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Well, salty.

(Stop thinking that.)



Started adding salt to my drinking water at 1/2tsp per 16oz. I'm told that I should find this nasty. I'm finding it really rather refreshing, tasty, and my body likes it. I'm also hydrating for the first time in recent memory, not drinking a gallon of plain water a day (and still feeling thirsty.) 32oz of the salted water, however, and then switching to plain water, and I'm decreasing my water intake slightly each day naturally, but getting more hydrated. (My lips aren't burning and chapped for the first time in... months.)

This helps keep my BP up a bit, and I'm feeling less fainty now.
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Well, salty.

(Stop thinking that.)



Started adding salt to my drinking water at 1/2tsp per 16oz. I'm told that I should find this nasty. I'm finding it really rather refreshing, tasty, and my body likes it. I'm also hydrating for the first time in recent memory, not drinking a gallon of plain water a day (and still feeling thirsty.) 32oz of the salted water, however, and then switching to plain water, and I'm decreasing my water intake slightly each day naturally, but getting more hydrated. (My lips aren't burning and chapped for the first time in... months.)

This helps keep my BP up a bit, and I'm feeling less fainty now.
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I got a glucose meter today. Whee! Toys!

The lancet is truly almost painless. The point on my finger that I pricked an hour ago is less sore than the place on my finger where they nurse at the clinic jammed the needle in last Wed.

Oh yeah - this afternoon I got mildly lightheaded, a bit fogged in the head, and had a slight tingling in the cheeks and lips that has always indicated to me, blood sugar is low, elf needs food badly. So I checked it.

98.

Not low blood sugar, as I read it. It had been two hours since a rather large meal of eggs, ham, cheese, potatoes, etc, but still. I don't think a 98 glucose reading should be giving me those symptoms.

BTW, since I do have verbal diarrhea (I can hear a collective gasp of "no, REALLY?!?") I'm more than happy to start plopping this crud behind a filter if'n y'all want me to. I'm likely going to be babbling about it endlessly... I mean hell, I just got handed a nifty puzzle to solve. You think I'm going to be able to let this one be? Fuck no. :)
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I got a glucose meter today. Whee! Toys!

The lancet is truly almost painless. The point on my finger that I pricked an hour ago is less sore than the place on my finger where they nurse at the clinic jammed the needle in last Wed.

Oh yeah - this afternoon I got mildly lightheaded, a bit fogged in the head, and had a slight tingling in the cheeks and lips that has always indicated to me, blood sugar is low, elf needs food badly. So I checked it.

98.

Not low blood sugar, as I read it. It had been two hours since a rather large meal of eggs, ham, cheese, potatoes, etc, but still. I don't think a 98 glucose reading should be giving me those symptoms.

BTW, since I do have verbal diarrhea (I can hear a collective gasp of "no, REALLY?!?") I'm more than happy to start plopping this crud behind a filter if'n y'all want me to. I'm likely going to be babbling about it endlessly... I mean hell, I just got handed a nifty puzzle to solve. You think I'm going to be able to let this one be? Fuck no. :)

Whee!

May. 4th, 2006 05:12 pm
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Went to doc this morning.

I have a CAT scan appt for next week for da brainmeats, and they took four vials of my precious bodily fluids (the red kind) for processing, cataloging, and tagging.

When I actually sat down and wrote out every symptom I had over that 24 hr period, it was kind of astonishing, really. A whole realm of gobbledygoo that may or may not be related, but... interesting.

Another interesting point: that heightened visual acuity? I *can* get it back, to an extent... if I concentrate a tad, things jump into insane focus. I can individual pixels on this laptop screen, for instance, or count blades of grass on the lawn a hundred feet away. It goes away as soon as I stop thinking about it, and there's a bit of tension to do it, but I *can*. I have *lousy* eyesight, generally, so this is just nuts, but I'll take it. The only other time I've had something similar, I was 16, had massive headpains in the same spot that the 'pop' happened Tue night, and went blind for an hour. I wonder if some bit of the visual cortex woke up Tue night after almost two decades. (Diagnosis back then was: we dunno, stress-induced migraine maybe.)

Whee!

May. 4th, 2006 05:12 pm
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Went to doc this morning.

I have a CAT scan appt for next week for da brainmeats, and they took four vials of my precious bodily fluids (the red kind) for processing, cataloging, and tagging.

