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I'm back, sort of

After 11 days in the hospital I'm back home. Fair number of problems but I'll pull through. I'll add more as I am able. Need to take a nap right now and then see about a long, hot shower.
 
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Sorry to hear you were in the hospital but glad you are getting better! Had wondered why you hadn't been around.
 
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Glad you're on the mend. Miss your long winded posts.
 
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Thanks for the update. Glad your back home & getting better. Best wishes.
 
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Get better as fast as you can.
 
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Old 09-01-17, 06:21 AM
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Glad your home Joel...Thanks for the update...
 
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Long winded posts to be curtailed for a while as I am having trouble with my typing.

I thought I had a DVT, blood clot in my leg, but it turns out to be just a massive infection. Wouldn't you know it, it is a bacteria that lives in the mouth's of cats. I need to use a walker in addition to my cane(s) but so far so good. Still need to take that shower and scrape my face but right now I'm going to look at a few other posts and then lie down for a while.

Your well wishes are greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 09-01-17, 08:28 AM
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Glad to have you back. Yes, cats are dangerous. Have a friend that was scratched by her cat and ended up with a severe infection.
 
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Not the same without you here, Joel.
 
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Not sure which bacteria you had but the main reason I lost the sight in my right eye was because of an infection - toxoplasmosis. One of it's origins is from cats, I've also been told you can get it from farming or be born with it. I read on the internet that you can also get it from eating under cooked infected wild game. Don't know how I got it. They say if it gets in your blood it can be deadly! Glad you knew when to seek treatment and are on the mend.
 
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Good to hear that you are getting better. I was surprised that a cat scratch had made you so ill - until I looked it up on the internet.

I always thought of cat scratch fever as a not too serious disease mostly seen in kids. Apparently in most cases it's not a big deal but in some instances it can have very serious complications.

Mark - The cat scratch fever bacteria is Bartonella Henselae - whatever that is.
 
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So I guess there are different cat borne diseases. What I found strange about the toxoplasmosis is I saw 3 different eye doctors and each gave a different reason as to the cause. Apparently the toxo can't be cured but can go dormant. I lost some of the sight in that eye in 2000 but didn't go totally blind [I can see changes in light] in that eye until about 10 yrs ago when the toxo reared back up.
 
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Lots of diseases can be transmitted through or by cats, I don't care, I still love them.

The infectious disease doctor told me, after doing a lab culture from my foot wound, that I have Pasteurella. He was convinced it came from a cat licking my feet but I assured him that was NOT the case. Plus, the foot wound was all but 100% healed when this hit. No cat EVER licked my feet but MAYBE the cats licking themselves on my bed, ( I don't allow it but they are cats) left the bacteria on the bed and it somehow made the mile-long hike to inside my leg. Regardless of HOW I got it, I got it good.

BTW, CW I lost about 20 pounds in the hospital on the diuretics. This in spite of the really good food served. I'm not kidding, the food really is good and a huge menu to select from.
 
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The food in the hospital where I was was also very good. My wife and everyone that visited commented about how good it was. Unfortunately I was on a restricted, low salt diet and everything I got tasted like warmed over dog crap.

Or at least what I expect warmed over dog crap would taste like.
 
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When my son was in ICU for his stoke, since he was paralyzed they gave him this mashed up pudding like substance. He would not eat it. Yet they had some great menus. Such as turkey, roast beef, all sorts of great names. It smelled good, so I had to try it. No wonder he would not eat it. It tasted like what CW described. As soon as they tried some semi-solid and solid food he eat like crazy.
 
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I was also on a restricted sodium (low salt) diet along with a medium carbohydrate diet. I didn't miss the extra salt.

The only thing I found disgusting was the scrambled eggs...but I think eggs are disgusting no matter how they are cooked. I even had ice cream for dinner! I only got it a few times because I don't want to re-develop a craving for ice cream.
 
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I don't want to re-develop a craving for ice cream.
C'mon... a little indulgence.

Good to see you back.
 
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I have a two-quart Cuisinart machine in my lower cabinet. Far too easy to get back into the habit!
 
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Glad to have you back and on the mend.
 
