CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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I Hurt Today...

It's 3:00 a.m. on the night after my two medical tests. I'd been sleeping, but woke up around 2:30 and need to actually get ready to go to bed (take night time meds, brush my teeth, put on jammies and so on)...

I'm putting cream on my face (which I do almost every night) and I touch the underside of my chin and about DIE from the pain. OUCH! Then I actually look in the mirror. My chin is terribly swollen and looks awful. I go downstairs to Marilyn's bathroom and show her -- and she says my whole face is swollen (which was true when I stopped looking only at my poor chin). Seriously, I can't tell you how much this hurts. Marilyn says I should have been icing it -- which may well be true, but I didn't KNOW it was there until I found it by accident. (I hadn't felt it before, but there were other pains to focus on -- plus I was asleep much of the day.)

I also have this feeling like I've got a 'lump' in my throat/chest that I can't quite swallow -- and it's painful, too.

Thank God for online. I google it (surprise) and find the chin pain is related to HOLDING OPEN my mouth to make sure I can breath while the scope is down my throat. And the lump thing is common for many patients -- apparently a side effect of having the scope inside you.

(I have some pain related to the colonoscopy, too -- and I'm bloated, so my pants feel very tight -- and they're normally loose on me! Ah, well...)

I'm at work, it's now past 4:00 p.m. and just OUCH. And I'm tired enough that my eyes are just watering and watering (and I'm yawning and yawning).

The meeting today was very intense -- and lasted a couple of hours. Glad it all was covered (a long agenda of eight items, some quite large). Marilyn was AMAZING. She really took the bull by the horns (not an easy thing).

Well, I hope the follow-up to the meeting will happen in a timely fashion...

No lunch, but we were late coming in and did have breakfast. Still, I'm pretty HUNGRY and can't wait to eat tonight. Hahaha. I was hungry enough last night to want to eat at 2:30 a.m. (!!!), but I'd taken my damn iron pill, so I couldn't eat for at least an hour. Needless to say, I went to bed without more food... (duh).

My blood sugar was EXCELLENT today (under 100), by the way. Just an aside. I guess I could stand to go hungry (!!!) more often. Yesterday I ate two tacos and a bowl of beans, plus some sunflower seeds (divided into three different periods of eating in the afternoon and evening). That's not all that much, considering the liquid diet (near fast) of the previous 24 hours. Anyway, I need to keep this all in mind without obsessing about it. (grin)

My knee has also been a little sore again since yesterday. I had to lie on my left side for the procedure, and it's my left knee. Hard to say what might have happened while I was under.

Oh! Speaking of that, the Upper was NOT 'totally clean' (as I reported in my last blog entry). When we spoke with the doctor I was still under the effects of the anesthesia -- lying on the gurney in my hospital gown (in my own mess) and very much still 'out of it.' Thankfully Marilyn was there (!!!), so she remembers exactly what was said. But I'm foggy about it. I have no memory of Dr. D. telling me I have a Hiatus Hernia -- but apparently he did. (And he biopsied both my esophagus and duodenum -- results to come later.) The hiatal hernia has so many symptoms that are EXACTLY what I've been dealing with -- some for YEARS AND YEARS. It really sounds like that is my issue to me, but what do I know?

It could account for the vomiting after meals that's gone on forever and a day, for example. I read this: "For example, a person with this problem can experience dull pains in the chest, shortness of breath (caused by the hernia's effect on the diaphragm), heart palpitations (due to irritation of the vagus nerve), and swallowed food "balling up" and causing discomfort in lower esophagus until it passes on to stomach." It can also cause fatigue (there's that lovely word again!!!). Bingo. I know these feelings quite well!

Okay, I'm done with this for now. I actually want to post about a Microsoft Word-related thing that DRIVES ME NUTS -- so that should (hopefully!) be my next entry. Until then...

Tags: 2013, chin-pain, colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, fatigue, food, hiatal-hernia, hiatus-hernia, hungry, knee-pain, november-2013, pain, tired

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