Today, Tuesday the 20th of December, Patti and I had an appointment at 9:30AM with my surgeon’s PA (Physician’s Assistant) here at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix.
From the time I arose this morning, even though I slept well, during breakfast, and en route to the hospital I was feeling ‘woozy’ and stressed out.
This was emotional and not a vertigo attack.
I don’t do my own, and I don’t do your medical issues very well. As Patti and I were waiting for my PA to come into the exam room, I calmly got up, went to the exam table, and lay down. Better to do this than to blackout and faint into a puddle on the floor.
1. It is OK, it is permissible, it is even to-be-expected that I am experiencing enormous fatigue and low energy. I take nap after nap and only want another nap. My PA really got into the enormous ‘hit’ my body has taken. It began with the trip (Dubai to Hong Kong to Seattle to Phoenix) just to get here. Then I was struck down with the 2-day severe intestinal parasitic diarrhea attack and the medications used to get me well enough for surgery. Add to the mix the hip replacement surgery followed by blood clots in my lungs.
2. Mechanically my hip replacement, at least as of today, is a success. My PA stressed that even with the surgery being a success, the residual side effects of internal healing are real. He explained one particular side effect in detail. From time to time, an area of my upper left leg feels like it is on fire. This is from one particular long nerve that had to be relocated during surgery. Just knowing this gives me great relief.
3. My PA ordered x-rays of my hip and I completed them after my appointment. No word yet on the results.
Blood Clots and Blood Thinners.
I feel the blood clots in my lungs have been absorbed. My lungs feel just great. However I will remain on blood thinners for the next (21-days on one regimen followed by 90-days on a second regimen) several months.
So? I am a bleeder. While eating, it is not at all unusual (once or twice a month) for me to bite my tongue and / or the insides of my mouth. Sometimes at night during sleep I also bite my tongue or inner cheeks.
I also experience horrific nose bleeds.
Serious and bothersome as these bleeds are, they are nothing compared to the risk now with me taking serious blood thinners. You can bleed-out and die in your sleep.
Last Sunday, while watching a football game, Patti and I were chomping down on a large bag of popcorn.
And? I (very lightly) bit my tongue. And? It began to bleed one drop at a time. What to do? I just relaxed and tried to be calm. We did not call anyone. It took about 2-hours but it finally stopped. It was an extremely worrisome experience.
What to do? NO MORE POPCORN. There are simply (statistically speaking) far too many bites involved in eating popcorn to risk another attack.
What to do? I am now sleeping with two (an upper and a lower) dental night guards.
Do you all see why I am only doing sporadic updates such as this one? Who wants to read this medical stuff?
Also I am not talking much on the phone. It exhausts me to talk more than a few minutes.
“How are you doing Cap?”
“I am doing one day at at time.”
Soon, maybe after the New Year, Patti and I hope to hit the road and do a few overnight road trips.
I am so lucky. I am so blessed. I escaped Dubai and Asia with my life. This fall was coming. It could not have possibly been scripted more perfectly. Walking to a flight with all of my belongings packed and checked. A little mid-course correction (Phoenix Arizona and not Ulaanbaatar Mongolia nor Russian Siberia) and here I am.
Call us .. The Lucky Two .. Patti and Cap ..
Happiness is having a nice basket to carry things in my walker. THAT is happiness today.
And what do YOU want for Christmas?
Broad Smiles ..
- DEC 13, 16 .. BLOOD CLOTS ..
- DEC 31, 16 .. YEAR END MEDICAL UPDATE ..