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This post is too long, as usual.

I'm in a bit of a mood.  This is a logical consequence, I think, of a number of factors:
- I was in the hospital, as you all know, for all of this past work week; were it not for the comment of one of my visitors that "Well, look, they've eliminated a lot of bad stuff from the possible causes," I would have despaired.  
- In discussing my symptoms with two doctor friends of mine, one suggested an autoimmune issue (although I've heard it's never Lupus), while the other just thinks I'm full of s**t, essentially and literally. Interestingly, both are pediatricians.  I'm not sure why that's significant.
- I'm very tired, despite the nap I took.  Someone said that it takes three days to recover for each day spent in the hospital, so there's that.
- I'm hungry, but that's because it's a fast day.  The Seventeenth of Tammuz.  I should write a post about that, but posting about religion (in any sort of positive light) pretty much anywhere on social media these days is fraught with peril.  The level of anti-religious invective seems pretty high these days.  For good or ill, not much of it is anti-Jewish.  So there's that.
- I read some things from some people and what they wrote made me sad, in some ways.  I was alone in that sadness, based on the comments they got.  I could not bring myself to share that sadness directly with them, certainly not in the comments, and not (right at the moment) in private correspondence.  It would not be well met, I have a feeling.
- This last bit has led me to the conclusion that, basically, my expectations for people really are unimportant and that people are going to be who and what they are and we need to, at the very least, respect them for their uniqueness and appreciate them where they are, and not where our warped expectations would have them be.  This sounds like common sense and part of a universal love we should hold for all people.  It's also missing from much of the discourse everywhere these days.

So I'm in a mood.
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"I should write a post about that, but posting about religion (in any sort of positive light) pretty much anywhere on social media these days is fraught with peril.  The level of anti-religious invective seems pretty high these days.  For good or ill, not much of it is anti-Jewish.  So there's that."

eff them.  Post what you want.
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Well, my discharge from the hospital is imminent. Thank you to all of you for your good wishes and support.

(A special thank you to +Brooke Johnson​ - I read her book "Clockwork Giant" and found it to be an enjoyable way to pass the time here.)

I have no real symptoms now, fortunately, but no answers either as to the cause of my pain, which has waxed and waned over the past six weeks. The only documentary evidence of the problem (my agony doesn't count) is a CT scan showing swelling and wall thickening in my ileum, accompanied by free fluid in my abdomen.

Despite the ingestion of several gallons of chemicals, and being prodded by several industrial-strength visualization instruments (Google "Retrograde double-balloon enteroscopy" for laughs), nothing abnormal was found.

So now I get to go home. There will be follow-ups and waiting around for the pain to return, at least for awhile. It's been a very frustrating week from the standpoint of knowing what's wrong.

Please understand - the care I've received has been phenomenal. Almost every caregiver was warm, competent, and attentive. There will be emails of commendation.

That's all for now - the nurse has officially released me and I need to get dressed and let my wife know. I would rather not walk home.

Thanks again, all! 
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Nobody likes "we don't know" as an answer - specifically when it comes to health problems. There are always going to be things we do not understand about the human body, but medical science has done so much to make our lives better (and longer).

Here's to praying for no return of the pain and a healthy ileum! 
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Still in the hospital. Still not sure of the origin of my pain (which is still in abeyance today, fortunately). Still not allowed solid food (not whining, just reporting). I was on solid food for about ten minutes, and ate two pieces of candy, when the gastroenterologist came in and told me I was having another scope tomorrow and to go back on clear liquids.

I've wandered the halls here, but I'm tired. And bored. Very much enjoying Clockwork Giant by +Brooke Johnson​ , though.

The LEGO movie was pretty decent. Frozen was ok, good songs, but a bit sappy. (They have a small collection of movies on demand here. I might watch the Spanish version of Guardians of the Galaxy just for laughs.)

Um... what else...

Oh, yeah, we had a small engagement party for my daughter and her new fiancé here. The was a champagne-like substance and bourbon, neither of which I could enjoy. But it was nice to have people here....

I'm here probably through tomorrow, although I truly hope to be out before Shabbos.

Oh, and the nurses and staff here are fantastic. Really great care.

Later, all...... 
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One more from Lerner 9.

Heavy weather.... 
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I hope the results get to the bottom of your problem and that this is the start of the tail end of your journey to wellness. 
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Being in the hospital is very boring. I'm thinking of taking up a new hobby: IV Pole Dancing. It's gonna be big. 
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My sympathies, +Philip Setnik I've spent a lot of days in hospitals, of late accomanying kid, and didn't enjoy it one bit!
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Good morning!

That pointy thing off in the distance is Garfield's Tomb, in Lakeview Cemetery here in Cleveland, as seen from my room.

I'm hungry and did not sleep well, but not much pain either, so there is that.

Enjoy your day, everyone. 
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Wait, I haven't read the cartoon in forever, he died?!?? Did he eat too much lasagna?
Anyway, hope you are getting the best of care.
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Almost forgot: a very happy birthday to Dr. +Pradheep Shanker​ ! Your broad knowledge and acerbic wit make you one of the most interesting people in my Stream.

May you have health and happiness and joy all the days of your life, and may those days be many and full! 
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In the hospital and still keeping up with the birthday wishes! This is why you're the best Mr. Setnik! Sending lots of well wishes your way today. 
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Well, I am glad this week is coming to a close. I've overshared a bit, I think, but it was a week of novel experiences. I am very grateful for all of the prayers and positive energy from so many of you.

I will say that some of the things I saw from other people in my Stream were good and uplifting and positive and thought provoking and excellent, so there is that.

Hey, everybody have a good Shabbos. It's easy these days to be divisive and mean and hurtful. Choose to be better than that. Be excellent to each other.

See you in 25. 
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I think I posted one of those things you liked, so you're welcome. :D
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From the classic film Breakfast at University Hospitals ...

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+Valerie Gaul​ It's about all I've got right now....

+Diana Studer​ Between this stuff and the sedation, "Brain free" is a better name..... 
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No solid food since Monday at 0730. None to be had until, probably, some time this afternoon. This is an interesting experience.

On a positive note, as one friend pointed out, this will help jump start my diet..... 
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I feel you....hope you are back to good soon.
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My daughter got engaged!! 
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That's wonderful! Congratulations! 
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Good night from Lerner 9.
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Yes ma'am, I'm hoping to.... 😷🔜😀
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

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