A sick person who happened to have a stroke


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Ok, so for the last month or so, I've been getting all this pain in my right side. Like, continual stabbing pain.

It was coming and going, then just coming.  

Crying coming.

I went to the doctor and he had a feel of my guts but couldn't find anything specific. 

So I had a blood test and a wee test.

I had a urine infection, and antibiotics sorted (hopefully) that out.

The doctor also ordered a CT, as I had no symptoms of anything, really. 

Turns out I have an umbilical hernia. 

Okey dokey then. 

Obviously why I'm in constant pain.

 

I've also got diabetes. 

 

I've got high cholesterol.

 

I think I may need hearing aids.

 

I wear glasses. Have done for years due to being hit in the eye with a field hockey stick.  My close up vision is now suffering. 

 

Oh did I mention I had a stroke?

 

Some of you know that I didn't technically stroke, but I walk like a duck and talk like a duck...you know?

 

These days, my stroke is old news. I keep having these other problems arise, each one causing more problems than the last.

 

Not a happy camper.

 

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Hi Janelle, I'd love to have a solution or could magically wish away all your health issues. What I can do in the least is add a small prayer your way. It helps. You're a very kind, compassionate, and caring person, it's almost difficult to imagine that so many good people are afflicted by health issues, and most difficult some of the terminal kind. My prayer for you is that God strengthen your heart, mind, and body that you continue to give support to and encourage many that suffer many debilitating issues and struggles as you do. Your words have been soothing and helpful to many that needed a kind word. This is who you are to me, and I thank you for your honesty and sharing. I've mentioned a couple times before, one of the greatest attributes here with the membership, is that we are so similar in so many ways, both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is an anchor in a crazy tumultuous sea that keeps me here..that very thing that "I'm not alone" always strikes me. Holds me, keeps me grounded so to speak. It's such a essential release for me when I hear that others are going through something identical or similar when I thought it was just me. On many occasions something that you've expressed has always lifted my mind and heart. Many here have and I think it's important to know this. What you write and feel impact many that you're not even aware of, intentionally or otherwise.

 

And I thank you for being open and candid, you've helped me again today to reinforce that were much the same, albeit the symptoms may vary, the reality is you feel like me sometimes. Very much needed at a time that it's real, and happening to others too I can imagine, your words are healing.

 

Thank you for your post, once again it strikes close to home with me as many of those types of conditions and nagging issues rear up their ugly heads yet even today, "I'm not alone!" ....you go girl, you have my thoughts and prayers!

 

 

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(((HUGS))) Janelle.

 

Sometimes it feels so overwhelming when one problem cascades into another. If it helps blame your genes or the "joys" of an imperfect world. I joke with my mother that she did a bad job of growing me, but doing that relies on the sort of relationship you have with your family and how each family copes with "crap". My family look at the silly side, we know it's not something anyone can alter or did, so we laugh at the "horrors" and hence find them less of a burden.

 

One day at a time, one problem at a time, minute by minute sometimes.  You do what you can and let the rest through to the keeper.

 

Hang in there, tomorrow it won't feel so overwhelming

-Heather

 

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It is almost like the bodies we inhabit are not content unless there is a problem. Every time you solve the  current one another one pops up to take its place. If you are not quick enough to do this or you are tough and ignore them then you can end up with a whole stack of unsolvable ones.

I dont know whether this is any consolation to other readers or even if I've added to the conversation at all, but just felt a little bored and have no cat to throw a stone at and no dog to shout at but feel that I shouldn't waste the day doing nothing.

Deigh

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Deigh I was just thinking the same thing. Seems I get on top of one problem and another appears. I had an old friend who used to answer the question: "How are you?" with the answer: "As well as can be expected." And I think that goes for most of us.

 

Janelle, hang in there. All problems have a solution, the list may be long but one by one you will find an answer and hopefully cross one off the list. When I had the PET scan three years ago I had a lot of major problems. Now four operations later I have just the normal problems of old age. Unless the next PET scan in February uncovers more. Enjoy the life you have, 

let the docs worry about your problems. That is what we pay them to do.

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Sue, I agree. Janelle, I'm so sorry. If I'm not mistaken Tracy had a similar problem and from what she explained , my heart weeps

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On 11/17/2020 at 5:15 AM, will2 said:

. My prayer for you is that God strengthen your heart, mind, and body

 

Amen

 

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Thank you all for your kind caring words.

