Monthly Archives: May 2006

Sorry, I wasn’t hiding…

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…just kinda hanging around.

But anyways, hello again, sports fans. This is Bubba, speakin about…himself.

Life has been pretty much status quo these days, but it’s amazing what status quo can be. For my life, it means being tired and spending money on doctors who can’t cure what ails me.

Let’s see. Last week, I had my thyroid ultrasound done, and can you guess what the result was? YES! Normal! Of course, if they had come back and said “we found your problem!” I probably would have fainted…maybe I should get a different attitude when it comes to tests. Guess I could blame it on conditioning…but optimism on finding what I have and a cure seems to be severely waning these days.

I did, however, make the appointment with the rheumatologist, which was yesterday. The first impression I had about yesterday was that he didn’t do a whole lot…but then, most of it was spent telling him about all the tests I’ve done that have turned up negative. However, he did what he was supposed to do, I believe. He did examine me somewhat, and then told me that he was going to do a bunch of blood tests, but he believed that I didn’t have any connective tissue disease, but instead he all but told me that he was going to diagnose me with fibromyalgia. Which wasn’t encouraging news, because like the previously-mentioned chronic fatigue syndrome, there’s really no cure, just management of whatever your symptoms are. He also did the pressure-testing on several areas of me, and things that I didn’t know were painful almost made me jump off the examination table…yeowza!!!

Then I went to get blood drawn…7 vials of it. I get to go back to the doc in 2 weeks…guess I’ll see what’s up then.

Otherwise, life has been pretty much normal. Spent the day with a friend on Saturday, went to the Diamondbacks game, which was a BLAST because we beat the Braves 13-0. Sunday did the lights at church for all 3 morning services, and then went home and pretty much vegged the rest of the day.

Well, that’s about it from Chez Bubba. Take care, and God bless.

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Oh, you’re fine!

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Yeah, I guess that phrase should cheer me up. But when the doctor sent his assistant in to tell me that my bone marrow was healthy, it sure as all H-E-double hockey sticks did not. I mean, I guess I’m glad I don’t have leukemia, or HIV, or chlymadia pneumoniae, or any of the other 20,000 diseases I’ve been tested for. But sometimes it’s easy to not be grateful for that, and instead react to the fact that I’m still pretty constantly fatigued, and my white blood cell count shows that my body is still fighting something, but we just don’t know what.

That’s why this post is coming today, and not yesterday. I was pretty bummed out last night, and didn’t feel like talking to anyone. Played some computer games, and then just went to bed and watched movies until I fell asleep. Today I feel somewhat better…not as bummed out as yesterday, feeling a bit better, but still not really ‘all here.’

Next steps: I will have my thyroid ultrasound scan tomorrow, I still need to make an appointment with a rheumatologist, and see what happens.

Thanks for your prayers and support. God bless you.

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Monday, Monday.

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Hiya neighbor. Uncle Bubba here, hoping your weekend went well.

First of all, Happy (belated) Mother’s day to both of the mommies reading this blog.

I had a fun weekend. Went to a friend’s house on Friday night, watched a couple of movies, including Nanny McPhee, which was kind of cute. Then, on Saturday, went to Bible study in the morning, spent a lot of the rest of the morning and afternoon snoozing. Saturday night found Bubba playing chaperone for a 14 year old’s birthday party. I have no problem being around kids…I like kids. Hey, I like pretty much anyone.

But this was interesting for me. First of all, it was a pool party, which means that guys were wearing swim trunks, and the gals were wearing bathing suits. Er, scratch that. What Unca Bubba meant to say is that the gals were wearing bikinis skimpier than he’s used to being around at any age. Now, maybe I’m getting a little rambunctious here. But seriously, folks. I wasn’t used to seeing that many bikinis, especially on 8th graders. Guess it’s a good thing I don’t have any teenage daughters…or else I’d be the most over-protective, anal-retentive dad in history. But overall, they seemed like a nice bunch of kids, and I had a good time playing Texas Hold-Em with the other chaperones.

Sunday I went to church, and then went out to eat with my roomie’s mom and dad for Mother’s Day dinner. Not too bad, and then went to their house to have some apple pie. The rest of the day was spent cleaning and doing laundry.

Which brings us to today. I’m pretty exhausted…but still working. I go after work today to get the results from my bone marrow biopsy…probably won’t be anything, but still…a little unnerving for some reason. Guess I’m just a bit anxious, thinking this might be the test that they come back from and announce that they have found something. Especially since I’ve been told by my family doctor that if anything comes back positive from this test, it will not be good news. But at this point, I’d rather know I had 6 months to live than constantly wonder why I feel like laying down all the time.

