ue I'm More Than Just a Mom...I Think: June 2006u

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Entry You've All Been Waiting For!!!!

I just got the all clear from the gastro doctor today. He said there is a condition that can occur when a person is on very strong antibiotics or on antibiotics for a long period of time where the colon can get inflamed and a fever can run out of control (does this sound familiar). He said he's confident that I had that since the surgeon took me off the antibiotics and then I started getting better.

He confirmed that my colonoscopy was normal and also, he is sticking with the intestinal infection diagnosis with the addition of the colon condition,whose name I can't remember.

The important thing? This is over!!!!!!!!!!! He said that I may feel fatigue up to another three weeks and not to worry. My body has been through a truama, he said. No lie! The only thing I should worry about is a temp over 100 or abdominal pain. He pressed all over my belly and smiled because last time he did that, I yelped - this time, NOTHING.

Yippie, wahoo, yay!!!!!! I'm off work until Monday, so I just plan on resting for the rest of the week and enjoying not feeling like shit for the first time in a month.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Drumroll, please...

My fever has not gotten above 99 degrees since Thursday!!!! I could pee my pants with excitement. Tonight is when I expected it to all go downhill and it hasn't. I've gotten SEVERAL normal temperature readings in the last 3 days. Here - let me take it now and see what it is...

(insert cheesy muzak here)

(more muzak - it takes a while)

Anyone watch the World Cup games today? Kick ass games.

99.1 right now. Not bad - not normal, but hey, I'll take it. I feel very good - I have a lot more energy, though I'm still staying on bedrest as much as possible. I try to do one or two things a day that take some effort, then I rest. I'm still off work for another, although my stupid-ass boss put me on the schedule, even though he KNEW I couldn't work - he said he's trying to give my shifts to one of the new girls. Um, whatever, don't write me on the fucking schedule. Watch, I'm going to get a call on Tuesday and/or Wednesday night "where are you? You're scheduled tonight". Grrrr, idiot.

Anyway - here's the good update that everyone has wanted. Even though we don't have an answer as to what made me sick - at this point 3 days of feeling better is enough for me. If I can make it a whole week, I'll be ecstatic!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Latest Update

Here's my newest update and while it's not all good, it's not all bad either.

My CT scans were all negative, of course, and I was sent to the ER. I hate the ER. I am a fucking pin cushion and I look like a heroin addict. Anyway, they did a few more tests there, all of which came back negative (surprise surprise) but I DID finally get a surgical consult.

The surgeon wants me off all antibiotics because they mask test results (especially blood work). I am to monitor my temperature and if it spikes up and continue even after the Motrin wears off, he will admit me. He wasn't comfortable doing any type of procedure right now because AF is here and it was hard to tell what pain was due to that and what pain might have been due to the sickness.

The good news is that I have been fever free for almost 48 hours. I'm trying not to get too hopeful because of what happened last week - 2 days of feeling great then BAM 102 fever again. I do feel very good today and that's definitely great - I'm tired of being sick.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pretty Crappy Update

As you can guess - I'm still sick. The fever has not gone away and is now back with a vengeance at a lovely 102 degrees.

I saw my doctor and she's "extremely concerned" at this point. I have to have a repeat CT Scan tomorrow, but this one will include my pelvic area. She thinks perhaps I have a cyst on my ovary or an abscess. Or that it IS my colon but something on the outside, which is why the colonoscopy didn't pick it up.

If the CT is negative, I will have to have exploratory surgery ASAP.

I can't lie and say I'm not scared. I'm going on another antibiotic tonight and I'm on complete bedrest until further notice. You know, it's really hard to pay for house repairs when you're not allowed to work!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hooray for poop and haircuts!!

It's amazing to me how the little things can make such a difference. Like a haircut. I've been needing one forever, but you know how things have been lately. Finally got out to get one today and I feel like a new person.

Also, there's nothing in the world like having a normal poop after a month of intestinal illness haha I don't care if you didn't want to read that - too bad. I hope it put a nice image in your head that you can keep close to your heart. (Oh, and the procedure was a piece of cake - everything's normal yay!!)

Today, I did a TON of stuff. Grocery shopping, went to the bank to discuss obtaining a line of credit for the home improvements that we need, haircut, picked up tickets for the free movie on Wed morning, and took the boys swimming. Oh, and get this - they closed the pool because of thunder, which is understandable, so we went to the indoor pool. They closed that too, for the same reason. Um, what? The pool is INSIDE. Lightening is not going to somehow bypass the exterior structure of the building and strike the water. The boys were disappointed, but I'm proud to say that Zack did NOT throw a tantrum about having to leave.

I have a busy week planned - Alex heads off to Arizona for a visit with Grandma on Thursday. I have to get him in for a physical for camp before then. Ok, enough about the mundane - I'm gonna go watch a movie with my daughter :)

Thursday, June 15, 2006


I just realized that I never updated my blog as to what happened at the doctor on Tuesday. Probably because I figure you guys are getting bored.

The nodule on my lung appears non-cancerous, so they want me to wait 3 months and then have a chest CT Scan run to see if the nodule's changed in any way. Good news!

My thyroid is messed up. You don't know how happy I am to hear that. I'd been exercising, etc. and not losing weight. This is why. I'm on meds for it now. Also, my doctor wants me only working 2 days a week for a few weeks, which is fine by me!!

I saw a specialist on Tuesday as well and I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow morning. Can't say I'm not nervous about THAT!!!

So on top of all of that stuff, Dave tells me that our AC is leaking. I called a repairman and low and behold - we need to have it replaced, along with our furnace, which is really old. Oy vey! Tons of money. I have to call around and get some more estimates.

Swear - I gotta get some good luck soon.

Monday, June 12, 2006

"Breathe Me" by Sia

This song (which is my profile song on my space) reminds me how very much I miss Six Feet Under. What a fantastic show that was. David and I were just talking about how the finale was beyond perfect. I've never seen a show end so well before, and so satisfying for the fans. The song that played as Claire drove and we saw everyone's fate has haunted me since and gives me chills every time I hear it. I think it's a gorgeous song.

It also reminds me of Angela whenever I hear it because we were both so obsessed with the show. The last season it was on, I had shut off our cable for debt consolidation and she actually taped the episodes and mailed them to me. God love her. The day after the finale, I paid $50 on ebay for the full season bootleg on dvd. Best money I ever spent, I'm telling you. It was an amazing season. When that finale hit - oh my god, I cried like a baby. It took several viewings of those last 10 minutes before I could watch it without crying.

I've never felt so connected to characters in a tv show or a movie more than I did with Six Feet Under. Man, I miss it! Funny that I loved a show about death so much when I have such a phobia of it.

Friday, June 09, 2006


I decided to start double-posting my blogs here and on myspace, only because I'd like to privatize my myspace account a little more. I don't want Cassie to accidentally run across it (or purposefully) and see the stuff I've written about Susan. So, I'm making all my blog entries on there private (for people on my friends list only) and I'll post them here, too.

I'm not going to get into the specifics of my health right now because I just don't want to whine anymore. Suffice it to say, I'm not that happy right now. To top that off, my doctor told me today that the CT Scan showed a nodule on my lung. They somehow caught my lung on the abdominal CT, and now I have to go back in on Tuesday and have more tests done.

I'm trying not to cry, honestly. This is too much - I'm so exhausted. I have to go back to work tonight for the first time and I'm not ready. I'm feeling overwhelmed right now. I've been sick since May 28th.
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