Expensive stay

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  1. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    This Allopurinol your on, does it give you the runs. When I went into the Hospital, they shoved so many pills down me. I don't really know what they were all for. One of the horse pills they gave to me , I was told would give you the runs. And they were right.
     
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    I honestly don't know what the devil they prescribed for my gout. It was years ago and it was a tiny white pill. It worked great and I didn't have the unfortunate side effect that you have Jim.

    Of course the warning that came with the med indicated the usual side effects could be headaches, muscle pain, nausea, blurred vision, loss of memory, depression, anxiety, fungal disease, hallucinations, tuberculosis, The Black Plague, Klingon Flu, growing a third arm, adopting a pet wolf and in some cases, death. But nothing about diarrhea. :)

    Seriously, Jim, I'd call your Doc and asked if there was something else you can take.

    Gout really, really, really sucks. In the old days, they figured that eating organ meats caused it (and I think the cheapo jerky I was eating was made from organ meat) but nowadays, some folks react to a number of different foods and drink. Once you figure that out, you avoid whatever causes the flare-ups. Some people get it once and never again. Others are not so lucky. Beer or any manner of booze can cause it for some folks. Some say eating shellfish causes their gout to show up. And yes, some meds can also cause it. ... if the side effect of the med doesn't kill you first.
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I'm feeling better now but that bout with the back door trots kind of did me in. Just starting to get some strength back. Should be up and running next week for sure. I'm itching to get back out there. Sitting around doing nothing is boring. Got to do a follow up with my Doctor next week and try to find out what was all the pills they poked down me.
     
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    Good for you. It sounds like you're heading in the right direction.
     
  5. Jim Paget

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    I just got out of the hospital yesterday after six days as their guest. It was the shits, literally. After six days we still don't have a firm diagnosis. It is either Crohn's Disease, or some strange bacteriological infection of my digestive tract which may or may not have something to do with the fact that I spent 3 years as an infant in the Congo. My diet has now advanced from the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) to grilled cheese sandwiches. Life is good!!
     
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    OMJ: My former mentor and fishing friend used to complain about gout. If I remember correctly it seemed to flare up more during the hot summer. Soooo, maybe more relief is on the way. My friend's idea of AC was to soak a t-shirt and socks in cold water, put them on, sit in front of a fan, to finally get a chill.

    Get better and go fishing.
     
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    The Allopurinol that I take is a fairly standard sized orange colored round tablet. I take one 300mg pill/day and have never had any side effects from it. It has cut the number of outbreaks I get in half, despite some of the other meds I'm on for other issues being known triggers of a rise in uric acid (the cause of gout). I have no idea what the med costs, as I get it from Madigan pharmacy (retired military).
     
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    Talk about expensive stays... I found out my inpatient bill before cigna does its thing is nearly $25k. That doesn't count the ambulance ride, cost of professionals since then, and the future appointments. F the $... but just sayin'...
     
  9. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    The costs mentioned here for hospital visits and medical care is really alarming to me. I try to avoid injuring myself, since I have no insurance.
    Sometimes, though, an accident sneaks up and nails you. I always avoid an ambulance ride if possible (only had one, back in 1975 when I broke 2 ribs and suffered a collapsed lung when bodysurfing heavy crunchers on a crowded day), and usually try to avoid going to the doctor or to hospitals. Hospitals can kill you!

    I'll probably start investigating my options for coverage under the "Affordable Care Act" starting in Oct, so I can sign up 1st thing in Jan.

    Yesterday I ran into a surf bro of mine who was limping and walking with an improvised cane. He had taken a trip to the emergency room Fri nite. He was messing around with a campfire on the beach at a small gathering, wearing flip-flops, when a large flaming ember landed on top of his right foot. It stuck there, burning him badly! He jumped away, but stumbled, spraining his right ankle, and fell on the fire, burning a large area on the back of his left thigh.
    The burn on top of his foot was very bad...3rd degree, and it had a bunch of beach sand in it. The burn on the back of his thigh was bad, too, with some spots of 3rd degree. The emergency room nurse who helped treat him had treated many burn victims before, and told him that the burn on the top of his foot was one of the worst burns that she has ever had to help clean up.
    He hasn't gotten the bill yet. I don't think he has insurance. He's not surfing again for a while.
    That could have been avoided by wearing shoes, or being more careful when messing with the campfire.
     
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    My wife had ambulance transport from Whidbey Island General to Providence in Everett last April. That involved a ferry ride. Insurance is still negotiating, so we haven't seen the bill. On the bright side, wife is just fine now. They took great care of her at Providence.
     
  11. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Bummer Jim! Hope you're feeling better now.. I got on a gout study about a year and a half ago and get medicines for free and paid for the study. I rarely get a flare anymore and can drink too! Hang in there!!
     
  12. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Back in 1965 or so. I got hurt pretty bad when I was working at Boeing. I had a wing skin panel dropped on my head. I was told that it looked like somebody hit me in the head with an axe. Back to the ambulance ride. I told them to take me to Northwest Hospital. We the stupid driver got lost and we ended up at Northgate hospital. I was laying flat on my back going in and out of being awake. I had to tell him how to get to the right place. It was rough not being able to see the road. We finally got there. I did end up in Seattle at a good hospital.

    This is not something I would do over. It was all covered on Workmans Comp. It never cost me a thing. I missed a month of work and ended up with a better job. The drugs were wonderful.
     
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    Oh...oh...oh!!! .... that explains a lot now ! :p
     
  14. Old Man

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    I ended up with a 15% disability. Now you all know why I'm a little off on some things and have CRS(can't remember shit) syndrome.