Monday, August 13, 2012

The Akron Zoo

I spent a couple of hours at the Akron Zoo today.  I had to see the new exhibit, Journey to the Reef.  They have a real live octopus in a tank.  I don't think the komodo dragon ever moves.  Every time I am there, it is always in the same place.  I had just missed seeing the new baby snow leopards.  They are only in display this week during the first 45 minutes the zoo is opened.  Here are a few of the pics I took today.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Kidney Stone Blasting Surgery #2

   Two surgeries in the same year.  Mom dropped me off around 9, since she worked from 9-12.  I got called back around 9:30 am.  I had to give a urine sample, even though I gave one on Friday.  After changing into a gown, I was taken down to x-ray, and had a couple taken.  Radiology had a hard time getting hold of the volunteers to come and get me, so some one from there took me back up to out patient surgery.  I got back around 10 and dad showed up.  He couldn't come back until after my port had been accessed and blood was drawn.  The doctor came by around 11 am, and dad stayed with em until I was taken back to surgery.  I opened my eyes around 1:20 pm in recovery and was discharged by 2 pm.  Mom and I got home a little before 3 pm.  I have felt a bit woozy, but other wise good.

   I see the doctor in about a month for a follow-up and will have an x-ray a couple of days before hand.  Hopefully, this will send the stubborn stone out of my body for good.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Pre-Surgery Testing

  The hospital called me yesterday to pre-registered me for Monday's surgery.  Turns out, I had to have some testing done, that is actually supposed to be done seven days in advance.  Not possible, since surgery is Monday.  I scheduled the appointment for 8:15 am.  I was up at 6:30.  They took my health history.  For someone is a cancer survivor and has a few other things, I am pretty healthy.  I had a physical done, blood pressure, was a bit high, took it three times, the nurse had a hard time hearing it, but let it go.  I had to go down to the lab for urine test and bloodwork.  Bloodwork wasn't done, because this lab doesn't  access ports.  So, my bloodwork will be done on Monday morning.  That was weird. 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Allergic Reaction and Infection

For the first time in a lot of years, I broke out with a couple of pimples.  I thought it was due to eating way too many Twizzlers in the past two weeks.  So after visiting with my brother, we stopped at the dollar store for a couple of things.  I bought Clearasil, the pads for the four hour stuff.  This was going to be the first time I ever used Clearasil.  Turns out I am allergic to Clearasil.  I started using it Thursday night and stopped Tuesday afternoon.  Let me just say, my chin is not fun to look at.  It hurts, itches, and feels tight!  Last night I decided that I was going to call my dermatologist this morning.  I did, no doctors are in the office this week.  Thankfully, I was able to get an appointment with my personal doctor this morning.  Besides being allergic to Clearasil,  I have an infection.  I was given a prescription for penicillin and a cream to put on my chin. 

Because of the starting penicillin, I had to call my urologist because of the kidney stone surgery on Monday.  I was told it will not be a problem to be taking penicillin and have the blasting surgery on Monday.  Very thankful for that.