 

Doctor tomorrow regarding my diabetes. 

 

But...I have been googling!

 

Mittelschmerz...

 

Lady pain!! It really fits.  Hopefully it is something so easy.

 

But...due to the lesion in my head, I'm unable to have general anesthetic.   I'm definitely getting one step ahead of myself, but when something is worrying, don't we all!

 

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On 11/16/2020 at 4:31 AM, GreenQueen said:

 

 

I wear glasses. Have done for years due to being hit in the eye with a field hockey stick.  My close up vision is now suffering. 

 

 

 

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i'm not trying to make light of your situation, at all , but I kinda chuckled when I read about your horrible story about field hockey because I was a wing and was 'kindly' called Killer Kelli for my shots.

 

I'm so sorry to hear about you, it made my heart hurt 

 

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Well  been to the doctor.

 

My sugars were great. My weight...getting there.

 

The doctor says mittelschmerz certainly fits. I have to keep a diary of pain etc to double check.

 

He also told me, like you'd tell someone you had toast for breakfast, that I have a cyst on my kidney.

 

Alrighty then.

 

Both the cyst and hernia are nothing to worry about in the grand scheme of things, and neither are the cause of the pain.

 

So many of my health issues stem from my stroke, but it appears not these ones!

 

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🤣 of course, at least you know what it isn't, which is a sort of step forward. Glad you are making progress with the sugars and weight. The more you can get those under control the less of a problem the other stuff should be.

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Interestingly, I had this conversation with my wife just the other day and she was urging me to see my PCP about my breathing issues. In my conversation I told her that I'm really not a big fan of going to see my doc and it's likely that if I were to tell him all the stuff thats currently wrong with me I'm pretty confident that I'd be relegated to the hospital for some corrective surgery and that "aint" going to happen anytime soon. I've had a few noteworthy stays already and my conditions will need to deteriorate to the point that an ER visit is the last thing and I'm out of time. Pre-stroke when I was much younger I was very proactive about my health but post stroke, age, and a heart attack later I'm not as eager to agree with another inpatient stay. That is..unless it's the last option to keep my feet above ground. 

 

I feel for you Janelle, and likely many others here that have multiple issues commanding attention which is often compounded by the new issues already present. I kinda wish that we as a civilization were advanced enough medically and technically to have a facility we could visit to allow for a "health reset" that would allow us to revert back to a point of reasonable health. Until that comes to fruition, I or We need to make reasonable choices about our health and some cases making those choices benefitting those around us, our family and friends. I don't feel ok leaving with a lot of unfinished work to be done here. So that may be the inevitable choice, taking care of myself for others. 

 

You're important, and integral part of my well being Janelle. Thank you for your posts, I don't feel alone reading about your struggle's as we have so many of those same issues in common I almost feel as though I've written it myself. God Bless.

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Yes wil2. "Hospitals are a good place to get sick." I've heard said. In an emergency they are priceless but I don't think they grieve when they have many customers under more normal circumstances.  Good for you for putting your foot down. I am enjoying the part about getting older and wiser in life. I think of us as cars that are running ok, not perfect but ok but when a you let a doctor look under your hood he will find something you "need" to look after.   

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If something health wise is bothering you. As in it affects your ability to do the things you need/want to do then it's time to see the Doc. Otherwise I'm not in a rush to let them intervene. I'm not in a hurry to leave the earth permanently, but there are better places to be than hospital. it's about quality not quantity for me. I have done my advance care directive and my family knows where to get it from if it's needed. If something I've ignored because it wasn't bothering me carries me off then I'm cool with that.

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It sounds like we are on the same page as wil2. Well played! Personal research is great these days if someone craves certain knowledge for just about anything. Nice to hear things aren't a whole lot different on the other side of the equator and half way around the world. Stay safe! Onward! Wil   

 

I think wil2 let me use wil because I'm older.:biggrin:

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Speaking of hospitals; if I'm worried enough about something I'll definitely present at emergency. 

 

The trouble is, once I'm there all I want to do is go home!!

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Absolutely Heather. I only had one major stay in hospital, and that was at the beginning.  And only 5 days. That was more than enough. 

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I had the Month in Scotland followed by another 3 months in rehab hospital once back in Aus, after the stroke and then 2018 the liver issue that had me in and out multiple times, for several weeks over 3 months.  That sucked more because it was acute care the whole time and they couldn't work out what was going on.

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