The doctor is ‘out’

It was an uneventful flight from LA to Chicago except for the bozo who didn’t stop coughing. I didn’t need my coat in LA, so I packed it; but in Chicago’s cold, I wish I hadn’t put it at the bottom of my suitcase! Three days later, my head stuffy and lungs a faucet for phlegm; realizing that I’d never be able to get in to see my doctor by the weekend, I wondered what I could do for my green phlegm to stand a chance of beating this chest cold? you’ve seen something similar to the ‘toy’ below, or … Continue reading The doctor is ‘out’

What your ankles say about Your Heart

No, they don’t shout from the rooftop or send messages, but these little old skinny things can speak volumes.  If you’ll look at them you may notice a thing or two. They may be swollen. Or, your feet, ankles, and calves may be swollen and your feet may be a bit sore. Remember when we spoke of congestive heart failure (CHF)? Well, in CHF, for several reasons, the heart loses its ability to be an effective pump, a pump that needs to be strong enough to send blood from the arms and legs back to the heart. There are a … Continue reading What your ankles say about Your Heart

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”

We’re always told to use caution in this extreme cold: LISTEN! When exposed to extreme cold, the danger of frostbite is real; cover up or better yet,  DON’T GO OUT! If you must go out, use some common sense-sit in the car while pumping gas to avoid the wind, minimize alcohol, wear mittens instead of gloves and layer your clothing; to name a few. What about the indigent or homeless living with minimal heat? Check on them or invite them to stay with you. One anonymous bystander in Chicago sprang for hotel rooms for a block of homeless last evening. … Continue reading “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Congestive heart failure-in a dog?

I’ve been gone a while, so I’ll be brief. I had a post all ready to go when: BAM! I went to the ER for stomach pain. “No worries, I’ll be here a few hours and they’ll say: ‘go home and take some tums.’” Mega tests, 6 days and a medical nightmare later, I came home this past Friday,  looking forward (?) to finishing that article. Curses, foiled again! The very next morning our dog, who jumped in the air on Friday night when I came home, was barely able to stand and by nightfall, she was falling if she … Continue reading Congestive heart failure-in a dog?

Whoa! It hurts when I breathe.

You’ve been in bed with the flu and when you woke this morning, your chest hurt when you breathed in (inhaled). It more than hurt, it was painful! Like a catch, a sudden severe cramp when you inhaled. But what kind of pain? Pressure? Dull ache? Sharp pain? The doctor will want to know so he can make a diagnosis. He’ll also do a chest x-ray and do a physical exam but why the pain? For starters, there is a sack surrounding each lung, as you can see in the image above, called the pleura. What happens? As a result … Continue reading Whoa! It hurts when I breathe.