One more stop before the graveyard

All the swelling for the last year or two was drained away during five hours in the ER.

And most of it is back in the seven hours since I went home.

No point in questioning it anymore. I’m going to die, and rather quickly.


  1. fillyjonk »

    15 November 2016 · 8:58 pm

    Prayers. I don’t know what else to say.

  2. Brian »

    15 November 2016 · 9:29 pm

    This is hard. I’m thinking about you and we’re pulling for you. I don’t know what the best answer is for you, but I’m praying there will be an answer for the swelling.

  3. JT »

    15 November 2016 · 9:48 pm

    Hoping and praying for a solution

  4. ETat »

    15 November 2016 · 11:21 pm

    No, you can’t.
    Hope and wish it will pass and you will be better

  5. Jean »

    15 November 2016 · 11:25 pm

    Keep fighting.
    Prayers from here.

  6. Larry Sheldon »

    16 November 2016 · 4:39 am

    I am not a doctor, but with as much time at audience with a variety of them I could probably play one, if I was willing to have anything to do with a live TV set…..

    But among the ailments is a pretty severe lymphedema below the wast (just plain obese above it).

    Several years ago Cardiology sent me to UNMC’s “Wound Center” because of the weeping and all on my legs.

    They sent me to Physical Therapy, who wrapped my legs with several layers of bandages (look like “Ace” bandages but are not).

    Several months of thrice- or twice-weekly re-wraps the swelling had been controlled enough to get me fitted for really pricey ($500/pair, approximately) compression stockings.

    I have to wear them pretty much around the clock, but they work.

    For what ever it is worth.

  7. joe »

    16 November 2016 · 8:10 am

    Keep the faith brother.

    Offer my meager prayers, for whatever they are worth.


  8. McG »

    16 November 2016 · 8:48 am

    If I’m mostly silent when you post/tweet about things like this, it’s probably because it hasn’t been that long since dealing with my mother-in-law’s illness. I wish you had someone there to look after you — on more than one occasion having me or Mrs. McG present may have prevented Marie from leaving even more too soon than she did.

  9. Bill Peschel »

    16 November 2016 · 10:56 am

    I don’t know what to say; I am truly at a loss for words. I’m so very, very sorry.

  10. Wombat-socho »

    16 November 2016 · 10:16 pm

    I think Larry’s on to something there. Might be worth bringing up to your doctors.

  11. CGHill »

    16 November 2016 · 10:33 pm

    Possibly. I apparently don’t have lymphedema, and the version I do have is somewhere between Grade + and ++; I did look into the possibility of deep-vein thrombosis, and apparently I did well on a Troponin test, suggesting I’m probably not a high risk for myocardial infarction.

    I was on a small regular dose of Lasix; it has now been increased by 50 percent.

  12. Larry Sheldon »

    17 November 2016 · 12:45 am

    Steadfastly maintaining my “I am not a Doctor” persona–two thoughts struck me,

    1. Somebody that I thought might know, but so help me, I don’t renumber who–a PT maybe–told me that Furosimide (generic Lasix) does wonders for the water load on the heart, does noting for swelling in limbs.*

    2. If you don’t have edema, how can getting rid of water help, anyway?

    *My own demonstration: if for some reason I fail to wear the compression stockings for a day or so (especially if I don’t stay in bed for the duration) my legs a feet swell grotesquely and nothing reduces tem, especially “overdoses” of furosimide. The only thing that will gain control of the swelling is a trip or four to the PT shop. IF I catch it quick enough, compression stockings and shoes will get it back in a day or two,

  13. CGHill »

    17 November 2016 · 10:46 am

    Well, that 40-mg shot of the stuff at the ER reduced my calf diameter by nearly an inch in a matter of hours. Maybe there are two different factors at work here that happen to run along parallel lines.

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