April 3rd, 2020

drink coffee

Check Or No Check

A friend sent a message yesterday that they knew someone who wanted to contribute to help with my current financial issues, but the person didn't want to use GoFundMe. They wanted my address to mail a check instead.

I gave my friend my address to give to the person he knows, but I got to thinking... I just "might" have trouble getting a "personal check" cashed. Most check cashing places will only cash printed checks from businesses or government, and most banks won't touch them unless you have an account with them. Because of my financial issues, I haven't had a bank account in ages. Haven't had money to spare to even put IN a bank, without having to take it ALL back out immediately afterwards. The little bit of money I get through GoFundMe gets deposited on a pre-paid money card, which I then in turn use to pay the bills.

Long story short, I might get the check, and be unable to do anything with it. 😕


Wednesday's CT Scan Results

Just got home from my follow-up to Wednesday's CT scan procedure. Doctor said all looked well, except for my stomach area being oddly placed, but that is normal after having part of your esophagus removed. They have scheduled my next esophageal dilation procedure for next Wednesday morning. Hopefully it won't be delayed again.

Results of the CT scan copied from the online "My Chart" page from Ochsner LSU Shreveport Monroe:


Patient with 3 month history of productive cough, chest xray findings-right middle lobe atelectasis, possibly empyema, needs further evaluation;


A gastric pull-through is again seen and shows no evidence of acute complication. A previously described encapsulated fluid collection in the posterior right hemithorax has resolved. No nodules or masses are seen. No infiltrates or pleural effusions are seen. No significant mediastinal or hilar lymphadenopathy is seen.

The liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and adrenal glands have a normal appearance.

There are diverticula in the distal colon. I see no evidence of diverticulitis. The bladder appears normal. No free fluid is seen.

The osseous structures are unremarkable.


Apparently, some of the symptoms of covid-19 are coughing, diarrhea, tiredness, lack of energy, fever, joint pain, runny nose. The "side effects" I've had since having the surgery on my esophagus are coughing, diarrhea, tiredness, lack of energy, and occasional dizziness, overly bright vision, rapid heartbeat shortly after eating (to the point I have to lay down an hour or so after eating before it clears up). About three months ago, I started developing soreness and pain in the upper part of my left arm, especially if I stretch it out too far or raise the arm too high, also resulting in the two small fingers of my left hand going numb (going to bring the subject back up when I see my "primary care" doctor on the 20th). Currently have a runny nose/puffy eyes from seasonal allergies (happens every spring). Only thing I DON'T seem to have is fever.

If someone didn't know me better, they MIGHT think I have that blasted virus!