More, with Gusto...!
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
That will occur now in the next few days, hopefully.
After all, it's been over two years...it's about time, don't you think?
That's in my opinion.
Michael C. Quinn