Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm Hospitalized

Sorry for not pulling the punches.

I'm just telling it like it is!

My post Go Shit In Your Hat gave you a status of my recent health woes with a few cartoons thrown in for comic relief.

Since that post and on this past Monday I was admitted to the VA's West Roxbury Hospital. It's been a roller coaster ride to say the least.

They are still not sure what is causing the water retention (edema). If that wasn't bad enough a nearly whole body encompassing rash has pervaded over me. The cause? - They haven't been able to figure that out either!

They have, however, ruled out the rash is a result of an allergic reaction to any of the meds they been giving me. I have lost six pounds since I was admitted on Monday- but that still puts me at an alarming 208 pounds! They ramped up the Lasex intravenious - so that weight should be going down quicker soon.

My overall health is good. I'm in no appreciable pain. The rash is not itchy at all (another mystery).

Beyond that, there really is much that I can add. Now that I know i have Internet access, I'll try to keep everyone up to snuff via a brief post like this one.

Also, I see no reason that that the next chapter of "The Quill and the Quire" cannot and will not be posted for Friday's scheduled post.

Wish me luck and pray hard to get me home sooner!



Sandee said...

I wish you much luck and there will be lots of prayers that you get well and get home soon. Big hug. :)

iamams said...

I will say some prayers for you, and I hope you get to go home soon!

Jack K. said...

Much luck from my part of the world. More Reiki energy coming your way too.

There are days when you just gotta wonder, "How'd I get so lucky?" While a VA hospital isn't the best vacation spot, you're getting waited on and three squares a day. I bet the food isn't as good as it was aboard ship. lol

Take it easy and get well ASAP! That's an order.
LTC(ret) Jack

wv: skingle (Is this a possible clue to your ailment?)

Skunkfeathers said...

Hang in there!

JAB said...

Keep your pecker up Mike !

Anonymous said...

Sending lots of prayers and well wishes your way. I will even have a few drinks with a toast to you for a speedy recovery.

Since you have nothing beter to do you could post more often!!


kenju said...

I am sorry to hear that. Be good for the docs and get well soon!

Christina said...

Good luck wishes and prayers coming your way!

Hale McKay said...


Thank you. Those prayers were indeed answered.

The hug helped too.

Hale McKay said...


Thank you for the prayers. Fortunately i was only in the hospital for three days - although it sure seemed longer than that.

Hale McKay said...


Actually the VA hospital food wasn't half bad. I'd say it was the best hospital food I can remember ever having.

As for your order, Lt. Jack. I followed it to the letter.

Hale McKay said...


I hung in there for sure.

Hale McKay said...


Thanks, John. The pecker wasn't much in the mood for being up during those 3 days.

Hale McKay said...


I could have used some of those drinks for sure!

My posting regularity should resume pretty soon.

Hale McKay said...


Good to hear from you. I was good for the docs and they paid me back in kind.

(I was even good and a gentleman to the nurses.)

Hale McKay said...


Your prayers and well wishes were well received with all the others and greatly appreciated.

Marti said...

Oh my goodness! Sending you much love and good wishes for a return to good health!

Husband goes to the Kansas City VA for checkups following his stroke last year, and they are terrific people. I know they'll take good care of you.

Big hugs!

Hale McKay said...


Thanks. I've found the VA doctors, nurses and staff to be wonderful!