Name: bdogg_mcgee

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3.29.2008,3/29/2008 09:34:00 AM
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3.24.2008,3/24/2008 09:07:00 PM
I Hate My Guts...
Hello all!

So last Friday I had my latest test for the ol' digestive system. This was a HIDA scan (not hydoscan like I'd originally thought it was spelled,) which consisted of my fasting for an evening, checking into the hospital at the crack of dawn, and getting yet another IV. But, this time I got to sit on an X-ray table for 2 hours while a radioactive isotope traveled from my liver to my gallbladder--that was interesting, because everything glowed--and then I was injected with a chemical that told my gallbladder "Hey, she ate something, get to work!" This was to check how much, if at all, my gallbladder was functioning.

The test finally ended, and by that time I had to pee so badly (Why is that? I didn't have a drop to drink after 8 PM the night before!) I literally sprinted to the bathroom and peed forEVER.

So, what's the verdict, you ask? Well, according to the nurse, my gallbladder function is at 48%. They automatically remove the gallbladder when it functions at 30% or below. As it stands I'm at the low end of normal, but as she wasn't a doctor, she couldn't tell me anything definitively. She did, however, say that it is probably a better than average chance that I'll have to have it out, since the function will continue to decline over the next few years and I'll have to have it out anyway. I haven't heard from my doctor yet, but I probably will tomorrow. If it will alleviate my problems, though, I'm all for it!

On another note, though, is anyone watching Dancing with the Stars? I got hooked last season quite unexpectedly, and of course I'm watching this season as well. The singers are kind of bad (the rendition of "Hey Baby" was atrocious) and some of the dancers have a lot of room for improvement, but what can I say? But I'm wondering, what the hell is up with Priscilla Presley's face? Did she really have to have whatever work she had done? She used to be so pretty! Woman can dance, though. I hope at 62 I can move like she can! I probably won't, though. I'll be hobbling around on a walker, mainlining Ensure and wondering where the hell I am. A girl can dream, though....

Anyone have early predictions of who might win??
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3.13.2008,3/13/2008 07:45:00 PM
No More Jell-O for a bit
Hi all!

The colonoscopy went fine. They all say the prep is the worst part, and I am inclined to agree. However, the prep wasn't as awful as everyone made it out to be, but I think that is because I got the new-fangled prep liquid where I only had to drink 2 liters instead of a gallon, which used to be the norm.

BUT...(no pun intended)

I have to say, if any of you ever have to have a colonoscopy in the future, to please remember to pick up Preparation H wipes or Tucks. Do not, I repeat DO NOT think that the Cottonelle wipes will suffice. Things get a little, um, raw down there, and the Cottonelle wipes tend to burn quite a lot. That's all I'll say about that, though.

We got there right on time yesterday morning, and the IV went very smoothly--they let me have it in my arm instead of my hand, and I hardly felt a thing. DH stayed with me until they wheeled me to the room where the procedure would be done, and the doctor discussed the procedure and, after all of my questions were answered, they gave me the happy juice and I drifted off to oblivion.

I assume about 5 minutes before the procedure was over, I came to, but didn't feel anything, and was able to see my insides on the 42" flat screen monitor right in front of me. From then on, things kind of happened in bursts of memory: the next thing I remember is being in the recovery room, drinking juice and holding DH's hand, and after that I was getting dressed and the nurse was walking me out to the car.

Things were coming more into focus by this time, so DH, wonderful man that he is, took me to Pancake House and filled me up with eggs and pancakes, and then I went home, fell into bed, and woke up at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. I slept ALL DAY LONG.

The doctor said I had a "pristine colon," and although I'm glad that they didn't find anything unusual, I'm also a bit disappointed that she can't explain the pain I'm having. Sigh. But, I have one more test on the 21st, to check my gallbladder, and maybe I can get some answers by that route.

