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June 12th, 2007
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Baxil Death Watch, Day 3
After very brief recovery last night, GI tract is again in freefall. Struggled out of bed just long enough to realize there was no way in hell I could make it in to work today. Collapsed back in bed to concede defeat and the next time I managed to even so much as look up, half an hour had gone by.

Not even Gatorade is getting a pass -- small sips of ice water are all that stay in. That means it's doctor time.

Broke down sobbing when I realized this -- feeling very alone, useless, powerless. Ironically, that cheered me up immensely: One of the symptoms of severe dehydration is inability to produce tears while crying. So, as long as I can cry, I'm not dead yet.

Will report back in after the professionals patch me up.

Current Location: ~/bedroom
Current Mood: sicksick like a sick thing
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:June 12th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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***hugs and healing***
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From:kshandra
Date:June 12th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
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So, as long as I can cry, I'm not dead yet.

Large amounts of wry, bitter laughter from this corner of teh intarwebs.

Good luck.
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From:baxil
Date:June 13th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
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*hug* Thanks.
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From:elynne
Date:June 12th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, jezus. Tell whatever doctor(s) looks at you that if they don't give you some better idea of what's going on than "dunno, tummy upset, take a couple of aspirin and drink some water" a very irate woman is going to sweep down from Seattle and kick the crap out of them.

*hughughughughughug* and I may have to steal that userpic.
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 12th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Ditto...

Only I will swoop up from Southern CA... unless this happens again in a year or two and in that case I will be joining you in swoop down out of Seattle.
From:antwondotcom
Date:June 12th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Daaaaamn, Bax. Toss another wishing of wellness on the stack, and here's to hoping that The Powers That Be can come up with some sort of honest-to-gosh semi-legitimate diagnosis this time 'round....
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From:dogemperor
Date:June 12th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
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*much well wishes and healing...*
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From:arkofeden
Date:June 12th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Please don't die! The world still needs you! :(

I'm praying for your recovery too.

--E.G.
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From:circuit_four
Date:June 12th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Aww, crap. Sending good thoughts, and thinking thru advice for doctor-wrangling if need be...
From:axonfuel
Date:June 12th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
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What a year this has been for you. *hug*
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From:ceralor
Date:June 12th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Eep!

I had some bad crap happen when I went down to the gulf coast to visit a wolf. He and I BOTH got something that lasted for days and had us both going quite often from both ends for a bit. Luckily, the one end for me ceased after the first time it happened, but the other kept. Bleh. Soreness.

But how long has this been going on? It was about 3 days overall for me.
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 13th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
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As terrible as this is about to sound being that is has nothing to do with Bax mutinous gut... but... I recognise that dragon you have as an icon. I just am blanking on where from. Help?
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 12th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I would be fairly surprised if this turned out to be any kind of food allergy or lactose intolerance; AFAIK you haven't been lactose intolerant previously in adulthood, and while lactose intolerance can develop later in adulthood (as opposed to the ages of 9 to 10, where it's most common), it is generally unreported to have such an acute onset.

My money's on a subset of Irritable Bowel Syndrome -- specifically IBS-D, and even more specifically, IBS-PI (D). The fun part is that you'll get to be yet another data point for all of the gastroenterologists out there that're trying to figure out just what that thing is and what causes it.
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From:dogemperor
Date:June 13th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
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*nods* Agreed, lactose intolerance and celiac don't come on this sudden. (I myself am discovering the joys of lactose intolerance at age 30-ish, but then again I never much liked milk products and I do actually have (human body) heritage excuses :D)

With it coming out both ends (to the point it's clear) I'd almost be tempted to ask him if he'd been down to South America and caught the cholera or something :P
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From:luna_torquill
Date:June 13th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
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Good luck.

I do hope that the doctors look at things other than acute problems -- this is looking like a chronic issue, and while I agree with roaminrob that it's unlikely to be a lactose issue (milk allergy is a different question), there's a host of things that could cause this. It's an unusual presentation for celiac disease, but someone needs to rule out Crohn's, for example...

I wish you had better health coverage (I so agree with the tag) and a curious doctor. As with my issues, the best two traits in your doctors right now would be sympathy and a love of puzzles. I hope you find someone who can help.
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From:baxil
Date:June 13th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
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Paging Gregory House ...

seriously, I'd even put up with his acerbic wit right now in exchange for his diagnostic brilliance.
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From:lonita
Date:June 13th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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Warm thoughts, brother. Will think good things for you.
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From:kistaro
Date:June 13th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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I have copied the healing construct I built for myself years ago (and usually just have on standby!) and sent it after you, with instructions to immediately set you as its owner (with permission to rewrite programming) once it gets to you; if it reaches shielding blocking it, it will knock on it and then wait politely, so you may need to let it in.

As with all my constructs more than a few weeks old, it's everything but the astral kitchen sink, and I hope it (plus the large quantity of energy I provided it- I'm about to go to bed, I don't need more for today) does you some good.

Among its features are to send suggestions your way if it has useful ideas about physical things you should be doing, as well as to help (in that undefined energy-magic way) any and all medical professionals you work with miraculously stumble upon exactly the right information and the right thing to do, and discover it for what it is or at least make the right guess. (And, of course, to do what it can to increase the odds you will indeed meet those medical professionals.)

Best of luck with things. I've had severe digestive problems before (irritable bowel syndrome runs in my family), but you're setting some sorta record I hope I never come close to achieving.
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From:baxil
Date:June 14th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
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Many thanks. The house spirits intercepted it soon after you sent it (is your "wait politely" its generic programming or a special case? it offered no resistance at all, and if you plan on doing more work in the "kitchen sink" department you might want to look into that), but I cleared it with 'em and set it to work on an analysis and generic-improve-things loop last night. Definitely felt it this morning along with the meds.

If you get a chance, catch me on IM or e-mail -- we can go over the woo-woo stuff in a little more depth, and I'd like to pester you re: IBS.
From:lhexa
Date:June 13th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I hope they figure this out.
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:June 13th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Get well soon!
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