Updates on personal life #3

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Points i'll be covering:
:pointr: Follow up on the sternoclavicular joint pains
:pointr: Follow up on cholesterol
:pointr: Follow up on kidney stones
:pointr: New medical problems, of course
:pointr: Cat problems
:pointr: Changes in my dA activity


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I. Follow up on the sternoclavicular joint pains


I still haven't had the MRI done and nor will i. Ever. At least for this one. The Tietze Syndrome has been confirmed and since there's no known cause, there's no other treatment than the symptomatic one aka painkillers and NSAIDs. So yay for that.


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II. Follow up on cholesterol


This one's ok, i consulted one more doctor about it; although it's higher than normal (around 220), the ratio between "good" and "bad" cholesterol is good, so no need to worry about that. No meds needed here, just a healthy diet. I guess it's genetic, but ain't nobody got money to confirm that! (nor interest, for that matter)


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III. Follow up on kidney stones


I followed a three month treatment which supposedly helps my kidney dissolve the microlithiasis i have. As long as there are no further symptoms there's no reason for further investigation, so fingers crossed it really worked.


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IV. Memory loss


After much thought and consideration (and medical advice, duh!), it seems like many (not all though) of the memory problems i have are due to stress and anxiety. So for this i have to see a psychiatrist who will (awesomely enough) prescribe some meds which will help me deal with this and my sleeping problems. It's not something you can get over with just taking a day off, so don't judge.
The rest of the problems i suspect are genetic and there's not much i can do about it other that expecting the inevitable to happen at some point in my life. (and of course, ain't nobody got money for those tests)


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V. New medical problems, of course


Somebody out there must hate me. A lot. Why? Here's why :stare:
a) I tested positive for Helicobacter Pylori, which explains part of the digestive problems i've had over the time. The other part is covered by my almost-strangled gall bladder - thanks mom for passing this on to me, what a legacy of genes i have! Although it's not something uncommon, so to say, it's very hard to get rid of this infection, which can cause from nothing to ulcer and cancer; i'm having some bad experiences, but my worst was a gastritis so far (some time ago) and some nausea once or twice a week (currently). I haven't started treatment yet and i sure hope my doctor won't consider i need very strong antibiotics, because i don't tolerate those very well. I'm thinking about combining the antibiotics with some natural stuff since it seems the success rate is higher this way. More on this in the future updates.

b) I have AB blood type. Meh, it's the worst combination i could've gotten from my parents (father A, mom B), but i can work with that, it doesn't bother me. What really, truly upsets me is the other thing i found out along with this routine test. It's the worst news for me i've got so far and funny enough, it's something i didn't think much about until i found out about it. I have a negative Rh, which means that if i want more than one baby, there might be serious problems with the pregnancy (miscarriage, mental retardation, deafness, etc). There is a vaccine though, so i might not have these problems. But there's still a chance i will. Also, in the event that for some reason my first pregnancy turns into a miscarriage, there's a 72 hours window in which i can get vaccinated so there won't be problems with future pregnancies. I know it's odd to talk about this here, but it annoys me that i have to carefully plan even this and have that vaccine at hand (which from my current understanding is kinda hard to find around here, it would definitely be a hard task to find it in the 72 viable hours)! Or, let's say, i get pregnant now by accident. Or next year. This already causes lots of rhetorical questions. What do i do? Should i have the baby, not being married and financially independent, at the beginning of my career, or should i terminate it and risk having problems in the future? It sucks, i don't have other words for it. It sucks bad. I never thought pregnancy will turn up to be a problem, not a blessing when i think about it. This kinda sucked the life out of me this week.
So there's that.
But i decided that if this doesn't work out, i will have more than one cat. In fact, i'll have lots of them.


