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Author Topic: Getting older and WAY out of shape.  (Read 6206 times)

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Offline AndyArrow

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Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« on: May 11, 2008, 02:08:57 AM »
So, I finally decided to make some time to fix the lawn mower and tackle the grass.  It was getting pretty high but I was doing a remarkably good job of ignoring it for the past week or so.  Eventually, I broke down to the neighbors stares and decided I would at least do the front yard and then think about tackling the back some other day.  I'm very good at procrastinating.

I mow the front and come inside to wash my hands and cool down.  I look in the mirror and my face is bright red!  The sweat is just pouring down.  I start to lay down on the sofa and the next thing I know I've blacked out and I'm sprawled out on the living room carpet.

Since, I prefer living in denial I just decide to get up and pretend like nothing happened.  Later that night when I decide to take a hot bath I noticed my shirt was all wet and clinging to my chest.  I just figured it was all wet with sweat.  Then I looked down and my shirt was full of blood.  Somehow I must have pulled my feeding tube really hard when I passed out and it was now oozing this nasty brown stuff & blood.  I'm not really fond of blood or oozy stuff so I started feeling dizzy all over again just looking at it.  Luckily, the dizziness quickly passed and I was able to soak and clean all that nasty stuff up and get the bleeding to stop.

Maybe next time I should just try to pay someone to mow the lawn, but I'm poor, cheap & stubborn so it's probably not very likely.  No great pearls of wisdom here.  I just needed to vent and now it's time to go change the dressing around the tube because it's oozing stuff again.

Desperately looking for a cute yard man who works cheap.   :D

AA
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Offline rondrond

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 02:25:06 AM »
oh, Andy..
I'm so sorry. How hot was it outside? and how long were you out in the heat?

I too have divided the front and back yard into different days. And, I wait until after 4pm, when it has cooled down a bit. I still got red in the face but I did not vomit like the last time I did front and back.

pace yourself...do you have family near? I'm asking as you might want to consider getting "help, I've fallen and I can't get up"  We've got one for Katie and she has only used it once back when I was a member of the 'workforce'  It's a silly commercial, but it really does give peace of mind and it really works. It has even been improved to where it has an intercom so you can talk to the responder from where ever you are are incapacitated.

I just hate the thought of you on the floor like that.
ronnie
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline BT65

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008, 07:42:40 AM »
Good Lord, Andy.  Did you have to get medical attention? 

I might suggest contacting your ASO to see if they have a volunteer there who could mow your lawn for you.  I, like Ronnie, don't like the thought of you being on the floor either; especially with your feeding tube out. 
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Online Miss Philicia

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008, 09:34:02 AM »
Is it possible to look into an apartment where you don't have to deal with lawn/gardening issues?
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2008, 01:22:59 AM »
Thanks for all your kind words.  It actually wasn't hot out (as Betty knows since she is kinda sorta up my way) it was cool and kind of overcast when I started mowing.

I didn't seek any medical attention.  I'm pretty good at avoiding doctors unless I absolutely have to go and even then I fuss and moan. 

Last summer when I was really sick and weighed about 80lbs (which at 6'3 wasn't pretty) my family helped and did all the yard stuff.  I think I must have pulled the tube with the mower handle or passing out.  It is still oozing a little more then it should but I'm not bleeding anymore.  The pain is really more just discomfort now so things are good.

There are apartments close to me since I live by one of Purdue University's satellite campuses but for right now I really like my little house.

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Offline rondrond

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2008, 03:57:57 AM »

I didn't seek any medical attention.  I'm pretty good at avoiding doctors unless I absolutely have to go and even then I fuss and moan. 

  It is still oozing a little more then it should but I'm not bleeding anymore.  The pain is really more just discomfort now so things are good.


