Rant VII: Now With 25% Less Drama

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My best friend's mom was feeling some terrible abdominal pains this morning, so he took her to the ER under the assumption it was probably appendicitis. When she got to the ER, she descended quickly and stopped breathing, so they intubated and immediately took her in for surgery. They found an enormous infection from a leaking pancreas and holes in her small intestine. They repaired the damage, but could go no further before her blood pressure spiked too high to continue.

So now she's in the ICU in critical condition, and doctors are hoping her blood pressure will stabilize enough so they can go back in and remove the infected tissue due to sepsis. Prognosis not good, but haven't given up hope yet.
 
Youngest dog hasn't been eating and barely drinking for 4 days, as well as throwing up what little food she's been eating. Took her to the vet yesterday, Vet took some blood, said he'd check it out. Called this morning: Her kidney's are shutting down, most likely because of the dehydration. She's staying at the vet overnight with an IV to help with the dehydration, but they still aren't sure what's causing the problem.

So yeah... been crying all afternoon.
 
Fuck you tires, FUCK YOU. WHY NOWWW?? Where's that Scrooge McDuck pool of gold coins when you need it

Bumb's might have to start taking the bus like he's just a regular joeee

And also get a second job :facepalm:
 
My best friend's mom was feeling some terrible abdominal pains this morning, so he took her to the ER under the assumption it was probably appendicitis. When she got to the ER, she descended quickly and stopped breathing, so they intubated and immediately took her in for surgery. They found an enormous infection from a leaking pancreas and holes in her small intestine. They repaired the damage, but could go no further before her blood pressure spiked too high to continue.

So now she's in the ICU in critical condition, and doctors are hoping her blood pressure will stabilize enough so they can go back in and remove the infected tissue due to sepsis. Prognosis not good, but haven't given up hope yet.
Update: They tried weaning her off the machines/medications several times over the past 24 hours, and each time she'd crash and the blood pressure would skyrocket again. So they haven't been able to clean up the infection at all, and she hasn't been able to make it off the machines. Still in critical condition, and now my best friend has stopped taking calls all together. Last message I got was "No more calls, sorry. Rough morning, and almost out of options. Love you, and keep praying."
 

Gusto

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I don't know what that is. Looks like a Barrel of Monkeys mixed with a hand grenade and a juice bottle.
 
M

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Those things are totally a guilty pleasure of mine. Sometimes I really crave the blue ones. They are disgusting though lol.
 

GasBandit

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That was me on Mon morning. $200 grudgingly spent at DT, but at least now I won't die in all this rain due to having completely bald rear tires (not quite slicks...you could still juuuust make out where the tread used to be).

--Patrick
Heh, I feel ya. Usually when I replace a tire, it's because you can see the steel poking through the edges of the sidewall.
 
We just replaced the tires on our big van. You know, the eight thousand six hundred pound extended high top conversion van.

Wicked expensive.

While I replaced the shocks, brakes, and bearings myself, the savings didn't make up for the cost of the tires. The tires cost 1/8 of what we paid for the thing last year.

They better last the whole 75k miles they're rated for, let me tell you...

On the other hand, the whole thing is driving smooth as silk now, so our trip to iowa later this month should be comfy.

 

GasBandit

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Found out today half the electronic invoicing we just did for the month of april won't go through and can't be retroactively fixed (only going forward). This was due to a stupid technicality nobody from the company that made our new traffic system felt was important enough to mention until we ran afoul of it.

That's dozens of thousands of dollars now in limbo that will be a pain to track down and get paid.

And I have not a single doubt *I* will be the one expected to fix it.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
 
Found out today half the electronic invoicing we just did for the month of april won't go through and can't be retroactively fixed (only going forward). This was due to a stupid technicality nobody from the company that made our new traffic system felt was important enough to mention until we ran afoul of it.

That's dozens of thousands of dollars now in limbo that will be a pain to track down and get paid.

