Hey guys, sorry for the off-topic post, I need to decompress a little.
For the last six months (following a severe bout of pancreatitis) I've been dealing with some pretty frustrating digestive issues and have wasted away to under 160 lbs (I'm 6'3" and 33 years old). Not wanting to make a big deal out of things, I put off going to the doctor. Big mistake.
Like just about everybody that was used to seeing my former 'healthy' 240 lb frame, the doc was shocked. Four rounds of blood testing later, the Dr determined that my calcium levels were extraordinarily high (causing the loss of appetite & joint pain I've been experiencing) and began preparing me that I could be dealing with cancer.
I was referred to a specialist and after an initial visit was told a second time to prepare for a diagnosis of cancer. Tuesday I went in for more blood work, an endoscope, x rays, and a ct scan. Santa came early, as I found out yesterday afternoon that I'm cancer free. Doctor suspects a parathyroid imbalance which will involve either a 20 min procedure or regulation with medicine.
I realize this is probably TMI for many of you, but I share this as a word of encouragement to pay attention to your health...don't ignore warning signs that something is 'off' hoping it will go away. There is only one you and you are irreplaceable.
Hope each of you has a safe & happy Christmas with plenty of family & friends to share it with.
Glad to see the good news, and good advice. I've known somebody who checked out early because he delayed going to the doc.
Good news, Gary. All the best to you for the new year, too.
It's not just the Model T's that need regular care...
That's very good news, Gary. I started having blurred vision in my right eye about ten days ago, so naturally decided to wait and see if it cleared up by itself. Finally googled "blurred vision" and started reading the laundry list of things that could cause it (up to and including a brain tumor), so decided to have it checked out. Was told yesterday that there is nothing major that's wrong, but that I have a floater that has settled in smack dab in the center of my field of vision. Back in two weeks for another look. I have gathered so far that it may be something that my brain will have to train itself to work around.
I remarked to the eye doctor that I sometimes think that I take better care of my cars than I do of myself.
Great news - I'm very happy for you Gary --
Wake up call!
We all need to enjoy family and friends while we can!
Enjoy a very special Christmas
Glad for you that it's not the cancer, Gary. We have a neighbor diagnosed two months ago, and she is now skin and bone. First there was the chemo, and now chemo plus nuking.
Sid Yahn, one of the Old Bold pilots, had his pancreas removed ten years ago, rare to survive that long, and now he's back on treatments. One recent injection cost $Thousands. He caught it early because he lost his appetite and got concerned, and he had to see three doctors before one would get serious about his symptoms.
Enjoy life while you can.
I'm glad you are cancer free and that is good advice you gave not to ignore health problems. I had pancreatic cancer in November of 2006 and am cancer free so far, 4 years. I am now totally diabetic and live on insulin and pills, but it's still living that counts. As many know I am a hard head, the doctor claims I need a pacemaker, that I have Asthma & I have three inhalers and a nose spray. I take 9 different pills and have prescriptions for three more I haven't filled yet. I take 100 units of insulin a day and I'm supposed to take another insulin before I eat anything, but I don't do it. I hate it all. So the point to all this is everyone count your blessings, it could be worse.
Ralph, so far I still have kept my medical. Don't ask how!
Due to meds I take, I get blood tests done every three months. This time they told me my calcium was high and told me to come back in January. I had never heard of hyper parathyroidism until I Googled "high calcium". The list of symptoms sounds like the story of my life so am looking forward to the January visit to the doc. The web page I looked at said cancer was a low probaility. Glad your results came back clean. When's the surgury?
Iím glad the results came back good for you. And thank you for reminding us all to have things checked earlier rather than later.
Hap l9l5 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and l907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC.
Do what the doctor says and have a Merry Christmas Gary!
At 57 years old I still have do some extreme physical work here at the Nursery heaving 85 pound bales of peat moss into a soil blender all day long, heafting hundreds of 140 pound sacks of pecans every week at my small processing plant and generally standing on my feet 12-14 hours a day. I procrastinated for 4 months with burning calves at night, muscle twiches all over and torn pectoral muscles that just would not heal up and also heart palpitations at night. I finally went to my Dr. and explained the situation. He did not even do any blood tests and said I was way short on "Magnesium" and that long distance runners get the same symptoms all the time. A $8 bottle of over the counter magnesium, and 10 days later, I feel like a new man again. Sometimes being stubborn just does not work. I can't believe I spent all those months taking massive amounts of aspirin, tylenol and aleve thinking it would all just go away on its own. I won't wait so long next time. I'm sure that anyone over 20 has heard the phrase, "It's better to have your health than all the money in the world". I sure found that out this month. The first week in December I had my Dad, Mom and Wife all in the hospital at the same time. Dad died on December 2nd., my wife came home a week later from rehab after having a knee joint replaced for a second time, and I just moved my Mom from the ICU at the hospital to a rehab center last night after surgery for a broken leg after a fall at home. I look forward to a very boring January!
Dang, Michael, what a blow! Losing your father has to hurt, and at the same time be a relief, as you were caring for him, right?
The wife's mother recovered completely from a broken femur at age 85, and went on to live another 8 years. Let's hope your mother recovers and prospers.
Take care of yourself first, so you have the surplus to care for your loved ones.
Gary, I'm happy for you that your problem can be cured. That is truly a great present! I wish that I only weighed 160 lbs, but I am only 5'7" so that would be a bit overweight for me. I am hoping for you that the treatment you will be receiving is just what the "doctor ordered" and will completely releive you from your symptoms.
Have a Merry Christmas
The health insurance at my work just got much less user friendly (a lot more expensive) to use. I now have to think hard about going in because it will cost me dearly. But as noted above, what good is it to be one of those folks who ends up saying I wish I had gone in sooner.
Thanks for the good news above and may 2011 be healthy and boring for us all.
Good news! Let us all count our blessings.
R.D., Yes I went back to school for training and we performed Hemodialysis 5 days a week for my Dad the last four years here at home. There are newer portable hemodialysis machines that weigh only 75 pounds and one can travel at will with the correct supplies. 75+ of the the "NxStage" group went on a Carribean cruise this last year and we have one member that sails his boat out of the Seattle area for weeks at a time using a portable generator on board. Yes, taking care of a cronicly ill family member can be daunting but well worth the effort.
Gary, happy to hear that all is well now. Sometimes we get a "WAKE-UP" call that reminds us to take better care of the temple we are blessed with. Joe