Old 7th November 2010, 05:24   #1
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Been a while...

So I'm not dead. Not yet.

I missed this place, so I thought I should drop in. I've been dealing with some medical problems for the past seven months, and I still haven't gotten it resolved. Not sure what's causing it, but my small intestine gets irritated and generally makes my life miserable every week or two. I've made some major lifestyle changes since this started back in April. I've given up pretty much all beef and pork products. I've completely stopped drinking carbonated drinks. I've seriously cut back on my intake of high-fructose corn syrup from other sources. I'm afraid to try eating anything with ingredients that are hard to digest (nuts, seeds, most vegetables, etc), and I get almost all of my fruit/vegetable intake from drinking V8 Fusion (I really like the tropical orange flavor, but this stuff is expensive). I've completely given up smoking (not easy after doing it for ten years).

In the process, I've managed to rack up somewhere around $55,000 worth of medical bills. I've also lost about 40 pounds. None of my clothes fit right anymore, and I've had to poke four new holes on the inside of my belt just to keep my pants on. I'm not going to be able to go to a specialist until I can get insurance again (enrollment comes around in January) because no one will see me without cash up front. It's obvious that my money is more important than my health. So I've just been toughing it out, missing a few days of work here and there while I'm hunched over in the bathroom, and trying not to eat anything that will make my digestive system explode.

On a brighter note, I now have a 2-disc set of My Colon's Greatest Hits provided by the radiology department of the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. I'll post a few pictures when I get some more free time. I'll try not to get dead between now and then.
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Welcome back. I'm sorry about the loss of Dr. Pepper, but I'm glad the ol' S-10 is still chuggin' away. How's the Colorado and Wells Cargo? What state are you in? Still doing heavy equipment operation?

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Old 7th November 2010, 17:02   #7
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Old 7th November 2010, 17:43   #8
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I knew you would come through the cracks, welcome back! Hope your health fairs well, I'm sorry to hear about your loss of smoking. That. Sucks. Period. < (Period)

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Old 7th November 2010, 17:49   #9
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check your PM's sarge. I was going to reply here, but, well ... check your PMs.
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FUZZY!!!! I've missed you, darlin' Take care of yourself and hopefully you get insurance soon.

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Crohn's is fefinately a possibility (especially considering age). However, it needs to be officially diagnosed.
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Old 9th November 2010, 00:03   #12
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Nice to hear from you sarge! Get well soon!
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Old 9th November 2010, 09:44   #13
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Dude, you have been away far to long.

Sorry to hear about your health problem.

Sure sounds to me that health care for everybody as Obama had in mind is still far away.
one of the benefits of living were i am , at least that is take care of.

sounds a bit like the problem my wife had in the past.
We spend many hours in hospitals to find out in the end that her colon's decided to live their own lives.
They over reacted on fat food.
we have been on a non fat diet since 1996 and everytime we grab fast food or don't have a decent meal it shows instantly.

Keep posting updates.

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Nice to see you around again, Sarge. Sorry to hear about your medical issues. Stay strong and you'll pull through.
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Old 29th June 2011, 16:37   #15
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First, thank you all for the well wishes and kind words. I really appreciate it, and I'm sorry I haven't been around the forums.

Now, I finally figured out what's wrong with me...

Nothing ever showed up in any of the radiology I've been through, and last week, they brought in a surgeon to open me up and find out. I had a tumor in/on my small intestine. The doc removed over 12 inches of my intestine just to be sure it's all out, and I've currently got 17 metal staples holding me together. I'm able to walk and do light things, but it'll be almost 2 more weeks before I can drive, and 4 to 6 weeks before I can go back to work. Yay for no income! I'm just happy that I'll be able to eat normally again soon.

I can't sit in one position for too long right now, so I'll drop in and catch up on the forums some more in the next few days.
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Well at least they finally figured out what it was. Exploratory surgery ftw! Yikes. Was it the small intestine or the large one?
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indeed, but hopefully that will be the end of the issues and you get back to being yourself again

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indeed, but hopefully that will be the end of the issues and you get back to being yourself again

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i think the real topic here is, pun intended?

anyway, wow that's no good sarge but at least you're on the way to getting it sorted.

i'm tempted to ask how this will affect your flatulence, but.... i think not, maybe.