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I've been fortunate and haven't had to stay at the hospital in a long time but every time I have, they put that dirty work on my chart - NPO. That means they don't give you anything to eat or drink The last time I spent a few nights my wife stopped and got a hamburger on the way home, ate half and gave the rest to the dog ..... and then called to check on me and told me - I would have wrestled the dog for half of that burger!
 
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Glad to hear you're on the mend. Best wishes, Steve
 
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Good to hear you are out of the hospital and getting back to [better than] normal -- I think that food menu may be designed to keep people out of the hospital.

Heal quickly and enjoy what is left of our sunny days [for another nine months].
 
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I think that food menu may be designed to keep people out of the hospital.

I don't think so. As I wrote, the food is VERY good. I've tasted food in other hospitals and I wondered if the garbage trucks were delivering instead of picking up.

BTW, without naming it, this is the big hospital in Kirkland, listed as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation.

When I went through my mail one of the first things I opened was from the Medicare Advantage insurer. They told me they would NOT cover the hospital admission because the condition listed did not warrant a hospital stay. Yesterday I found another notice that stated the first was in error, they WOULD cover everything. All I know for certain is that there was no way I could have taken care of myself prior to discharge. They did try to get me into a rehab center but no one was willing to take me, perhaps because of my weight or perhaps due to all my medical conditions. They did finally find one but then found out my insurance would not pay for rehab.

So, I'm home, pretty much taking care of myself with sis or her son stopping by each day. I'll get also get home health care (insurance does cover) but probably not until after the holiday.

Okay, I'm exhausted and going back to bed for a while.
 
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Hang in there. Rest and keep us posted.
 
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I had my first visit from Home Health Care today. Poor woman had to look at me nekkid. In addition to skilled nursing a couple of times a week I will also get occupational therapy (teaching me to do ordinary living tasks) as well as physical therapy for strength training.

I'm doing okay but I tire very fast. I can't even type out my normal long-winded responses. Lots of calls to make Tuesday.
 
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But you are home!! If you are anything like me that means a lot
 
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Hang in there! Sometimes the first is the worst. Jeez, you should see what I'm doing now after my difficulties. Yeah, I'm younger, but not that much I don't think.

Of course with this crowd, anyone under 60 is not to be trusted, right?
 
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Of course with this crowd, anyone under 60 is not to be trusted, right?

Got that right, Vic!.

The only thing I miss about the hospital is all the hot nurses, most of them in their mid to later twenties. Yeah, I'm a pig.

The hospital bed had an air mattress and in addition to it being very lumpy it had a 250 horsepower blower screaming 24/7. Okay, maybe not 250 hp but that sucker was LOUD. I had to wear wax ear stoppers to get any sleep. I told everyone that I now knew the difference between heaven and hell, heaven was the blower off and hell was the blower on.

Canceled my teeth scraping for next week, (two other appointments the same day), and need to make an appt. with the kidney specialist. Physical therapist coming over in the next hour or so. More later.
 
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Glad to hear this, I find your posts not only informative but usually quite entertaining.

The only thing I found disgusting was the scrambled eggs...but I think eggs are disgusting no matter how they are cooked.
Oh boy, not sure what to say. Go into most any cafe/restaurant on Da Range and this is the usual breakfast ordered.

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I had to add the milk, God's elixir of life.
 
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Well YUM! That looks good! I prefer some coffee with that.
 
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Get well, Joel! You contributions on this website are greatly appreciated.
 
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I was pretty tired most of yesterday. Occupational therapist came by and saw I was adept at most everything I need to be able to live alone. She said that 11 visits were initially authorized but also stated that was ridiculous. She's thinking about all I need is a few upper-body strengthening exercises.

Haven't had any pancakes for a few days but I have had toast as well as bacon. I LOVE bacon but I strongly suspect with its high salt content I really need to limit my intake. Milk? Blaqh! Humans are the only mammals that continue to drink milk on a regular basis after they are weaned. I used to have a small carton of chocolate milk a few times a year but stopped doing so more than a decade ago when it made me sick. And no, I am not lactose intolerant. I always have canned milk in my pantry to use in cooking, just like I usually have egg substitute for cooking. But eggs or milk by themselves? No, thank you!

Had some nice lightly battered halibut for dinner last night as well as cherry tomatoes. While it is nice to be catered to I really prefer making my own meals.

