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Saw Doc. Still Not Dying Any Quicker Than Usual. - Elf M. Sternberg
Saw Doc. Still Not Dying Any Quicker Than Usual.
Well, I saw the doctor today. He hemmed and hawed, and finally said, "Well, you have uniform strength on both sides of your body, your eyes are clear and responsive, your reflexes are fine. I didn't hear anything unusual in your heart, lungs, or carotids. Your worst problem appears to be a buildup of ear wax.

"So, I'm going to tell you right now that, while they'll probably all come back negative, I'm going to order a whole bunch of tests-- cholesterol, blood sugar and AC3, a thorasic doppler, cardiac ultrasound, and a brain MRI.

"You're actually very healthy for a man your age. You have none of the usual indicators-- you don't smoke, you don't drink often, you're not overweight, and your worst drug habit is too much coffee. You're not in any of the risk categories. Your tests from six months ago show good blood sugar and cholesterol levels. I would say it was something else, and not a stroke or TIA. But I'm still ordering all those tests."


Needless to say, last night was sleepless with "What if it happens again?" and "What if it happens again and it's worse?" thoughts. So I'm a bit of a zombie this morning.


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Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: The Art of Noise, Kiss (feat. Tom Jones)

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littleone66 From: littleone66 Date: December 11th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ears! I win. :) Naw, no winning or losing, just happy to hear it's nothing serious!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad to hear the lack-of-bad-news

Glad to hear you went to the doc right away.

Glad to hear he didn't find anything ominous.

Take care, stay strong, and I'll see you at the singularity. ;-)

- a reader
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: December 11th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need to get my ears done as well.

They filled up with dust at BRC, and I've been 1/4 deaf since.
creepingcrud From: creepingcrud Date: December 12th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like your doc had precisely the right reaction - it's probably nothing, but if it's not, it's something awful, so make damn sure. Here's hoping everything comes back normal and you get to go home with pretty pictures of your brain.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: December 12th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Pictures of Elf's brain? He oughta put them up on eBay!
acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 12th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
IANAD, but "a build-up of ear wax" can affect the inner ear and cause vertigo. Here's hoping that all the tests come back negative, and that the problem never recurs.

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