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ElfenSciuridae

Just because a doctor slaps a medical label on your ass...

...does not mean its the end of life.

Last week I went in to see my doc about some stomach pain that was not going away. But she was picking up things on her EKG machine that, in short, made her panic and sent me to A-ICU (Acute Intensive Care unit) at my local hospital.

Hundreds of tests, heart surpassing its limits double pulses, high pressure waves and tearing cardio fibers from a beat of over 210/minute. Nothing. Theories abounded. Was I exposed to something that work? (I believe so!) Or was it something else? More tests. More inconclusive tests results. Nada fits.

Draw Blood. What Blood? Its thicker than Jello! Prescribe Blood thinners... lots of blood thinners! Found blood to be rich but anemic - feed subject! At least blood is flowing again...

A week later and I am released, like nothing happened.

My Primary Care doc thought I went into afibrillation of the heart, tests shows that it was not so. But the results of what limited tests shows some form of Conjective Heart Failure. Though this is not the actual results of everything, I was exposed to a toxin at work. With nothing else, the hospital and work are deciding that I undergo treatment for heart failure and see for the best.

So I rest and heal. Taking my meds including injections of blood thinners (for now), and rest and wait. 24 pills a day - 8 three times a day plus the injection. I am not too happy to say the least. But I'm alive.

In the end it will say that I was exposed to something, but what? And can I get anything for it? Med bills, rent, food do not cover themselves though work will cover for the med bills.

But now I got a medical label of Heart Failure Recipient, so things might get rough on getting insurance for me. But it does not end my life. It only makes it more interesting...
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Added: 5 years ago
 
jasperfox
5 years ago
That's scary, *hugs*
I hope this is much confusion and that they are wrong, because they sure make it sound fatal with those labels.
They should not do that.
TellyLittle
5 years ago
Wow, that's a lot of things to have to deal with.  I hope things work out for you, or at least they can give you a diagnosis of what you where exposed to.  
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
I will be fine; which is the point. Just because a doc says all these negative things does not make it so.

In my case, I'm turning this negativity into something positive. What or how, remains to be seen. But that is life. One does not give up because another tells you to - no matter the labels they may wear. Case in point: My Grandmother; died in 1997. But she was diagnosed with cancer 5 times and beaten them, had 17 fatal heart attacks since 1969 (when they were killers) and yet she out lived 5 of her own doctors, and kept on going past 113 years old! She was a WWI Nurse! And she kept on going, keeping strong and to the faith. Alas a hospital infection got to her, but she got that damn far! I intend to do the same!

Personal findings by asking around - I was poisoned at work. This to me is great news because I can focus on clearing out my body faster and safer than docs would allow, and recover from all this shit a lot soon than expected. Its a miracle that I now know what it is and can properly deal with it. Which includes dealing with the rat-bastard who did it! I'm not going to "kill him" but I'm going to show him a side of me few ever have and fewer survived to tell about it!

I'm not citing work for this, because this is the action of an individual at work, and not work itself, so I got no legal standing against work. I can understand that, and will deal with it accordingly. But I have no patience for idiots and assholes who endanger everyone else at work, and worse if I have to spend a day in the hospital. Bastard sent me in for 7 days in A-ICU, so his ass is now mine!
ruink
5 years ago
your blood was that thick, dude?
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
It was thick! There was talk of me having collagulated blood in my system and how to deal with it. What ever happened, it was sudden, and recovered quickly though for the next few months I'm on blood thinners with constant morning check ups at the hospital. Yeah, every morning or other morning for the next few months I have to go to the hospital and get checked out before being allowed to go to work. After that I should be fine. The sooner the better for me. At least my bosses are nice enough to understand and give me a major break.

