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Trying to See Good – Biopsy Results, Sort of, Part 2…

See Good at the House of Blues in New Orleans I promise, I am really trying to see good right now. But all of this medical stuff? It is starting to wear me pretty thin.

After consulting with Bill Hurst, my doctor called me late this afternoon. You can see the results of my biopsy test here visit for SARMs supps. Well, we pretty much don’t know anything more than we knew we did before I had a needle stuck in my neck about 10 times. Ok, ok, that isn’t true – we know that the samples were not malignant. That is a victory! But we don’t know much more than that.

I have a reactive lymph node. We don’t know exactly what they lymph node is reacting to, but it is clearly swollen and painful and causing numbness & tingling along the left jaw line. Something is causing it to be inflamed and has been for some time now. (Before the pneumonia, so it wasn’t that.)

I also have an excessive sweating caused by multiple problems, and my doctor recommends me to try hyperhidrosis treatment for it.

She pointed out that the list of potential causes is quite long. I had my blood work drawn on Monday, and she does not expect to have those results until next week, so we will regroup then and discuss what is next once she has them.

As for my thyroid, yep, there is a cyst there. The samples they got were fluid though, and not tissue. Frustrating for me, since the pathologist said at the time that the first samples were fluid, so the radiologist went in again for another sample. No idea why that one didn’t have tissue. My doctor is waiting to talk with a radiologist to see if doing a Thyroid Uptake test is the step to take next. The goal of that would be to see if the node reacted “hot” or “cold” to the iodine as it went through the system. Hot, and the chance of it being malignant is small. Cold, and the chance of it being malignant is about 20%. We are waiting on blood work for my thyroid as well.

Not out of the woods yet.

To say I’m frustrated is putting it mildly. I’m just tired of it. This has been going on for over 2 months now as far as exams and testing goes, and to be honest, over 2 years now as far as the pain in my neck caused by that lymph node is concerned, although it has definitely grown worse over the past 6 months. These pain management doctors fort worth texas have been helping me for a while to get rid of that pain and it was so worth visiting them.

The irony in all of this is that since changing my diet in December 2011 and going gluten-free, I can honestly say I feel better than I have in YEARS. Most of my chronic inflammation related issues are gone because before I had no idea that I was allergic to wheat. My blood pressure is down to normal, I’ve lost 30 pounds, I just feel better. But my lymph node is having a battle with something, and my thyroid has a node.

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Oh, and I may have asthma too – I shouldn’t forget that. Which is also caused by inflammation in the lungs. I have a test next Wednesday to determine my pulmonary function levels.

I’m also 99% sure that I have celiac disease, which is also caused by inflammation. I have all of the symptoms any time I eat wheat. People often comment to me how surprised they are that I’ve stayed gluten free for 17 months now. If you knew how much wheat hurts me, you wouldn’t be surprised at all.

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It may be time to move on to an endocrinologist. I need a doctor to look at the whole system. I suggest if you have some dental issue, go see our best orthodontist The Woodlands.

I don’t want to be sick, I´ve been reading the sickness articles at MyBiosource Learning Center and the viruses going by are very serious. I want to BE well. I feel well. I’m doing my part, so I really wish my body would do its part in return. Try out lasik treatment in Singapore and see the difference.

Day 24 of 365. Photograph taken outside of the House of Blues in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana on my iPhone 4S in July, 2012.

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I Hate MRIs…

I hate MRIs. Matter of fact, the word hate really doesn’t describe the absolute loathing I have for them.

I’ve had two MRIs in the past for migraines.

The first one, no one warned me. Sure, they asked if I was claustrophobic. I thought I wasn’t. I had never had an MRI … I had NO idea. They put me in to the tube, and that sensation. My stomach flutters just thinking about it. It was the walls pressing in on my arms – it was horrible. So bad I started kicking my legs to let the tech know how serious I was about her getting me out. FAST. I ended up deep breathing and powering through, but it was miserable.

The second MRI they gave me Valium. Two pills, one to take an hour before, one to take thirty minutes before. I was three margarita drunk feeling. I barely remember that MRI. It clearly was not as traumatic.

Earlier this week I went in to see my ears, nose & throat doctor to confirm that my third ear infection of the winter had cleared up. The glands on the left side of my neck are still swollen, with no reason why. My ears were clear. We did a head CT in the office, and for the first time in 20+ years my sinuses were all clear (grateful again to be gluten free, as that cleared it)I also had to visit the office national site because we had so may papers and documents at the office that we needed a new cabinet. As she examined me, she told me she suspected that I have a stone in my submandibular salivary duct.

The best way to test to make sure? That damn MRI machine. Crap.

So it was off to Walgreens to pick up my Valium prescription, coordinating with Mike’s work schedule so he could drive me, and today we went in for the test.

