Posts Tagged With: my health

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Posted in my health, personal, Pirate
November 13, 2014

I’ve got IRON, how ’bout you?

I have anemia. I’m still not sure if it’s because of the Crohn’s, or just exacerbated by it – but I have severe anemia. As in, when I went to the hospital (the trip that led to the Crohn’s diagnosis) my iron was so low that they had no idea how I was conscious. That first trip I had an infusion of iron (and blood!) and started taking iron pills. Daily. Then, for a period of time I was taking liquid iron (which is disgusting and stained my teeth), but I’d finally made it back into a normal range. Then…

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January 24, 2014

An Update!

I feel bad, but I never blogged that I came home from the hospital. But here I am! At home, living my life. Now, Crohn’s is a seriously weird disease. It doesn’t affect me constantly, and once you can get the pain of a flareup under control, life can be pretty normal. I honestly spent most of my hospital stay pain-free, watching television and sobbing over not being able to eat normal food. (You try eating nothing for a day, then only being able to have broth for another day) Right now I’ve been cleared to eat normally, but advised…

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Posted in my health, personal, Pirate
January 18, 2014

Two years and a month ago…

Two years and a month ago, I was nearing the end of doing NaBloPoMo- which was doing a blog post a month, like Nanowrimo. That year I’d been getting cramps, spiking fevers, and occasionally vomiting. But towards the end of November, it was so bad I went to the hospital. And after a lot of tests, and three days in the hospital, I was diagnosed with either Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis- they weren’t sure because the damage was so new. Nearly two years ago, I had a colonoscopy, and they still weren’t sure which I had, just that I was…

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Posted in personal, Pirate
June 11, 2013

Playing telephone.

Remember Telephone? That ridiculous game where one end of a line would say something like ‘pretty nice day’, and by the time it would get to the other end it would turn into ‘purple monkey dishwasher.’ For the last month of so, I’ve been playing this game with our insurance company. It started when I was getting bills from the company that handled my blood tests, sending statements that said that they were waiting to hear back from my insurance company. So I called. Read in my identification number, said my birthdate (only for it to ask if I was…

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Posted in Geek, personal, Pirate
May 23, 2013

[Vlog] Epiphanies.

Can you believe it’s Thursday already? In this week’s Vlog, I’m talking headaches, epiphanies about writing process and I might be a little delirious.

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Posted in personal, Pirate, Running
May 1, 2013

Blood and Iron.

I’ve been working on a much longer blog post, one that I want to get just right. And I’ve been writing. Lots of fiction, which tends to mean I don’t get as many ideas for this blog. So instead, you get this, an update on my health. My iron is up, though not in normal range yet. I’m still on liquid iron for the foreseeable future, but I’ve become much better at getting the straw further down in my mouth so that I don’t wind up tasting it. Liquid iron tastes like sucking on rusty nails with some dirt taste…

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Posted in personal, Pirate
March 18, 2013

Let it Bleed. On Second Thought, Don’t.

There’s nothing quite as depressing as filling out 25 pages of medical history for a new doctor. On Wednesday, I go see a hematologist. This is probably 2 years overdue, since it was around 2 years ago that I first had a test that showed I was low on iron. But here I am, with my lowest hemoglobin count since I was hospitalized in 2011. To be honest, it’s a little frightening. I thought we’d had control of all of this- and frankly, I feel pretty darn good. In 2011, I was exhausted, constantly. While I haven’t run in awhile,…

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Posted in personal, Pirate
December 5, 2012

It’s been a year?

This week it’s the Santa Shop at the Oldest Kidlet’s school- where the kids can bring in money and pick out gifts for their loved ones, and bring them home wrapped. When the Oldest Kidlet started begging me for money, I was reminded of what happened during last year’s Santa Shop. It’s been one year since I was hospitalized for extremely low iron and kept in the hospital because I had mysterious fevers and pains that needed to be diagnosed! And it’s been a year without many health scares. I’ve had a few flareups. But before I went to the…

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November 23, 2012

Mistakes I’ve Made: The Wee Hours of the Morning

We had a lovely Thanksgiving here. The food was ready on time, everything was warm… and a lovely time was had by all! Only I made the mistake of eating all the side dishes, two of which had dairy in them. Usually I (TMI territory here) wind up with cramps and other urgent type digestive issues. Back before I had the diagnosis, it would occasionally get worse, and I’d vomit for hours until my stomach was completely empty. Around 1:30am, I woke up from a dream where I was in a world of LEGOs that kept vomiting little LEGO pieces.…

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Posted in Geek, personal, Pirate
September 28, 2012

Thanks For Not Being Rachel McAdams

I’d been so good about posting daily, and then this week I dropped the ball. Only, it wasn’t quite my fault. Well, it sort of was. My body hates me. For those new here: In January I was diagnosed with either Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis – it was too early to tell which one. So every so often I have flare-ups that send me to bed with ridiculously bad cramps. This was one of those days. Wednesday started off well. I went for a run (more on that another time), go the kids to school and then in the afternoon-…