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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Update

Okay, so I've had a couple of you ask for an update on my health issue. And, rather than deal with individual e-mails, I figured I'd post it here. Plus, it gives me something to post about, and I feel like I've been neglecting the blog as of late.

When last we left our plucky hero (that'd be me, in case there was any question), abdominal issues had ensued, a camera was shoved up his arse, and a few things were ruled out--namely, diverticulitis & colon cancer. The results of the biopsy came back, and the conclusion was that the inflamation was due to the "prep" procedure, which involved copious quantities of laxatives. Not wanting to go back to my "regular" doctor (whom I've lost confidence in for various reasons) and not really liking the Doctors-On-Duty set up, I visited a different doc at the same facility as my previous "regular". He quickly became fixated on cholesterol, because the last test I had (some 6-7 years ago) was borderline. I doubted this was the cause, but followed his lead and allowed a needle to draw blood from my body for testing. Results? Yes, my cholesterol is not good, but not completely outrageous. My liver enzymes were a bit out of whack, which may be related to the cholesterol and so further tests were ordered (results from that aren't in yet). In the meantime, I expressed concern that the cause of my abdominal issues was a hernia (based on my extensive medical knowledge and training, obtained from WebMD). Since the doc wanted an ultrasound of my liver & gall bladder anyhow (as well as to confirm that I was, indeed, not pregnant), he threw in looking for a hernia with it.

The official results aren't back yet, but the technician performing the ultrasound informed me that while I do have a slightly fatty liver (which is possibly related to the cholesterol, but is not the source of the abdominal issues), the gall bladder is fine & there's no sign of a hernia. She did note an unusual level of blood flow, which may indicate some form of infection, but that would need to be confirmed with other tests. In the meantime, the discomfort levels have increased, and can more frequently be described as "pain". Swelling has joined in on the fun as well. Hopefully in the next few days I'll have more info and (ideally) a course of treatment/action. If this winds up interfering with my France/Germany trip next month, I'm going to be extremely peeved, since I really kinda feel like the doctors have been dragging their feet for the last month and a half or so.

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