends are going through!
     
  4. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    I remember seeing, a few years back, one of those car "blue books" that said that a Yugo in perfect shape was worth $50. I just looked at a smattering of websites and the value was between $0 and "not much."

    When I first started getting migraines and cluster headaches, one of the problems I had was 24/7 loud heartbeat in my ears. I tried a bunch of things and then heard that maybe getting tubes in your ears would help. Immediate decrease and about 90% went away after a month. A year or two later, the tubes came out on their own and I still don't have problems.

    Obviously, my case wasn't specifically for ringing, but my ears do ring, but I almost have something turned on that generates noise, so I don't have as much of a problem as I did.
     
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    Q: Why do Yugos have rear window defrosters?
    A: To keep your hands warm while you push them.
     
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  6. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    I'm not dead, yet.

    I was admitted to the hospital on the 22nd or 23rd. I had a 103 fever and literally couldn't walk straight. I also had the worst possible pain, well above and beyond my worst migraine, when I had to tinkle. Which was every 20 min. I would almost pass out each time. Diagnosis was that I got a bladder infection that backed all the way up to my kidneys. I then got pneumonia at the hospital. Oh. That kidney stone magically reappeared, too.

    I was discharged today, with the addition of some new ports for easier access. I have a home health aide coming over in a couple hours to help me set up an IV for antibiotics. The overall thought was, "Can't do anything else until infection goes down, so might as well send you home. Plus the hospital's full up."
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    Glad you're home Pete. Although it sounds like anything but restful wherever you are. Does your wife have the flu?

    I got a text this morning from my friend whose parents live in Phoenix. Her dad was admitted to the hospital yesterday after passing out. He was dehydrated b/c he came down with the flu. I suspect that there are lots of beds in the hospital there taken up with influenza patients.

    Get well Pete. I hop you're feeling better soonish, and they manage to get the infection under control with the right antibiotics.
     
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    Good to hear you're home. A hospital is no place to be if you are ill -- too many malicious little organisms.
     
  9. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    My wife had the flu, a little before I went into the hospital and for the first few days. She's got an incredible immune system, because it just made her a little congested for a few days and that was it (yes, she had the nasal test to confirm flu). While I'm obviously typing just fine, if you asked me to say a few words, they'd be *COUGH!* and *GAG* and *WHEEEEZEEE*

    Last I heard, and in this part of the country, flu cases are up 800% over last year.

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    Obviously, as flu is a virus, you can't treat with antibiotics. My stuff -- pneumonia, bladder stones, kidney stones, uti -- are being treated by a combo of IV antibiotics, which I (really my wife) administers through the "PICC" line the hospital installed in me. My other catheter requires very limited maintenance, as I'm not supposed to have it for very long.

    I have well over 20 meds I have to take.
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    I was wondering if you had a PICC. I was hoping for you that you didn't need one, but I suspected that you did. Oh I'm so sorry my friend... You know how to reach me if there is anything I can do... :(
     
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    This is me sending you some good juju hoping you will be better soon Pete!
     
  12. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks, Helen and Jim.

    I remember vividly both being installed. The PICC really didn't hurt that much when it was installed, but was rather bloody. Even now, my arm soreness is only about a 3/10, which goes slightly higher after injection. If you've come across this thread and didn't read up on the PICC, it's essentially a little tap that you can screw IVs and/or syringes to without having to worry about needles and finding veins.

    I'm not going to even mention the other cath. Chances are, your idea of the pain level for installation is quite probably correct. However, my pain level before installation was much, much higher. I've had migraines that are worse and those last a bunch longer.

    My pain levels are fluctuating quite wildly throughout the day. I have a good wife who is helping me immensely.
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    With this being the last day of 2017, I say "Good riddance to 2017". Here's to a healthier 2018 Pete. Feel better; have less pain; and get the root cause of the miseries addressed in the most effective--but hopefully least invasive--methods possible.

    Get well soon my sax buddy.... :emoji_champagne_glass:
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks, again, Helen.

    I have an appointment with the nephrologist on 01/02, where I'm probably going to be told what they want to do about the kidney stone. The urologist is Thursday, I think. Hurry up and wait!
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Well, nephrologist deferred to the urologist about the kidney stone(s). Who summarily said, "Let's just keep an eye on it."

    I have surgery tomorrow. I'm happy about that. The PICC should be removed next week, provided surgery is OK.
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    Huh??? Surgery???
     
  17. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Yup. Post 21.

    Full update:

    * Surgery was outpatient and I was under general anesthesia. I got lasered.
    * Didn't bother with the kidney stone(s), yet. The doc wanted to wait until after bladder stones were removed and I'm well enough to have further surgery. Nephrologist said that my creatine levels are improving a lot, so no intervention really needed at this time.
    * Had some problems this AM, but the doctor on-call said that I don't have to worry unless I get a fever/chills again, which hasn't happened.
    * Both catheters are still inserted and updated. I'll probably have the PICC removed later this week. No clue on the other one.
    * Pain level is mostly on the "discomfort" side. Better than yesterday.
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    I have been having computer "issues"... that's a nice way of saying my computer is FUBARed... I missed a bunch of days and posts on the WF. Apparently #21 was one of them.

    All I can say is yikes!!!!!

    Get well soon cards and flowers are a wee on the lame side, but I can give you something a bit more meaningful. I am in the process of doing up a whole bunch of photos that I am having printed to frame for the 40' hallway that leads to my studio. They are HDR artsy shots of pits and pieces my horns. They are TIFF files, and are going to be >50mg each when finished. Right now I have only a handful of the approx. 50 done in HDR. Once finished the HDR process, I have to tweak each in Photoshop slightly, and then they will be complete.

    I will created a directory on my server for you. (There may already be one, but I'll just check that out to make sure.) You can download them and print them if you like... Or just save them and view them privately as your very own sax porn. ;)

    Think of them as my "Get well soon" message.

    BTW, there are no pics yet of my Super in the set. I will be picking the horn up by the end of month, so pics will follow in February sometime.

    I'll upload a "teaser" this afternoon, so you see what I'm talking about.

    Get well soon my friend. I don't like the thought of you being this ill...hk
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks very much, Helen.

    I did have the foley cath removed in a follow-up visit, which I'm happy about, but I've now got the "intermittent" ones, which I'm not terribly happy about. I had the PICC removed earlier this week and, yes, having 46 cm of tube being removed from your chest, shoulder, and arm feels extremely odd. Not exactly painful, though. Sore arm, tho.

    I'm going to go to the doctor tomorrow because I'm coughing more, especially when I talk. I don't think he can do much more than what I've been doing (inhaler + cough medicine), but you never know until you try!
     

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