Prison Pete

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
  Medical Woes.
Another long traveling letter. Your letter took a week to get here and only just arrived today. They do use a date stamp in the mail room, but who knows if they only stamp the letter when they decide to give it to me.

What is funny about the whole thing is the way we are both writing about the same issue of recent letters, and your questions in this latest letter were answered by me in letters you should have received a few days after you mailed your letter.

On the health front I got to see Dr. Weinstein on Monday and he confirmed that the CAT scan showed seven out of eight sinus cavities were inflamed and showed signs of infection. I sort of asked him why I felt so well if my body is carrying this infection. He said it was not always true that the body responds with a high temperature and other tell tale signs. As I was thinking about that I realized that since I have been dealing with the sinus problems for over eighteen months I have become acclimated to the condition.

I am now due for at least two more of those wonderful medical trips. The first will be to show off my medical marvel to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Depending on his findings, I will either end up going directly for major surgery or at the least a thorough cleaning of my sinuses. I am not sure exactly what that would feel like, but I imagine it would not be all that pleasant.

I am also awaiting the issuance of another 21 day supply of super antibiotics and am going back on the nasal steroid spray. Maybe this thing is what has been making me more tired than usual? Who knows? As the doctor says I will only realize how miserable I have been when the whole thing is cleared up.

I still have the colonoscopy to look forward to. So between that and the thought of more endless trips all chained up I am really not looking for much joy in my life on the medical front for a while.

I did find out that all my blood work came back fine. All levels were where they were supposed to be. Liver, kidneys, blood etc. I had the cholesterol numbers written down, but unfortunately I can't find the scrap of paper it was written on. If I remember correctly my overall number was 175 (<200 is goal) and my bad cholesterol was 110 (<100 is goal). I explained that the day before the test I pigged out on ice cream and fried chicken and the doctor said that could be a factor in the test. That was my fallback excuse and I did use it.

The other medical woe is the old lower back muscle spasms. They have been doing their little dance of joy on and off for the last couple of weeks. Other than all of the above I feel great for a man of my advanced years. (Ha Ha)
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