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With less intestine to absorb nutrients, you might want to consider a protein/vitamin shake to go with your meals.

Otherwise, glad to hear you're okay!

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Glad to hear an update. Some of us who don't keep contact outside these forums were worried that you might've died (read: me).

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Sorry to hear you have been sick Sarge. I am glad to hear that they figured out how to fix you up. I hope the outcome is full recovery. It sounds like that outcome is pretty promising.

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Good to hear you're getting better, sad to hear the shit you had/still have to go through.

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Get well soon,

sorry to hear there is no social security in your country.
If i get sick i still get payed the full amount , first day isn't paid but the rest is.

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*big hugs* Glad they found out what was wrong, hope your recovery is speedy *flowers*
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At first I was all like and then I was like

Funny enough, when Chev reared his head a couple weeks ago, I just got the thought yesterday to post my wonders if whether Sarge will rear his head next...and look what the fuck happens...

But despite your hardcomings, I'm glad things are looking up again in your life...Always good to see the old ones come back and prove they're still alive...

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Good to hear they found the problem. Get well soon!
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Holy Jesus fuck brother!
Everytime I think we have it bad you come up with something new.
Katrina to the the latrina!
I hope all's well and getting better for you my friend.
Radioactive Man cured my tumor and I'm sure to be among the living dead again soon.
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that's it, we need to test if you glow in the dark.

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...Katrina to the the latrina!
Wow. Should I feel guilty for laughing at this? Good to see you (Sarge and Chev both) back. Sgt, by the way you typed your post, it sounds like this is temporary, which sounds good, and that things will stop sucking in time. Either way, please keep us posted. I'm glad to hear you're finally properly diagnosed and treated. With any luck, you're driving the Chevy Colorado again already I hope.

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I'm really glad you're OK, Sarge. And you too, Chev. It's good to hear from you guys again.

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Quite a revival here. How have you been, Scor?

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Where are you, my brother?
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Well, you big dope..you ain't dead, yet. And, yeah doesn't Chemo just suck dead balls? But, why don't you just wait awhile. You might have some very, very good days.
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It's good to see a few more old-schoolers here again. How're all of you doing?


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Small intestine. The surgeon also took out my appendix while he was in there. Bonus surgery ftw!


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With less intestine to absorb nutrients, you might want to consider a protein/vitamin shake to go with your meals.
Actually, my digestion has pretty much gotten back to normal already. The surgeon removed my staples and ok'd me to eat fiber and roughage last week, so things are getting better.


I still have to wait another 2 weeks until I can go back to work, though. I'm fighting to get into the cancer center, too... The oncologist that saw me after the surgery wants me to go to MD Anderson Cancer Center to get a PET scan and get started on a chemotherapy regimen, but my insurance is turning it into a nightmare. Been playing phone tag with my primary doctor, specialists, and the cancer center for about 2 weeks now trying to get things set up. Ugh.


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With any luck, you're driving the Chevy Colorado again already I hope.
Yep. The doc said I could start driving again last week. Also, I finally had the wheels/tires that I bought when I was working in Utah installed on my Colorado last month (just before I went in for surgery). What do you think?:

http://localhostr.com/file/JXk14P2/WP_000327.jpg
http://localhostr.com/file/yKXLBo8/WP_000328.jpg
http://localhostr.com/file/cpUfP1e/WP_000329.jpg
http://localhostr.com/file/Vn8bKIr/WP_000330.jpg

Despite the weeks of research, measuring, spec-sheet surfing, and comparison shopping, they stick out past the edges of the wheel wells just a little farther than I thought they would. I can live with that, though.
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Old 25th July 2011, 05:24   #36
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The tires look sweet. Might need to stay on road until you are back to 100%.
Did they ever say what caused the tumor?

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flashback time

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