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VI. Cat problems


Since i said the magic word, which is "cat", i remembered that i should include this too.
My lady is over 8 years and a half now. She's been eating the same food (cat food with tuna and salmon) for more than 6 years already. I tried multiple times to diversify her diet, but she is very stubborn and always refused new food, or even new flavors. She barely even touches canned food (with tuna and salmon, of course). But, as you can imagine, this doesn't sound very healthy and sure enough, some months ago she started vomiting. At first it was once a month, then once a week, then a few times a week. Before i decided to go to the vet i talked to one and tried some treatment, which didn't work. The day i took her to the vet she threw up twice. And vet trips are not easy, she's terrified of them and refuses to enter the transport cage. The only way i could get her into that was to spray the inside of the cage with catnip. I felt sorry i had to trick her, but it was either that or a pointless battle with lots of scratches from the struggle of staying out of the cage. To keep it short, i had to completely change her diet to Hills ID. She didn't like it at first, but this time i gave her no other options, it was either that or nothing at all. She accepted it after a few days and what do you know, she doesn't throw up that often and went up from 3,3 kg to 3,7 in a month!

There was one other thing though, her breath got stinky as hell in the last months and every time she would clean herself she would smell funny, like she was followed by a stinky cloud wherever she went; the vet told me it was from the tophus she had and we needed to get rid of that, but it wasn't that urgent. Normally, i waited until she accepted the new food and took her to the vet again - this time the catnip trick didn't work as well as it did before, i had to "convince" her to enter the cage. The procedure went well (although it was surprisingly more expensive than the intervention for the humans) and i got her home in my arms, like a little baby covered in one big towel. She was funny with her tongue out.


Needless to say i cared for her like she was a baby and didn't get almost any sleep that night (she felt sick, threw up three times, was bumping into the walls and tried to jump on her spot, but fell. I basically had to follow her around the house until she grew tired and i could get her in bed with me, cover her and sleep for 3 hours). It turns out she's not as strong as she used to be; i remember how easily she recovered from anesthesia when she got neutered, in 4 hours she was steady on her feet and ate and drank almost normally. Not this time though. It took her a full 24 hours to start eating and drinking again, which got me worried a bit. I know she's not young anymore and i can't stand the thought of the future when she'll eventually be gone. Good news though, she fully recovered and she's now purring on my lap, with an odor-free breath. She is currently under treatment with antibiotics (3 more days) and a protector for the stomach (2 more weeks), as the vet suspects a gastritis.


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VII. Changes in my dA activity


You already know that in the past months i've slowly backed down from my group activities. At the moment they're almost completely shut down since i have to work on getting my degree next year and finish my studies in a honorable way (now here's where my stress comes from). I honestly considered ending the features and polls too and i was very close to do it, but for the moment i can manage those (plus, i have interviews scheduled for 9 months in advance :B).


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As i said in the last journal, "i cannot emphasize enough the importance of routine checkups and doctor visits when something unusual comes up, regardless of how unimportant it might seem to you at the moment. Please don't ignore your health, it's the most precious thing you were born with and you have to protect it". I mean every word of it. And take care of your pets too, either it's a budgie or a cat, a hamster or a dog, they all feel pains and we, as their friends and caretakers, need to treat them as part of the family.
I will be back with personal updates when i will have other news for you. I appreciate every message from you, your support means a lot to me. Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and enjoy life! :hug:

Love,
Cristina.



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Stay safe! ♥

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 Vesti bune si vesti nu asa de bune!
Sotul meu a avut Helicobacter Pylori si a urmat tratamentul cu 2 antibiotice timp de doua saptamani.
Nu a fost usor dar nici ingrozitor si a scapat.:)
Poate ca totusi ar trebui sa-l incerci.:hug:
In legatura cu RH-ul nu trebuie sa disperi, am pe cineva in familie care a facut 2 copii sanatosi cu RH negativ.
Sigur ca trebuie tinuta sub observatie aceasta situatie.:hug:
Ma bucur ca pisicuta ta este bine acum si iti urez mult succes la examene, draga Cristina.:heart: