• Health Update

    From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Sun Mar 30 03:52:02 2014
    Just when I had all the medical bills caught up,
    my body figured it was time for another visit to
    the Emergency Room. :(


    This message never made it to Vancouver, but now I see it here on Janis's BBS. Thanks for checking in! More later.... :-)
    Ardith

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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Sun Apr 6 23:56:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    This message never made it to Vancouver, but now I see
    it here on Janis's BBS. Thanks for checking in! More
    later.... :-)

    Janis's system was down for a time because of a hardware
    power failure. Her system is also my FIDONet hub.


    I suspected Janis might be your hub... and now that I've just got a recent message from you on our system I can see it from the PATH line.

    As a user on somebody else's BBS I'm not privy to such information. When I have reason to believe we may have missed something, however, I often find it there. In this case, I checked because the traffic report in the Z1 edition of FIDONEWS obviously included dupes... which sometimes include lost messages appearing for the first time AFAIC. Thankyou, Jon & Janis.... :-)



    I can do a repost later, if you want it...it'll make for
    some traffic in the echo. <G>


    Go for it! That will make it easier for me to reply as well. :-))




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Wed Jun 4 14:02:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    There has been a feed issue with some of the systems in
    FIDONet, so in some of the echoes I take part in, traffic
    has been real slow...now, it's as if the floodgates have
    opened!!


    Thanks for the info. Dallas & I thought somebody must have done a rescan because three or four old SURVIVOR messages landed in our DUPES area.

    I am glad to report, however, that the message you posted to "All" on January 15th has finally made its way to Vancouver.... ;-)




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jun 20 15:52:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    I am glad to report, however, that the message you posted
    to "All" on January 15th has finally made its way to
    Vancouver.... ;-)

    That's like the joke about the carrier pigeon who took
    weeks to deliver a piece of mail. When confronted by the
    handler at the destination to explain the delay, the bird
    replied "It was such a nice day, that I decided to walk". <G>


    Yeah, I figure it might easily take about that long to walk from where you are to where I am... [chuckle].

    Ah, well. Only twenty years ago it took two days to get Fidomail from a suburb we could drive to in an hour. We could use a bridge whereas the phone company rate structure made it cheaper to send messages via Oregon, in the USA. I remember as a child opening Christmas gifts from the UK at Easter... and I've heard stories about snail mail which took even longer 'way back when.

    Better late than never, I say! I do appreciate your retyping all this stuff meanwhile, though, because I can take longer to think on our system. :-)




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Mon Jul 28 18:32:02 2014
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    I do appreciate your retyping all this stuff meanwhile,
    though, because I can take longer to think on our system.

    That's why I like the QWK Mail feature on the BBS. I can
    download messages and reply at my leisure.


    Precisely my point. I can copy echomail from our BBS into a writing area which doesn't scan out. When I've finished a reply I then move or copy it into the echo area, which *does* scan out.... :-)



    I had just one more payment from an Emergency Room trip
    in February...looks like I'll have a lot more now.

    I may end up with around $3000 in medical expenses this
    year...and while that'll help when the rent recertification
    is due again, it ruins any chance of other activities either
    inside or outside the Little Rock (Pulaski County) area. Even
    though the National Square Dance Convention is in Little Rock
    next week, I can't go...


    I hear you. There are a lot of medical expenses in our household as well. Too bad you had to miss the convention... I think it's important that we include some "fun" activities in our lives. And music & dancing are especially helpful because they can give both the body & the brain a good workout.

    Now, what... if anything... came to light as a result? :-)




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  • From Mark Lewis@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Sun Oct 11 20:57:02 2015
    06 Oct 15 14:33, you wrote to All:

    I think they're going to put me on a "south beach diet"...never heard
    of that, but I doubt it means going to Coconut Grove, Florida to eat.
    :P

    really??

    start here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach_Diet and then follow up from here https://www.google.com/search?q=south+beach+diet

    ;)


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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Mark Lewis on Sat Oct 17 23:52:02 2015
    Hi & welcome, Mark! Recently you wrote in a message to Daryl Stout:

    I think they're going to put me on a "south beach diet"...
    never heard of that, but I doubt it means going to Coconut
    Grove, Florida to eat. :P

    really??


    I'd heard of it because a nearby pharmacy carries a bunch of "lower glycemic index" treats & keeps them where they are very difficult to ignore if you're waiting at the cash desk. Although I wasn't sure where South Beach is, the Wiki article explains how the diet got its name.

