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Once More, with Gusto...!

If you see an elderly man running around parking lots on the West side of town, near Blake Medical Center, shouting profanities and pulling out his hair, it's likely me.

I've just about had it with my frustration level.

You see, two years ago, along about January 2012, my weight was around 140 pounds and I was in fairly good health, on my way to being cured of prostate cancer. Life was good.

Then I started dropping weight.

From then until recently, I dropped 40 pounds and nothing would stop the weight loss. I would try to eat, but food kept coming back up.

The weight loss has stopped, but another complication has cropped up: Blood loss...I have had two blood transfusions of two units of blood each in the last four months.

Meanwhile, a feverish approach to finding out why the blood loss was occurring and from where it is occurring, including another CT scan (I had two CT scans and two nuclear bone scans during my prostate treatments) brought about several more CBC's (that showed my hemoglobin about 1/3 of what it should be), and an endoscopy and a colonoscopy.

After all that, nothing has been revealed to my G.I. physician or my G.P. physician as to the source of the blood and weight loss.

Those of you who have followed my medical odyssey will remember I have some training in the medical arts from the 60s at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During that time, I gobbled up as much information as I could.

Its not rocket science, folks.

If an endoscopy shows no blood loss in the upper gastrointestinal track and none in the lower gastrointestinal track from a colonoscopy, and tests are showing blood is appearing in the gastrointestinal track, then the answer must reside in the middle of the gastrointestinal track, i.e., the small intestines. The small intestines are, by the way, where nutrients are absorbed from the stomach. It follows that if I'm losing weight and not gaining it back, then it must be occurring there, because of lack of absorbtion of nutrients.

Is I said, it's not rocket science.

So, I finally got both doctors to agree that I need to have the pill-cam -- a video camera pill that I will swallow that will take photos of my small intestinal track to see where the leak of blood is so it can be repaired.

That will occur now in the next few days, hopefully.

After all, it's been over two's about time, don't you think?

That's in my opinion.

Michael C. Quinn