Andy, if you concentrate real hard you will be able to see me with staring at you, with my arms crossed and tapping my foot.....now you get yourself to the doctor today and have them look at you...don't make Betty have to drive over and give you a push in the right direction....
ronnie
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline BT65

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2008, 10:33:25 AM »
Yeah, Andy.  Believe me, you wouldn't want to deal with me having to come there.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline rondrond

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008, 11:51:42 AM »
Seriously, Andy,
you have been working too long on getting this tube removd to have any silly setbacks. Just go and let them look and see what they think about it still oozing...you know it shouldn't be doing that....
do I have to call you Mother?... ::)
ronnie
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Online Miss Philicia

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008, 11:59:02 AM »
I abhor lawn mowers.  I used to mow about 10 different yards when I was 12.  It's all I did every summer.  Being gay I was horribly meticulous about the entire process.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline mjmel

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 08:08:37 PM »
A small, secondhand riding lawn mower would do the trick here. Your yard looks big enough for one. I strongly suggest you do not push a mower in the spring or summer heat in your condition. (the tube) Too much, Andy.

I did note that you declared poverty.

No way would I do this if I were in your situation. It would get bailed into hay before I'd push myself like that.

Mike
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 08:12:02 PM by mjmel »

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2008, 12:13:09 AM »
Yes, Betty I would much rather meet under nicer circumstances & preferably somewhere with good lighting  :)

Seriously, Andy,
you have been working too long on getting this tube removd to have any silly setbacks. Just go and let them look and see what they think about it still oozing...you know it shouldn't be doing that....
do I have to call you Mother?... ::)
ronnie

Actually, it always oozes a little bit since there are not stitches or anything ... they just make a hole and push the tube through so some stuff always leaks but it was doing more than normal.  It seems to be better but if it's not I'll check with the doctors tomorrow. 

And whatever you do don't call my mother.  I would never hear the end of it.  Once when she decided I wasn't calling her enough she send me a plaque with a little poem on front that read "In all the world there is no other any dearer than my mother"  on the back was her phone number!  She is very good a guilt!

AA
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline rondrond

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2008, 12:18:45 AM »
LOL. Ok...we'll leave your mother out of it.  :D
glad to hear that you have it under control. 
ronnie
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline BT65

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2008, 09:36:59 AM »
Andy, guilt and compassion are mothers' best qualities.  I know.  I practice both on my daughter all the time. ;)
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline aztecan

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2008, 11:58:11 AM »
Sheesh Andy!

I go out of town for a few days and look what happens! :o

I'm glad you've got things more or less under control.

Now, I know you are not exactly rolling in dough, but isn't there a cute houseboy du jour in the neighborhood who would do this for you at a reduced rate?

Do you have any nieces or nephews you can guilt into helping out?

Just thinking that if this is happening now, what are you going to do when it gets hot?

Do take care of yourself.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2008, 07:37:53 PM »
Andy,

You just take care of yourself. We want you around for a long, long time !! There are certainly things that I have to be careful at these days. It seems I have to pace myself a little more each day. Summertime is pretty much here in Florida, which means when I step outside, it's going to feel as though I've been hit with a brick ! I have to be careful, even when I am out washing the car. I get lightheaded at times. 2003, was a bad year, thought I was going to pass out cold in the shower a few times. Pace yourself, Pace yourself....



All the best----Ray

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Getting older and WAY out of shape.
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2008, 01:51:25 AM »
How incredibly sweet of you all to care.  That really makes me feel good.

The area around my tube looks a little funny.  There is a little more skin pushing out around the tube then there used to be and it's a kind of reddish in color.  There is however NO blood and it doesn't seem to be oozing as much as it was.  Most importantly, there is NO pain. 

Since my GI people are 3hrs away (and it would be hard to get an immediate appointment anyway) I'm gonna hold of until my next scheduled visit.  I have another procedure on the 3rd of June.  -- Be warned Betty I might post about it again--  :D  If things get worse there is always the emergency room.

I was warned that the Amitriptyline, that I'm on, could cause dizziness so I'm not too concerned about that either.  I'll just have to pace myself like everyone said.

I don't have any young nieces or nephews around.  My youngest niece graduating from Ball State and interning with the state board of health.  I will definitely keep my eyes open for a cute yard guy.

Hugs to All
AA
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