Thursday:I have had diarrhea for 6 days! Another reason to stay close to home. I Googled and read and either I have Colon cancer, or not enough fiber and healthy bacteria in my diet. Assuming, the way I eat, I opted for adding fiber and probiotics to my daily intake.
Friday--today: I think I may have IBS. Taking the probiotics has helped actually. Still--this is not normal for my usually constipated self--although, there have been times in the last year or so that I have had bouts of diarrhea.
YES! I know! I should go to the doc, but the first thing he suggest is a colonoscopy and those things scare me. No--not the prep, I'm having that sort of thing right now. No--not the thought of being put under--I LOVE Fentanyl or Versed. I had a friend die from a colonoscopy. "They" pierced his colon and didn't realize it, until a few days later when he was full of peritonitis infection and died. My sister also had a problem. So--what to do. What to do?
I fell again last night. Had the same kind of episode I did a couple of months ago. 11:30 last night, I turned off my computer and my desk lamp, grabbed my Diet Pepsi and headed out to go to bed. I took about 3 steps and I could feel it coming. I tried to set the Pepsi down on my desk, but my eyes were all googley and the desk wasn't where it looked like it was, so I dropped the Pepsi and then, down I went. I grabbed for the chair, which tipped over, which caused the box fan sitting on top of the chair to crash and quite a few other things came crashing. I wondered to myself, "What is all that noise?"
It's like a 2 second black-out. I don't faint--I just get disoriented and lose all feeling in my legs and down I go. The chair fell on top of me and the box fan fell on my legs. I hit my bad left shoulder and fell on my right hip--I don't know how I did that, but my left elbow was scraped and bleeding and my right hip felt really bad.
I laid there for a moment to make sure none of my parts were broken and then had the hard job of getting up off the floor. I couldn't break a hip as they are both metal, but I thought perhaps I had dislodged the right one--but, nope I was okay.
I ache all over today, but at least I didn't hit my head. I wish I had waited until I got into the living room. I would have had a nice soft cushion with that new carpeting.
NO! I do not need to go to the doc for this! I have been to a neurologist. It is caused by my blood pressure dropping when I stand up too quick and move too fast. Also there is a problem with my optic nerves. If I have been doing close work--computer or reading or knitting, when I stand up, my eyes don't adjust right away and I get very light headed. I am supposed to take off my glasses, look at something far away to readjust my eyes, move my legs up and down to get my BP up and THEN I can stand up and walk.
Other than that, I am working on genealogy--trying to restrict myself to 4 hours a day because, I tend to sit here and get so involved that hours pass and then I really do get googley eyed from the strain and concentration.
The hot weather and high humidity broke last night, so today was an all windows open and door open kind of day. We will be like this until late Sunday and then the temps and humidity start to soar again and next weeks weather radar map shows a big red glob hanging over Michigan. The "Dome of Hell" one forecaster called it.
I used .8 gas units last month so was told my the gas company, not to pay this month. On the other hand, my electricity bill was up from last year and I owe more than my budget payment. We never get ahead, do we?
I need to go buy food one of these days, if I think my intestinal system will allow me to be away from the bathroom for a couple of hours! Right now, I am eating bananas, and cheese and crackers and drinking protein drinks.
It could be colon cancer, although no one in my near or distant family has ever had that, or any cancer in my ancestral tree, for that matter, but I suppose I could be the first. If it keeps up, I will go and get checked--other tests first though, before a colonoscopy.