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Not how I wanted to spend the weekend...
Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:15 PM

I won't bore you all with the details, but I ended up going to ER last night and have been admitted to the hospital for at least the next few days. After a bout with the flu and strep throat my kidneys are working at about 10% efficiency. Right now they are monitoring me, doing regular lab work to see how things are going and have me on some meds to give my system a boost. If I start to improve on my own then they just keep observing until I can be discharged. If not, they're going to do a biopsy on Monday to see if I have an auto-immune disease.  Thankfully any talk of dialysis has stopped, and I'm feeling better than I have in three weeks. So I'm going to continue resting, get caught up on Netflix, and try not to think about the Do335 that's on the bench calling me.  Best case scenario I'll be able to celebrate my 37th birthday at home on Wednesday.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:36 PM

Told my wife after my stroke that I needed aLOT of home quiet time. And doc suggested manual skill exercises. 

Worked out pretty well.

Speaking of which, Get Well Soon!

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:58 PM

I had non glomerular nephritis about 20 years ago, brought on by a strain of Strep whose protien structure closely matches kidney tissue.  Couple shots of penicillin and I came around, but I was also close to biopsy.  Glad your feeling better, hope you keep improving.  Those models won't build themselves.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 21, 2018 5:04 AM
Keep your spirits up. Get well soon. And I'll share a happy birthday with you. Mine is Monday. Wish I was turning 37

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:46 PM
Thanks guys, I feel a bit better today but my kidney functions are lower today. It looks like I'll be in the hospital for at least the rest of the week. In addition to the biopsy tomorrow I'm going to have a temporary dialysis port put in and have a round of dialysis. The good news is the doctors have different plans depending on the results of the biopsy, and they are confident I'll eventuall make a full recovery since my kidneys were healthy before all this.

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Posted by fox on Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:46 PM

I still have the shunt in my arm "in case" I ever need it for dialysis again. I used it for 4 years, three days a week. It's really not too bad. The first time scared me a bit but after that it's boring sitting there for three hours and mostly sleeping. Some of the guys that were there when I was, used to play cards or chess. I was one of the chess players. If you like to read, take a good book with you.

Hope that everything works out for you. Our thoughts and prayers are on their way.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:58 PM

So sorry to hear this, crossing my fingers you'll be back up and running soon.

And you're going on my prayer list too if you don't mind.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, January 22, 2018 5:57 AM

Thanks Jim, my wife brought me a couple of books yesterday and I'll have my iPad so I can watch Netflix if I get too tired to read.  I sat through a lot of dialysis sessions with my mom so I kind of have an idea of what to expect.  I think I'm more nervous about having the port put in than the dialysis itself.

Thanks for the prayers Gamera, I'll take all the support I can get!

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, January 22, 2018 7:35 AM

I’m sorry to hear of such bad news at the same time, you should be on your two feet soon.  I will send prayers to god for a quick remedial healing for you my friend.  The best of luck.

Your friend, Toshi

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, January 22, 2018 12:57 PM
Thank you very much Toshi! We're finally getting some things done here so we can start treatment. I'm still praying for you and your wife.

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Posted by echolmberg on Monday, January 22, 2018 3:02 PM

Oh my gosh! Was this all brought on from a bout with strep? I had strep over Thanksgiving and it was the first time in my life I had ever had it. I just thought it was a really, really, REALLY bad sore throat. Didn't realize it could mess a person up in other ways. I hope the docs are able to get you the right meds and get you back on your feet ASAP. Just be strong, think positive thoughts and get back to the work bench soon. I'm a firm believer in the thought that half, if not more, of the recovery involves a person's mental state along with their physical state. So, while you're recovering, make sure you watch things like "Blazing Saddles" and "Airplane!" several times!

Get well soon and let us know how you're doing.

Best wishes,

Eric

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Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, January 22, 2018 3:28 PM

Sorry to hear about this.   I agree that anything by Mel Brooks can aid in healing.  You might be able to get some online research done too.

