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I'm OK, but...

Post by fred » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:48 pm

Yeah I've been in hospital again. This time with appendicitis. I started feeling the pain all over my abdomen on Wed, around supper time. I thought it was an upset stomach. I had peppermint tea. No effect. I lay down & it got worse. I thought it might be food poisoning, because it ached the same way. and then I tried an Oreganol pill. No effect. Along about 11:45 I thought I'd call the 811 line and ask a nurse, but I got run around on a telephone tree and while this was going on the started shaking. I remembered from somewhere, that this was not a good sign and decided to drop the 811 cal and went directly to 911. I threw up just a little before I got into the ambulance. After X-Rays, blood tests showing high white cell count, and a couple of CAT Scans, they could say for sure it was Appendicitis. I had them out fairly quickly, & laparoscopically. Then the recovery took a little longer that usual as they wanted to give me more antibiotics.
I got out yesterday. and I'm putting my Internet life back together. Everyone is being very supportive and I've had some good food to eat.

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Elizabeth
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Re: I'm OK, but...

Post by Elizabeth » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:37 pm

Glad you are now in a supportive recovery mode, Fred!!

Most people don't hang onto their appendix for that long....

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Post by happyheini » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:41 pm

Glad you mastered just another set-back and are recovering just in time for Spring to roll around. Take Care.

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Post by kittykins » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:45 pm

Oh nooo Fred. I'm sorry to hear this. I'm glad you are doing okay. Btw, is 811 a number to talk to a nurse? I've never heard of that one. Oh, I re-read your message and it seems that IS the nurse number eh? While I was in PEI was stung by a wasp right in the joint of my finger and it was swollen to 3 times its size and I phoned a nurse to get her advice. Chances are that was the number I called, but that was about 35 years ago. :shock:

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Post by fred » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:37 pm

Yes, I don't know if it's in every province, 811 but it is in N.S.
I had the last of the "steri-strips" off today and they itched a little bit. I was wondering if it was because of an infection around the incision sites, but now I think it was the adhesive that they used. Now that the strips are gone the itching is going away.

It must ave been a chronic condition that was bothering me for some years and finally came to a head. I feel much better with it gone. I've gained flexibility in the midsection. That feels good.

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Post by kittykins » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:39 pm

fred wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:37 pm
Yes, I don't know if it's in every province, 811 but it is in N.S.
I had the last of the "steri-strips" off today and they itched a little bit. I was wondering if it was because of an infection around the incision sites, but now I think it was the adhesive that they used. Now that the strips are gone the itching is going away.

It must ave been a chronic condition that was bothering me for some years and finally came to a head. I feel much better with it gone. I've gained flexibility in the midsection. That feels good.
Hi Fred. I think being allergic to adhesive on bandages must be a common allergy, as I have that problem as well as did my mother. It's only certain adhesives so think it must be a certain chemical that we have reacted to. I have to have "tape" versus bandages which seems to be more hypo-allergenic.

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Post by fred » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:21 pm

Yes, it may have been something to do with the toxins in my gut from the Appendix infection. It's gradually going away now. I'm feeling much better.

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Post by kittykins » Wed May 15, 2019 6:22 pm

I'm glad you're doing better.

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Post by fred » Wed May 22, 2019 9:05 pm

I'm improving greatly. I kept getting rashes, on my back, on my face, and they itched badly. I know now it was chronic appendicitis. My blood was toxic. With the appendix gone, and healing, the rashes have disappeared. I feel younger & stronger and I'm walking without a cane. Two other things have helped also.

I saw a heart specialist and he told me my heart was fine. It was swelling, (fluid), in the lining of my lungs that was blocking the capillaries and making breathing difficult. I've been doing lung exercises and I can be much more active now. In addition, the doctor suggested a "low carbohydrate diet." It's like a Keto (?) diet, but with unspecified low levels of carbs. He says to do what's comfortable for me and see if it's effective. Wow! Do I feel so much better than I've felt for about 5 years. The first few days were ... well I won't describe it here, but now hat I'm re-adjusted to no carbs and lots of fats, (well, some fats), I am loosing weight beautifully and I even think of running again when I am outside. I haven't done it yet, but I'm thinking about it... or possibly skating again :) :roll: :) :)

The change in just the past few weeks is something I wouldn't have believed, before. Wishing the same for all of you as well. It's like a new lease on life.

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Post by Elizabeth » Thu May 23, 2019 11:47 am

Definitely good news, Fred!

Keep up the good work :)

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Post by happyheini » Thu May 23, 2019 12:01 pm

That is great, Fred. Keep it up.

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Post by kittykins » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:21 pm

Hi Fred. I hope things continue to go well for you. I'd watch these high fat diet ideas and perhaps it would be wise to go see a dietitian for advice. Carbs also improve energy. My experience is some doctors are on these fad diet trends right now, but that does not mean it's good for your overall health. A balanced diet with reduced carbs, portion control and increase activity is another idea. Some of these things increase your cancer risk such as too much red meat...and lots of vegetables is always a good idea. Also, I'd look on the Heart & Stroke Foundation website where they recommend how much cholesterol per day. I looked it up once and I know that one egg per day probably won't hurt you, but two is already at your max for the day, unless of course you remove the yolks.

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Post by fred » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:36 am

No problem Kitty. I have a genetic pre-disposition to good cholesterol. I can load up on butter,and eggs with yolks as much as I want. It won't hurt me as long as I keep my Carbs low.

2 inches off my waist as of last week. I feel great.

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