Monday, June 22, 2015

No More Meds For You

So I have to stop the Clindamycin. Why you ask? Well be prepared for TMI kids. I have had persistent diarrhea for 24 hours. There is something odd about waking up at 2am to evacuate your bowels, but that is not even the best part. There was blood in my last few stools/loose poop. I don't mess around with blood being wear it should not so a call went in and I was told to stop the drug immediately.
Thank friggin' God.
There were other less annoying, but still annoying side effects like feeling a little foggy, noisy tummy and a metallic taste in my mouth. Ugh.
Anyway, because of GI issues, I will not be given another antibiotic. I am to start a bland diet and if after two days these issues do not resolve the NP wants me to see my GP and have stool samples done to make sure I did not end up with a secondary intestinal infection. C. Diff and Colitis can happen with this particular drug. Unpleasant isn't it? Oh and I also got my period so my system is just a raging hormonal, unbalanced ball. LOL I get to stay on the prilosec though.
My darling husband was kind enough to get me yogurt this morning to help rebuild, if that is even possible, the good gut flora.
There will be no working out tonight either because if I am bleeding internally, well ab work would pretty much push me into the ER, no?
Life is a comedy my friends and all we can do is laugh.
Or shit our brains out.
And that is that.
Have a beautiful, normal poop day!!


Friday, June 19, 2015

The Doctor Is In

The Nurse Practitioner I saw today was lovely. She listened to my complaints, asked about my health history, sprayed my nostrils with some gross tasting numbing stuff and stuck a scope through my nose and down my throat.


She pulled the scope and once again inquired about my tonsils. I had them removed when I was 6 years old and also had tubes in my ears. Her response to that was as follows, "Well, I am not sure if they did a partial back then, but you have your adenoids and it looks like one of your tonsils has grown back and they are all swollen. You also have acid reflux because your throat is all irritated."  She may have even explained things further and I answered, but I was so stuck on the fact that my stupid tonsil(s) grew back that I think I forgot stuff. I was prescribed Prilosec one a day and a lovely with crazy side effects antibiotic called Clindamycin.
I am going to start the regimen tomorrow and hope all goes well. Truth be told I have never had issues with medications before, but I am older and more wary. I am hopeful the weird throat feeling will go away, especially with the antibiotic. I did ask her if my thyroid was fine and she said it looked good. Anyway, I go back in six weeks and if nothing is better then I guess we go to the next steps. All I can say is, fingers crossed!!

And FYI, my front teeth got numb as well. Weirder than when one get novocaine.

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just A Moment

Summer always seem to be a whirlwind, no? My son keeps me on my toes, more than I like to be honest, but I enjoy it because let's face it, when he is ten he will not even want people to know I am his mom and how we embarrass him. Yeah, I am so looking forward to the teen years. LOL

Our dog had to go to the vet because she began to drink water like we owned a lake and was peeing so much that she was urinating in her sleep. At first we thought it might have to do with her Lyme disease and that she was having a relapse of symptoms. After all the blood work as done and things like diabetes was ruled out we were told she may have a deficiency of diuretic hormone, say that five times fast. or the beginnings of Cushing's Disease.


Sorry to be so crass, but this blows. When humans get Cushing's, it sucks, but it can be cured if caught early enough. In dogs, it can only be managed. There is no cure for a canine's adrenal glands going haywire.


She can live another 2-3 years, but of course the medicine given for this has pretty nasty side effects. This does not surprise us, what meds are side effect proof, but I always chuckle, perhaps morbidly, when I see "death" as a side effect. I would put that on the bottle or in the pamphlet as a permanent effect, but not everyone has my humor.

So next week the pup goes in for an 8 hour Cushing's test. I can't say I want her to have either one. Listen, I know we all have to die in someway, but I guess I just wasn't prepared for this. Not yet. But then, are we ever ready to lose a pet? I think not.

I also am going to the ENT because I feel like I have had something stuck in my throat for four weeks. The GP was leaning, insisting, I had a GERD. Um, no I am eating and there is no heartburn. She then asked if I was sure I did not have any food stuck? I almost side eyed her. GP's are interesting to me because they are a middle man for so many things. Some I have had took more of an interest and understood other facets of what may be causing your ills. This current one is quick to send you off to a specialist if she is not so sure. That is all well and good, as long as my health insurance covers it all, but there are times one wants their GP a little more engaged. The one I had before this one, left due to her husband's job and we were so unhappy about her leaving, was much more involved and listened to your concerns. You were not just a list to check off, she actually was the one who suggested I may be going through perimenopause after going to her office for palpitations for like the ninth time. So it is hard to get used to someone who after a few quick generic questions, ships you off to the recommended specialist. At least she is good about referring because there are doctors who don't like to do that. Ah the US health care system, it is a pip.
Of course Dr. Google tells me I can have anything from thyroid cancer to nodules on vocal chords to throat cancer. Some cancer has symptoms similar to flu so looking online means you are always dying. I will see what happens tomorrow and keep you updated.

And now, some pretty pictures from my garden.

I may have shared this already, don't care, sharing it again. This is to the left of our front door. I just love how pretty it looks.