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Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

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16 minutes ago, MiKro said:

Well guys, looks like my startup may be going to stop soon. I saw a new specialist about my Hip again today. Something I have been complaining about since Jan of 2018. As you all know everyone continued with "not your hip it is your back" Well, 1.5 years later my hip is  still a problem and we may be a little late on the fix. I will know more in about a week. It appears that I have a very very high chance that this is bone cancer. Damn I am completely drained and pissed off that no one listened to me. This may be could have been diagnosed a long time ago. Best case scenario, is this is a major bone infection which is at this time about as bad as a cancer would most likely be according to the specialist. The specialist I saw today is referring me to another more specialized doctor than he is. I'm not sure how much more my body can take?

So I may be selling everything very soon as this is going to get expensive quick no matter what the outcome.

Fuck me, I'm not ready for this shit.

Thanks for listening.

Mike

here's to it not being as bad as it seems brother.  thoughts and prayers.

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2 hours ago, ScottR said:

Good luck this time too Mike.

SR

Thank you Scott

10 minutes ago, westhemann said:

Well, that sucks big fuzzy donkey balls. 

Yes Wes, this definitely sucks HUGE fuzzy donkey balls. :)

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Jeez Mike. You're right....it should never have gotten to this point. Early diagnosis is the only way that diseases can be managed, especially ones where there's a short window for effective treatment. I hope they get good options on the table this time around, because that the absolute LEAST they can do after years of fucking dancing around your state of health. I know that healthcare systems are pushed to their limits these days (business has absolutely no moral place in welfare and health) but somebody should have been up front and kept you facing in the right direction instead of pining you off every time. Fucking disgusting.

I'm going to find a whisky and have a generous few fingers for you, old fart. I'm terrible at writing stuff like this, man. I just feel pissed at people I don't know right now. This is not the way things were meant to be.

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54 minutes ago, Prostheta said:

Jeez Mike. You're right....it should never have gotten to this point. Early diagnosis is the only way that diseases can be managed, especially ones where there's a short window for effective treatment. I hope they get good options on the table this time around, because that the absolute LEAST they can do after years of fucking dancing around your state of health. I know that healthcare systems are pushed to their limits these days (business has absolutely no moral place in welfare and health) but somebody should have been up front and kept you facing in the right direction instead of pining you off every time. Fucking disgusting.

I'm going to find a whisky and have a generous few fingers for you, old fart. I'm terrible at writing stuff like this, man. I just feel pissed at people I don't know right now. This is not the way things were meant to be.

Thank you Carl,

Yes I am very pissed off. I'm getting ready to go get some testing today. I personally don't think that this is cancer. I have been gaining weight and my white blood count is well within norms? Not typical for it to be a cancer. Again I'm not an MD so we will see what is going to happen. It is just frustrating as hell to be in this position. I have fought way too many battles with my health over the years and found ways to overcome with the help of caring people and now the BIG Finger of " FUCK YOU MIKE " is upon me again. I'm running on fumes and I don't like it. 

Mike

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Sorry to hear about your troubles @MiKro, misdiagnoses and lack of appropriate care seems to be a common theme everywhere. The NHS in UK is totally fucking abysmal at the moment. Other halfs' dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer recently, had a test and was told 7 day wait for the results, still waiting a month later. My 21-month old fell of a dining chair at grandparents a few weeks ago, took her to MIU for an xray right away because it ballooned and she was constantly crying, couldn't use it etc, doctor said it's just a sprain and we won't bother doing an xray. 2 days later I'm back there demanding an xray that they don't want to do, turns out it her forearm is broken in 2 places and she is now in a cast. Do the ambsolute minimum seems to be ingrained in our clinicians, can't believe they they still act that way with cancer or paeds, it's appalling.

