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February 08, 2009

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Okay - it's a little later than I had planned, but here's the basic cause for my recent hospitalization.

Since last spring I've been experiencing problems with my blood pressure. Because of the specific kidney disease that I've got (FSGS or Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis), my blood pressure gets jacked around and has been spiking in the evenings. When it spikes really high as in my case, I'd get severe migraine headaches and I'd end up in the Urgent Care or Emergency Room at least once or twice a week where the headache would be treated with morphine along with a couple of different BP meds intravenously.

The upside was that the morphine would always kill the headache and would also help bring my blood pressure down; the downside was that morphine would cause my digestive system to 'back up', i.e. constipation. After several months of this, my digestive system became really backed up and this led to a three inch tear in the small intestine; I was rushed into emergency surgery, where some part of my small intestine being removed. I was the unwilling recipient of what is known as an ileostomy.

Yup.....lucky me. In addition to having to contend with a freaking kidney disease, now I've got an ileostomy bag to complicate life just a little more. Nothing is more fun than waking up after being heavily sedated for seveal weeks to find that I've got hardware attached your stomach.

I'll get reexamined in about six weeks to see if this will be permanent or not. So far, the docs are 'hopeful' about the chances of getting all of my plumbing reconnected.

So there you have it - how Mikey dodged another brush with death. My wife tells me that I've got to have an angel sitting on my shoulder and I'm starting to believe her.

** UPDATE **
I went to see the surgeon that operated on me for a follow-up and got some interesting news.

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Who is Mikey?
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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

He's also a husband, a father, a former Independent/Democrat and is currently dealing with dialysis and getting on the national kidney transplant list.

The words written here are his opinions and his observations on the stupid things in life. If you do not like them or do not agree with them: tough squishies. In America, you're entitled to Freedom of Speech not Freedom to Not Be Offended.

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