I go to my primary care doctor this afternoon, first time driving in three weeks. I get incrementally stronger each day and so I do not envision any problems with that, although I need to go buy some more kitty litter either today or tomorrow. Next Tuesday back to the wound clinic and then the cardiologist.

Thank you all for the well wishes.
 
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"I LOVE bacon but I strongly suspect with its high salt content I really need to limit my intake . . . . "

I too love bacon. Unfortunately, I'm a salt addict on a low sodium diet. Now I buy low sodium bacon and usually eat just 2 slices (190mg salt) instead of 4-5 slices of regular bacon with as much as 700 mg. I onlu eat it once a month or so. Not the same but better than no bacon at all.

Sticking to a low sodium diet takes away most of the good stuff. My go to lunch was typically a ham and cheese sandwich on a bulky roll with chips and a can of Progresso soup. That lunch alone added up to two days worth of the recommended salt intake for somebody my age. My favorite Subway was a 12" Spicy Italian. It has almost 3000 mg of sodium. I don't go to Subway anymore.

I was amazed at how much salt is added to prepared foods - and how tasteless those foods are without it. When I first started the sodium restricted diet I tried all kinds of "no salt added" products. They all sucked.

Now I eat more fruits and fresh veggies but they just can't replace a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
 
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I also love bacon but I'm not too good at restraining myself when I get around it ..... so my wife only makes me a few slices at a time.
I cut back on salt about 30 yrs ago. I struggled at first, even went so far as buying intimation salt YUK! so I mixed it half and half with real salt but that was a hassle. Now I just pick up the pepper shaker instead, I rarely add salt to anything.

Baldwin, that pic would have made me hungry but I already ate too much for supper ..... hmmm, I wonder about in the morning
 
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Now I just pick up the pepper shaker instead, I rarely add salt to anything.
I do the same. After giving up salt for the most part (also some 30 years ago) the foos does taste better.
 
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Ha ha! I'm not old yet! I salt the crud out of stuff. I even salt bacon when I cook it (of course a lot of it cooks off). Matter of fact my last blood test showed that my serum(?) sodium was low. Asked the doc and she said, you could increase your salt intake but it's not really that far out of range. Wooohoo!

Btw...my last BP (yesterday) was 104/55 or thereabouts, so hypertension is not an issue anymore.

Amazing what stopping drinking, almost stopping smoking, and losing 60lbs will do. Of course my joints, skin, and bones are still aging. So I'll be a healthy, skinny, limping guy with scratches and scars and braces on my knees.

Live hard, die fast, leave a pretty corpse. Or live hard, reform, live long, leave "one ugly [email protected]#$%^*()&)" (to paraphrase Ahhhnold) of a corpse.

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It has been over a month since I got out of the hospital and still no billing. I did receive one bill for lab services provided by a third party ($21.00) but nothing from the hospital or any doctors. I received an envelope from the wound clinic the other day in which they returned my last check ($31.00) stating I had already paid and the account balance was zero. From what I read in my Medicare Advantage policy I should owe the hospital about $1500.00 minimum.

Not that I'm griping, if they are happy with the payments from the insurance I won't press the issue. What I find interesting is that this same hospital has several Yelp reviews stating they are money grubbers and start dunning a person for payment almost immediately upon discharge.

As for me...I've gained back some of the weight I lost and I have to take the diuretic pills on a fairly regular basis. The other night I woke up with some horrible leg cramps and I had to take some potassium pills to get it to release. One of the diuretics DOES deplete potassium so I have decided to take a low dosage potassium pill daily.

I finally made it to the first ophthalmologist Friday. This was from my eye exam before the hospital episode when the optometrist was concerned about the internal "drains" in my eyes not being of equal size. The doctor today told me that unequal was fairly common and that all things considered I was at a low risk of the internal pressure building to dangerous levels.

Now I have to see a different ophthalmologist about some retina problems. Also a kidney specialist and the urologist and still need to get my teeth scraped. Plus I need to see my regular doc about my leg. The right leg has swollen larger than it had been and the left (the one that was infected) is still red with scaly skin and it has a weeping blister.

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We will get bills several months past the visit to hospital. Usually by than they are late and demand payment now.
 
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