Hope you are feeling better soon, and will add you to my prayer list as well.

Strep is bad enough, but this is a real kick in the teeth.  Sounds like the docs think you will come out this OK, so put some faith in that.  You might have to have some "down time" when you get out of the hospital.  "Down time", I believe, is synonymous with "bench time".

Please keep us posted.

D

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, January 22, 2018 6:18 PM
The biopsy results should come in tomorrow, but the strep was the catalyst. Apparently in one strain there is a protein that looks like the filters in the kidney so my immune system went on the attack. I agree with you guys about laughter being great medicine. My dad is in the process of gathering up some 3 Stooges for me in addition to some other classics. I'm actually feeling pretty good and am optimistic that I'll make a full recovery. And I think some downtime at the bench will be just what I need when I get back home Dwayne.

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, January 22, 2018 7:15 PM

silentbob33
I sat through a lot of dialysis sessions with my mom so I kind of have an idea of what to expect.

That's the spirit !   Just pretend your waiting for paint to dry.

( Yeah .... your right. That's no fun. )

I will leave it up to Curly, Mo, Larry, Shemp, and Curly Jo to raise your spirit's.

Sending you "Happy Thought's " and wishing you a speedy recovery.

P.S. There was one other Stooge ..... take some time and see if you can figure out his name.  No fair looking on-line ! You HAVE to watch their movie's to figure it out.

( Yes, this count's as "reasearch" .)  NYUK, NYUK, NYUK......

 

     

 

    

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 22, 2018 7:51 PM

The Three Stooges! how cool! I would also try to catch up on some other clasics like the Outer Limits or such while your laying there.
You'll be in my prayers as well. The list just keeps getting longer, but I have the time.

Steve

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:50 AM
Ooh Timmy I know I know his name but it's just not coming to me...I'll have to give it some time and I'm sure it will come to me at 3:30 in the morning. Steve, I appreciate the prayers. I've been praying for you too hoping things work out for you. I should be getting the biopsy results this afternoon and will hopefully be able to start treatments this evening. Yesterday I had the biopsy, had a dialysis port put in and had a round of dialysis. Was pretty busy but everything went smoothly. Today I get to rest and watch TV and Netflix. And as an added bonus, they've upgraded me from the renal diet to the general diet with no potassium. So I'll take that as a win!

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:48 AM

Hey ;

 I just stumbled on this .I will include you in our prayer list . Now , see , folks think that life is Hunky Dory if you appear healthy .I look fair for an old phart .Heart troubles and all . Arthritis thinks different though . Did you know that the forms of Arthritis we know are forms of Auto - Immune disorders ?

 This isn't as serious as your situation though .Get well , Darned it ! 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:01 PM

Thanks TB, I'm working on it.

I'm a bit disappointed that the biopsy results were inconclusive because they went too deep into the kidney and didn't get enough of the surrounding tissue.  So I get to go do that again tomorrow along with another round of dialysis.  Oh well, it is what it is.  As bad as I am, I actually feel pretty good and being in the hospital only proves that there are others worse off than I am.  Here's hoping everything goes smoothly from here on out.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:11 PM

Holy cow, Bob!  May I add my prayers for your speedy recovery?

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:36 PM
Absolutely Baron, I'll take all the help, prayers, thoughts, and vibes I can get. Hopefully they can get the procedure done correctly tomorrow and the results that come back can confirm what the docs think. Apparently the treatment they have planned is going to be pretty rough and they want to be doubly sure they are right about it before they start. It will be a heck of a way to spend my birthday tomorrow. Maybe I can look at it like an anniversary sort of thing. I mean, I WAS in the hospital on my birthday at least once before right?

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 11:25 PM

My prayers for a fast, full painless recovery.