    I turned intuitively to a low-carb diet as soon as I was old enough to decide for myself what to put on my plate. In layman's terms, my diagnosis is "you have weird kidneys" and in those days all the GP could do was instruct me to memorize the name of a condition which rated at best only a few lines in medical dictionaries so other doctors wouldn't go looking for Bright's Disease or diabetes or something when I was otherwise in good health.

    I suppose I'm more fortunate than many others in that when I try to eat what doesn't work for me, my body usually lets me know within a few hours. Years ago I mentioned to a nurse, who was a friend of a friend, that I had the same condition one of her patients had just been hospitalized for & asked what she knew about it. She promised she'd get back to me but never did. I wasn't too surprised because I realized, from the look on her face, that she couldn't understand why I was still alive & kicking although I'd broken the rules. ;-)



    start here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach_Diet and then
    follow up from here https://www.google.com/search?q=south+beach+diet


    Thankyou. Briefly, my take on the situation here is that the South Beach diet &/or a low-carb diet might help Daryl keep his blood sugar level on an even keel... and thus postpone or avoid taking "diabetic" drugs later. :-)




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to Mark Lewis on Sat Oct 24 13:26:02 2015
    06 Oct 15 14:33, you wrote to All:

    I think they're going to put me on a "south beach diet"...never heard
    of that, but I doubt it means going to Coconut Grove, Florida to eat.
    :P

    really??

    start here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach_Diet and then follow up from here https://www.google.com/search?q=south+beach+diet

    Mark,

    They sent me paperwork in the mail, but with all the prep last week for a colonoscopy, I didn't even look at it. I might look at it this next week,
    but I'm drained (in more ways than one), so, I'm just doing minimal BBS work today.

    Daryl


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to Ardith Hinton on Sat Oct 24 13:27:02 2015
    Thankyou. Briefly, my take on the situation here is that the
    Sout
    Beach diet &/or a low-carb diet might help Daryl keep his blood sugar level an even keel... and thus postpone or avoid taking "diabetic" drugs later.
    :-

    I won't know until after follow-up blood work next month. But, after all the stress this past week for the colonoscopy, I'm just doing minimal BBS work today, and going back to bed shortly.

    Daryl


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to All on Sun Mar 26 12:42:57 2017
    I haven't been in the FIDONet echoes in awhile, but am back now...
    and I wanted to give a health update.

    First, my 90 year old Mom was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
    and congestive heart failure earlier this year...and she had a
    pacemaker implanted in early February. They finally stabilized her
    on the Lasix, where it didn't "dry her out", or "not enough", which
    meant breathing problems when she laid down, due to fluid building
    up in her trachea.

    Second, after a 4 1/2 year hiatus, I'm producing kidney stones
    again. I took myself to the Emergency Room, due to pulsating,
    moderate to severe testicular pain. They first checked to see if
    it was torsio of the testicle, which is a medical emergency. I
    noted to them that I was going to have a CT Scan done at Arkansas
    Urology in the coming days, so they did one there.

    They discovered 2 stones, 1 in each ureter, just above the urinary
    bladder. They have since dropped into the bladder, and have grown in
    size to at least 16 millimeters each (they likely are larger now).
    These are NOT passable, and have to be removed by emergency surgery.

    At the moment, I'm not in that much pain, and can still urinate. I
    don't want it to get to where I do get into pain, nausea, vomiting,
    and where I can't urinate...that means an ambulance run to the
    hospital, and surgery.

    I have yet to hear from the scheduler at the urologists office, but
    I hope it can be done outpatient. Apparently, they'll first put me to
    sleep (I sure hope so!!), then insert a catheter into the penis,
    urethra, and bladder, then the cystoscope. With that, they can see
    into the bladder, where they can break up the stones, then irrigate
    the bladder to wash out the debris, and remove both the catheter and cystoscope.

    If it's outpatient, I can spend one night at my elderly Mom's place,
    before driving home the next day...unless they decide to put me in the
    hospital overnight for observation.

    I'll post an update when I know something else.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to All on Thu Apr 6 20:02:52 2017
    Never mind "doing things bigger in Texas" <G> -- I'm in Little Rock, Arkansas, and I've got a story to tell you. :)

    I originally produced kidney stones from June, 2010 to August, 2012...
    then went on a 4 1/2 year hiatus. Unfortunately, the stones are back as
    of February, 2017.

