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John, I know you are in southern Cal, so you may be close by a place known as Loma Linda.  They live on a natural diet and they may be able to get you leveled out on your lifestyle changes.  I have no idea what they are, but it is an infamous medical complex.  I hope that this can be of some assistance.  My wife and I have used natural eating since 1975.  We decided to become vegetarians, but now that we are getting older, it may be time to make some more changes.  Ugh!  I will go to a place like Loma Linda to see what they recommend.  Liver, I used to love it until about 7th grade health when I learned what the liver does.  No more but I love the smell.  

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13 hours ago, Chips N Dust said:

I hope the procedure is not too bad and they do not find anything major! Good Luck, you are in my prayers.

Thanks Chips, I have an appointment July 2nd to check in with my primary physician, review blood levels one more time, and make the call. Thanks guys, appreciate all the supportive feedback greatly, and the humor!:)

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6 hours ago, FlGatorwood said:

John, I know you are in southern Cal, so you may be close by a place known as Loma Linda.

Thank you so much for the research on your end Gator! I greatly appreciate it, and yes, Loma Linda is a state of the art hospital with a wonderful reputation and about 35 minutes from us, I did not know they had a special dietary division for eating organic and such, that is great to know, and I am very interested, thanks so much!

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:huh: So, I am confused now... is Loma Linda a good place or a bad place?  (At least I know it's a place:))

 

And when it comes to liver, beef liver, it was always tough - about like (I think) eating a leather belt.  I didn't mind the liver gravy so much.

Today I occasionally see it as the lunch special at the diner... I take a pass and get something else!

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1 hour ago, Cal said:

So, I am confused now... is Loma Linda a good place or a bad place?

I think Gator mistyped Cal, infamous. It's a cutting edge hospital with a great reputation.

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I apologize for the confusion.  Loma Linda popped into the national news in the early 1990's with a heart transplant from some homo sapien for a baby.  I think I remember the child being a girl.  Then I saw a commercial the other day about the place and where people there live longer than any place on earth.  That's the limit of my knowledge but I did some research that they emphasize natural diet and lifestyle.  I went to a place like it in Chattanooga, TN about 40 years ago.  It was called Wildwood something or other.  Anyway, it was good information and we made the adaption well.  Those who consume meat don't have as much trouble with vitamin B2 as your mileage grows.  Now, my wife and I both are prescribed, yes, prescribed vitamin B complex to get sufficient dosage.  At this age, often the body won't absorb it or doesn't make enough of it or something like that.  Yep, got in over my head without a vest.  Anyway, John, I hope you get treated well, get recovery and get on a road that will keep you healthy.  Blessings to you on this journey.  

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Off topic but since I mentioned Vitamin B, as you age you may need to take some.  Anyway, my wife was telling the doctor that she takes Excedrin Migraine tablets for the migraine headaches.  He told us that taking that would be less effective as time goes on.  The better solution is to take Vitamin B2, about 500 mg daily.  No another new part of the journey.  I now take it because of nerve damage to my feet.  If I were diabetic, I would ask my doctor if Vitamin B would help with feet neuropathy which is a common issue.

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@John,

I've been having abnormal blood test results which my Primary Care has tried to address with OTC supplements which did not help.  He finally referred me to a Hematologist. Sometimes you need a specialist.  Probably different reasons why doctors are hesitant or reluctant to refer you along.

The Hematologist did blood tests that the Primary Care never did.....stuff I have never heard of. Hematologist said he would check out a bunch of things and a bone marrow tap would be the very last thing he would consider. 

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Guys, sorry I have not returned to this topic, didn't notice any further replies, but I did just now.

Thanks for further information and Jim, coincidentally I am home today from work. The last couple days been feeling really sluggy, mostly from the heat I would imagine. But other things are popping up, light headed all day, dizzy spells, bones aching or throbbing, and joints are sore, and more bruising for no reason. So I figured I better get an earlier doc appt. Called my wife from the field yesterday morning and asked her if we could get a sooner appt. than that July appt. when my regular doc gets back from vacation. So she got me in this morning! How cool was that?

 

After my exam this morning doc put in a STAT blood test request, we drove to the lab across town and I had my blood drawn, a full CBC and many other things are being examined, I was also diagnosed at my last doc appt. a few weeks ago with low thyroid and prescribed meds for that. So far I can't tell if the meds are working or not with all this other stuff I have going on, but the meds are supposed to pick up my thyroid and help me feel more energetic, but it aint happening. I feel lazy and tired as ever! :lol:

 

So I am sitting here on the PC, just hanging out, and waiting for the doc to call later this afternoon, the lab results have a 6hr turn around on STAT requests, and the doc said he'd call me tonight with blood results, the latest would be in the morning. Of course with all this going on I'm really interested in the red and white cells, we'll see what those say. But most indicators are pointing to Immune Thrombocytopenia.

I can deal with that disorder if that is what it is, a lifetime of meds to control it, is far better than the later, hey I still got a few kids to raise and a Mamma that needs my retirement! :D I aint goin nowhere.

 

The results tonight are going to determine if I get checked into a hospital tonight or not, if the platelet count is too low (I don't think it is judging by my minor symptoms, I'm not bleeding out my nose or mouth yet and nothing is ending up in the toilet) then they'd want me in a controlled environment to bring my platelets up to prevent internal bleeding. If my count comes in at a sufficient but still low tolerable range, I'll have another appt. with the blood doc I saw a year and a half ago for the same thing. Then that danged Marrow Exam will kick in.:mellow: But at this point, I'll take a little pain just to know what the heck is going on.

 

I'll keep ya'll up to date, hey one good thing from this, bossman at work told me to stay home till we get it figured out, he don't want me bleeding out all over the jobsite if I get hit by a Scraper or Loader, or if I slam my hand with my own hammer. :lol: The hammer part, that is completely possible!:lol: So I am home, kids are home, it's summer, and my whole family is here, girl home from college, other girl getting ready for work, and son is drawing up a desk he wants him and I to build this summer for his room.

 

See y'all

 

 

 

 

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Good luck, John.

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@John,

Please keep us updated.  Think positive thoughts!

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Hope you find out what is wrong.  My suggestion, need more fiber...……  Be regular...  :TwoThumbsUp:

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Good luck John. I doubt I could handle your issues.Take advantage of the time off to get some rest.

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