When I actually sat down and wrote out every symptom I had over that 24 hr period, it was kind of astonishing, really. A whole realm of gobbledygoo that may or may not be related, but... interesting.

Another interesting point: that heightened visual acuity? I *can* get it back, to an extent... if I concentrate a tad, things jump into insane focus. I can individual pixels on this laptop screen, for instance, or count blades of grass on the lawn a hundred feet away. It goes away as soon as I stop thinking about it, and there's a bit of tension to do it, but I *can*. I have *lousy* eyesight, generally, so this is just nuts, but I'll take it. The only other time I've had something similar, I was 16, had massive headpains in the same spot that the 'pop' happened Tue night, and went blind for an hour. I wonder if some bit of the visual cortex woke up Tue night after almost two decades. (Diagnosis back then was: we dunno, stress-induced migraine maybe.)
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"Uh, we dunno."

:P

Nurse #1 couldn't get the digital thermometer to work. Tried five times. Said she thought I had the flu.
Nurse #2 comes in, gets thermometer to work first time. ("Aha! A competent one!") 98.0. No fever. Feel feverish, no fever.
Nurse #2 tries to use finger pricker... loads needle cartridge only 1/2 way in, and then manually jams it in my finger. Third time she gets blood. ("Not so much on the competent.") Well, she gets a hole. *I* get the blood by continually squeezing the crap out of it.
Nurse #1 can't get sphygmomanometer to work. Has hole in tube. Gets second one.
Nurse #2 can't get blood sugar meter to work. I continue squeezing drops of blood out so they don't clot up.
Nurse #1 announces my blood pressure is 'just a little low', recommends drinking water. Nurse #2 asks her "what was the reading?" Nurse #1: "a little low"
Nurse #2 still unable to get glucometer to work, Nurse #1 grabs old-skool paper strips and gives it a go.
Nurse #2 gets blood sugar meter to work after sixth try. (Or was it seventh?) Sugar reading is 'normal' at 112.
Nurse #1 paper strip reading is 80. Hmm.

Nurse #1 says: "You might be coming down with something, drink fluids, and oh, you should get your blood sugar checked. Oh, we just did that. Well, have it done again."

Nurse #2 says: "You need to have someone come pick you up, and take you to an urgent care clinic for a more thorough workup." "Why?" "Just to be sure." "About what?" "Well, that it's something." "Well I can just head home, and..." "No, no, no, you need to have someone come pick you up." "Why?" "Because you're dizzy!" "Uh, no I'm not. I was dizzy *last night*, but I'm not now." "Oh... well, you still shouldn't drive." "Why not?" "Because you might get dizzy." (Mind you, I felt 10x better than I had when I drove in to work that morning...) "Uh, okay. I'll just head back to my office and call my wife." "Use the phone on the wall." "What?" "The phone, right there, use that to call your wife." "But my stuff is in my office, I need to go pack it up." "You're in no condition to walk to your office." "Why??" "Because you're dizzy!" *sigh*

*quackquackquackquack*

I drove home, [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo drove me to the county medical center, which, just for the record, is scary - placing it right next to the penitentiary does not give patients warm and fuzzy feelings. After some discussion, we decided to come home and call the GP that we selected a couple weeks ago.

I have a 10:15am appt for tomorrow.
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"Uh, we dunno."

:P

Nurse #1 couldn't get the digital thermometer to work. Tried five times. Said she thought I had the flu.
Nurse #2 comes in, gets thermometer to work first time. ("Aha! A competent one!") 98.0. No fever. Feel feverish, no fever.
Nurse #2 tries to use finger pricker... loads needle cartridge only 1/2 way in, and then manually jams it in my finger. Third time she gets blood. ("Not so much on the competent.") Well, she gets a hole. *I* get the blood by continually squeezing the crap out of it.
Nurse #1 can't get sphygmomanometer to work. Has hole in tube. Gets second one.
Nurse #2 can't get blood sugar meter to work. I continue squeezing drops of blood out so they don't clot up.
Nurse #1 announces my blood pressure is 'just a little low', recommends drinking water. Nurse #2 asks her "what was the reading?" Nurse #1: "a little low"
Nurse #2 still unable to get glucometer to work, Nurse #1 grabs old-skool paper strips and gives it a go.
Nurse #2 gets blood sugar meter to work after sixth try. (Or was it seventh?) Sugar reading is 'normal' at 112.
Nurse #1 paper strip reading is 80. Hmm.

