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Sunday, October 23, 2011

hi all
thanks for all your messages of support...My blood test results were fairly normal with the exception of very low Red Blood Cell (RBC) count and low H&H (Hematocrit and Hemoglobin) levels...which mean that I'm quite anemic. They suspected that I'm internally hemorrhaging so I had an EGD and colonoscopy on Friday to look into that - and other than removing a few polyps - that turned out to be a dead end. I suspect rather that it is the effect of one of my medicines for Psoriatic Arthritis which can damage the bone marrow's ability to produce RBC's.

So that means that my kidneys are okay...
The swelling in my body has finally subsided with a "weight loss" of over 35 pounds. However the skin on my lower legs, in particular, my left leg is very painful to the touch...I have noticed a large insect bite on my left foot and I am really suspecting that I was bitten by a spider and had a severe reaction to the bite. But the worst seems to be over so will keep my knees to the floor in prayer that that is "all " that it was.

Food wise- I have not been following any plan. There have been a few instances of overeating but generally am doing okay in that regard. I am sleeping much better - being completely exhausted much of the time and also not having much food in the house to snack on...so the night time eating has been more manageable.

Pain has been steadily worsening and I think the time has come when I can no longer forego being on constant pain meds...long and short acting. I've been taking too many short term PRN meds and this is not a good trend and besides that, it is completely ineffective, despite very high doses of the strongest pain med available.

My right shoulder replacement is pending (November 8th)--and I am completely unprepared for it. But like it or not; ready or not...it is coming.

I've tried once or twice to exercise (although not in the past week)--and had great difficulty in terms of endurance. Not so much breathlessness or anything...Just real overall weakness...so have kind of given up on that for a while...that could really be caused by the anemia I guess.

So overall - the news is good.
Kidney failure isn't eminent...and YOU'RE STUCK WITH ME!! emoticon
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    The Brown recluse is a nasty joker.. Everyone talks of black widows but they are very kind ladies actually emoticon

    My friend actually recently got bitten by a recluse and used a snake bite venom remover to suck out most of whatever they put on ya .. His was only bad for a few days. He said it was the sucker thingy lol. i hope yours heals soon .
    Thinking of you ,Chris
    3254 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I had a spider bite that took six months to heal :( They are nasty, but there wasn't much they could do about it. If you think its the meds doing this to you, make sure you mention it to your Dr. I had anemia very severely once, so much so, I kept passing out, even when eating! My Dr. said it was amazing I wasn't having difficulty breathing my hemoglobin was so low )I would guess that is why I kept passing out).. She said stress and RA caused it. High doses of iron were ordered and naturally that made me sick to my stomach..
    So glad you are recovering from this scare..Probably not a good idea to think of exercise with low blood and lots of pain :( Just try to maintain healthy eating..Have you ever been to a Pain center or clinic? If you haven't, you are way overdue..
    3254 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    Thank goodness. If not stuck with you, there's no telling what the world would be like. Seriously glad no malady of major proportions found. Talk to your dr about the pain...you know what needs to be done and your life will be much better for it.

    3254 days ago
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    Was going to suggest the same thing Cynthea !!
    but was beaten to it!
    Hang in there my friend !!
    Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    3254 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9136158
    3255 days ago
    yes, I have an MD appt. this Wed. and will get the spider bite looked at then....thanks. :)
    3255 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9136158
    But get that spider bite seen to- seen some on youtube.com and they can turn right nasty.. emoticon
    3255 days ago
  • REBECCA431
    emoticon Hope you get to feeling better.
    3255 days ago
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