I don't think I'll be eating any more Jell-O for a while, though.
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3.11.2008,3/11/2008 08:51:00 AM
Remember my earlier bouts this year with stomach pain, in which we thought it was appendicitis, and I spent the evening in the ER? Well, that was nearly two months ago, and I'm still not any better. Over Valentine's weekend I suffered from a spasm in my abdominal area that was so painful I could neither stand up straight nor lie down flat, so for a few minutes all I could do was bend myself at the waist and pray that the pain subsided.

It did, but it hasn't totaally gone away. A visit to the gyno revealed it wasn't my ovaries, so week before last I made a trip to the gastroenterolgist. She took my history, and asked me about the pains I've been having. In addition to the lower abdominal pain, I've also been suffering from a pain when I eat in the middle of my abdomen. The GI doctor's theory is that the two pains are unrelated and she wants me to have two procedures done: a colonoscopy, and a hydoscan, which is essentially an X-Ray where they check gallbladder function.

Tomorrow morning,I check into the hospital for my first test, the colonoscopy. Woo! (I'm brimming with sarcasm, can you tell?) It is going to be a short test, only lasting about an hour, and I'll be sedated for the procedure (THANK GOD,) but I'm really only concerned about two things: the prep the day before, and the IV before the procedure.

Today, I am on a clear liquid diet, and can have no solid food. I can have chicken broth, clear soft drinks & beverages, and Jell-O. Thank goodness Jell-O counts as a liquid, otherwise I might go crazy. I'll be at work most of the day, so I've warned everyone that I might be a real bitch due to the lack of food, and apologized in advance. Then, in the afternoon, I begin taking the prep, which is essentially a giant laxative to prepare my colon. Everyone I've talked to said this is the worst part, and I can't say I'm looking forward to it. Then again, who knows? I might end up losing some weight by doing all this!

Maybe I should weigh in before I go to the hospital?

The other thing I'm worried about is the IV. Every time I've had an IV in my hand, I've sort of passed out due to the pain. Shots don't bother me. Giving blood doesn't bother me. IV's, though? They REALLY bother me. Hopefully they'll be able to either put it in my arm or deaden the area before they try to put it in my hand. I'm getting nauseous just thinking about it....
The hydoscan is scheduled for the 21st, and calls for an IV as well. Good lord, I don't know how I'm going to stand this!!!

So please send me good vibes tomorrow morning, and let's hope that they figure out what's going on with me!
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3.06.2008,3/06/2008 04:10:00 PM
March Madness
And I'm not talking about basketball...

If I am not mistaken, today is March 6th. I live in Dallas, where our winter weather this year has been very mild, to say the least.

But what do you know? Monday night we got snow, and today? Yup. More snow. Four to six inches in places.

Granted, the 2 inches that we got earlier in the week had melted by midday the following day, but today we've been getting these huge clumpy flakes. I even shot a video of it, if you don't believe me.

(Okay - I was originally going to put a video of the snow up here, but I didn't like the way it turned out, so here's a cute video of Joey playing with a toy instead.)

Yes, I know, I know. The snow we're getting ain't shit compared to what all of you up north have gotten this winter, but you know what? We don't get this all the time, so it's a novelty for us. Shut up. :)

While I was filming the snow, I thought I'd treat you to a picture of the bookcases we installed recently. For a year the study was a cat room filled with boxes of books stacked on a desk, and now, nothing but prettiness.

Because of said snow and freezing conditions my office closed early. I got home around 1:45 to see that Kino had knocked over the nice French press we got for Christmas and broken glass and coffee grounds were everywhere. (Didn't have time to clean them out this morning.) I cursed God who made this evil creature, picked up the big pieces of glass, and obsessively swept, vacuumed, then mopped the kitchen floor. Right about that time DH came home, as I was putting the mop away. That man has all the luck.

Oh, now, one last picture. Of moi. Because even though my weight loss has stalled at around 35 lbs. due to lack of exercise and, well, let's face it, laziness, I'm still one hot chick.

Bye for now!
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3.03.2008,3/03/2008 08:58:00 PM
If I Didn't Know Any Better...
I'd think these were DH's two cats! I wouldn't put it past them, you know!

Humorous Pictures

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