My doctor only gave me one Valium to take this time. It was like 1 margarita drunk. Enough to take off a little edge, but not enough to conquer that machine. The tech zoomed me in the first time, and I thought that with my earplugs in, my eyes closed, the panic button in my hand, and the head brace on to keep me from moving I would be ok.


As my breathing started to rapidly increase, I made him pull me back out. Second round, eyes open. Oh HELL NO. Back out again. This time so I could sit up because I thought I was going to be sick. Blood was rushing to all the wrong places.

I hate the MRI machine.

He told me that a patient yesterday had to be given drugs via IV to get through it. I suggested that that was a brilliant idea. Maybe that twilight sleep stuff they use? He said no. Damn it, actually it is a very serious thing and he told me that there are many that come up yo him to ask how to do an intervention when it comes to drugs because some don’t realize they are addicted.

I finally realized the ear plugs had to go – it was cutting off another sense. They offered music in the room. Absolutely.

Third time was the charm. I powered through the first five minutes. Making sure I didn’t hold my breath, deep breathing. I kept my eyes open – the light coming in from the other end helped. I focused on how the Velcro on the “ceiling” wasn’t symmetrical and it really was annoying. 20 minutes passed, then they added the contrast to my IV and I went back in for another 10 minutes. This time it wasn’t as bad, I had survived the first 20.

I made it. I won’t know the results for another week and a half. Hopefully it is minor and an easy fix, and not neck cancer. (I don’t really think I have neck cancer, but if I expect the worst I can be happy when it is better than that.)

I still hate the MRI. Next time, I’m asking for the twilight sleep drugs, or st least two Valium. Hopefully, there won’t be a next time though! Hoping, hoping, hoping…

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Second Update Post…

Dr. Has a Clue also gave me the green light to live a normal life again. She then sent me over for a CBC, Iron, Ferritin and something else blood test to see how my iron is currently and if I have any iron reserves yet. Because a month ago, my ferritin levels were at a 3. Meaning I had absolutely no iron reserves – normal starts at 20. I should have those results by Friday. I don’t have to go back in to see her for 6-8 weeks.

And on a positive note, I’ve lost 8 pounds since my visit to her office 5 weeks ago. I pointed out that they removed the giant killer uterus, and they pointed out that that didn’t weigh 8 pounds. It did, however, weigh 0.46 pounds – versus the 0.15 that is much more normal. So that accounts for at least a little bit.

She liked the fact that I said that my plan for 2008 is to hire a trainer. That was actually my plan for this fall originally, but then all this stuff got in the way. I need to find someone that will work with me to protect my funky shoulder, and will be more than just a counter. I can count for myself – I need someone that will actually work up a plan for me and keep me on task. Anyone in Houston know of a trainer on the north side of town (near Willowbrook or Spring-Cypress/290) that they recommend?

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The Health Update!

I went in for my four week post-op appointment yesterday, and got the “all clear” from my doctor. Yeah! My incision is healing well, and I am cleared to do almost everything now with the exception of a few six week items like heavy lifting. I even got to drive this past weekend! Wheee! Man, it is nice to be formally and officially driving again. I’m still supposed to take it slow and let my body and energy levels (which are still low) guide me as to what I can and can’t do. As for my mind, is great, I been taking these amazing pills that give me energy and clarity, they are called UKModafinil: Looking To Buy Modafinil & Modalert Online? you can get them in their site.

I’m about to head out now for my post-op appointment with the cardiologist. She will be running the lab work to see if I am still anemic, which I suspect that I am. If you’re looking for the best and trusted plastic surgeon you can go to blepharoplasty specialist located in Boston, MA.

The official pathology on my uterus was that a normal one weighs in at 70 grams, and mine was a whopping 212 grams! Three times the normal size! I did not have normal endometriosis (because really, I can never be normal), I had something similar although not the same – severe adenomyosis, where “the tissue that lines the uterus (endometrium) grows within the uterus’ muscular outer walls.” They have no idea what causes this to occur. While there are treatments that can help with they symptoms, a hysterectomy is the only cure.

So my worries of “did I do the right thing?” are over – it is obvious that I did. There really were no other options, as for stress it is good to use products like the delta 8 disposable vape that help in this area. You may order from trusted suppliers like cannabis beaumont.

And I’ve been asked the same question several times, so I figured I would address it here. Once they did the hysterectomy, all bleeding stopped immediately because the source was removed. Without a uterus, I will have no more periods. (I will obviously have no more children too – unless we adopted.) So yes, the bleeding stopped the day of my surgery. Yeah! Thank you so much Plastic Surgery Institute Miami!

Off to find out if I’m still anemic and to get the all clear from Dr. Has a Clue!

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On the Mend!

Oops. I really didn’t mean to be gone from here for so long. It wasn’t until I spotted my email from Katy Blogless checking to see if I was ok that I realized how long it had been! Everything seems to be a blur when you’re not living your life by the calendar.