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Yep. It's close to home for me also. My sister has a cyst on her brain causing neurogical issues such as confusion, balance problems, and even after an MRI and spinal tap we're still waiting for a proper diagnosis. Being healthy is a privilege of course, however the rate of progress in terms of timely availability seems to be on the decline. Jeremy Caaaa.....hunt has divied up the NHS and sold out what used to be the envy of the world when it comes to social healthcare (Aneurin, sorry). Right leaning government is not in the majority's favour, and predatory capitalism has sold entire populations up on the wheel. This - again - is not how things should or could be.

Mike and I have had conversations about AHCA and how the poor implementation (an expected problem when overturning a money-rich incumbent system) has created wide divides where the needy fall through the cracks.

I would argue that doing the absolute minimum is not ingrained in clinicians, more that the highly-educated healthcare specialists are ridiculously overstretched and underfunded that at some point decisions have to be made about what is realisible. I'm sickened that this blood is pushed onto the hands of the people who spent years educating themselves to improve healthcare, pushed by people who control the money and take for themselves. Yes, some clinicians will be burnt out by a lopsided system that doesn't allow them to meet their oath of doing no harm and maybe break them.

Again, this is not how things are meant to be. Not by a long fucking shot.

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I agree with you all. It appears that no matter where anyone is, the health care systems are in dire need of restructure for the patients. I just went to get some blood work done today. They could not do it because the order does not have all of the info required from the Doctor. What a bunch of crap. Now I have to wait until Monday to get the correct info which puts off results by another 2 or 3 days. DAMN!!!

mk

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I can't understand why our Country can crow about it's greatness all day every day and yet doesn't think Universal Healthcare is worth doing.

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Anybody ever heard of phytophotodermatitis? 

So I'm clearing brush last weekend and having a great time until about the third day, when I start getting a rash on my shoulder. I thought poison ivy or poison oak, but inspected the entire area and found no such thing.

Then a friend told me it could be the fig tree I was clearing around. I thought she was nuts, but apparently fig sap can react with sunlight and the photosynthetic reaction can cause rashes and even severe swelling and blistering.

 So my shoulder was just the start of it. I now have small patches of this rash in several places and it is pure hell. Maddeningly itchy to a point that just seems cruel. Only redeeming factor is it doesn't spread like poison ivy... it stays where the sap was.

 

 But guess what? It lasts forever, and continued exposure to the sun can make it worse. 

I may go murder a squirrel or something. Feeling fairly rage-y.

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24 minutes ago, westhemann said:

Anybody ever heard of phytophotodermatitis? 

So I'm clearing brush last weekend and having a great time until about the third day, when I start getting a rash on my shoulder. I thought poison ivy or poison oak, but inspected the entire area and found no such thing.

Then a friend told me it could be the fig tree I was clearing around. I thought she was nuts, but apparently fig sap can react with sunlight and the photosynthetic reaction can cause rashes and even severe swelling and blistering.

 So my shoulder was just the start of it. I now have small patches of this rash in several places and it is pure hell. Maddeningly itchy to a point that just seems cruel. Only redeeming factor is it doesn't spread like poison ivy... it stays where the sap was.

 

 But guess what? It lasts forever, and continued exposure to the sun can make it worse. 

I may go murder a squirrel or something. Feeling fairly rage-y.

man that sucks. Hopefully it will go away? There has to be something that will get rid of it?

MK

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It'll go away."forever" just means 2 weeks to a month maybe? There's not a lot of information on it, but what little there is has elderly people as the case studies, so as you can imagine the length of it is really not going to be the same for me.

 Plus the case studies are also usually people soaking fig leaves in water as a foot soak(some sort of folk remedy for who knows what) and then sitting outside on the porch in sandals like elderly people do.

 It will go away at some point. It's just been all week so far, it's crazy itchy, and the patch on my knee just wants to get worse so far. Cortizone 10 does nothing to it.

It's certainly not that serious, I just needed to vent and I may still murder a squirrel. 

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1 hour ago, westhemann said:

It's certainly not that serious, I just needed to vent and I may still murder a squirrel. 

