Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ok...I Wanted To Wait Until I Knew The Results

As you all know, when last in the E.R. thinking I was having a Heart Attack, the folks there found no cardiac issues, but instead I had a mass named Mickey in my right lung. After that discovery, a couple of them came into my room with masks over their face.

Tuberculosis concern!

I asked them if it might be MRSA or TB, but never got a reply. I asked if they wanted to test me. No reply.

About 10 days later, I get a call from The Tarrant County Board Of Health. They wanted to have a conversation.

Seems the hospital had reached out to them, and the info they gave regards chain of events on June 7th were not quite accurate. Also, the person who called said they were trying to find me.

They had my cell number.


Anyhow, I had to go into Fort Worth and get a blood test and leave some phlegm for testing.

Blood = TB Yea of Nay
Phlegm = Strain of TB to determine treatment.

If positive, I am administered IN PERSON AND DAILY prescribed meds. They insist on that so they can be sure I was taking it. I asked, what if I don't.

  Welcome To Club Med(ical)

San Antonio, Texas! A resort for those who's lungs are a playground for bacteria, a playground for those who refuse treatment and home quarantine. Some activities there include:

  • Movies
  • Computer literacy
  • Religious Studies
  • Computer-based reading literacy
  • Computer games
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
  • Video games
  • Leather work
  • Plaster art
  • Plastic stain glass art
  • Sewing
  • Music therapy
  • Woodworking
  • Beading
  • Knitting
  • Pool tables
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Gardening
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Ping Pong
  • Bingo
  • Horseshoe toss
What could be better? I bet they have a "Turn Down" service and leave anti-biotic laden mints on the pillows. You can visit their website, maybe make reservations, HERE. I am all ready for a 6 month vaca when I find out....



Stuck in the van! For now. That will change soon, though. Minus Woodworking and Horseshoe Toss.

So, your humble narrator is NOT infectious and can mingle about the great unwashed with concern of making someone ill.

Well...with TB, anyhow.

Until next time....

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ok...So I Saw My Pulmonary Guy.....

....on Thursday and.....

Inconclusive regards Mickey. He isn't leaning toward cancer....won't rule it out, either.....and is putting me on 30 days of an anti-biotic, with a follow up CAT Scan in 6 weeks.

Haven't had any episodes of pain lately. Always a plus!

Will keep you all posted and thanks for reading.

Until next time.....

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Howdy! It's Been A While!

I have been remiss is posting after updating that I have a new part to my body. Here's what happened....

Friday, June 7th, I was going about my morning getting ready to introduce myself to a local corporation and a Social Media Summer campaign I conceived for them.Beautiful day, moderate temperature...all looked good. Then the pain started.....

It was in my back and felt EXACTLY like the pain I had when I experienced my real heart atack back in 2009, and got a stent put in. After it hit a certain level, I went to the nearest E.R. and was checked in immediately.

It was determine pretty quickly that odds were this was NOT a cardiac event. Thus, the CAT Scan and X-Ray were ordered. It was at that point, they discovered I had an infection in the upper part of my right lung, with a bonus feature of a "Mass" behind that. Said item's nature still undetermined. They loaded me up with 2 Broad Spectrum I.V. anti-biotics and sent me on my way. They wanted me to stay for tests and all, but I said no. It was late in the day on a Friday, thus nothing would be done except run up the bill, until Monday. So, back to the van for moi.

I see my pulmonary guy this coming Thursday. At that point I'll know if a biopsy will be performed, or just more anti-biotics. We'll see....

Now I am of the nature to give nick names to things. People, devices, stuff. For example I called my Food Saver appliance the Vac-U-Suck. You get the idea.

I was at a loss of what to call my mass, until I was finally able to view the X-Ray on my computer, and it all came into focus.


Mickey Mass! Whoda' thought!

(This is REALLY my X-Ray! You can see the date in the lower right side of image)

Immediately I had the theme for "The Mickey Mouse Club" being all earwormish in my head and new lyrics came about. Before I show you those, a frame of reference is called for those too young to recall the ORIGINAL M.M.C. and not the creepy one in the 90's. Presented for your enjoyment.....

SIDETRACK: I found this FULL COLOR version I never knew existed before. Only ever saw the show in Black and White.

So I came up with this. Know it's a Work In Progress.

Who's the one, lives in your lung
and makes it hard to breathe
M I C...K E Y...MA-SS, that's he! (Sung EmmA-SS)

Hey There, Hi There, Hack There
I can hear you wheeze.

M I C...K E Y...MA-SS, that's he!

Mickey Mass
(Donald clot)
Mickey Mass
(Donald clot)

Forever keep your platelet levels high

High, HIgh, HIGH...

You get the idea. limbo and seeing what happens. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next time.......