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#121 SiLkK19

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:07 AM

Best wishes and a speedy recovery :thumbup:

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 12:37 PM

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 03:03 PM

Come back soon Matt
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 04:31 PM

Get well soon Matt! Prayers for you and your family!
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#125 haroldsnepsts

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:47 AM

Take care of yourself Matt. We're all worried and thinking about ya.

I think if any one of us were running the site, we'd put the band-aid up on the front page until you recovered.

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#126 KrazyGangsta

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:03 AM

All the best wishes & get well soon.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:19 PM

get well soon brother.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 01:03 AM

still sick this can not be good.


But I must be off, I have some jerking off to do. Oh btw I like to consider myself extremely attractive and am proud of myself for being your intellectual superior as I am going to UofM next year, and I am a better hockey player than Crosby.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart for all the well wishes. I AM home from the hospital now recovering from a bout of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever -- yeah, I had the same reaction, too -- that left me laid up in Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak for over a week.

Plenty of times I felt like a patient on House -- apparently cases of this illness are extremely rare (only 800 Americans get diagnosed with it a year) -- as I had at least a dozen different doctors and infectious disease specialists looking at me during my stay. It appears as though I fell victim to a tick bite sometime two weeks ago as I ventured back home and helped plant around 175 saplings in my parents' wooded area behind the house. About a week after that I started to get an intense fever and ultimately broke out in red spots everywhere (palms, arms, legs, feet -- everywhere). That and a fever hitting 102.9F freaked me out sufficienly enough to get me into the ER.

There it seemed the primary worry was meningitis, so I went through the battery of tests for that (CT scan, xrays, standard blood/urine tests) -- even the dreaded lumbar puncture. Yes, they are horrible. I didn't have the stiffness in the neck or other classic meningitis symptoms, which left a lot of people stumped.

After I was admitted my fever continued to rise, spiking at around 104.5F sometime mid-last week. I was on a cooling blanket for a large portion of that time while I was fed a steady supply of antibiotics. Basically, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever had come into focus because all of the tests I'd undergone basically ruled everything out.

I started turning the corner over the weekend (the biggest hurdle was managing my own temperature without the assistance of the cooling blanket) and after a few days of that (and some improving lab results) I was discharged around noon on Tuesday.

Naturally this whole thing has left me embarassingly weak. For the first four days of the illness I was unable to sleep and had to be put on pain and sleep meds just so my body could get some semblence of rest. I'm going to spend the next few days trying to ramp my strength back up and hopefully things will return to normal.

I do have to say that I'm thankful I didn't decide to Wikipedia this illness while I was still admitted. I really didn't have any idea how serious this whole thing was (or could've been), but the bevvy of "Jesus, Matt, you really scared the crap out of us" comments I've heard now that I've been home have really shed some light on this whole thing.

Of course, it was painful watcing the the Wings' ultimate playoff demise while laid up in a hospital, but I did give some of the nurses a good laugh with my constaint pained "yyyesssss!" and totally weak fistpumps during the first period of Game 4. They all thought I was in pain but I had to grimace out a "nooo... I'm happ-pppy!" :lol:

Again -- thank you to ALL OF YOU -- for your patience and well wishes. I'll be back to 100% shortly!

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:40 PM

Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart for all the well wishes. I AM home from the hospital now recovering from a bout of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever -- yeah, I had the same reaction, too -- that left me laid up in Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak for over a week.

Plenty of times I felt like a patient on House -- apparently cases of this illness are extremely rare (only 800 Americans get diagnosed with it a year) -- as I had at least a dozen different doctors and infectious disease specialists looking at me during my stay. It appears as though I fell victim to a tick bite sometime two weeks ago as I ventured back home and helped plant around 175 saplings in my parents' wooded area behind the house. About a week after that I started to get an intense fever and ultimately broke out in red spots everywhere (palms, arms, legs, feet -- everywhere). That and a fever hitting 102.9F freaked me out sufficienly enough to get me into the ER.

There it seemed the primary worry was meningitis, so I went through the battery of tests for that (CT scan, xrays, standard blood/urine tests) -- even the dreaded lumbar puncture. Yes, they are horrible. I didn't have the stiffness in the neck or other classic meningitis symptoms, which left a lot of people stumped.

After I was admitted my fever continued to rise, spiking at around 104.5F sometime mid-last week. I was on a cooling blanket for a large portion of that time while I was fed a steady supply of antibiotics. Basically, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever had come into focus because all of the tests I'd undergone basically ruled everything out.

I started turning the corner over the weekend (the biggest hurdle was managing my own temperature without the assistance of the cooling blanket) and after a few days of that (and some improving lab results) I was discharged around noon on Tuesday.

Naturally this whole thing has left me embarassingly weak. For the first four days of the illness I was unable to sleep and had to be put on pain and sleep meds just so my body could get some semblence of rest. I'm going to spend the next few days trying to ramp my strength back up and hopefully things will return to normal.

I do have to say that I'm thankful I didn't decide to Wikipedia this illness while I was still admitted. I really didn't have any idea how serious this whole thing was (or could've been), but the bevvy of "Jesus, Matt, you really scared the crap out of us" comments I've heard now that I've been home have really shed some light on this whole thing.

Of course, it was painful watcing the the Wings' ultimate playoff demise while laid up in a hospital, but I did give some of the nurses a good laugh with my constaint pained "yyyesssss!" and totally weak fistpumps during the first period of Game 4. They all thought I was in pain but I had to grimace out a "nooo... I'm happ-pppy!" :lol:

Again -- thank you to ALL OF YOU -- for your patience and well wishes. I'll be back to 100% shortly!


Glad to hear that you're better, and I just have to say: I JUST learned about rocky mountain spotted fever in my microbiology class and its cool to get a real live anecdote of what I was just studying :) Unfortunately at your expense...

#131 puckloo39

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:47 PM

We love you, Matt!! So glad you're better! (((hugs))) xox, loooo

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#132 Electrophile

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:00 PM

SO SO SO glad to hear you're doing better, Matt. We were worried about you! I hope you continue on your road to recovery. :)

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 04:40 PM

*jawdrop*

RMSF? Seriously? :scared: That's one I never thought I'd see outside a textbook. Less than one case per million people in Michigan per year.

Glad you're feeling better, and thank whomever's out there watching that they caught it.
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#134 Matt

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:05 PM

Casey -- Believe me, I wasn't kidding when it seemed like I was the most popular patient in there at times. Doctors, specialists, even the RNs and NAs were totally genuinely curious about me. (Seriously though... I'd have two doctors talking to me while another would be lifting up the sheet to take photos of my feet, then my hands, etc.)

There were a coupe of the nurses that said just what was mentioned -- they'd never, ever thought they'd actually get to see a case of it, *ahem*, in the flesh.


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:05 PM

so so so glad to hear that you are doing better! Rest up and get your strength back. :thumbup:

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:10 PM

Wow, Matt - we thought you were pretty unique to begin with, but you just haaad to go for something bigger, eh? :P

I am SO glad you're feeling better and that they figured out what the hell was going on. That is indeed great news! :thumbup: Take your time healing up, OK?

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#137 wingsgirl001

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:46 PM

Holy s***, Matt. :blink: I've never even heard of that before.

But I'm really glad you're okay, I can only imagine how much of a pain it was for you to deal with. :( Best of luck on getting back to 100%!

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:33 PM

Wow, that's pretty intense. Glad to hear you're okay.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:39 PM

Glad you're better Matt.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:19 AM

Buy that lotto ticket.

Glad you're back and getting better. Take it easy, and don't worry about us. The Mod Squad has been taking care of us.





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