Life -Now you are here, then you are not

3 Nov

Hospital

Hospital (Photo credit: morrissey)

Life. I wonder how many people who don’t suffer from sickness actually stop and take the time to give thanks for their good health, and to realize just how brief a period of time that we are in this world. The reason I say that is I just came home from the hospital last Thursday, Nov 1, after spending the past few days in what they call their coronary care unit. This is similar to being in intensive care. When you spend any amount of time in any of these units, it is serious.  I had been experiencing  stomach pain and was passing blood in my stool for the past several days. I was smart enough, having been through this before, to recognize the symptoms of severe blood loss. I faxed my doctor from my home around 9 pm on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning, Oct 30, my doctor phoned me personally and told me that I needed to have my blood level checked. So I went to my local lab where they take my blood level regularly. The girl who worked there told me that my doctor had emailed them with the test she wanted to run “stat“. It is called a “CBC” or complete blood count. This type of test checks for the amount of both red and white blood cells in your body.   When a doctor does anything stat, it is pretty serious. I went home and my doctor phoned me back at 4pm. She told me that yes, I had loss a significant amount of blood.  A normal hemoglobin count ranges from 13 to 18. Mine came back at 6.3!! This means that I had loss half the blood volume in my body. My doctor instructed me to get to the Emergency Room of my local hospital. She called ahead of my arrival, telling the doctors there exactly what was wrong with me. To make a long story short, they hooked up 2  I.V. lines in my body, and then starting giving me clear fluids immediately  The doctor told me that he would be admitting me because I would need a blood transfusion.  Over the next 24 hours, they game me 4 units of blood, while I stayed in the coronary care unit, hooked up to monitors, and being watched very closely. Another doctor stopped by, introduced himself, and told me that he wanted to do a procedure called an “upper endoscopy”.  He would place a scope with a camera attached to it down my throat, and into my stomach. I later learned that he found the place where I was bleeding, and with the same scope, he burned the area,  or cauterised it, thus stopping the bleeding. I asked the doctor who admitted me Thursday morning if this could happen again, seeing as how this is my second episode of experiencing the same problem, and she said yes. She told me that I was well enough to go home.I tell you this private and personal story in hopes that if you find yourself experiencing these same symptoms, to contact your doctor immedoately, or to call 911 if it a serious case of vomiting blood so you can get help fast. This could save your life! Take care of yourself.

Mini Pouch for filling test tubes with blood f...

Mini Pouch for filling test tubes with blood for tests (Photo credit: Thirteen Of Clubs)

 

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6 Responses to “Life -Now you are here, then you are not”

  1. goodjohnjr November 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    *Off-Topic*

    Hello Mike, I think that your Hotmail account got hacked again, you should contact Microsoft and follow their guide on dealing with hacked Hotmail accounts.

  2. goodjohnjr November 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Here is the Microsoft guide on dealing with hacked Hotmail email accounts:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/hotmail/hacked-account-faq

  3. goodjohnjr November 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Here is the Microsoft forum for Hotmail, you can ask them for help there:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/hotmail?auth=1

  4. goodjohnjr November 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your personal medical situation Mike, I hope that it helps other people know some of the warning signs, and I hope that you get better. 🙂

    • Mike Limon November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi John Jr.! Thanks for the kind words. Yes, at first, I struggled with writing this, and whether I should share it, then I thought, why not, others may have bleeding going on, and don’t even know what to do, or what is going on with them. So, I hope that somebody out there can benefit from my story. Nice to hear from you brother. Take care of yourself.Mike

      > Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:05:08 +0000 > To: mikelimon.805@hotmail.com >

      • goodjohnjr November 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

        You are welcome Mike. 🙂

        Several of my other comments probably went to your Spam folder and in one of those comments, I accidentally put a link to the wrong website, so I was hoping that you could delete all of my comments that are in your Spam folder; since one of those comments was an accident and the others are no longer needed.;)

        Here is the WordPress.com Guide on managing comments, if you need help figuring out how to delete comments in your Spam folder 😉 :

        http://en.support.wordpress.com/manage-comments/

        Thank you Mike. 🙂

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