And I have not a single doubt *I* will be the one expected to fix it.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
It's times like this, hearing about how much of a pain in the ass your job (and others' jobs) can be, that make me thankful that the worst I have to deal with are lawyers and the occasional member of Parliament.
 
And now we're in limbo again. Just got a voicemail from my dad letting me know that he's on his way to Iowa City right now (from Madison, WI) because my brother is being rushed back into surgery after coughing up some blood clots. I find that the not knowing what's going on is much worse than knowing that something's wrong and not being able to do anything about it.
 
I wouldn't be surprised. They've covered pretty much every medical situation known to man, and a few that weren't known to man. But, I pretty much quit watching the series after season two or three, when it became clear that they had no idea how to run a TV series with multiple important cast members. I mean, sure, House himself is the star of the show, and the main focus, but the show only really worked because of interpersonal relationships with his staff of doctors, Wilson, and Cuddy. When they yanked the first three, only to replace them with three or four stand-ins, and then had to bring the original cast members back and give them different roles, because the audience missed them; it really killed the show for me. Much like they've managed to do with Fringe and the whole
Peter's dead, wait no we found another one, well now he's dead, wait no, we found another one.

The update I just got was that he popped a suture on the skin graft on the inside of his cheek and was vomiting and coughing up blood. The nurses didn't know what was causing the blood, so they called code blue and my mom freaked, not know what was going on and thinking he was going to die. For now, we think it's just a repair job to replace that suture and make sure there aren't any major blood clots floating around that they need to be concerned about.
 
I just spent the last 11 hours desperately trying to avoid severe flood damage after our sump went out right at the beginning of the biggest rain storm we've had all year.

One emergency plumber and way too much money later, the finished area with the carpet is soaked through, but beyond that there wasn't any severe damage that I can see in my mentally weakened state.

So fuck that noise, I am going to sleep.
 
The update I just got was that he popped a suture on the skin graft on the inside of his cheek and was vomiting and coughing up blood. The nurses didn't know what was causing the blood, so they called code blue and my mom freaked, not know what was going on and thinking he was going to die. For now, we think it's just a repair job to replace that suture and make sure there aren't any major blood clots floating around that they need to be concerned about.
A sinus in my head burst after a prolonged infection/flu which meant that I had the nosebleed of all hell, a tonne of blood was seeping down the back of my throat and, worst of all, blood was coming out of my tear ducts. The nurses at the hospital didn't know what the hell was going, I didn't know what was going on, and the amount of time I spent couhing and vomiting up blood led me to believe I was going to die.

The admitting nurse, in her infinite wisdom to make me feel better said of my crying tears, "Oh...I don't like that at all."
 
Yeah, he's going much better now. My mom is still pissed at her mother for not being there when my brother needed her, and they're concerned about post-operative pneumonia, but neither of those two things are exactly rare, and the pneumonia can be dealt with at the hospital without too much concern.

But dude... crying blood? Makes me glad the only damage I've had done to my sinuses is taking a fast pitch to the face and cracking some bones near them.
 
As bad as it sounds, I was pretty calm about it. Until for some reason I started losing my sight. Turns out that the blood was bad enough that it covering my contacts. It didn't look red to me and there was no pain. Just something was clouding my vision.
 
Yes, but that something was your own blood. That shouldn't be downplayed. Like with Nick's Prom Night - you shouldn't underemphasis the blood.
 
My nose is crooked from being broken a long time ago so I would be hard pressed to determine which problem to base any discomfort on.
 
See, any time I get hit with a really nasty sinus headache I think that my left side hurts worse than the right, but whether or not it has any connection is beyond me.
 
I think sinuses naturally are larger on one side of your head versus the other so there's probably connection there.
 
huh. I posted my babyish whine about the apparent issues corpnet is having today, so by all means this isn't a rant, but watching BH's comic book guy pic load was like watching porn pics load on a dial-up modem. One line at a time.
 
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