RETURNING TO RJ: Dealing with a serious illness

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 26, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Man it's great to be back on RJ, but I am still hospitalized after events of the last week.

    When I was last on, I wasn't feeling well and was just in the process of congratulating "Turtleneckjock" on this MOTD win, when I went from being sick with "flulike" symptoms to dealing with a left arm that swelled to about twice its normal size. Thursday (17th), I displayed some real disorientation, vomiting, ... the rest, that I went to my doctor.... then from the there, to the hospital.
    To simplify, I have a "staph" like infection. Been on fluids, then had to have surgery to cut into my skin to allow for drainage.

    Fortunately, there are good reasons for being fit... my physical condition has been an asset and my surgeon didn't have to cut into any muscle tissue.
    But considering our lives and how I manage mine (and the fact I've only been in the hospital once when I was 6 for tonsils), this has been a fucking learning experience.

    No reason how I got this infection.... it could have been as simple as when I cut my arm on the hedge when I was mowing the weekend before last.

    My Dad has been great as expected, and my boyfriend Will has been awesome. He immediately took off time from work in Salina, and has been here since... helping me, supporting me... believe me, I've counted my blessings, especialy since this is our 12th anniversary.

    Probably won't be on much the next couple of days, but I'm hoping to go home on Monday. Your thoughts and prayers would be great.
  • Midas426

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    Wow...it's amazing how one minute you can be fine and the next you wind up needing to go to the hospital. I'm glad you had a great support team helping you along. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    hope you recover fast and staph infections are rare...be happy you got medical attention quickly...hope you get back to your normal self in no time.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    Wow HK! I had no idea... glad you're okay.
    Thanks for the update and I wish you a speedy recovery.

    luvya,
    SAHEM
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    You mentioned in your email the other day that you were feeling under the weather. Well, who would have thought it would turn out like this.

    Was it staph or pseudomonas? Pseudomonas is everyevehre...in the dirt...everywhere. It is hard to catch. But once you get it, it very, very difficult to get rid of. ...almost requiring a constant antibiotic drip to eliminate it. Be careful when they send you home from the hospital. Make sure that either the infection is entirely gone or that you are going home with sufficiently strong meds. A pseudomonas infection can come roaring back with disasterous results. If you are on an IV drip, you might want to go home with it. You can change the bag yourself. Press your drs. It's your arm that might be lost. If you get home and your arm begins to feel the least bit funny or warm/red/tender or you get a temperature, hie yourself back to the hospital lickety-split.

    It is a shock to have your first serious illness, especially if you hadnt had one your entire life. It may be too soon for you to psychologically process it yet, but it would be interesting to hear here on RJ, if it changes your perspective on life. I guess to some degree, it will depend on how life threatening the event was to you.

    Eat healthy and get well soon.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I am very happy that you are doing better *hugs* we all missed you
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I was wondering what happened to one of the finest gentlemen of RJ. Hadn't seen you around here lately. Take it easy and let that boyfriend wait on you. Keeping you in my thoughts.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    All the best to a quick and healthy recovery buddy.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    I feel your pain, dude! Had an infection earlier in the year. Came out of nowhere and knocked me on my ass. Take care, rest up and listen to your medical professionals.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    Glad to hear you're on the mend from what has had to be a scary ordeal. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Caslon15000 saidWas it staph or pseudomonas? Pseudomonas is everyevehre...in the dirt...everywhere. It is hard to catch. But once you get it, it very, very difficult to get rid of. ...almost requiring a constant antibiotic drip to eliminate it.

    It is a shock to have your first serious illness, especially if you hadnt had one your entire life. It may be too soon for you to psychologically process it yet, but it would be interesting to hear here on RJ, if it changes your perspective on life. I guess to some degree, it will depend on how life threatening the event was to you.

    Eat healthy and get well soon.


    Wow thats the first time I haven't seen you sling an insult. Maybe you reserve those special moments for me.

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    Hope you feel better dude. I have had a staph infection and it was pretty nasty and horrible.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    Sending you healing thoughts from the South! I know you are anxious to get back to your home, gym and lawn. And especially to Buddy, Mia and Zach. Be patient and listen to your doctors. In my thoughts & prayers.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:35 AM GMT

    Please rest up, take care and get well soon.

    I hope that you're feeling much better soon and look forward to seeing you back on RJ when you feel up to it.

    All the best

    David
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    KANSAN!
    You are in my prayers, and you are my hero, so you better fucking well get mended, dude! You have a calendar to pose for for gosh sake!
    You will recover - I'm certain of it - and if I have to fly there to make sure of it I damn well will, dude!
    Welcome "home", handsome, and know that you are admired, respected and loved and NEEDED.
    xoxo
    Rhett
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Oh crap...

    Dear Chris, you're in our thoughts tonight, and tomorrow. And however long it takes til you're in the clear.

    Massive hugs,

    -Bill and Doug
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    Glad you're feelin better and you have a great support system man! may you have a speedy recovery
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    crazycool saidGlad you're feelin better and you have a great support system man! may you have a speedy recovery

    Thoughts are with you! icon_biggrin.gif
  • jimjock

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    Sep 26, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    Godspeed for a full recovery -

    Well wishes and healing thoughts.



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    Sep 26, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    OMG…are you still Handsome…please say you are…I didn’t sign up for this.

    Seriously…get well soon; much love.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    Make sure you rest and do exactly what the doctors say--everything will be fine.

    Just don't worry about this happening again--it seems as though it was a freak occurance. Fearing what cannot be controlled does nothing for us.

    My mother is having surgery in a few weeks--she told me that she was nervous. I told her that statistically, my life was probably in greater danger than her own... since I'll be driving 2 hours to be with her at the hospital when she has surgery.

    Remember, every day we put our lives at great risk, but we never seem to notice it (which isn't necessarily a bad thing sometimes).

    I hope you feel better! icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 26, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    WOW! Glad you are getting better and best wishes for a speedy recovery
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    Sep 26, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    Chris,
    You're definitely in my goodwill thoughts. Sending positive vibes in your southern direction. Feel better soon.
    Mike
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    Sep 26, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    conscienti1984 said.... and do exactly what the doctors say....

    Horseshit! You gotta watch drs like a hawk. You gotta press them to explain everything and understand. If anything sounds funny or you're not totally comfortable, ask again. Or ask another dr.

    For example, I dont know where your expression "staph-life" came from, but if it came from the drs, ask them to say explicitly what the infection is. Drs treat patients like they are idiots and cant understand. Know exactly what kind of infection you have...both for now and even for the future. You never know. Ask about the treatment, and SIDE EFFECTS!!!! Go on line and research the treatment and meds. Have your dad or br present to hear the explanations. They can help you make any decisions.

    Drs live in their own little world of specialties. You could end up living your own episode of Sicko, if you dont watch out for yourself.

    Lawyers get sued for malpractice. Drs bury their mistakes.
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    Sep 26, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    Dude! Glad to hear you're doing better & the hospital didn't seem to cave in your positive outlook. It sounds like one of those moments when the good things in life really show you how lucky you are.
    Acouple years back I scratched my hand on a vine at the community garden; three days later, I woke up with my right hand & arm swollen like crazy, easily the worst physical pain I've ever had. A week or so in the hospital later, they find out I had, like, some mutant strain of Strep! Like, a freak strain of Strep-throat virus, in my hand! Hurt like hell.
    I can't imagine what your arm must have been like. Watch many movies and feel better!
    P.S, Congrats on the 12 years!
  • mybud

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    Sep 26, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    I'll be keeping positive thoughts for your improved health man...Sincerely....BUD