Monday, January 30, 2012

Follow up

For the benefit of those not Facebok friends with me, here is a quick follow-up to my earlier post.

Basically, everything is ok.  Turns out the intial tests show that I don't carry the gene for hemochromatosis, and I will be seeing a specialist soon to confirm that.  My shoulder pain isn't bursitis.  She used the term "calcified tendonitis."  Meaning, there is some damage to the tendons in each shoulder, and there is some build up of some kind that shows up on X-rays (possibly scar tissue).  The prognosis is that I need physical therapy.  Normally, anti-inflammatory meds would help, but I am allergic to aspirin, ibuprofin, motrin, etc.  So, that's not an option.

I'm mostly relieved, and slightly irritated.  Relieved that, assuming all signs are correct, I'm back down to only being a Diabetic.  I can live with that.  But I'm oddly annoyed by it not being brusitis.  That had a relatively quick fix.  Instead I will have to endure physical therapy, and no doubt, a lot of pain.  But, then again, I'm getting used to te pain anyways.

Regardless of all that, we're still going to make an effort to improve eating and activity habits.  This will become easier as the weather starts to warm up.  I was a little disgruntled at my weight, but it wasn't unexpected (I LOVE good food).  Chances are, the fatigue that could have been too much iron in my blood is most likely just fatigue from burning the candle at both ends.

The last few months have been very stressful and hectic.  But things are slowing down, both deliberately and as a result of our efforts running their course.  My kids still stress me out, but all parents know what that's like (though I have to say, my son is more of a handful than either daughter were).  Overall, I am relieved and hopeful for the future.


Keith said...

Very glad to hear they won't be bringing out the leeches. Does this mean you no longer have a medical excuse to get out of eating spinach?

Good luck with the eating and exercise; I'm working on the same thing, only I'm trying to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Tom Doolan said...

Oddly enough, eating less spinach would have no effect. It has an enzyme that naturally prohibits iron absorption. Eating spinach to increase iron levels is actually a myth. :)

Keith said...

I did not know that. It's a pretty widespread myth, because I've seen it listed in I don't know how many lists of foods with high iron content. Thanks for setting me straight.

Charles Gramlich said...

Hang in there, man. Glad the health news wasn't so bad.