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Jeff's Birthday -- Ultrasound Results 
Today is our friend Jeff's 44th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jeff !

(I'm not sure WHY we have so much trouble remembering this date. But last year it happened during the Rosie trip...)

Marilyn took him for a hike today, then out for drinks and food after. We have presents for him and would like to give them to him together. I guess we'll see how that goes. (She had a bottle for him today and forgot to give it. We also have a walking stick for him.)

I also got the results of my ultrasound today. It was pretty enlightening, really.

I have chronic liver disease.

Often there are no symptoms, however I researched and discovered that symptoms may include: Fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), itching, fluid build up and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites), and mental confusion. I've had almost ALL of those (except the spider-like blood vessels), by the way.

After much discussion, Marilyn and I think the liver disease actually predates my diabetes, which makes a lot of sense. Diabetes doesn't necessarily cause liver disease, nor does liver disease necessarily cause diabetes. It's more a case of both having the same general causes. But apparently lots of diabetics have liver disease or some liver complication.

I'd say my doctor isn't too worried about this, by the way, as when I asked the assistant who called if I needed to come in for a consultation, I was told no. I'm already doing what they would advise, anyway. Losing weight, eating better and exercising. There is no medicine that you can take.

I did read this, however: "Those who drink more than two cups of coffee per day have less scarring or fibrosis of their liver. Adding coffee to the diet is therefore recommended." You know, I've been talking for years about the benefits of coffee!

The interesting thing is that in 2016 I haven't been drinking my usual four or more cups of coffee a day. In fact, I go days and weeks without coffee. I guess it's time to change that! Hahaha.

I should also make sure I get plenty of Vitamin D (a deficiency can result in increased inflammation). Plus Vitamin E can also reduce inflammation. And taking omega-3 fatty acids can prove helpful.

I'd like to know what to do about the pain and the fatigue, which make it difficult for me to exercise at all currently. This has been the case since contracting mono in June. I guess I'll need to power through somehow.

Marilyn came home after her hike and drinks with Jeff. We ate some in the shell peanuts, then had stuffed green peppers for dinner.

We also watched the Olympic volleyball match between the USA and Brazil LIVE using Comcast -- the USA lost, but it was an amazing match! Brazil played a fantastic game.

After that we'd talked about a movie, but I was just too tired. I'd already been napping when Marilyn got home today. So I went to lie down. When I got up she was sound asleep on the sofa in the family room.

There's a lot more I could share, but I'm just too tired tonight. I did talk with both my friends June and my sister Sue today.

And we're in the middle of a heat wave here in Portland, expecting temperatures in the 100's this week. (No!!!!!!!!!) I had planned to go to the eye doctor, but will skip that until it gets cooler.

I hope Jeff had a good birthday!

Stay HEALTHY and HAPPY my dear friends!!!
August 17, 2016 (Wednesday) 02:24 pm (UTC)
Liver disease takes many forms, Charlie and if your doctor isn't concerned right now all you can do is live as healthily as possible.

But don't go overboard on the coffee! LOL
August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 07:25 am (UTC)
Love you so much, Donna! Thanks for the kind words.

I'm good -- Dr. Mur is on the job. (And she frequently knows more than our doctors do. Luckily for Sue and me!)

It's so odd. I've barely touched coffee this year. And I have a huge list of stats on why I should drink it! No worries, I had tea twice today. Hahaha.

August 17, 2016 (Wednesday) 11:07 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Jeff!

It's good they have a diagnosis. Hopefully they'll get a better handle of what to do about it!
August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for ALWAYS being there, Frank. You are such a sweetheart!

And you always have a kind word, day in and out. (Not sure how you can stand reading all those boring blogs I write. Hahaha!)

Not sure they're out to give more info, but no worries -- Marilyn will eventually force them. Hahaha. Look out, clinic, Dr. Mur is on the job!!!

August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 11:54 pm (UTC)
It is interesting to read. We perform at a lot of festivals (None as large as yours), so it is interesting to see things from the other side...
August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 05:07 am (UTC)

I always enjoy reading you blog, how you always keep your spirits high no matter what. How you go about your days being happy and working hard.

Happy Birthday you your friend.

August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 07:21 am (UTC)
You don't know how much this means to me -- I just shared with Marilyn. THANK YOU so very much!

Comments like this really do keep me going, just so you know.

I appreciate your friendship.