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An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:57:22 PM »
Last December, maybe earlier, according to one of my friends, I started getting ill. I pretty much brushed it off as it being the cold/ flu season & general malaise. No big deal. I was also playing w/ my insulin dosages (BAD IDEA!!). I wasn't eating very much because I really wasn't all that hungry. I was probably consuming 600 calories per day, at most. Anyways, as the months progressed, my close friend in Kentucky kept bugging me to go to the Doctor. I kept blowing her off and told her, "oh, it's just a cold, it'll pass" or later on, "it's just a flu bug, it'll pass". I kept getting weaker & weaker. She kept on me, almost every day, all through February. She noticed my decline. Finally, after the first week of March, she called me one day and I was incoherent. She wound up calling the police department here in Texas and got an ambulance dispatched to my house. I don't remember ANY of this, as I had slipped into a coma.

Ultimately, I woke up in the hospital in some part of the ICU. I was still somewhat incoherent for several days. I was slipping in & out of this coma, having hallucinations, weird dreams, etc. At one point, I thought that I was in some hospital in Oklahoma!! My friend in Kentucky, Linda, got in touch with my ex wife so she could inform my daughter what was going on. My daughter & my Ex came down from MN. Anyways, I come to find out that I had pneumonia, a massive kidney infection with two huge abscesses on my right kidney, and had gone into diabetic ketoacidosis. There was talk about removing my right kidney because it was only working at 25%. I was in the first hospital for about two weeks, on heavy duty antibiotics and in a bed that was sheer torture!!! They finally got me stabilized and I was showing improvement.

I was transferred to a different hospital. I had IV antibiotics pumped into me four times per day. They also were giving artificial marijuana in an effort to get me eating more, along with some really good pain meds because I had also developed a pressure sore at my tailbone, apparently because of too much sitting, mainly at the computer, and the massive amount of weight I had lost depleted my fat stores on my butt. They installed a drain into one of the abscesses on my right kidney. Immediately, 200 CC of infection drained. Over the next few days, another 150-200 CCs of infection drained, until I pulled the drain loose. I continued to progress pretty well and was released Apr 22nd to go home. YAY!!!

Since I've been home, I've drained another 500CCs of infection and have continued to get stronger. I am STILL on antibiotics. The infection is STILL draining!!  :o My strength is returning. I am also undergoing physical therapy. All in all, things are going pretty well, now. I still have the pressure wound and it's  being treated on a daily basis. I am stuck in a wheelchair, for the most part, but I'm working to get out of that. I'm trying to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but it's really hard. I am determined to get better and I now know that God has some plan set for me that I have yet to accomplish. I also seem to have developed a better, more positive outlook on life.
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 09:09:16 PM »
Last December, maybe earlier, according to one of my friends, I started getting ill. I pretty much brushed it off as it being the cold/ flu season & general malaise. No big deal. I was also playing w/ my insulin dosages (BAD IDEA!!). I wasn't eating very much because I really wasn't all that hungry. I was probably consuming 600 calories per day, at most. Anyways, as the months progressed, my close friend in Kentucky kept bugging me to go to the Doctor. I kept blowing her off and told her, "oh, it's just a cold, it'll pass" or later on, "it's just a flu bug, it'll pass". I kept getting weaker & weaker. She kept on me, almost every day, all through February. She noticed my decline. Finally, after the first week of March, she called me one day and I was incoherent. She wound up calling the police department here in Texas and got an ambulance dispatched to my house. I don't remember ANY of this, as I had slipped into a coma.

Ultimately, I woke up in the hospital in some part of the ICU. I was still somewhat incoherent for several days. I was slipping in & out of this coma, having hallucinations, weird dreams, etc. At one point, I thought that I was in some hospital in Oklahoma!! My friend in Kentucky, Linda, got in touch with my ex wife so she could inform my daughter what was going on. My daughter & my Ex came down from MN. Anyways, I come to find out that I had pneumonia, a massive kidney infection with two huge abscesses on my right kidney, and had gone into diabetic ketoacidosis. There was talk about removing my right kidney because it was only working at 25%. I was in the first hospital for about two weeks, on heavy duty antibiotics and in a bed that was sheer torture!!! They finally got me stabilized and I was showing improvement.