This, to me, shows that I was poisoned at the job - despite of who or how as I stated above. Now I just have to deal with it and do my best for myself. But again. Having a label slapped on one's ass does not stop anyone from living life, which is the mantra I'm going by for now.
ruink
5 years ago
thick blood and they though it was coagulated?  usually think blood is something diabetic people have due to their blood sugar reading.  did they even give you one of those?
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
No. Just a bunch of blood thinners, which I have to return on of the prescriptions on Monday because I can't find it.
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
I'm on 2 pill brand blood thinners and 1 injection blood thinner (the one I cant find). And 4 more pills to balance all that out, a series of 24 pills a day, 3X (more or less) a day for the next month or two. I have enough of the injection for up to Monday when I see the doc again before I go to work, and tell him I cant find it. Maybe the hospital can give me another batch of the stuff like the last time. The injections are supposed to be for 5 to 10 days at most, and I'm on the last of my first 5 day batch.
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
I forget. Though in the washing out period I'm going through, I can eat anything, but it can not have salt in it. So I'm cooking for myself again. The food can have a tiny amount of salt in it, the problem is the salt slowing down the washing out process I'm going through. I can have a can of beans, but I need to keep in mind that the can of beans will have salt in it...

I've been advised to eat fat steaks meals but no salt... looks like I'll hunt down cow once in a while.
ruink
5 years ago
make sure you have your doctors test your glucose when you next go in.  eating foods with no salt is a challenge, but it can be avoided if you have other spices, like garlic powder and whatnot.  enjoy the pepper on your steak, man
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
Glucose is checked by them regularly but thats not an issue, at least not for me. Its found that the heart and internal plumbing is clean - too clean for a guy my age. I chalk it up to clean living in my teens to mid 30s, and still living that lifestyle. But the blood chem is screwed up from the poisons I took on and that takes time to heal from. I'm also going liver and thyroid exams to see if the poison hit them as well. Current conditions are blood clots in the lungs and spleen; from the poison's interaction and me breathing the crap in.

Good news: I heard that the idiot who did this was arrested. He denies everything but he opened his mouth, "I thought he was somebody else..." (his intended target.) He just hung himself in saying that.

Mind you, my heart muscles have been stretched out an extreme that would have killed others. And currently the heart muscles are shrinking back into place, like a pulled leg muscle - same idea in healing there. So everything in its doses and in its time. I'll be fine, just pissed that some asshole tried to harm somebody and thought I was that person in mistaken identity. People can be so stupid over bullshit!
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
Let me correctly say this...

The docs are checking my glucose but are not saying anything about it other than its fine. Their concern is flushing out what's trapped in me and thinning out the blood while everything heals.

I got some nice spices for cooking with no salt, and do love garlic so I'm lucky there. I just got to max and relax.
Pouncer
5 years ago
It's good to know that you're alright.
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
Thanks, Pouncer! Its appreciated!
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
More Good News:

I was taken off Axitra (the injection blood thinner I take every morning).
Still on the other two, including Coumadin/Warfrin but depending on how that goes I'll be taken off those in a few weeks.

Axirta is very expensive, $200 - $400 a syringe! And its only to be used limitedly - 10 injections (1 a day) max unless one is in the hospital. I had problems trying to get it - no pharmacy wanted to order it and those who could told me that it cant be released to me because "its a hospital apparatus." I believe that they could not think I could afford its price and did not want to sell me the med outright... before being taken off it, I was about to get $2000 of the stuff (high end price)! But I'm off it and am glad.
AlyssaKamber
5 years ago
I'm curious what sort of work you do. If other employees are endangering others with shoddy safety, it should probably be brought to the attention of management, or they'll end up doing it again and hurting somebody else. Glad you're ending up okay after this!
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
I work for the City's Parks and Recreation, maintaining the safety and cleanliness of my assigned parks and supervising a small crew to get this done (I and my co-workers cover 5 parks in a 1 square mile area). Its a seasonal position, and I teach and do computer technical consulting the rest of the year.

There was an arrest in this before I got out of the hospital, as this was a personal and very criminal matter and the idiot opened his mouth too soon to the wrong person. In short, being stupid, somebody set up a trap to harm somebody else because of a personal dispute between them and I accidentally set of the trap before the intended target did. Even though one was arrested, both were fired because of that had happened (to me) as a result of their constant bickering. The parks dept. is paying for my medical bills (which currently stands at over $130,000 for 10 days of Acute Intensive Care service alone; Acute - ICU means that I had a nurse on 24 hour watch over me so I would get immediate attention if my medical alarms went off - which was often. My other medical expenses will also be paid by them as well, as promised in writing and the parks workers union witnessed).