I’ll try to post results tonight. Until then, y’all be good, k?

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It’s Monday, isn’t it?

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Must be. I’m sitting at my desk here at work trying not to nod off.

Well, it was a fun weekend, that’s for sure. Did some cleaning on Saturday, then went over to a wedding reception for a couple from my church that got married. Had a great time! Brought a date, had some great punch and Mexican food, watched the Suns beat the Lakers…I mean, can it get any better? Well, in a way, it did. I was going to therapy for a while when I was married to…well, let’s not mention her name. Anyhoo, I ran into the counselor at the reception! What a small world this is.

I didn’t think I stayed up too late on Saturday, but I must’ve needed the rest, because on Sunday I slept through the alarm that was supposed to wake me up for church. Instead, I came to about 9:30 in the morning…wow! Haven’t slept that late in a long time. So I just relaxed a bit, and then went to the Diamondbacks game that afternoon. They lost in a heartbreaker to the Cincinnatti Reds, 8-7. But we had a great time, had some yummy catfish and hush puppies, and then I went home and collapsed.

No new updates on anything, just staying tired and waiting for my bone marrow biopsy results, which I’m sure will come back negative. If not, guess we’ll have found an answer, but it won’t be a good one. I still can’t believe that one week later, it’s still kind of painful to bend over at the waist.

Well, till next time, this is Bubba, sayin’ be good!

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Drillin’s done.

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Well, howdy neighbor! Hope everything’s going well for you, no matter which one of the three readers you are of this blog.

The bone marrow biopsy was done on Monday. It went well, except for the absolutely excruciating pain part. (***WARNING!*** Graphic details ahead! If you don’t want to see, skip to the next paragraph.) First, I come in, and the beautiful nurse tells me that most people who have this done claim it’s not as bad as they had imagined. Nurse, is that like “this won’t hurt a bit”? So, to prep for it, I have to unbutton the last couple of buttons on my shirt, and unzip my pants, and lie on the table face down. Once I do that, the nurse pulls my shirt up, pulls my pants down till they’re about half off my butt, and says that my backside is boring. She then explains that the last person they did this to was a younger female with a large butterfly tattoo covering her entire back. Of course, being male, and already in somewhat of a brain fog, only heard the part where she said my backside was boring. I immediately felt so at ease. Then, the doctor comes in with a physician’s assistant. He goes through what is going to happen, and then gets to work. After applying betadine to the area, he then takes the local anesthetic and drives the needle into my bone, scraping the bone loudly along the way. Gotta tell you, folks, what a beautiful sound that was…NOT! And I thought that was painful…well, like Judas Priest said, I had another thing coming. Then he takes another needle (aka BIG needle) and says that he’s going to use that to extract the marrow. He then tells me to take several deep breaths, which I instantly knew as doctor-speak for “this IS going to hurt.” So, he starts to drive the needle into my bone, while his assistant attempts to hold me down. I say attempts, because whereas I am a BUBBA, she has limbs closer in size to chopsticks than anything else. I’ll shorten the rest of this, but just sum up to say that it took THREE attempts for the doctor to get the marrow out.

OK, that’s all the gory stuff. But it’s two days removed, and when I sit for a while and get out of the chair, I feel like an old man because my backside is so sore and stiff. The next question everyone asks: when do I get results? Monday, March 15, at 4:30 pm.

I’m sure I’ll update before then..but for now, I gotta get back to work. Talk to y’all later. Bubba sez…I’m gone!

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Notable Quote – Russ Blowers

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While reading Max Lucado’s Travelling Light, I found this quote by Russ Blowers, a minister from Indianapolis.

Hi, I’m Russ Blowers. I’m with a global enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world. We have representatives in nearly every parliament and boardroom on earth. We’re into motivation and behavior alteration. We run hospitals, feeding stations, crisis-pregnancy centers, universities, publishing houses, and nursing homes. We care for our clients from birth to death. we are into life insurance and fire insurance. We perform spiritual heart transplats. Our original Organizer owns all the real estate on earth plus an assortment of galaxies and constellations. He knows everything and lives everywhere. Our product is free for the asking. (There’s not enough money to buy it.) Our CEO was born in a hick town, worked as a carpenter, didn’t own a home, was misunderstood by his family and hated by his enemies, walked on water, was condemned to death without a trial, and arose from the dead. I talk with him every day.

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