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Yay! The daffodils are here. They showed up today.

From Garden 2011-April

I've had some dumb leurgy for almost two weeks, complete with awful headaches on some days. It puts me in a better mood to see the weather getting springlike and Daffodils!


Jun. 19th, 2010 10:39 pm
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I went outside to enjoy some tea with [ profile] swestrup this morning. I didn't bother to put on shoes. Suddenly one of my toes started to hurt something fierce. There was a red spot.

This just got worse as the day progressed. It didn't hurt most of the time, just with some movements. The red spot got bigger. The toe started swelling in a limited area. I got bitten by ants on my feet yesterday and wondered if it was some sort of reaction to that.

Eventually I called info-santé. The nurse couldn't figure out what it was. She said that if it was flesh eating disease, it would hurt all the time. I called three walk-in clinics. Two were closed, so we went to StatCare. By the time we got there, they weren't taking patients. So, we gave up. We were going to go to supper at a friend's house and she is a doctor, so we figured that's good enough.

I showed the toe to my friend. By then the red spot was much larger, but it looked like a bruise. I remembered that I had stubbed a toe earlier in the day. She agreed that it looked like a bruise and might be a broken toe. I can't believe that I am relieved that I have a broken toe. At least it isn't a mystery. I might go to the clinic tomorrow. There isn't much they do for a broken toe.
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I went to the orthopaedist today. The kneecap is broken. Bummer. I got a new brace. I had to pay for it by debit or credit card. They wouldn't take money. I have an appointment for another x-ray and to see the doctor in five weeks.

I am now all pooped out.
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Well, that was unfortunate. Tuesday evening I fell on my face on the sidewalk. I did something serious to my knee too. This is what I did to my face:

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I need new glasses. Has anyone bought bifocals or progressive glasses online? Please post your experience here.
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I got an email from my mummy-in-law today about the symptoms of stroke. You know, one of those "send this to everyone" kind. I checked it out at Snopes, and they say it's accurate. Here's the link to the Snopes article
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The chest cold seems to be getting better. It is still exhausting, but not quite as much so. I get exhausted because I can't take deep breaths and my nose is clogged a lot of the time. I also get exhausted by the coughing (it's hard to cough properly when you can't take a deep breath). But, it is getting easier, even if mornings are still bad. It also makes it hard to sleep. The hot, humid weather doesn't help the sleeping.


Apr. 6th, 2009 06:37 pm
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A client called and her toddler screeched into the phone. Oh, that wasn't good for my headache. Then the smoke detector decided the house must be on fire because [ profile] swestrup made toast. I pushed the button to make it ignore the "smoke" for something like seven minutes, but I can't make it stop the chirping that tells me it isn't actively detecting smoke right now. Ow, my aching head. It finally stopped.
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I got this in an email from a client. It's a description of the symptoms of a heart attack in a woman. They are different than the symptoms of a heart attack in a man:


I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!



Mar. 18th, 2009 02:01 pm
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I woke up at about 10h00. It took until ~13h30 for my eyes to wake up (stop feeling like they were full of stuff). Then I got one of my visual migraines. Unfortunately it is the one with drop shadows, not the one with the pretty colours that go away within half an hour. Could hardly see to read. I took some AC&C. After almost two hours, I could see again, but it hadn't taken care of the headache. I was fragile for the rest of the day.

But, while looking for that post with the drop shadows, I found one that said I had paid my car registration, late, in April. After a whole bunch of hunting, I found the receipt. It was for driver's license renewal. That's why I thought my car registration had been taken care of. That $438 fine is due next week. :(
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I had, I believe, a migraine last night. That makes three different kinds of migraines that I get. None of them have the head splitting headaches, thank goodness. This one is vertigo and nausea followed by vomiting. Oh, and a headache. I have only had this kind once before. It lasted a few hours, and then I could go to sleep. I'm not feeling so hot now and I have just taken some AC&C for the headache.

[ profile] swestrup brought me a bucket, because I simply wasn't going to make it up the stairs to the washroom.

I am really bummed out, because I was going to go to a housewarming party today and at the moment I don't feel well enough to go. I was really looking forward to that party.

If I feel better later, I might go to the party for a short while.


Jul. 8th, 2008 06:34 pm
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I have a bad headache on the right left side of my face and head. It's mostly behind my eyeball and around it. It's the eye that isn't getting the drops for glaucoma (yet). I wonder if it's relevant.
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I went to the ophthalmologist today, well, yesterday at this point. I'm not sure what to make of her. I showed her a printout that gives an idea of what I see, when my vision goes weird.
I explained that I see any one of those, depending on how severe the episode is. The last one is what I usually see.

She gave me the eye chart exam. She had me look through a thing with a bunch of tiny holes. She put eye drops. She did a bunch of tests. She put those awful drops that dilate your pupils. She looked in my eyes with some very bright lights shining in my eye.

