quasigeostrophy: (medical)

Warning:  Possible Medical TMI and/or Squick Herein. )

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

quasigeostrophy: (medical)
I have not endured years of osteoarthritis in my knee to the point of being unable to walk without a cane or go long distances without needing a sitting mode of transportation.

I have not suffered from having bone spurs and no cartilage whatsoever in that knee.

I have not suffered the indignity of medical professionals deriding me and disregarding my condition because of another condition.

I have not undergone total knee replacement surgery.

I have not undergone laryngiospasm resulting in a severe asthma attack while being intubated for general anesthesia before that surgery.

I have not spent over 48 hours (and mentally lost the first 24) after surgery in the ICU because of that asthma attack.

I have not undergone the stress of awakening to discover I've been intubated and my hands restrained and felt extremely claustrophobic from that and the associated disorientation.

I have not undergone 2 days of pain, medication, tests, discomfort, respiratory therapy, and both stressful and painful physical therapy starting only a couple of hours after awakening and being extubated.

I do not have weeks of more physical therapy and limited mobility to look forward to as I recover and regain full use of a new prosthetic knee.

And yet, I am still freaking EXHAUSTED.
quasigeostrophy: (medical)
Toni and I got back from vacation in Massachusetts over a week ago. It was nice. Hung out with B and M and their kids. B and I ran around a couple of days - to Gloucester and Rockport, down to Cambridge. Otherwise, didn't do much. Decided after driving out there in one day, especially considering we stop a lot more these days, we're getting too old to make that drive in one day, so we left for home a day early and stopped overnight in Buffalo, NY.

Last Thursday, the first morning we were home, I awoke with a sore throat, serious PND, and very stuffy sinuses and nasal passages. Worked both Thursday and Friday mornings in the lab (and was annoyed that meetings I had scheduled were postponed by the other attendees - I could have stayed home and rested). By Saturday afternoon I had a very persistent and productive cough. I'd had an allergist follow-up in Indy on Friday and the nurse practitioner thought it may have been a severe allergy attack, a "Welcome home to Indiana". Monday afternoon, our new local doc decided it could have been that in part, but was definitely also an infectious strain of bronchitis, so he put me on a carpet bomber antibiotic. I went in on Tuesday for my rescheduled meetings with other students. Wednesday I stayed home and planned to rest, and took Toni to the doctor because she had caught it from me and gone from nothing to bronchitis in less than 48 hours. Met with my advisor yesterday morning (who told me her husband caught something similar in between trips out to the Great Plains for work on VORTEX2), but I'm not planning on going back in until I feel better. Not before Monday, anyway. I've made an appointment with a local allergist as well. Not that I don't like the one I have in Indy, but if I like this local guy, it means I won't have to drive all the way down there anymore, and even if I don't switch to him, I'm frustrated to the point where I want another brain working on WTF is up with my allergies, sinuses, and in particular, my Eustachian tubes.

I have to do some calculations and literature review for work by next Thursday, but otherwise I just need to get a draft of my AMS journal article to my advisor before I leave for WRF training in mid-July. I've made all those travel arrangements. My office mate C and I are arriving late in the afternoon on Saturday, July 11. Free day on Sunday the 12th, during which I think I may head down to the Colorado Irish Festival, at least late in the afternoon to see Eileen Ivers. The WRF class at NCAR is Monday through Friday, and then I have another free day Saturday the 18th before flying home the next morning. I'll be away for Toni's and my 17th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 17, so we'll celebrate sometime ASAP after I get home. We've already talked about it, and we move holidays all the time. The specific date is not a huge deal for us.

It looks like I may take one class in the fall, along with my TA and research duties. There is a proposal writing class on Monday afternoons, and since my advisor is having a hard time fitting my project into her current proposal, she thinks whether or not I end up being covered by her proposal, submitting one of my own will be a good experience. I agree with this comment.
quasigeostrophy: (Linus-research)
Oy.

I don't think it was the meetings through my normal lunch time, because it was starting to come on before that. After the meetings, I came home. Headache bad. Very bad.

Maybe it was aided by discovering each of the three remaining possible cases for my M.S. research has a different problem with the aircraft data.

Maybe it was annoyance at learning the fellowship for which I've applied has added an interview to select among finalists that will be named next Friday. And the day of the interview (if I get that far) is the same day as my math final exam.

I did learn from my advisor yesterday that she had "an interesting conversation with" her husband, who runs the severe weather lab and teaches a lot of the dynamics and modeling classes, over break, about my proposed Ph.D. research, and he "had some great ideas we can discuss when we next meet". We don't meet until Friday afternoon, and I want to know now. :-)

Wow.

Oct. 24th, 2008 08:42 am
quasigeostrophy: (medical)
"Get in, get out, quit frakking about."

That has to be the most efficient and painless (in more ways than one) flu shot experience ever.

Last year, Purdue offered them to employees and graduate staff for free and it was first-come, first-served, on one day, in one place. The line and the wait were horrendous.

This year, appointments. Multiple times and days. Multiple locations.

I meandered into the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility right before my appointment time of 8:00am. People were there, but there was essentially no line. Fill this out, go here, sit down, turn your head that way, cough, get stuck, here's your copy of your paperwork, kthksbye.
quasigeostrophy: (Bugs drag)
And my head's no longer 'splodey.

The rain rain rain came down down down
But it's hard to see the road-y
quasigeostrophy: (medical)
Started using mine last night, but I only made it just over an hour with it, particularly since I didn't get much sleep the night before. I think I can get comfortable with the breathing. What seems will take the most adjustment is the wearing of the thing. I've got this mask and headgear, and for years I've fallen asleep on my stomach with my head usually turned to the right, and I'm on the left side of the bed. What do you use? If you need to elaborate, all comments are screened.

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quasigeostrophy: (Calvin - Fun)
But what part of Katie Couric's insides are left to be shown on TV? We've seen her colonoscopy, her mammogram, and this morning on Today the insides of her esophagus after she swallowed a camera pill. What's next, a colposcopy? ;-)
quasigeostrophy: (snoopy share)
ChocodinTM - Chewable, chocolate-flavored Vicodin.

:-)

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