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Published on the Doomstead Diner on May 5, 2018

Looking perkier after getting my blood tanks refilled

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I'm taking this week off from my Regularly Scheduled Sunday Brunch article to try and recover from my latest Medical Crisis, this time Acute Anemia which finally got diagnosed after months of visiting specialists and getting innumerable tests done with nothing showing up that was really wrong.  Finally in my last round of blood tests my Primary Care Physician had a blood count done on my Hemoglobin & Hematocrit, and they were both around 6 feet under.  The PCP said I should be dead.  Well, not dead but not walking around either.  Today's Sunday Brunch Special Edition covers the last few days of the Health Collapse of RE.

So I packed up my portable Diner Office & Admin Center and called a taxi to bring me over to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.As usual the ER waiting area was quite calm with only a few people waiting, nothing like the ERs from back in New YorK Shity, which can best be described by the Monkey House at the Zoo, except not as well behaved.  I was whisked into the back and deposited in a waiting room which was to be my home for the first5 hours or so of my stay (which is still ongoing as we speak tonight).

Here I got interviewed by the On Call Internist who admitted me, and mainly on the treatment end was given 2 units of blood to refill my tanks and bring me back from the Dead and an early meeting with the Grim Reaper.  Once all the admitting paperwork wqas done and a room located and cleaned, I got shipped upstairs to my current home, a lovely little private room with all the amenities a dying cripple needs.

Geting the Blood Tanks refilled

Besides getting my blood replenished, I had a second task that was much harder for the night, which was to drink a gallon of a vile scuz liquid that makes you shit until your bowels are completely clear and all you shit out each of the many times you have to go over the course of the night is clear water.  This because I also got scheduled for a Colonoscopy & Endoscopy for the folowing day, two tests I had previously refused to take because I didn't feel safe to drink this vile liquid on my own at home and wanted to be admitted the day before so it could be supervised by medical personnel..  My Gastroenterologist refused to do this, so we were at an impasse until I got admitted anyhow, so we killed 2 birds with one stone.on this trip.

Anyhow, it's a good thing I stuck to my guns and "don't try this at home", because as it was I barely survived the night and this with nurses and aides around and a Cripple Commode right next to my motorized bed to quickly get out of bed and on the toilet before making a huge mess.  I easily hit the commode more than a dozen times over the course of the night.  The nurse's aids dutifully came and dumped and cleaned the commode after each one, getting it ready for the next dump.

The following day my Colonoscopy & Endoscopy were scheduled originally for 3PM, but apparently the ER got bizzy with emergency surgery cases and my case kept getting pushed back.  I finally got in with the On Call Surgeon who did the proceedures at around 9PM.  Anaesthesia was pretty good, although I did rmember being manhandled on the table by the nurses to try and get me in positions my body wasn't cooperating with.  lol.  However, no pain and no awareness of tubes being shoved down my throat and up my ass.

Result of the proceedures, the Endoscopy showed nothing abnormal with my stomach, which is one of my main problems in that I have overall been unable to eat with no appetite and as a result have had very poor utrition over the last several months.  At least for the moment though, my stomach doesn't seem to be the source of this problem.

The Colonoscopy on the other hand did turn up a large number of Polyps, between 10-12 whereas normally even when they do turn up in this proceedure there are only 1 or 2.  According to the surgeon they didn't look cancerous though, but they have been sent out for biopsies.  Those will take probably 2 weeks to come back with some results.

With my blood replenished and the colonoscopy & endoscopy done, I was hopeful I would get released this afternoon, but sadly no such luck.  While my hemoglobin and RBC count has shown some improvement, it is still well below normal.  Also, my White Blood Cell count has increased showing the possibility of some kind of infection.  Also showing low levels of Potassium and a few other vitamins, so my current on call internist doing rounds here decided to keep me at least one more day.  I hope that's it, but I am not too confident of it either just based on the body language.of the doc.  He looked to me like he was just reassuring me and didn't really mean it.  We'll see tomorrow if I read him right.

Anyhow, as hospital experiences go, I have to say if you are going to be hospitalized, Alaska is the place to do it at least in the FSoA.  My experience after my neck surgery at Providence Hospital down in Anchorage was very good, although there I didn't get a Private room like I have here at Mat-Su.  The view out the window was nicer at Providence though.  lol.  In both places as Hospital Food goes,not too bad.  Edible anyhow.  Nursing staff in both places pretty competent and helpful.  Facilities clean and modern.

In terms of prices, you never can get those so I have no idea whatsoever what a night's stay in either hospital costs, forgetting about the cost of the proceedure you are having done and the doctor's fees.  I do know that I will have a deductible from Medicare for this stay of about $1300 I believe.  I may get some discount on that through a charity system they run here if you don't have any co-insurance with Medicare.  Not counting on that being too large in my case though, I don't think I am poor enough.

OK, that's it for today's Sick Leave Special Edition Sunday Bruncharticle to go with your Bagels & Lox.  Hopefully by this time next week I will be finished with this episode of my battles with the Grim Reaper, and still be on this side of the Great Beyond to keep reporting on the progress of the Collapse of Industrial Civilization.

6 Responses to Sick Leave

  • Bobtail says:

    If you aren't bleeding internally, then the problem is that you aren't making enough RBC's. The things that cause that kind of anemia are all bad things. I hope they find a bleed and fix it.

    Meh… for as long and as little as RE has been eating, my money is on simple iron/B12 deficiency as the cause of the anemia.

     

    Agree with JDW above. calories consumed vs calories burned can make eating redundant, but the liquid lunch IS toxic to bone marrow. Macros dont matter if u dont move around much, but micros from raw juice are at least as good a shot as trusting pharmacos to fix ourselves.  (do as i say not as i do)

  • Ken Barrows says:

    Here's to a speedy recovery.  If you want to play armchair doctor, you might want to look up "myelofibrosis."  My father has it.

  • UnhingedBecauseLucid says:

    Hang in there… you still got work to do.

  • moflora says:

    RE  

    Wishing you the best.  You need to stay with us.  Things are just getting interesting – and you are essential. 

  • Skip says:

    Keep giving that grim reaper the equivalent of a kick in the balls.

    I thought I should cheer you up with my own colonoscopy experiences.  They didn't completely knock me out during my 1st one.  I thought that was normal proceedure, so I just held my breath.  They found 5 pollups.  During the last one they forgot to fill me up with knockout juice until after I yelped.  They found 0 pollups.  I wonder if gay guys can't wait to get theirs done.

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