[b]6/26/15 Update: [/b]Just got this from my doc when I emailed about test results from my visit. (I'm amazed he's in the office at 11pm btw) [b]More diagnostic work, but the positive is that the possible serious conditions are excluded. Thx for your patience.[/b] So it is back to square one, but I'm not going to fall over dead or need multiple surgeries. I'll take those results. I'm still amazed how clueless the local docs are though. Thank god for specialists in big cities. [b]6/25/15 Update:[/b] This is a big one that has me looking into legal action. Sorry about not updating, I would have sworn I did it post results. I did have to remove the other updates otherwise the site wouldn't take this one. Long story short, the MRI came back clear from the specialist in Seattle. As in no tumor...ever. Apparently (after he looked over all the documentation I brought down) the local -blam!-tarded doctors didn't see anything on the MRI but blood test results said something was there, so they decided to push a crap ton of drugs. Drugs, which the specialist (quoting here) was "Excessive Overmedication." He thinks it *could be* condition with similar symptoms called Cushings Disease. Pretty much the pituitary cranks out cortisol that makes your adrenal system go haywire. I'm on my 3rd round of tests for that and have a followup appointment in September. I'm probably moving to Seattle come spring if I can manage to save the cash up. As you can tell, the doctors in Fairbanks, Alaska are idiots. It's what I get for living in the middle of nowhere. Since they got a copy of the specialist's paperwork, the clinic refuses to respond to calls or emails. Weird, ain't it. As for the medication, he still wants me on the tumor meds as they are helping control the hormone levels in my blood. He also dropped the testosterone shots by 30% citing the fact that it could/was killing me. Insulin has been halved as well as he doesn't think I'm truely diabetic, just that there is some underlying cause behind all this. Personally, I just want it to be -blam!-ing over. In good news though, with the medication dialed back I'm starting to feel human again. I can't work full time, but I've started applying for part time (simple) gigs to get me out of the house and make a few bucks. I [b]REALLY [/b] want to sue the crap out of the local hospital and clinic for managing to -blam!- up so spectacularly, but I am just tired of all of this. I want to go back to being normal. Thank you to all those that keep checking in and messaging going 'hey dude, any news' or even just asking what's up. It might be a little thing to you, but it really does mean a ton to me. Thank you guys, and I'll keep you all posted as I know stuff. Also, doctors are -blam!-ing idiots lol ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Edit: Moved from #Destiny to #Bungie for a better fit. First off, it isn't cancer thankfully. Downside is that I have a lifetime of medication that I can never go off of. This is where Bungie and the Destiny Beta comes in. Truthfully, I doubt out of all the forum posts and emails that they'd ever read this, but I'm telling my story anyhow. I had my final exam for disability due to my tumor on the 22nd. To say I was a mess before going into the psychological exams would be putting it lightly. I haven't slept more than 4 hours a night since I lost my job back in February from being unable to work. When I got out of my four hour appointment, I had an email. Not just any email, but one containing the beta download codes for Xbox. The moment I got home with my wife, Destiny was downloading, and we spent the entire beta test ignoring my problems for a few days. It was nice to feel normal, even for a few days. Nice to forget all the crap that is going on in my life and let it all fade away into having fun playing xbox with the wife again. Nice to remember what life was like 10 years ago playing Halo when we were dating and life was a lot simpler. It was nice to know that even though I'm going through hell right now, that there was still some kind of hope. I got a letter in the mail this past Saturday saying that (even with the tumor messing up most of my function) that I should be able to work in some capacity to the point my disability was denied. Truthfully, I have no idea if we will be homeless or not when the full version of Destiny comes out, but that isn't the point to all this. My point is simple really. Thank you Bungie for putting something out that even in an incomplete state, it could help me forget the daily migraines, medication injections, and general hell that my life has been for the last eight months. That is something truly impressive to experience. Thank you Bungie for continuing to put out great content, and even if I end up unable to play the full version of Destiny, I wish you the best on the launch. Your staff deserves a round of applause for the great game they have created. In regards to the comments, details for my condition are in a comment further down the page. Thank you all for the well wishing. Normally, I'd go comment by comment and say thank you, but it is looking like I'd have a ton of them to go through. Thanks guys, and with a little luck you'll get to shoot me in the face in Destiny sometime lol. Edit: So I've been messaged several times about donations and whatnot. For the record, getting money or help wasn't even the point of this post. Honestly, the community here at Bungie has surprised the hell out of me twice in one day. I never expected this much of a response, let alone all the offers of help or assistance I am getting. So thank you everyone. Personally, just the good thoughts from the forums alone are helping like crazy. [url]http://orig03.deviantart.net/0e83/f/2015/134/e/5/the_brain_of_a_genius_by_aknorthpolar-d8tdg8i.jpg[/url] [i][/i]
8/29/2014 1:58:32 AM PermalinkMan, thanks for sharing and for the way in which you shared it. Such an awesome attitude. Many can live their entire lives with eyes closed, but it sounds like yours are wide open. You count your blessings and even in this hour express appreciation instead of self-pity, (which I would never deny you either). But just as others are uplifting to you, this post is uplifting to the rest of us and reminds us of the diurnal joys of life. Thank you. On a personal note, I have also found that great games are amazing at taking me out of my own anxieties or troubles and immersing me into a fantastic world. Looking forward to September 9th with you!