A Snapshot of My Journey; Present and Unfiltered – Part 1

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Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.

Deepak Chopra

Life’s had some challenges for me in the past couple of months.  However, even with everything, I am more excited about the future than I have been in a while.  So, the theme of this article is about Staying in the Present.  And for those of you who know me, this has always been something I have trouble with.

First, let me detail some of the rough things that have happened.  Then, in the second part, I will spend time talking about the “possibilities” and “opportunities” that have presented themselves to me.  And if anyone has any tips or thoughts, please leave me a comment below.  Or you can always send me an email HERE.

I guess this current run of medical issues started around my birthday in November.  An accident happened and I ended up with a concussion.  I’m sure it’s not my first concussion but it is the first time I have ended up in the ER and had the diagnosis.  With all the neurological and balance issues (falling), I can almost guarantee it has happened before. 

But this was different. 

A couple of days after hitting my head, I woke up with a painful headache and blurred vision.  I tried to eat and relax but it would not go away.  So, I arranged a ride and went to Urgent Care.  From there I was sent to the ER for scanning.  In the end, it was a concussion, and I was given some medication and instructions.  After a few more days, the symptoms cleared up and everything was good.  Or so I thought…….

I started to get a pain.  It was only in one spot – the left side under my rib cage.  It wasn’t going away and was getting worse.  Especially when I ate anything.  After a few days, it was not getting any better.  It was getting worse! 

Once again, I needed to go to the ER and find out what was going on. 

After waiting in a packed emergency department and getting a CAT scan, they told me I had an inflamed appendix.  But that didn’t make sense.  My left side hurt, not the right.  Either way, they took me to a room and started to prep for immediate surgery. 

The surgeon discussed my options and we decided to give antibiotics a try.  As opposed to the surgery.  That would also give me some time to run additional tests.  This was only the beginning.  The antibiotics did not work, and I started to get pain on both sides.  I called the surgeon’s office, and he told me to go back to the ER.  Wow, at this point, I needed a “punch card.”  They ran all the tests again.  My appendix was still inflamed, and my pains were intensifying.  I felt like screaming but decided to wait a few more days and meet at the doctor’s office. 

After talking about my issue and the fact that the medicine was not working, we scheduled surgery for the next opening.  And in the meantime, more testing. 

I’m not sure exactly sure when or where I picked up Norovirus GI GII.  “It is widely known for causing the stomach flu on cruise ships”.  But I’ve never been on a cruise??  Ha-ha, of course, there are other ways; I just picked that out.  Anyway, there is plenty of information out there if you want to learn about it.

The Norovirus was probably causing the pain on my left side and most likely caused the issues with my appendix.  I was told to eat yogurt and get the extra probiotics needed. 

The surgery went well but here is the next interesting point.  The lab results of my appendix were Xanthogranulomatous appendicitisA rare form of chronic inflammation.  It just seems like I get every “rare” condition out there.  Well, not really EVERY one but I do have a few. 

Recovery was and is not too bad.  I only had to use the prescribed Oxy for the first 2 days and then it’s been ice and ibuprofen.    And I am just starting to go back to the gym for cardio.  Still a couple of weeks until I can start to push myself.

There are some other findings from the multiple tests but that is an issue for another day.  I sincerely hope my medical issues are done for a while.  At least the ones out of the ordinary!

More to follow in part 2.

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