Thanks guys, and you're right, more time is needed, so I'm going to be laying low for a while. Going back to work Monday is going to be telling. That's the most "routine based" thing I have to compare to. Also since I had that one really positive day, my hope is not lost or anything. I simply have the patience of a 3 year old. You should see me in a traffic jam. I'll drive 100 miles out of the way to keep from sitting in traffic. It's a real problem with me; a personality defect if you will.
Speaking with Dr. Dake yesterday via email, he doesn't really think there's a chance that I dislodged my stents. He was more worried about proper hydration when, and I quote myself, "I was sweating like a whore in church". But I always stay hydrated for my bowel issues and I had a glass of ice water directly after doing that. So I'm not really worried about dislodging them. Ok, here is his response verbatim (cut and paste style
"In terms of your major physical activity, I don-t worry so much about stent damage or possible displacement, but I am very concerned about dehydration. You need to insure that you are constantly re-hydrating when you are perspiring excessively. Any decrease in intravascular volume (and sweating has a profound influence if not adequately replenished) could provoke a situation where clotting is more likely to occur. We see this all the time with DVT in the lower limbs. Any vomitting or heavy sweating is a set-up for clot formation as the blood elements are more concentrated with less blood volume. Don't mean to scare you---just want you to be on guard and take precautions."
So it doesn't sound like you can move them around, just maybe inhibit the flow through dehydration. I'll get through this and if I feel this way until my check up, well then we'll address it then. I really am fine. I'm just a driver type personality with a rare driver backup personality. I'm serious. When studying personality types during some continuing education in sales, we learned about people's four basic personality types and their backup type when type 1 doesn't work. You have Drivers, Intellectualls, Expressives, and Amiables. There isn't a "better" type or anything, and they're all pretty equally distributed across people. But usually drivers will have an expressive of intellectual back up, which simply means that they resort to convincing or persuading to get what they want versus being a driver. Well I'm a Driver/driver. I'll listen to someone expressive tell a story and they will be like "and it was a beautiful day and the sun was shining..", and I'll be like "will you get to the point!". Usually not literally, but I really do wish I were more patient. I think that's why I 'tested' myself a week out. I mean it wasn't a conscious "I'm going to test to see my limits", but I know somewhere in the back of my mind that's what was going on. I mean even today I was thinking about mowing my back hill in my yard. It's a small section, but it's steep as hell. Even considering that begs the question "do I need slapped?". But I won't act on it. I need to take a giant chill pill, and see what shakes out. I'm just so used to forcing the issue and not waiting to see what shakes out.
So the personality traits that have served me so well professionally are not exactly the best tools in my 'toolkit' for dealing with post surgery conditions. I'm really not an asshole
, but I've been known to behave like one professionally and sometimes I just need to shut that part of me off. 'Demanding' (symbolically) is not going to make this work. Proper care and feeding will and I need to make sure that's what I'm doing. Thanks guys once again for listening to me explaiin my neuroses. I'm really a likable person, I'm just put together cheap