In the Spirit of Full Disclosure

Mitch Schneider
December 21, 2019

Well, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m back in the hospital again. Only this time it’s Arcadia Methodist.

I know… It doesn’t make sense. And, just how many hospitals did you drive past on the way here?

Too many to count!

But, when you know there is something going on inside your body that isn’t right and your condition is as complicated as mine and City of Hope had no beds, and the hospital you’re heading to has a relationship with the Mother Ship (a floor, dedicated doctors and a Nurse Practitioner on staff) that’s where you go. Especially, when you realize that findings in the ER – any ER – will generally result in admission. You go to the ER that has fulfilled all of the above criteria.

As it turns out, it was the right decision. I have a blood clot in my left leg — at least, I think it’s the right one — and bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms: blood clots in both lungs, that have resulted in countless tests, X-Rays, blood panels, CT Scans, an echo-cardiogram, dollar ultra-sounds and a host of other procedures all designed to figure out what this is all about.

Interestingly enough, the blood clots were probably what caused the original fever. I was told by multiple doctors and nurses that fevers are an indication the body is fighting off some kind of an assault. In most cases, it’s an infection or virus. But, it doesn’t have to be and in this case it’s likely that it wasn’t infection or virus related.

As my doctor at the City of Hope is wont to say, “This is just a bump.” He’s.right, of course. You can call it whatever you will: bump, obstacle, challenge, whatever. All it means is you are being challenged. That it isn’t going to be easy. And, that’s OK, too.

I’ll be back as soon as I have more news. Until then, it’s bulletins as they break.

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