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Topic: I don't leave home without my pancreas

 
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  05-28-09 11:36 AM  -  10 years ago
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You may have noticed I haven't been around for a few days. I've been spending most of that time hooked up to machines and getting poked in the arm in my local hospital while they try to figure out why my pancreas isn't doing what a pancreas is supposed to do.

It certainly isn't my idea of a vacation... my gut feels like my internal organs were run through a blender. Thank God for morphine! Actually, the morphine isn't helping completely. Once they added some other wonder drug called torodol, things started to look better... and my dreams have really been entertaining. (I should be taking notes, cause I can use new material for future songs.)

I'm not sure when I'll be able to return home. Today was the first time I was able to venture out to the patient lounge and find their internet computer. I was really hopeing for a connection in my room, but that hasn't happened yet. But if the connection speed is anything like what I'm getting here I might not have enough time to get online before I'm discharged.

BTW.... Who ever came up with the ridiculous idea that hospital beds were supposed to be comfortable?

Member Comments:

peterpuck9   Offline  -  Participant  -  07-17-09 12:43 AM  -  10 years ago
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Good to hear, Bob!

Bob Guest:
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Final stage of my medical problem got taken care of this week. Had to wait for the pancreas to heal, then the doctor tacked the gall bladder. Just my luck, it was infected big time. Thankfully I had a great doctor on the case, although I did have to spend another nights days in hospital... This time in the ICU department. I'm home now, but don't expect me to make any sudden moves for the next couple weeks.
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  07-16-09 06:11 PM  -  10 years ago
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Final stage of my medical problem got taken care of this week. Had to wait for the pancreas to heal, then the doctor tacked the gall bladder. Just my luck, it was infected big time. Thankfully I had a great doctor on the case, although I did have to spend another nights days in hospital... This time in the ICU department. I'm home now, but don't expect me to make any sudden moves for the next couple weeks.
DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  06-07-09 01:45 AM  -  10 years ago
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*hughugs* Get well soon, Bob!
belowaveragedave   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  06-06-09 10:03 AM  -  10 years ago
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Uh. . .yeah. . .I was thinking that too. . .don't feel bad, it seems so hard to lose weight sometimes, no matter what it is it catches attention.

jmanforever:
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Lost 20 Pounds!!!?!?!???!!! Holy crap!!11!!!
How can I get in on this defective pancreas diet?

...sounds like a Winner! ...for a real loser like me.... er, no... wait,...uh...



Bob Guest:
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On the plus side, I lost twenty pounds...
jmanforever   Offline  -  Member  -  06-05-09 11:00 PM  -  10 years ago
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Lost 20 Pounds!!!?!?!???!!! Holy crap!!11!!!
How can I get in on this defective pancreas diet?

...sounds like a Winner! ...for a real loser like me.... er, no... wait,...uh...



Bob Guest:
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On the plus side, I lost twenty pounds...
Dave AuJus   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  06-05-09 05:24 PM  -  10 years ago
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Suspenders Bob, suspenders.
;-)

Bob Guest:
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Thanks for the support.

On the plus side, I lost twenty pounds. (Now if only I can find a way to keep my pants from falling off.)
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  06-05-09 03:02 PM  -  10 years ago
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Thanks for the support.

I am grateful that my doctor has relaxed my diabetic restrictions for a while... but I do have one major obstacle to overcome in the coming weeks.

My good friend and fellow filker/demented artist, Downtown Freddy Brown, is getting married in just a few weeks. Anybody who knows him knows how much he enjoys food. I fear the menu at the reception will be a reflection of his love for food.... the worse for you the better.

On the plus side, I lost twenty pounds. (Now if only I can find a way to keep my pants from falling off.)
fm123   Offline  -  Participant  -  06-04-09 11:20 PM  -  10 years ago
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Hi Bob,

Diets are always difficult to adjust to, but hopefully it will help you out until your next surgery. Hope everything goes well.
jmanforever   Offline  -  Member  -  06-04-09 10:10 PM  -  10 years ago
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Glad you're back at home Bob. Get well soon. Enjoy that bed of yours, and try to enjoy the celery & water, or whatever they'll still let you eat.

(I won't tell them if you sneak in a beer & a Moon Pie.)
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  06-04-09 06:01 PM  -  10 years ago
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They let me out today.... with a plan to come back in a few weeks for gall bladder surgery. While I wait, I have to stick to an ultra low fat diet. So a dietician came around and told me what I can and cannot eat. Now, late last year I was told I am diabetic, and that also leaves me with a list of foods I can and cannot eat. So what I'm left with is.... not much of anything.

At least I can finally sleep in my own bed!
peterpuck9   Offline  -  Participant  -  06-03-09 12:53 AM  -  10 years ago
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Glad you're feeling better Bob. Next time stay out of those dirty restaurants. ;-)
belowaveragedave   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  06-02-09 02:28 PM  -  10 years ago
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Good luck on appointment No 2, and I'm glad that it's not likely to happen again. . .that's always good to know. Hope you feel back to normal soon. .

