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ProfessorTomoe last won the day on March 4

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About ProfessorTomoe

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    Music, Open-Wheel and Endurance Racing, good cheese
  1. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    The news keeps getting worse. I had a face-to-face appointment with my foot doctor yesterday. Not only do I have osteomyelitis in the middle toe of my left foot, I've got signs of it in the metatarsal (the long bone) that leads to the middle toe. So, when he does the partial amputation of my toe, he's going to do a bone biopsy of my metatarsal. I'm kinda scared of the possibility of losing part of my foot proper due to a bone infection. How will it affect how I walk?
  2. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I just got some bad news from my podiatrist's office. I had a bone scan run on the infected middle toe of my left foot on Wednesday. Just got the results a few minutes ago - it's osteomyelitis, a bone infection. The same thing that cost me the second toe of that same foot back in December of 2018. We're not screwing with the IV antibiotics this go-round. They did no good last time, and they'll do no good this time. We're going straight to partial amputation. It's scheduled for some time in the morning of Friday, April 26th.
  3. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    The infection has failed to respond to antibiotics and topical iodine treatments. The subcutaneous fat layer of the tip of my toe is now exposed. The doctor now says my toe looks just like toe #2 did last year. He is scheduling a radioisotope bone scan to determine if I have a bone infection (osteomyelitis), which is what I had in toe #2. If I have osteomyelitis, we're going to skip the six weeks' worth of IV antibiotics that we tried last time (which also didn't work) and proceed directly with a partial amputation. My depression gene is kicking me in the ass over this.
  4. What Are You Ingesting?

    Currently drinking Spiced Purple Maize drink from Aldi. It's a variant on the Peruvian national drink known as Chicha Morada, which is made from boiled purple corn, pineapple, quince, and spices. It takes a glass or two to get used to the unusual taste (along with the fact that you're basically drinking corn), but once you're past the weirdness of it all, you're hooked. The only problem with it is that it's 70 calories per 8 oz. glass - there's no artificial sweetener in it. It's sugar all the way. I've adapted my enjoyment by mixing it with my Crystal Light Lemon Tea, at about half a bottle per gallon of tea. That cuts it down to around 140 calories a day, and it makes it taste even better. Next time you're at Aldi, grab yourself a bottle. Put it in the chill chest for a few hours first. Let it get good and frosty - iced down doesn't cut it. Pour yourself a small glass and take a small sip. Be ready to taste something you've never experienced before. If you can make it through the whole glass, you'll probably be addicted, which will be a good thing for your body according to medical studies. Enjoy.
  5. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Last year, I had part of the second toe of my left foot amputated due to a bone infection gone out of control. Today, I found out I have an infection of the middle toe of my left foot. The foot doctor says we caught it just in time. He saw no bone problems on the X-rays. However, I am wearing a special walking boot on that foot and will have to take precautions when I shower so that I don't get it wet (I'll have to clean it separately outside of the shower). My foot is a pain in the arse.
  6. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Thank you. In perspective, it should save me a lot of grief. The pain that the surgery is designed to relieve can be crippling at its worst. It felt like I had a large, jagged rock between my ankle and the flat of my foot.
  7. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Surgery No. 2 (Endovenous Ablation, left leg) was done today. It looked at first like it was going to be easier than the right leg was, since they only had to do one lidocaine injection to insert the sheath and the catheter. However, the problems started once they started doing injections farther up the leg. They did about a half dozen injections prior to the radio wave ablation, each one more painful than the last. Things got even worse when they turned on the radio wave machine - I felt an intense pain from inside my leg. They either missed a spot with the lidocaine, or they didn't wait long enough for it to kick in. They gave me more lidocaine and restarted the ablation. A couple more burning spots popped up along the leg during the ablation, requiring even more lidocaine. In total, I think they hit me with about 10-12 injections when all was said and done. About seven hours later, I am very sore. Walking hurts. Sitting hurts. I'm worn out.
  8. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Eww. My bandages are off, and my leg looks a mess. Bruises all up and down my inner upper leg, and a huge bruise covered by Steri-Strips at the incision site. My leg felt like it weighed a ton after I finally un-bandaged it (I had to fight my cat, who insisted on being lovey-dovey during the process). It was bad enough that I had to walk it out for a while afterward. Still hurts.
  9. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Three hours until these damned bandages come off, and it's three hours too long. The things don't want to stay in position on my leg: they've slid down every chance they've got, mainly due to a lipoma that I have on the back of my upper leg. I'm not supposed to be able to see any of the bruising from the anesthetic shots, but of course that's already been violated. And don't forget the pain - the vein that was treated still hurts. It'll probably hurt worse after the bandages come off. Follow-up appointment is this coming Friday. We'll see what the doctor says.
  10. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Well, the doctor was right - it was not comfortable. I got stabbed with needles full of numbing medicine at least a dozen times, had a sheath shoved into a vein, then had a catheter shoved through the sheath up into said vein and heated with radio frequencies (yep, another radio ablation procedure) so that it collapsed the vein. I'm now wrapped up from my groin to my ankle with orders not to remove the wrap for 48 hours and not to lift anything more than 10 pounds. I'm just waiting right now for the time that I can take my next pain killer, because this crap hurts. Lather, rinse, repeat nest Monday.
  11. What Are You Ingesting?

    Chowing down on a thick-cut bacon and Velveeta slice sandwich. Totally bad for you, but oh-so-good. Nom.
  12. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    It's Monday, and still no headache, which is good because I have to go in for another surgery today. I'm having a catheter shoved up one of my right leg peripheral veins to cauterize it and stop venous reflux that's been causing painful swelling (edema) in my right foot and ankle. I'll be awake while they do the operation - not looking forward to that - so they've given me a couple of Xanax to take 30 minutes before the operation to calm me down. I've been warned that it's not going to be comfortable (gee, thanks), so I'm going to be laid out afterward. Much fun. I get to repeat the process on my left leg a week from today.
  13. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I seem to have woke up headache-free this morning. Let's see how long it lasts.
  14. This Day In History

  15. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Oww. Two days in a row with steady headaches. They just won't go away. I'm taking rizatriptan for the pain, but it doesn't knock it out completely. Oww.