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Feeling unwell

Early on last week, I started to feel unwell. It started with no longer feeling good, then to feeling 'eh', then to feeling not good, and then feeling bad. Specific enough?

Yah, didn't think so. I started to feel less and less hungry, which, admittedly, is not a bad thing alone. It's not typical, mind you...I didn't get to 22 stone without feeling peckish from time to time. Then my belly (for lack of a more specific abdominal location) began to hurt after eating. I have to eat at least once daily, as some of my medicines require being taken on a full stomach...so having a painful gut after even a minimal breakfast is unsettling. I spent most of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in varying levels of discomfort, with other side effects for flavor (nausea, headache, etc.) Carbonated drinks became especially difficult, so I'm sure some of the headache issues were caffeine-withdrawal related.

A day or two of this? Okay, maybe it's a bug. Three or four days? Okay, time to call my doctor. I called on Friday to try to arrange an appointment for next week. The receptionist said, "Well, he's got nothing for next week. I can have him call you back and try to arrange fitting you in somehow." I agreed to that, not knowing that was not the message that he'd receive.

We played a little phone tag, and I eventually spoke to him on the phone.
He asked how I was, and I described my symptoms, but in more detail. He asked some specifics about my medications, then threw up his hands and said, "Well, I don't know what you want me to do. I can't diagnose you over the phone." I replied, "I didn't want you to diagnose me over the phone. I wanted to come in to see you...in person!" "Oh...! Well, that can be arranged." I'm due to see him at 7am on Monday morning.

I wasn't a very friendly or gracious host Friday night. I spent most of Saturday asleep, after discovering that my gut ailment was eased by lying down. I got up this morning and weighed myself, out of curiosity. Yeah, I've lost 10 or 15 pounds. So much for being 22 stone.

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mabfan
Jun. 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Feel better.
sethcohen
Jun. 24th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks...I'm looking forward to that rather than the other options.
magid
Jun. 24th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Refuah shlaimah.

I'm glad you have an appointment soon.
sethcohen
Jun. 24th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks much, and me too. I just had lunch, and my body is kind enough to let me know that it both appreciates the food and hates me. *sigh*
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sethcohen
Jun. 25th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: 22 stone
Only if you were singing They Might Be Giants, "I want a rock".
glenbarnett
Jun. 24th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
You can have some of mine. I discovered last night I put on 5kg. Wah.
sethcohen
Jun. 25th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
I could have some of yours, but I'm really not interested in taking them from you. I normally don't have any problem acquiring my own, thanks. This is an exception, and the only positive thing is that I'm losing weight.

Now, when you're heavier than me, we'll talk. I know there may have been points in your life where you outweighed me, but not in this millenium. If things reverse, then one of us is having serious health issues.
cellio
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're sick, and I hope you're better soon.

You're a pharmacist, so you presumably have the ability to roll your own, but for the caffeine problem, allow me to point out Foosh mints. (The same folks sell caffeine in other forms too, including soap, which I haven't tried. The mints are helpful.)
sethcohen
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Me too, me too, and it seems so far today I'm improving.

I haven't heard that Foosh has a valid heksher. I know that Penguins didn't, and I haven't heard any change. I could roll my own, but I'm lazy. I'm currently drinking Fruit2O Nutrient Enhanced Water Beverage, which has 120mg of caffeine per bottle. It's doing the trick.
paigedayspring
Jun. 25th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up and am especially worried to here about your gut problems but I'm wondering why you transferred paid account time to me? You aren't leaving LJ, are you?
sethcohen
Jun. 25th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Nope, I bought a permanent account and figured you deserved the paid time. Surprise! 8^)

Things seem to be improving today. I'm eating with a lot less discomfort.
morganminstrel
Jun. 25th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
How did the appointment go? What did the doc say?
sethcohen
Jun. 25th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry. There's not usually a lot of time to post prior to getting back from work. I'm feeling better than before (although not 100%) so the doc wants me to call back if it gets worse before Thursday, or call back on Thursday if things continue to improve. It could be a couple of things, but without getting radiology involved, he can't know for certain. It getting better on its own is a good sign.
morganminstrel
Jun. 25th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you feel better and are able to eat more. After all, you wouldn't want to waste away to one me! (Admittedly, that unit of measurement has gotten slightly larger over the past few years...)
sethcohen
Jun. 26th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
My weight, as measured in the MD office this morning, was a few pounds higher than my last weight, sometime last year. In other words, even though I've wasted away some, I've only wasted partially back to my 3-Jonathan normal weight. I appreciate how you've managed to keep my weight the same by increasing yours...
have_inner_lady
Jun. 26th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
21 stone sounds cooler anyway.

I hope you're getting better now -- or soon.
sethcohen
Jun. 26th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
I was feeling better until midafternoon. I'm feeling not-so-good now, but since I just ate and I'm plenty tired, I guess it should come as no surprise. Here's hoping some good sleep will help to bring me back to better.
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