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    Unhappy A Most Disappointing Doctors Diagnosis.

    So after various scans this weekend I asked about having a procedure done to put my stomach back where it belongs and was informed I was outside the risk/benefit envelope.

    I would need to have an open procedure and then have my stomach threaded back down through my diaphram. It resides over my left diaphram, under my heart at the moment.

    About 15 years ago I was poisoned by a now off the market antiseizure drug that caused asymptomatic hepatitis, asymptomatic right up until it's about to kill you that is.

    I had a preexisting minor hiatal hernia and my liver swelled so large that it pushed my stomach up the rest of the way.

    And this WAS the second opinion. It agreed with the first opinion. And even ol' Grant's opinion when I asked him a while back. (I miss him.)

    I so feel like I've run out of options to be productive on this side of the good guy line. I feel I haven't been pulling my weight for three years now, since I had to leave furniture moving.

    Inside jobs don't want me because I have seizures and jack up their insurance premiums.

    I can't get a driver's liscense, see above.

    And I can't move up inclines like ramps and stairs carrying long heavy objects like dressers and sofas anymore because they press against my torso and interfer with some process required to prevent syncope.

    Any of you folks standing on higher ground see a way out?
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    Big Don Hi from England. I only have a brief introduction through your posts here and I am pretty new to this too and keep putting my foot in it but I would say you have a great gift and if furniture moving is out then take up the pen. My namesake was a furniture mover by the way, he showed me as a boy how to carry wardrobes with a leather belt and could carry an upright piano upstairs! Gone now but he made great silver balls out of the silver paper around all the cigarettes he smoked.
    Anyway, back to thje point, it is clear to me you could write. How about writing for Kindle? (absolutely no connection by the way) I am still thinking about doing that myself since my business is hit real bad by the crunch and I'm bored with it anyhow. Hemmingway got away with it for years.

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    I would also endorse a writing career. You have the ability to write entertainingly, and that way you could work from home. Maybe a blog (with advertising). You certainly have a good supply of interesting experiences to share.
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    I just want to point out that I suggested you look into writing professionally at least 2-3 years ago. Apparently it's still a good idea.
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    Yes. Don, you remind me of an offspring of Jean Shepherd and Mike Royko.

    Don't ask me how they pulled it off.

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    Maybe more importanly, you actually have a point of view and something to say. Plus great stories.

    Writing is harder than moving furniture but it's a lot easier on the body.

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    Writing, yes, Big D. You have the knack. I've an idea for a book, which you would be better qualified to right than me. I'll
    PM you.

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    See? I said you are better qualified than me. Let the typo in post #7 stand.
    I'm not a hardnosed mainstreamer; I just like the observations, theories, predictions, and results to match.

    "Mainstream isnít a faith system. It is a verified body of work that must be taken into account if you wish to add to that body of work, or if you want to change the conclusions of that body of work." - korjik

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    "To right?" I figured you needed help to fix it. As for BigDon and writing? Go for it, man! You tell great stories already; you just have to get people to start giving you money for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    "To right?" I figured you needed help to fix it. As for BigDon and writing? Go for it, man! You tell great stories already; you just have to get people to start giving you money for them.
    If the late Rear Admiral Dan Gallery were still living, he could give you some words of wisdom, especially concerning your service in the Navy. I think your posts about your experiences aboard the carrier were great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I just want to point out that I suggested you look into writing professionally at least 2-3 years ago. Apparently it's still a good idea.
    I seem to remember sounding like a broken record when I such a post as an aside in Mike's thread:

    http://www.bautforum.com/showthread....ears-of-Trying

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    was informed I was outside the risk/benefit envelope.
    What are the risks? Are the risks what deter you or are the risks what would keep the insurance company from paying for the operation?

    If it wasnt for all the fish and wildlife that depend on you, I'd say go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    I think your posts about your experiences aboard the carrier were great.
    I agree...those stories are always entertaining....wouldn't mind at all hearing more.

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    I'm on the write more brigade. I always seek-out your threads or posts in threads. I specifically seek your point of view and contribution on many subjects.
    It is not because I think you are an expect or the final word on a subject, I just like your take and wit.

    I would pay for that. As they say "if you write it, they will read it" and pay a fair price for it if need be..... I'm rambling now, but the crux is, your writing is psychedelically fun and refreshing (wow I wrote psychedelically).

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    Add me to go for the writing as a hobby at least bandwagon.

    As for outside the risk/benefit envelope, is this a too expensive envelope or too high percent you will not return envelope? If the former fight it as high up the chain as you can.

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    Tashiro, Gremlin It's not the money thing, it's the risk of dying thing. I get my coverage through the VA. One word: adhesions. Basically my stomach has grown into its new location. They'ed have to go in there with pruners and machetes to cut it loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Tashiro, Gremlin It's not the money thing, it's the risk of dying thing..........
    ^See what I mean.

    Back on topic; I unfortunately have no medical training, thus have no useful input on your dilemma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.A.F. View Post
    I agree...those stories are always entertaining....wouldn't mind at all hearing more.
    Indeed. If you wrote a regular column somewhere, I'd want to read it.

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    Write about your healthcare experiences. Without getting political, it is very timely and needs to be heard.

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    Perhaps a blog is a good place to collect your thoughts and move on to a book later. Better sooner than later because I want to read that book.
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