She said I need glasses. She said it was an eye problem, not a neurological problem, because I could see more clearly through the thing with the tiny holes (pin hole camera effect). She also told me I have glaucoma. Yikes. She gave me a prescription for eye drops. I am only supposed to use them in my right eye. I have an appointment to come back on 31 July so they can see if these drops work on me.

I really don't understand about the glasses fixing the problem. Sure, I need glasses, but the problem varies enough that I'll need four or five different prescriptions.

She said that the skin below my eyes was puffy. That might be age or it might be thyroid. So, I will be having my thyroid levels tested as well as getting tested for diabetes, which could also affect my eyes.

One of the possible side effects of the eye drops is that my eyelashes might get darker, thicker, and longer. She said most women don't mind that one.
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Back in April I went to the Jewish General Hospital's emergency for my vision. Here's a link to the journal entry.

I was given a referral to the ophthalmology clinic. I called in early May. I kept on calling and kept on leaving my name, hospital card number, and phone number. No one called. Eventually, I got a person. She said it would take six months to a year to get an appointment. Would I please fax the referral? Then they would decide how quickly I would get the appointment. Someone would call to make the appointment.

I sent the fax on the 13th of May. Today I phoned again. Luckily, I got a person on the first try. She couldn't find the fax. She asked me about something it said on the referral, so I told her it said "To ophthalmology" and "From neurology ER".

her, "Well, that would probably be Dr.____ ." (can't remember the name she said) She went and looked. She found it. She said we could make the appointment now.

her, "How is June 10 at 1:30 PM? "
me, "This year?"
her, "Yes."
me, "That's great."


But, I have a small, niggely worry. Why am I getting that appointment so quickly? Are they that concerned about this vision weirdness? Or did I just get lucky?


Apr. 24th, 2008 11:41 pm
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[ profile] hendrikboom gave us a lift to the Jewish General Hospital's emergency room. Thank you again Hendrik. We got there about 23h on Tuesday. I saw the triage nurse and gave her the request for consultation with an ophthalmologist from the doctor at the clinic. She took my pulse, blood pressure, and temperature - all with one nifty machine with digital read outs. She handed me some paper work and told me to register next door. I waited about 20 minutes, while the lady who handled registration spoke on the phone and finished some paper work. Then the big wait began. Read more... )


Apr. 23rd, 2008 09:53 pm
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I thought my eyes were tired. But, a nap didn't help. My vision has gone a bit peculiar today. I phone Info-Sante and was told that I should go to a clinic right away. [ profile] xipetotec (thank you again) gave me and [ profile] swestrup to The West Island Medical Centre. I was examined by a very nice doctor. He was baffled by my "double, but offset" vision. Especially since it happens even when I close one eye. He wrote me a "consultation" and told me to get to an emergency ward tonight. He told me to go downtown, because the Lakeshore General doesn't have any residents on duty, so they wouldn't be able to do anything more for me than he could (he works there, so he knows). [ profile] xipetotec picked us up and I'm about to have supper. I'm not waiting for hours in hospital waiting room, trying to eat vending machine crap.

More later.


Apr. 1st, 2008 11:41 am
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I am waiting for a wretched headache to go away. I took AC&C because ASA isn't strong enough and acetaminophen and ibuprofen don't work on me. I've been having headaches every day since I got sick. I spoke with my doctor. She said it wasn't unusual to have headaches with the flu and flu-like illnesses. It wasn't unusual for the headaches to continue for a while after a person gets well, especially when they have been ill for over a week. Not time to worry yet.

I'm having a hard time not feeling sorry for myself.
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Emru Townsend is one of my friends. He is a really cool guy, a husband and father, and an animation and technology writer. He has leukemia. He needs a bone marrow transplant. His only sibling, his sister is not a match.

This isn't just about Emru; it's about all the members of ethnic minorities who need a bone marrow transplant. Ethnic minorities are seriously underrepresented in the bone marrow registries of the world. That is where they are most likely to find a match, but it could be from anyone.

Here's a link to Emru's website:

His family and friends are putting an enormous effort into getting the word out about signing up for the bone marrow registry. Would you please help get the word out? There's lots of info and links on Emru's website.

Edit: I forgot to mention that there are graphics and posters in PDF format on the HealEmru website that can be printed and posted. I guess I better remember to do that myself.
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Today I finally feel well. Still weak, but well. Part of the feeling crappy was probably due to the very strong, very broad spectrum, antibiotic I was taking. I took the last two pills yesterday and I notice a difference today. Tomorrow I will start eating a lot of yogourt. I think my intestinal flora need some replenishing. I suspect I may need more than one day of recuperating.
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Darn! I want cheese on toast. I looked at the clock and I've just missed one of my two daily four hour "dairy food windows". The instructions that came with the antibiotic I'm taking say that I have to wait six hours after eating dairy products (or taking certain supplements) before taking the pill and two hours after taking the pill. If I don't, the pill won't work as well.


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