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Fatman

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PostSubject: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:00 am

As I alluded in the Trading Post forum, I am no longer going to be consuming tobacco, in any forms. I had a bit of a scare today, I thought I was having a stroke, while at work. It was a Transient Ischemic Attack (AKA mini stroke) and during the work up, the MRI showed a lesion in the left side of my brain. All of my stroke symptoms were on the right side, which means the issue was in the left side of my brain. So I will follow up 3 months and see if the lesion has changed.

In the next few days I will catalogue my tobaccos and place them for sale. My pipes, I am not sure what to do. I am thinking of sending them all to Smoking Pipes and seeing what they will offer lock, stock and barrel.

Here is the kick in the balls. I was on the short list for a second interview at the Hospital in Idaho that I would love to work, and they were going to fly me down for that second interview. I am going to call the Director of Radiology tomorrow, and let him know that for now I am pulling my application, and when I get a clean bill of health, I will reapply.

Life happens!
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arkansaspiper

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:04 am

do what younfeel is right health is priority but i hope to still see you on here.
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Timbo

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:51 am

Yowzers Fatman, what a shock. Hope they can quickly pinpoint what the cause is so you can be back in tip top shape ASAP. 

Don't be a stranger here mate. 

Good luck

Tim
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Lonecoyote

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:03 am

Your health comes first and I wish you all the best. Do you ever inhale when smoking a pipe? If not wait a while before you sell anything. I find smoking a pipe helps me relax and relieve STRESS.... which could also cause a stroke. Take 3, 81mg aspirins a day too keep your blood thin and flowing. Change your diet, I'm telling you this from experience.

Good luck and keep stopping by so you can keep all of us informed.
MOST OF ALL, BE WELL
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Ocelot55

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:27 am

Wow! I'm glad to hear you are okay.

Sad to see you getting rid of all your stuff, but it's good you're taking pro active steps to improving your health. Let me know if there is anything I can do.
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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:32 am

I will light a candle for you sir. Take care, be well..
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:32 am

Sorry to hear this John.

IMHO, you're doing the right thing. No two ways about it, health comes first.

Here's to your good health going forward. Cool
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BriarBeagle

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:01 pm

Wishing you good health, sir.
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ftrplt

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:24 pm

Regret hearing your circumstances, but awfully glad they were found/diagnosed. Your good health and well being are "numero uno" right now!! All best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Please keep posting on the board. Let us know how you are doing, Brother!!!cheers FTRPLT
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hobie1dog

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:12 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us, keep us updated.
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daveinlax

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:25 pm

Take your time. I had a very serious health scare last year and I had no interest in smoking pipes and cigars for a few months but slowly the urge returned and I've continued very moderately. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:17 pm

Scary stuff indeed John, but sounds like you're taking a proactive and wise step. Sad to see you leaving the pipe but health comes first in a situation like this. Be well sir.


Cheers,

RR
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GrampaGrossbart

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:19 pm

Dang, John, that is really scary but I'm glad you were able to identify the issue right away and act accordingly. I was blindsided by some pretty serious health problems over the last year or so, too, and also took a long sabbatical from the briar...which going into it seemed even more stressful, but I ended up not actually missing it as much as I'd thought. Life goes on, with or without our hobbies, so while on the one hand I echo the sentiment of those advising to wait and see since a pipe can definitely be relaxing on the other hand I'm sure you've done your research into your condition and possible triggers so if you say it's best to quit the habit altogether then more power to you, and hope unloading your collection brings you a load of dough.

And hey, hopefully that Idaho gig or something even more plum lands in your lap on the other side of this. Good luck and good vibes, brother.
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Fatman

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:46 pm

Hey gang,

I really appreciate the kind words! Here is a little update, the lesion seen on MRI is a primary brain neoplasm. This means it is not from a cancer that has spread to my brain, and may or may not be malignant. I see my primary care Dr on Monday, and get the ball rolling to see some specialists and find out what the heck it is. I did sit down with a Radiologist friend and go over the MRI and CT scans I had. He recommends further imaging to differentiate between possible pathologies. The part that bothers me, is his body language was pretty negative during our discussion and while he reviewed the studies. He also found another lesion in the front part of the left brain.

I will post more, when I find out more information!
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Lonecoyote

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:17 pm

Your lucky to have a radiologist friend too steer you in the right direction. I'm lucky too also have a close Dr. friend. Also get another opinion, in my case I was fortunate I listened to my Dr. friend.

Try and stay calm, it will keep your BP more stable and help lower your stress level. Take care of yourself and please keep us posted.


GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS
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hobie1dog

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:22 pm

John: I lost my health about 3 years ago. Within 3 months was unable to work, open up a ziplock bag, walk without help, etc. I went and got weekly IVIG infusions for the past 2 1/2 years. Then 4 months ago asked my primary doctor if he knew of anyone at the major hospitals. Got in to see the head of Neurology who found out within 1 week that I was misdiagnosed. I got to stop my weekly infusions cheers
So definitely get another analysis done, or even 3 people to confirm the results. I asked the latest guy how could the 2 previous Neurologist think that I had CIDP? He said they threw me into the common related symptoms category, but didn't order the one specific blood test that they should have done.
As my buddy says, they are "practicing " medicine.
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:17 am

Pessimistic body language speaks volumes sir....

Best wishes, and try to be cautiously optimistic, eh? Don't go giving everything away! Things could always look up....

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:00 am

It was saddening to read this news, John. As per OW's comment it's early days yet so perhaps hang on to some of your stable?

My thoughts are with you...
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:26 am

Yow Fatma

Watching this with more than usual interest. Wifey has a small brain tumor and relatively few symptoms, so I'm now in the learning mode. Take care of yourself, and good diet is really important.

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:46 am

Sorry to hear about that! My mom had a similar mini stroke a few years back and it was misdiagnosed as Alzheimers. It took them a while to figure out what it was. She's doing well now, though. It might even be a blessing in disguise if it gets you into a healthier lifestyle. Hang in there!

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:10 pm

thanks for update i have been praying for yoy
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Fatman

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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:37 pm

Thanks all for the kind words. So, more testing to come and no final diagnosis yet. 2 small tumors, 1 area of infarction in my left side brain, and this morning I had a couple of really bad, what I call episodes. Basically my entire right side went numb, and felt like fire ants were stinging me all over that side. Also felt like someone was squeezing my rt eyeball. Pretty odd over all.
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:52 pm

I have been praying for you as well...
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:29 pm

Wow, John. Scary stuff. I'm so sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this, but hopefully further testing will lead to an actionable treatment plan and full recovery. Do your best to stay optimistic and in the moment. I know that I personally suffer from "doomsday thinking", which leads to a negative mental state. Its amazing what the body can do naturally if you meet these challenges with an optimism and faith. My best wishes for you, and prayers coming your way.
Warm regards,
Loren
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PostSubject: Re: Fun, fun fun!   Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:33 pm

i hope they figure it all out and younhave many more happy years with us. i find doctors play a game nowdays of the guessing game. kinda sucks but thats how it is i think. i really for hope the best for you
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