    But, 3 of them have descended into the urinary bladder, and are
    growing. So much so, that emergency surgery has been set up on April
    13 at the Baptist Day Surgery (outpatient) center at Baptist Medical
    Center in west Little Rock.

    Two of the stones are just over 2 centimeters (nearly an inch) in
    diameter, while a third stone is just over 2 millimeters (nearly 1/10
    of an inch) in diameter.

    With the surgery next week, and also a forecast of thunderstorms for
    much of the week, the BBS will be OFFLINE from April 9-15...so, there
    may be a delay in my replying.

    I'll spend the night after surgery at my elderly Mom's place. She is
    90, and was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and congestive
    heart failure...and also had a pacemaker implanted 2 months ago. They
    have her stabilized on the Lasix, so the fluid doesn't build up in her
    trachea, which gave her breathing problems.

    I try to make ginger ale as my beverage of choice, as it'll settle
    my stomach without the caffeine...and it's the only beverage that will
    not send my colon into diarrhea (large amounts of any other liquid,
    including water, will do that)...and spending all day on the toilet is
    not my idea of a good time...unless I'm preparing for a colonoscopy.

    Daryl

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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to Daryl Stout on Sun Sep 29 23:42:26 2013
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to All:

    I hadn't posted a message in here in a bit, so
    I thought I'd give a brief health update.


    I hadn't either, but I'm glad to see you're still here. I intend to get back in the swing of things soon. Meanwhile, thanks for the update. :-)




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to mark lewis on Sun Oct 18 01:36:00 2015
    Hi & welcome, Mark! Recently you wrote in a message to Daryl Stout:

    I think they're going to put me on a "south beach diet"...
    never heard of that, but I doubt it means going to Coconut
    Grove, Florida to eat. :P

    really??


    I'd heard of it because a nearby pharmacy carries a bunch of "lower glycemic index" treats & keeps them where they are very difficult to ignore if you're waiting at the cash desk. Although I wasn't sure where South Beach is, the Wiki article explains how the diet got its name.

    I turned intuitively to a low-carb diet as soon as I was old enough to decide for myself what to put on my plate. In layman's terms, my diagnosis is "you have weird kidneys" and in those days all the GP could do was instruct me to memorize the name of a condition which rated at best only a few lines in medical dictionaries so other doctors wouldn't go looking for Bright's Disease or diabetes or something when I was otherwise in good health.

    I suppose I'm more fortunate than many others in that when I try to eat what doesn't work for me, my body usually lets me know within a few hours. Years ago I mentioned to a nurse, who was a friend of a friend, that I had the same condition one of her patients had just been hospitalized for & asked what she knew about it. She promised she'd get back to me but never did. I wasn't surprised. I'd already recognized from the look on her face that she couldn't understand why I was still alive & kicking although I'd broken the rules. ;-)



    start here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach_Diet and then
    follow up from here https://www.google.com/search?q=south+beach+diet


    Thankyou. Briefly, my take on the situation here is that the South Beach diet &/or a low-carb diet might help Daryl keep his blood sugar level on an even keel... and thus postpone or avoid taking "diabetic" drugs later. :-)




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:06:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to All:

    Hi, Ardith...

    I hadn't either, but I'm glad to see you're still here. I intend to
    get back in the swing of things soon. Meanwhile, thanks for the update. :-

    It's good to see you back in here as well.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:09:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    I suspected Janis might be your hub... and now that I've just got a AH>recent message from you on our system I can see it from the PATH line.

    I switched to Marc Lewis in Hunstville, Alabama...he gets the same
    stuff Janis does on the backbone.

    As a user on somebody else's BBS I'm not privy to such information.
    When I have reason to believe we may have missed something, however, I often AH>find it there. In this case, I checked because the traffic report in the Z1 AH>edition of FIDONEWS obviously included dupes... which sometimes include lost AH>messages appearing for the first time AFAIC. Thankyou, Jon & Janis.... :-)

    Every so often, a batchfile that I wrote for autoposting of things
    like weather, ham radio, and other items, posts out an old
    message...because "dum dum here" <G> forgot to change a parameter
    (blush!).

    Go for it! That will make it easier for me to reply as well. :-))

    I also have several messages that I did with research from WebMd, in a
    local area called "The Doctor Is In". Not to replace advice from ones
    own PCP, but there are around 90 topics on various conditions. I can
    email or netmail them to you, if you wish.