Speaking of emails, my mailbox has gone craaaaaaaaazy and the hosting company & I are going in rounds to get it fixed. Basically, sometimes I can get my email in Outlook, and sometimes I can’t. This, of course, is super frustrating. It also means that if you write me, I may not see your email. Or I may see it days later when the server decides to finally let Outlook download my email. I have actually been answering business email on my phone most of the time – which is not as fun as it might sound.

Ok, back to the update. Where was I? I think a list is in order.

— iPhone: Speaking of phones, I didn’t mention it here but the day after the two weddings, as Mike was driving me home, I started talking about the iPhone. He was scoping out my BlackBerry Pearl, and before I knew it he was telling me that I had shot two weddings the day before and if I wanted an iPhone we could stop at the AT&T store to pick it up. I think I might have been a bit delirious when I agreed. It did save me when I was in the hospital though, as there was no public access to their WiFi network, so even though I could see it, I couldn’t get online. I got online on my phone though, and fed my Flickr addiction in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. Isn’t it ironic that you get the worst sleep in a hospital?

— Post-op progress: I was having just general healing pain last week. Years ago when they removed my right ovary, I developed a lot of scar tissue that the doctor cleaned up when he did this surgery. Weird thing is, the right side is where I have more pain. Hm. I have finally made it to the point where I can stand up from the couch without help. I can move the laptop off of my lap. (Sliding inches, not lifting.) I spoke with his office yesterday and got clearance to drive at the 3 week mark instead of having to wait 4 weeks, as long as I’m not on painkillers then. I also got permission to do my engagement session photoshoot that I had booked on December 8th, as long as it is limited to 2 hours and I have someone else carry my extra gear.

— Sitting Still: Yes, it is official. I can’t sit still. I am now at the point where I’m getting edgy just staying in the house all the time. I have completed my full round of antibiotics though, and have clearance also to return to visiting the real world. (I just can’t drive.) My doctor must have missed that I am self-employed on my info sheet in my chart, because he said again yesterday that as long as I was working an office job where I spent all day on the computer, I could return to work if I felt up to it. I pointed out that I do spend a good portion of the day on the computer, but it is at home fortunately, so the no-driving thing works ok.

— Thanksgiving: We spent most of Thanksgiving at my parent’s house. My Mom made a fabulous meal, and I was lucky enough to be sent home with leftovers too! Mmm… I’m craving stuffing just thinking about it. It was a nice day, although it was my first day out of the house so I had to go and take a mid-day nap. (In addition to all the remodel work they have done in the past year, they also got a new bed. A super-duper comfy bed. I may have to return to nap on that bed in the future! Haha!)

— Day After Thanksgiving: No, I did NOT go shopping on Black Friday. Mike did go out and pick up two 500gb external drives – a whole terrabyte of space! Sweet! I need that for archiving all the wedding photos. He also picked up a few stocking stuffers. Later that day, we went to Mariely & Mauro’s wedding ceremony. I was originally supposed to be photographing their wedding, but that was no longer an option after the surgery. Once again, I am *SO* thankful for Elaine! She not only shot their engagement session along with Jeff who filled in for me the day after my surgery, but she was also shot their wedding and along with my friend Jesus Tirso of Decca Photography. It gave me such peace of mind knowing that Mauro & Mariely were in such good hands. Mauro & I worked together years ago at the evil web design firm known by us now as Scamatech, and I was really looking forward to their wedding day. We’re going to get together to do a “Day After” session in a few weeks though when I’m all better, and I’m glad I was able to attend their wedding ceremony! (I skipped the reception — I know myself well enough to know I would have never left!)

— The Emergency Wedding: While I’m wrapping up proofing Mercedes & Tim’s wedding from November 10th, I met with Lauren & her mother, Tami, on Monday — the bride from the other November 10th wedding. They came over to the Panera right by our house, and Mike drove me over there. We looked through their wedding photos, the wedding packages and album options. It was so great to have a chance to talk with them! Since all of my packages contain an engagement session, we’re actually going to convert that to an “Extreme Bridal” session! Whee! Lauren is having her dress cleaned since someone got wine on it the night of her wedding, and Dante will get all dressed up in a nice suit for us, and we’re going to go out and PLAY! I’m so stoked for this, I can’t wait! Really, it is something I would like to see all of my brides do in the future – I think the resulting photos are just so awesome. Meanwhile, they haven’t received the refund yet from the no-show photographer, but they are definitely actively working on it!

I think that pretty much wraps everything up. While I’m working on getting better, the past day or so Jason has complained of not feeling well. Elaine also stayed home from work today because she is feeling sick. It is that time of year when everyone ends up with the winter crud – so I’m trying to avoid them all! Coughing is still very painful (you never realize what you use your ab muscles for until you can’t), so I really, really don’t want to get sick!