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Pittsburgh Pirates!

*ugh* :-(

Next year!

-- Don

Don 1, Embolism 0

I kicked it's ass!

Actually ... visited the doc last week for my final check, including bloodwork. Short story is: I'm as healthy as can be. Or even more so; my numbers are terrific.

As for the embolism ... it wasn't! HA! Turns out, I had three things going at once: A shoulder injury, a (probable) allergic reaction to all the Advil I was taking resulting in hives, and -- get this -- gall stones!

The gall stones explains the pain in the side and lower back and the elevated liver enzymes!

So I'm in great health and can return to working out ... kayaking ... SURFING! ... and all the Go Get 'Em stuff I like to do.

WOOO-HOOO ... I'm off to ocean in late September for some wave action!

All The Best,

-- Don (who is, obviously, very happy and excited ... excited enough to overuse exclamation points!!!!)

My New Grandson!



Just four months until Christmas!


Backing Up A Bit

I need to go back in time and lay a foundation for everyone.

(dislaimer: I cannot spell breath or breathe. I mean, which one where???)

Let's see ... two saturdays ago I used a power tool to sand part of my deck. It's an attachment that goes into my power drill and spins with the sanding "paddles" running perpendicular to the sanding surface.

It was not particularly difficult, but I need to use a lot of force. It vibrated like crazy. I could feel it all the way up my arm.

The next day my right shoulder -- specifically the trapezuis muscle -- hurt. A lot. As in I-wanna-die-now a lot. And when I tried to breathe it REALLY hurt. The pain would radiate down the entire right side of my torso, front and back. Hurt so bad that I was taking only shallow breaths. I couldn't get a deep breath because it hurt so bad. I mean, I was ABLE to get a deep breath, but it just hurt too bad to take one.

I spent the next few days taking mega does of Advil as the pain seemed to only get wor…

"Hi, I'm doctor so-and-so from oncology, ..."

"... your liver enzymes are elevated and we need to run some tests."

(Note: I am writing this on Wednesday morning; the event took place two days ago)

Okay, imagine the fear *that* brings you.

I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV ... but even I can read WebMD and see what are the causes of Elevated Liver Enzymes (AST and ALT). Going down the list, the only thing I cannot check off is ... *gulp* ... cancer.

Okay, time for some math: elevated liver enzymes + no other cause matches my history + I'm speaking with an oncologist = ...???.


This is all happening at seven in the morning, after being surprised to learn that I'm not to have any food. Uh-oh ... this isn't looking good.

I need an ultrasound of my liver, kidneys and pancreas.

So you know how it goes. This day that I'm supposed to have an ultrasound done on my liver, kidneys and pancreas turns out to be -- for some reason -- the busiest day in the ultrasound department in…


Eat well, stay active and you'll end up in the hospital with a pulminary embolism.

At least that's what I did.

(message sent from hospital bed ... sheesh)

All The Best,

-- Don