-Dave

Bob Guest:
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I guess you heard I was back in the hospital again, with an attack bigger than the first one. I had an MRI done yesterday, which showed that I did have a gall stone, which caused the pancreas infection. That stone has passed, so I'm not likely to have another attack. They are working on getting me eating properly again and then will send me home with an appointment to come back for surgery in 4 to 6 weeks.
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  06-02-09 09:53 AM  -  10 years ago
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I guess you heard I was back in the hospital again, with an attack bigger than the first one. I had an MRI done yesterday, which showed that I did have a gall stone, which caused the pancreas infection. That stone has passed, so I'm not likely to have another attack. They are working on getting me eating properly again and then will send me home with an appointment to come back for surgery in 4 to 6 weeks.
peterpuck9   Offline  -  Participant  -  05-29-09 09:43 PM  -  10 years ago
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Sure, that too........or songs from Carla Ulbrich's Sick Humor

Tim P. Ryan:
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I would think
The Hospitality Blues By: Doug Harrell
would apply.

peterpuck9:
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Get well soon Bob........Vote for ....
Bob Guest   Offline  -  Artist  -  05-29-09 06:01 PM  -  10 years ago
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Today I'm finally home. Thanks for all your kind words. I'm not yet completely recovered, but at least now I'm in an environment conducive to a complete recovery.

They told me I have chronic pancreatitis. I've had it for a dozen or so years, but there were always factors working against a proper diagnosis. Apparently, a blood test can show the presence of enzymes in the blood consistent with pancreatitis. Then there's the CT scan. This time around, they finally got both to agree.

So once I got home I headed straight to bed. It was great to finally sleep someplace that responded properly to my body. Next thing I did was head to the washroom for a good crap. Sorry if I offend the more sensitive readers, but there's something about a hospital stay that throws basic body functions into a tailspin. (Being starved for almost a week didn't help matters either) But today was the first real decrapifying I've had in a week.

Next thing I've done is is come here. It's taking me some time to read through everything.... but I should be done by bedtime.
Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  05-29-09 01:28 PM  -  10 years ago
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I would think
The Hospitality Blues By: Doug Harrell
would apply.

peterpuck9:
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Get well soon Bob........Vote for ....
peterpuck9   Offline  -  Participant  -  05-29-09 12:25 AM  -  10 years ago
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Get well soon Bob........Vote for Bob's pancreas....well, Al's pancreas.

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Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  05-28-09 09:05 PM  -  10 years ago
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I thought most operations cost an arm and a leg, not just the shirt off your back.

Stavro Arrgolus:
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My shirt was stolen when I had the throat operation. Hope things are better over in your area.
Stavro Arrgolus   Offline  -  Editor, MP3  -  05-28-09 08:48 PM  -  10 years ago
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I have to deal with that more and more often. Like last month. Scan this, X-ray that, more pills, more blood tests..oh, they love those blood tests. And if you don't go to the toilet right after the procedure, they insist on sticking a catheter up you. No fun. I think they do it just to be sadistic.

Hospital people have this hardass, all business air about them that's always been uncomfortable to deal with. All I can tell you is go home at the first opportunity. The hospital is no place to get better. And watch your valuables. My shirt was stolen when I had the throat operation. Hope things are better over in your area.
grapevine-girl   Offline  -  Participant  -  05-28-09 03:18 PM  -  10 years ago
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Bob - Feel better soon...As for the comfort of hospital beds, does it fold you in half upon pressing a button? If not then the button is not working correctly...It's that healthful exercise thing they talk about...
davidtanny   Online  -  Artist & D.J.  -  05-28-09 01:18 PM  -  10 years ago
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Get well soon Bob. I was in the hospital on my birthday last month. Wish I had that nationalized health care coverage handy.
Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  05-28-09 12:26 PM  -  10 years ago
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Get well and best recovery for you there.
Dave AuJus   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  05-28-09 11:46 AM  -  10 years ago
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I hate when that happens! Get well soon Bob.
belowaveragedave   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  05-28-09 11:40 AM  -  10 years ago
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Get well soon, I am very sorry to hear about your predicament. . .good luck.

The beds are closer to comfortable than the food is to edible.

Bob Guest:
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You may have noticed I haven't been around for a few days. I've been spending most of that time hooked up to machines and getting poked in the arm in my local hospital while they try to figure out why my pancreas isn't doing what a pancreas is supposed to do.

It certainly isn't my idea of a vacation... my gut feels like my internal organs were run through a blender. Thank God for morphine! Actually, the morphine isn't helping completely. Once they added some other wonder drug called torodol, things started to look better... and my dreams have really been entertaining. (I should be taking notes, cause I can use new material for future songs.)

I'm not sure when I'll be able to return home. Today was the first time I was able to venture out to the patient lounge and find their internet computer. I was really hopeing for a connection in my room, but that hasn't happened yet. But if the connection speed is anything like what I'm getting here I might not have enough time to get online before I'm discharged.

BTW.... Who ever came up with the ridiculous idea that hospital beds were supposed to be comfortable?

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