If it helps your venting, I murdered a deer on my way to work this morning. My TT needs 2 new grills, a dent pushing out, a foglight and a partial respray 🤬

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1 hour ago, westhemann said:

It'll go away."forever" just means 2 weeks to a month maybe? There's not a lot of information on it, but what little there is has elderly people as the case studies, so as you can imagine the length of it is really not going to be the same for me.

 Plus the case studies are also usually people soaking fig leaves in water as a foot soak(some sort of folk remedy for who knows what) and then sitting outside on the porch in sandals like elderly people do.

 It will go away at some point. It's just been all week so far, it's crazy itchy, and the patch on my knee just wants to get worse so far. Cortizone 10 does nothing to it.

It's certainly not that serious, I just needed to vent and I may still murder a squirrel. 

damn... feeling better already.  sorry it's at your expense.  sounds horrible!  here's to it going away.

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12 hours ago, westhemann said:

Anybody ever heard of phytophotodermatitis? 

Yes. This is common with invasive species such as giant hogweed. Figure out what caught you, because it can also increase likelihood of skin cancer. Nasty stuff.

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So the old fart in me is questioning everything. I think these doctors are all wrong? I honestly think this is Pseudo-gout. The more I think about this and what has gone on, it makes more sense to me. I have gained weight, not lost. I have not had elevated white blood cell counts, no fever or heat in the affected area. The tenderness is not there, just sharp pains when moved wrong or pressure on the area (standing, walking) The MRI shows a crystaline type of fluid in my hip obscuring x-ray imaging. Prednisone relieves the symptoms. I have had trauma to the area. I have elevated rheumatoid levels. I am getting older. All of these are consIstent with Pseudo-gout. I know I am not an MD but something about this does not compute. LOL!! Maybe I am grasping at straws to help me cope? Hopefully soon I will finally have a definitive answer?

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35 minutes ago, westhemann said:

Avoid fig trees, people.imageproxy.php?img=&key=b0e8b6d47833182a

That sucks Wes. Oouch!!!

 

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On 7/29/2019 at 8:04 PM, MiKro said:

So the old fart in me is questioning everything. I think these doctors are all wrong? I honestly think this is Pseudo-gout. The more I think about this and what has gone on, it makes more sense to me. I have gained weight, not lost. I have not had elevated white blood cell counts, no fever or heat in the affected area. The tenderness is not there, just sharp pains when moved wrong or pressure on the area (standing, walking) The MRI shows a crystaline type of fluid in my hip obscuring x-ray imaging. Prednisone relieves the symptoms. I have had trauma to the area. I have elevated rheumatoid levels. I am getting older. All of these are consIstent with Pseudo-gout. I know I am not an MD but something about this does not compute. LOL!! Maybe I am grasping at straws to help me cope? Hopefully soon I will finally have a definitive answer?

 

That's as maybe. By all means question the interpretation of any results via a second expert opinion (remember that you're not the expert!) and sure, raise these concerns and questions so they can be examined and explained correctly. Don't let doubt turn into denial, however clutch at straws all you want as long as it is doing so in a healthy realistic manner. My back was thrown out again this week, and I made sure I explained the circumstances, symptoms, etc. without adding in my own non-expert opinions....I only drive the thing, not work on the workings myself 😉

So, it seems we're all pretty fucked this week.

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Well they finally got back to me once they found the test results. Funny, after we talked he agrees that I am on the right track with my problem. I don't have cancer or infection as best they can tell. Will meet with one more Doctor to do a few final tests to 100% rule those out and further define what is going on. LOL!!! Finally movement in the right direction.

MK

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Have they checked your asshole yet? No stone unturned, etc. Cue scene from Jaws, pulling out sunshine state plates. 

Still can't be cheap though. Hope it doesn't tank the startup.

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Pros is right. Always start with the butt.

 

Oh wait... I'm thinking of my date night moves. 

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Funny you all say that. I am due for a colonoscopy. LMAO!!!

mk

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