This as not endangering each other with shoddy work, this was a deliberate criminal action of one person against another, and I accidentally set off the trap meant for somebody else. If this idiot was not arrested, I would have gone postal on him because I am so pissed off on this. I am and will up the charges on this bastard, as 10 years ago I retired from the volunteer police force, making me a retired police officer, which adds more weight on criminal charges and punishments on those who act against me like this asshole did. With me, its not that somebody assaulted another citizen, somebody assaulted a retired police officer!

This job is seasonal, so it will be ending for me soon, and I can go back to teaching and computer consulting, but seasonal work is great addition for times of dead work which happens around the summer time for me. But this is not me first seasonal year working with Parks, its my 35th. I have worked with them as a lifeguard and retired out of that a few short years ago, but still do other things for them. I started out as a Life Guard at 15, getting trained at 13 - 14, certified at 14 and hired at 15. It was a parks pool program long ago that no longer exist today.
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
I must thank you for your concerns. I often forget to do this, so thanks. It is greatly appreciated.
AlyssaKamber
5 years ago
I'm glad it's getting taken care of. What on earth kind of "trap" would one set, you open a door and get blasted with undiluted weed killer or something? I have to wonder what the maker intended it to do to the other guy-- was the dispute so bad that he was trying to kill him, or was it just done overzealously and, thus, stronger? Either way, I'm happy you got taken care of, and I'm happy he's getting "taken care of" for his assault!
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
Its simpler than that. In cleaning the park facilities, we do use pure cleaning chemicals that need to be diluted. In short, a bottle of cleaning agent was emptied, cleaned out and its contents replaced with something else, literally creating a chemical poison bomb if mixed with the wrong chemicals. When I came to prepare for a clean up job, that chemical was mixed with the wrong chemicals, releasing a poisonous gas into the Park House facility which I got a full face thereof. This trap was meant to severely hurt, if not kill it's intended target; all because of freaking bullshit of who was screwing who, because "Thats how I take care of things!"

So the idiot said "I did not mean for {Elfen} to get hurt, it was meant for him [the intended target]." Though the idiot said it to a friend outdoors in the park where it happened, it was heard within ear shot of several staff witnesses including a Dept. of Investigations officer, and arrest made at that point.

Not to brag or show off, my clean years of living and exercise is what saved my life. Though the intended target is 1/2 my age, he's a slob who thinks that 10 push ups and sit ups a day is enough to show off his bulging muscles is enough, he would have been killed from what I survived. My heart shows in tests on it that it has no plague, gunk, clogged arteries - his, who knows what condition his heart is in but if he's stupid enough to take steroids to keep his physique, his heart would be in much poorer condition than my is at twice his age and that would be the weak point that kills him. In fact in thinking of this, when we walk from park to park to do our work, he slows us down because he complains of walking too much and being tired. Seeing this, no way his heart is healthy.

You know, I do not care about other people's sexual orientations and interests. That's their business. But when they allow that to drive them to take stupid actions, I have to draw lines and bitch slap some faces. I'm a male heterosexual, and though many of my friends are homosexuals or bisexuals, sex is not an issue I share with friends, only lovers. That line is never crossed with me and in their respect of me neither do my friends of me. This shit happened because one gay asshole could not control his emotions over another gay individual who played him. Big fucking deal. It happens to straights as much if not more than gays as I see it and I dealt with it in my relationships with some of my lovers. I have never went out to harm anyone because of that. Big fucking deal, one got burnt. Deal with it! Live Life Without Them! Live Life For One's Self.
AlyssaKamber
5 years ago
Ouch! Amen to that; I don't care who's banging whom at the office, and if people want to argue about it, don't do it near me. It isn't that knowing about the office hook-ups upsets me, I simply don't care and I don't enjoy having to hear about the gossip. I sincerely hope the nutter who did this is on his way to a nice spiffy cell, where he can think long and hard about how lucky he is that he's not in for murder! (I'd even suggest that someone fill him in: if he'd "taken care of things" on his intended victim, and his trap worked the way he intended, he'd be up for a murder charge, and he needs to consider whether anger over interpersonal relationships is really worth a chance at a life sentence!)

I know I haven't commented on your stuff before, but I ran into this tale by accident and it really hit me; I hate seeing bad things happen to good people. You seem to be taking a high road here, mot getting nearly as spiteful or vengeful as many people would, and that tells me a lot about what sort of person you are. Very best to you and your recovery.
ElfenSciuridae
5 years ago
Thank you!
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