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Posted by skyraider0609 on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:45 AM
Yikes! I had the same flu/strep bug last month. I was just laid out for a week feeling like, well, you can guess what. I had no idea it could lead to kidney problems like you're dealing with. That's terrible. I'll send good wishes to you and hope that you'll soon be out of the hospital and back home soon. You have all of our support behind you!! Spad
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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:30 AM

silentbob33
Absolutely Baron, I'll take all the help, prayers, thoughts, and vibes I can get. Hopefully they can get the procedure done correctly tomorrow and the results that come back can confirm what the docs think. Apparently the treatment they have planned is going to be pretty rough and they want to be doubly sure they are right about it before they start. It will be a heck of a way to spend my birthday tomorrow. Maybe I can look at it like an anniversary sort of thing. I mean, I WAS in the hospital on my birthday at least once before right?
 

Hey Bob, your ability to keep your thoughts positive is pretty inspiring.  If I were in your situation, there would be endless whining.  Happy Birthday, by the way. Cake That is a heck of a way to spend the day. 

Hope they get the biopsy right this time, and results are better than they thought.

D

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Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:21 PM
Thank you all guys, I really appreciate all this support. I means a lot to hear it from so many different people from so many different places. Hopefully I'll have something to report tomorrow.

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Posted by docidle on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:08 PM

Bob,

I hope you get better soon. And the 4th Stooge was Shep

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:22 PM

docidle
And the 4th Stooge was Shep

The 4th stooge was Shemp.....

I was asking Silent Bob if he knew who the 5th stooge was.

This 5th stooge didnt last very long ( I believe he was in only 2 short films )

He thought "getting a pie in the face " was beneath him, and didnt care for some of the other slapschtik either.

HINT: His first name start's with J.

     

 

    

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:35 PM

That's the hint I needed! Joe Besser!  I could picture his face but the name just wasn't coming to me.  Now I'll be able to get some sleep tonight. 

As for an update, the results from the second biopsy will be back tomorrow.  Today they upgraded my temporary dialysis port to a permacath since I'll have to go to outpatient three times a week for awhile.  Tomorrow they're going to do an ultrasound of my heart from inside my esophagus to rule out one more thing before beginning treatment.  They think its vasculitis, an autoimmune disease.  My treatment for it will last a year and consist of steroids and a chemo drug.  It'll be harsh, but worth it in the end since they're all expecting me to make a full recovery.  It's going to be a long road, but at least I'm starting down the path now. 

While this obviously sucks to have happen, being in the hospital for the last week has really shown me that I really do still have it easy, and that there are people far worse off than I am.  So I'm still refusing to let this get me down and will keep on keeping on.  After all, I still have at least half my life to live, see my kids grow up, and build the ever-growing stash.  If I'm going to finish the stash I'm going to need at least 60 more years...

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:57 PM

silentbob33
So I'm still refusing to let this get me down and will keep on keeping on.  After all, I still have at least half my life to live,

That's the spirit ! Keep your chin up. you will get through this !

Take a few 1/72 kit's with you to work on while you watch whatever.

I "DARE" you to make the Nurse hold the worklight for you !

( Take a picture if you do,..... she will think it's for something "Importaint" ....... or your just plain nut's ! ) ( Either way..... it will make for a "interesting" story! )

     

 

    

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:04 PM

Hopefully they have on some good antibiotics.  Thats what cleared my similar issue up years ago.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 1:48 PM

I had to convince my wife that I was only half-joking when I said she should bring a kit for me to work on while I'm sitting around.  Though the picture of the nurse holding the light is an amusing image...

I had my first round of chemo last night and it went very well, no real side effects to speak of at the moment, just wiped out today with a little naseua.  If things continue going smoothly they are looking to discharge me on Monday.  I'll have outpatient dialysis, chemo, and plasma exchanges for the next 6 months to a year, as well as antibiotics, steroids, and protein supplements.  Throw in a renal diet and I'm on the road to recovery.  The kidney doctor wants me to take three months off of work since my immune system is going to be shot and he doesn't want me exposed to a hundred dirty teenagers every day.  So things are looking up (except for the diet) and hopefully I can use those three months for some good bench time.

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