    If I remember right, the FIDONet "Ask A Nurse" echo went offline a
    long time ago.

    Daryl
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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:10:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith....

    Thanks for the info. Dallas & I thought somebody must have done a
    rescan because three or four old SURVIVOR messages landed in our DUPES area.

    I have my message limit set to 30 days, as I don't consider anything
    older than that as being "timely" anymore.

    I am glad to report, however, that the message you posted to "All"
    on January 15th has finally made its way to Vancouver.... ;-)

    Good deal...but why I'm getting your reply on March 3 is confusing.

    Daryl
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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:14:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Yeah, I figure it might easily take about that long to walk from where AH>you are to where I am... [chuckle].

    Some days, I'm lucky to walk from the bedroom to the bathroom...in
    this "960 square foot dollhouse (apartment)". :P

    Ah, well. Only twenty years ago it took two days to get Fidomail from
    a suburb we could drive to in an hour. We could use a bridge whereas the ph AH>company rate structure made it cheaper to send messages via Oregon, in the U AH>I remember as a child opening Christmas gifts from the UK at Easter... and I AH>heard stories about snail mail which took even longer 'way back when.

    The Postal Service around here has been notorious for losing mail
    to/from me...especially medical bills and payments. So now, I make an
    over the phone payment with my debit card (no more credit cards since
    having been in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy several years ago)...and tell them
    "if they won't take an over the phone payment, they won't get paid".

    Better late than never, I say! I do appreciate your retyping all this AH>stuff meanwhile, though, because I can take longer to think on our system.

    I do all my BBS messaging via QWK Mail...it saves time online, and I
    don't have to worry about the online editor crashing on me. It's
    obviously very frustrating when you've entered a long reply, and the
    system then barfs on it, and it's gone.

    Daryl
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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 01:18:00 2018
    Hi, Daryl! Recently you wrote in a message to ARDITH HINTON:

    Hi, Ardith...

    Precisely my point. I can copy echomail from our BBS into a writing
    area which doesn't scan out. When I've finished a reply I then move or copy AH>into the echo area, which *does* scan out.... :-)

    Interesting.

    I hear you. There are a lot of medical expenses in our household as AH>well. Too bad you had to miss the convention... I think it's important that AH>include some "fun" activities in our lives. And music & dancing are especia AH>helpful because they can give both the body & the brain a good workout.

    With my propensity for developing kidney stones again...plus now
    taking care of my elderly Mom, I have ended travel outside of Arkansas.
    I rarely drive outside of Pulaski County anymore...anything longer than
    a 90 minute drive is too much for me to handle.

    I'm supposed to go up to Batesville on April 14 for a square dance
    related meeting, but all the hotels in town are already sold out that
    weekend. I really don't want to make that 2 hour drive up there, stay
    for 2 meetings in the afternoon, then drive back. At least Daylight
    Savings Time will mean an extra hour of daylight in the evening. But, my
    car is almost 20 years ago (which would qualify it as an antique). Plus,
    if the weather is bad...or if my Mom needs me, all bets are off.

    I'm hoping my combination upper and lower GI will be done on Friday,
    April 13 -- it'll be lucky for me, as I can tell them "I'm recovering
    from 2 medical procedures, and can't make the drive". But, I won't see
    the gastrointerologist until Monday.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to All on Tue Apr 17 17:29:43 2018
    I'm to get the results of the colonoscopy/EGD biopsy sometime
    on Wednesday...I pray it's negative. Besides, I was naked-tive
    for the procedures. <G>

    I went to the urologist today, and the KUB showed no new
    kidney stones (I may still have a very small one in the left
    kidney, but it's not moving or growing). But, I may have low
    testosterone (low T). So, I'm going in Friday morning to get
    blood drawn...then again on Monday if the level is low. If
    it's still low, they'll have to do an MRI on my head, to be
    sure there are no tumors. If not, then I can possibly start
    therapy, and I chose the cream instead of the foam or the
    injection.

    I'll post an update when I know something.

    Also, for Ardith Hinton, I've been so busy with being
    caregiver for my elderly Mom (and dodging thunderstorms), that
    I've had little time for the BBS, and to get you those "medical
    posts" I have from a local area, "The Doctor Is In", that I
    recycle once a month. There are over 100 textfiles, but some
    are "split messages" on the same topic, as some topics have
    quite a bit of information.

    Daryl
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