Monthly Archives: March 2006

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…or at least that’s what I feel like.

Last weekend was interesting. I was already feeling tired and crappy, and got the stuff together to play music at a picnic, which consisted of an old stereo, and some mixes I did on CD. Load up the truck, drive down, only to find out the people that begged me to do this a month earlier had gotten someone else to do it, and not had the decency to call me. This did not improve my demeanor, and I just ended up going home, and going to bed the rest of the day.

Got a call while I was at work yesterday…apparently I forgot about a cardiologist appointment I made last year…so I was late to work today so I could see another doctor, and spend another $30 co-pay on another appointment that would tell me absolutely nothing about what’s going on with me.

Sure enough, I go to this cardiologist. I come in, have my blood pressure taken by the nurse, she leaves, doc comes in, says your blood pressure is high, come to the closet and pick out some more drugs. So, I say I don’t recognize any of them, and he gives me two bottles, tells me to take one each day in the morning, take the other bp meds at night, and just ‘call him’ with the results. At least he’s done taking money from me…

I find myself starting to get more tired as I increase my activity level. I’ve been doing lighting for morning church services, so it feels like more of my Sunday is taken. I also have that as the evening I do laundry, so if I sleep all day on Saturday (which I’ve been known to do almost every week), doesn’t leave any time outside of work for Bubba to be Bubba.

Meanwhile, no more answers from the doctors. So I’ve started doing a lot of online searches, and I’m finding that there are a lot of people in the same situation that I’m in…having some mystery illness that kicks the crap out of them, without any diagnosis or treatment that works. However, I’m starting to read more from this one site talking about an illness called Chlamydia Pneumoniae, www.cpnhelp.org. No, it doesn’t mean I caught chlamydia as an STD…it’s a different disease with some very scary symptoms. Even more discouraging are these facts: doctors are generally very ignorant about the disease, it’s been linked to everything from MS to Fibromyalgia, and the treatment usually includes at least one year of some of the stronger antibiotics out there, with some nasty side effects possible. I’ve already given some of the information to my family doc, and the infectious diseases doc is next.

Other than that, I witnessed another accident…however, I did not stick around to provide information…because I think they were all idiots. Three cars were in the right hand lane, trying to make a right hand turn. The first two were not using turn signals, so the third one squeezed in on the right shoulder to get around them, when he found that in spite of no blinking taillights, they were turning too. However, the accident didn’t come until the first car came to a sudden stop because of a pedestrian, and the second car hit him. What a mess…and like I said…I was NOT going to wait around for this one.

Well, my lunch break is about over. Take care, kids, and Bubba sez God Bless You.

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Isn’t 6 doctors enough????

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Well, test results came back for blood tests. White count still high (13,900), no sign of valley fever or lyme’s disease. This is the part that reminds me of the song “so I called the witch doctor, and this is what he said: he said, ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang…”

My infectious diseases doc (or, more accurately, his nurse) called me with these results. She then says that I need to go back to a hemoc (blood/cancer doc). I ask her if that means I go to one of the two I’ve seen before, she says she doesn’t know, call my family doc. So, call the family doc, and I find out that he wants me to see a different hemoc. Yep, that makes three. Here’s the count so far:

1 family doc
1 infectious diseases doc
1 cardiologist
1 pulmonologist/sleep specialist
and now…3 hemocs.

Here’s a nursery rhyme quote for you: and all the king horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put poor Humpty Bubba back together again!

They say once you lose your sense of humor, you’ve lost it all. Therefore, I am asking you, the person wasting time at work to read this drivel, to let me know if I still have my sense of humor, or if I’ve lost it. If I still have a sense of humor, feel free to chuckle and get back to your mindless internet surfing. If I have lost it, please leave a comment with a name and number of a psychiatrist. After all, maybe I need 8 docs.

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Hollywood Squares Memories…

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If you remember the Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this may bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when “Hollywood Squares” game show responses were spontaneous and clever not scripted and (often) dull, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married?
A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say “I Love You”?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are “Do It,” “I Can Help,” and “I Can’t Get Enough”?
A. George Gobel: I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what’s a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn’t neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I’ll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.

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LTNS Bubba!

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Hi kids, unca bubba here after a long absence.

I haven’t posted anything lately for a couple of reasons: somewhat because I haven’t gotten any progress, and mostly because of depression, and I honestly get sick of telling people “no, the doctors still don’t know what’s going on”. For that, I apologize. It is nothing personal towards anyone, and I don’t blame anyone for asking. It’s just me.

First of all, the tagged white blood cell test came back negative. Big surprise.

Then I went to the infectious diseases doc. Because I’ve heard it from other people, I’ve mentioned Lyme Disease to him. He had me tested for it, but says that will probably not be the case because we do not have the types of insects/animals that carry the disease. He also says he’s going to test my white blood cell count again, and “hope that it’s normal”. Wow. Why didn’t I think of that???

Obviously, I am not too happy about how this is going. So I go to my family doctor the next day, who says (for about the 30th time) that he doesn’t know what’s wrong with me. I tell him that I’m just about ready to give up and accept the fact that I’ll just be drop-dead tired all the time. His response? “you gotta fight! you can’t give up!” OK, doc, fine. What do I do to fight? “you just can’t give up!!” WTF am I supposed to do with that? Fight? Fight what, Mike Tyson? Thanks for the advice…

So I’m sick of just sitting around waiting for answers. I’m going to live life like I think it needs to be lived, which means staying out when I want to spend time with people, keep doing volunteer work, and even give blood if they’ll take it. If I faint or fall over dead, so be it. And today might be the day.

But at least yesterday was interesting. After work yesterday, I decided to go get my haircut, because it desperately needs it. However, on the way, I saw an accident in my rearview mirror, as the lady behind me got hit by a truck merging into our lane prematurely. So I stopped, because I witnessed the accident, gave my info to the lady and my report to DPS. But by the time all this happened, I had no time to get my haircut, and instead went right to the support group. At least the support group was productive… 🙂

Because of yesterday, today I feel like I could just collapse and go to sleep. But at least I got something posted here. And now, it’s time to get back to work…so have a great day!

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