Nurse #1 says: "You might be coming down with something, drink fluids, and oh, you should get your blood sugar checked. Oh, we just did that. Well, have it done again."

Nurse #2 says: "You need to have someone come pick you up, and take you to an urgent care clinic for a more thorough workup." "Why?" "Just to be sure." "About what?" "Well, that it's something." "Well I can just head home, and..." "No, no, no, you need to have someone come pick you up." "Why?" "Because you're dizzy!" "Uh, no I'm not. I was dizzy *last night*, but I'm not now." "Oh... well, you still shouldn't drive." "Why not?" "Because you might get dizzy." (Mind you, I felt 10x better than I had when I drove in to work that morning...) "Uh, okay. I'll just head back to my office and call my wife." "Use the phone on the wall." "What?" "The phone, right there, use that to call your wife." "But my stuff is in my office, I need to go pack it up." "You're in no condition to walk to your office." "Why??" "Because you're dizzy!" *sigh*

*quackquackquackquack*

I drove home, [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo drove me to the county medical center, which, just for the record, is scary - placing it right next to the penitentiary does not give patients warm and fuzzy feelings. After some discussion, we decided to come home and call the GP that we selected a couple weeks ago.

I have a 10:15am appt for tomorrow.
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I have blood sugar problems from time to time, and tend to get crashy if I don't watch it. Generally I do pretty well with this, but last night... oy.

Mostly skipped breakfast yesterday, had a light lunch around 12, and then didn't get home until 8. Grabbed a quick bite (bread) to tide me over while [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo and I went grocery shopping. Which took a lot longer than I thought. We got home after 10, and by that point it was all I could do to walk straight. (I think I actually passed out in the car at one point - I woke up in a *REALLY* uncomfortable utter-slumped position, and had no idea where I was.)

So 10:30-12 was spent just trying to eat... *anything*. I was nauseated and was having weird pains in my chest and stomach, so the turkey/gruyere sandwich I made was a loss. Ate half of it, put the rest in the fridge.

Now here's the weird part... after I started to recover a bit, I noticed that I was aching. Everywhere. And kept bouncing between sweaty hot and clammy cold. Yup, a fever. Oh, and a splitting headache. Both have continued through today, so I'm heading home from work in a bit.

Oh yeah, one other weird bit - when we were getting into the car at the store, and I was starting to have problems pushing the cart in a straight line, I had an odd sensation in my head (like a *thump*), an extreme light-headed feeling, and then my vision got CRYSTAL FUCKING CLEAR. OMG, I could make out leaves on trees two blocks away. At night. No joke. This lasted for about five minutes. I'd love to have that back.

Edit: Awwwwww, you all *DO* care! :D I'm going to go drop by the internal clinic at 2 when they re-open for non-emergency visits.
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I have blood sugar problems from time to time, and tend to get crashy if I don't watch it. Generally I do pretty well with this, but last night... oy.

Mostly skipped breakfast yesterday, had a light lunch around 12, and then didn't get home until 8. Grabbed a quick bite (bread) to tide me over while [livejournal.com profile] ginkgo and I went grocery shopping. Which took a lot longer than I thought. We got home after 10, and by that point it was all I could do to walk straight. (I think I actually passed out in the car at one point - I woke up in a *REALLY* uncomfortable utter-slumped position, and had no idea where I was.)

So 10:30-12 was spent just trying to eat... *anything*. I was nauseated and was having weird pains in my chest and stomach, so the turkey/gruyere sandwich I made was a loss. Ate half of it, put the rest in the fridge.

Now here's the weird part... after I started to recover a bit, I noticed that I was aching. Everywhere. And kept bouncing between sweaty hot and clammy cold. Yup, a fever. Oh, and a splitting headache. Both have continued through today, so I'm heading home from work in a bit.

Oh yeah, one other weird bit - when we were getting into the car at the store, and I was starting to have problems pushing the cart in a straight line, I had an odd sensation in my head (like a *thump*), an extreme light-headed feeling, and then my vision got CRYSTAL FUCKING CLEAR. OMG, I could make out leaves on trees two blocks away. At night. No joke. This lasted for about five minutes. I'd love to have that back.

Edit: Awwwwww, you all *DO* care! :D I'm going to go drop by the internal clinic at 2 when they re-open for non-emergency visits.

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