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Thread: Gone for awhile

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    Gone for awhile

    Been in the hospital since last Saturday night.
    Short version is I beat the lung cancer diagnosis of last February (2 hospitals on 4 specialists misdiagnosed. Long and very stressful story) but since then I've been gaining weight despite being on a strict diet. Swollen legs, stomach, arms, and other less obvious places
    Weight went nuts and I've gained over 70 pounds of water weight since April. Blood tests galore. Echo cardiograms, cat scans, ultra sounds of belly and legs (5 times) pet scan.............. No problems found. I was working with my Doctors here in NH as well as a vascular/cardiac specialist in Boston.
    Things peaked Last Friday and my doc ordered another kidney test. I got a call from him Saturday evening and he said to get to the hospital now. To make this story shorter, they found out I was in and had been for several months acute kidney failure.This is causing the weight gain. Had a kidney biopsy but won't get full results for several weeks. Preliminary feelings is that a blood pressure medicine (lisinospril) and a otc pill I've been using for quite some time (naproxin which is Aleve) used together was the cause.
    Good news. Since the week in the Hospital I've lost 12 pounds. Chemical mixes in my IV, Changing meds, changing lifestyle ( no salt, no pain stuff unless prescribed) seem to be the solution. The levels of the good stuff in my kidneys is getting better and the bad stuff is slowly going down. The doc says it's a 3-5 month ordeal but it's curable. A lot is up to me
    Anyway, things seem promising and we are crossing our fingers and saying our prayers to the great architect.
    I'm committed to getting back into the shop and getting the swap done in time.
    I've been in a very uncharacteristically foul mood for awhile so If I've insulted any of my very, very, good friends here I apologize. This is a great group and I've made a lifetime of friends with great people.
    I'm still taking thoughts and prayers if you got them.
    Thanks for being my friends.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Glad to hear the docs got things sorted out. Follow their instructions and get well soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    ...I'm still taking thoughts and prayers if you got them. ...
    We've got 'em, so you do too.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Good thoughts headed your way. Channel some of that grouch energy into beating this one too. We know you can do it.!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Nothing but the best heading your way Bob, I need you to steal designs from, so get better and stay better

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    good to hear that it is curable - even if it is 6 months. that is better than having a kidney failure wishing all the best

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Hang tough, Bob! Grouch all you want if you feel better!!!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Glad they figured it out Bill and get to felling better. I'll bet yer in a better mood already
    A Turn N Time
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    Frog Pond Guitars

    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Hang in there Bob, Growl all you want if it makes you feel better, We won't take it wrong.
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    You bet Bob, take your time and heal, now that you know what you are fighting, you can fight it!

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    anti inflammatories and pressure pills don't always work well together.

    looking forward to you feeling better and heading down to Long Island for some good ole bagels, my treat.
    Human Test Dummy

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