I was transferred to a different hospital. I had IV antibiotics pumped into me four times per day. They also were giving artificial marijuana in an effort to get me eating more, along with some really good pain meds because I had also developed a pressure sore at my tailbone, apparently because of too much sitting, mainly at the computer, and the massive amount of weight I had lost depleted my fat stores on my butt. They installed a drain into one of the abscesses on my right kidney. Immediately, 200 CC of infection drained. Over the next few days, another 150-200 CCs of infection drained, until I pulled the drain loose. I continued to progress pretty well and was released Apr 22nd to go home. YAY!!!

Since I've been home, I've drained another 500CCs of infection and have continued to get stronger. I am STILL on antibiotics. The infection is STILL draining!!  :o My strength is returning. I am also undergoing physical therapy. All in all, things are going pretty well, now. I still have the pressure wound and it's  being treated on a daily basis. I am stuck in a wheelchair, for the most part, but I'm working to get out of that. I'm trying to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but it's really hard. I am determined to get better and I now know that God has some plan set for me that I have yet to accomplish. I also seem to have developed a better, more positive outlook on life.

Thor,

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 09:18:40 PM »
Wow, I can't believe all that you have gone through. Keep us updated Thor!

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 10:01:12 PM »
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 11:21:51 PM »
Congratulations on your fantastic recovery.

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2013, 07:20:11 AM »
Really happy to see you back here, Sir. I've been worried about you. Take care of yourself.
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2013, 07:36:58 AM »
Hang in there, young man, and get it done.
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 08:14:28 AM »
So glad you're getting better, Thor!  :yahoo:
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2013, 08:24:23 AM »
So glad you're getting better, Thor!  :yahoo:


Triple that from me too Thor.    Now what on earth happened to cause all this horror, Have the Doctors any idea or theory's   as to how you got into this fix ?

I do see in the news about the Valley virus that in the South West is giving health authority's the jebbies, and causing prisoners by the thousands to be moved to other facility's out of the area.

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 08:28:19 AM »
Anything new on Thor's condition?
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2013, 08:53:48 AM »
Anything new on Thor's condition?
He seems to be ok, but I think, his spirits are low. He is still confined to a wheelchair temporarily.
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2013, 08:58:21 AM »
He seems to be ok, but I think, his spirits are low. He is still confined to a wheelchair temporarily.

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2013, 08:58:33 AM »
DAMN! I sure hope he gets better soon!
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2013, 10:23:35 AM »
Why are Thor and I not fb friends?!?!?
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2013, 10:55:41 AM »
Why are Thor and I not fb friends?!?!?

He's my friend.   :-) Why aren't you and I not FB friends??
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2013, 11:32:29 AM »
He's my friend.   :-) Why aren't you and I not FB friends??

PM sent!  :cheersmate:
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2013, 11:50:23 AM »
God Bless Thor.

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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2013, 12:50:49 PM »
Donkey shane!

 :-) :-) :-)
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2013, 06:07:13 AM »
Why are Thor and I not fb friends?!?!?

I dunno.....  :shrug:
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Re: An Update for You Non-Facebookers
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2013, 06:18:23 AM »
Still going through physical therapy to get out of this wheel chair. Now, I have either a very bad cold or pneumonia. My home health care nurse is gonna call the Dr on Monday, the 16th to see about an X Ray and more antibiotics. I've felt like crap since Friday morning. :( This shit is getting OLD!!


Triple that from me too Thor.    Now what on earth happened to cause all this horror, Have the Doctors any idea or theory's   as to how you got into this fix ?

I do see in the news about the Valley virus that in the South West is giving health authority's the jebbies, and causing prisoners by the thousands to be moved to other facility's out of the area.

Part of it was my fault. I just let my diabetes go. Ignored it completely. The pneumonia.... no clue. The kidney infection....... again, no clue. Two large abscesses on my right kidney. They drained one. Had a blood test last Tuesday, everything was really great. My cholesterol was at 138, my triglycerides were at 136. MY blood sugars were vastly improved with an A1C of 6.7 (should be 4-6, but it beats 14, where it was when I was hospitalized), but I have an infection or inflammation, as those markers are elevated and my kidneys are still not working very well. I see the kidney Dr on Wednesday, the 18th.
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