Catch 22 The Pharmacy

Writing Blog about this in hopes it may help someone not go through what I did for the past three months.


Writing Blog about this in hopes it may help someone not go through what I did for the past three months.

Eye sties, abscess tooth and gum, beast of a chest cold, and the antibiotic runs from Hell.

My feet (Edema) have not went down yet and I still have the shits.


Thinking about the Hep C treatment I am about to start.

I will be posting updates on my treatment and feelings.

How it will hopefully change my quality of life and outlook.

To be free of Hep C will be so wonderful.

The doctor says I will feel so much better.

All the health issues these past 20 years THAT are supposedly directly related to the virus that resides in my body.

For the past 20 years I have totally changed so many things.

The drinking, the occasional drugs.

Remembering the first time I noticed my two fingers were so numb they felt as if they were not there.

Transient Ischemic Attack
(TIA, Mini-Stroke)

TIA I had at Home Depot and the subsequent meds for High Blood Pressure that I never had. Still do not.  After taking the aspirin and BP meds for almost 7 years, I stopped.

The RED rash and feeling ill every month like a monthly. That lasted nearly 7 years, and finally left my body.

Than the terrible swollen feet and muscle spasms that alternated between the starting and stopping Spironolactone.

Now I am taking 100 MG a day instead of the 25 MG I had stopped.

Being in the hospital after Hurricane Irma Aftermath.

The depletion of electrolytes from taking Diuretics is something not to mess around with.

That was a definite wake up for me.

The whole body heals after treatment. The moment the virus is undetected in the bloodstream, the body sends out healing signals. The liver, kidneys, spleen, and heart all get a break. In many cases, blood liver enzymes return to a normal range very quickly. This can even happen before treatment is completed.

3:59 PM 10/27/2017
1 PM Monday the 30th~Dr.G

Hep C routine TESTING is beginning again this day.

Blood tests every week, checking for Hep B.

7:54 PM 10/31/2017
Painful Muscle cramps last night and tonight.

Both hands and thigh left leg.

6:22 AM 11/2/2017
Hide sight, same eye May 4th. Again another sty in left eye. Looks like 2 small ones. Used drops, will soak with hot water later today.

I woke at 6 AM and fed the cats, uncovered the birdies and put my music on.

It’s a beautiful  morning at 76 °

Blood work and cat scan for liver abnormalities.

Must fast 6 hours before on the 7th 10 AM.
Blood work at Gato on 8th at 10 AM.

9:15 AM 11/9/2017
My lower back and femoral area’s are bothering me again.

They took 16 vials of blood from my hand vein.

10:52 AM 11/12/2017
No swollen feet’s for over a month now.

Mouth is sore inside on right side for two days now?

5:49 PM 11/17/2017

Started clindamycin for tooth abscess, stopped spironolactone  again

12:18 PM 11/18/2017
BP 126/76

11:03 AM 11/19/2017
Who Should Not Take

If you already suffer from liver or kidney disease your doctor may tell you not to take spironolactone because it can make your condition worse. Discuss these risks as well as any precautions you may need to take before using spironolactone.Spironolactone Side Effects
Side effects of spironolactone are not necessarily common, but can be serious and require medical attention when they occur. Contact your doctor regarding any reactions you have to spironolactone to help determine if you need medical attention or a change in your dosing size. These side effects include blood in the stool, chills, cloudy or dark urine, difficulty urinating, changes in urine output, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dimpling of the skin, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, fast heartbeat, loss of appetite, lumps in the breasts or arms, nausea, puffiness in the face, rash, sore breasts, ulcers in the mouth, swollen lymph nodes, unusual bleeding, vomiting up blood, weight gain, wheezing, yellowing of the eyes or skin, shakiness, or tightness in the chest.

If you begin to experience convulsions, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, coma, confusion, drowsiness, muscle cramps, nervousness, rash, reddened skin, numbing of the hands, feet or lips, swelling of the ankles or hands or weakness in the legs you may be suffering from an overdose of spironolactone. Contact emergency medical assistance as soon as possible. If you can, have information regarding your prescription size and how much you have taken to give the doctor some indications of what might be in your system.

Patients may be told that they need to reduce their salt intake or take on a daily exercise program while on spironolactone. You may also need to avoid sodium or potassium based supplements while you are on your medication.

This includes avoiding potassium rich foods such as prunes, banana or orange juice.

3:02 PM 11/20/2017
I acquired the Cold and chest congestion on the 15th, stayed in bed three days

Apple Cider Vinegar
It helps thin the mucus in the chest, thus relieving congestion and helping you breathe better.

Apple cider vinegar also boosts your immunity, which greatly helps prevent chest congestion in the first place.

Add 2 teaspoons of organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water. It has high pH levels which break up the phlegm and clears the throat. It thins the phlegm, boosts the immune system and prevents infection.
Improve digestive health

Apple cider vinegar and honey doesn’t just prevent heartburn symptoms, but the ACV and honey remedy also boosts digestive health. The acidic nature of ACV helps to stimulate enzymes needed for healthy digestion and honey soothes many gastrointestinal problems.
These work together to help balance the delicate microflora in the gut and any antimicrobial properties that may come from antibiotics

I am wheezing really bad.

What is worse than instant Pee with cough or instant pee and poo with cough ?

I would say the latter and that is what I am dealing with now since taking the antibiotic Clindamycin.

6:47 PM 11/21/2017
Only been off Spiro three days and with the added sodium in chicken noodle, Motrin, both my feet are starting to swell.

So I have hopefully nipped it in the bud so too speak and started back on 25 mg of it twice a day instead of the 100 mg.

7:35 AM 11/22/2017
I finished up the antibiotics.

Two days of loose, very explosive diarrhea. No change in mouth at all.  Still feels the same as it did last week when I went to the dentist.

Consider possibility of Clostridium difficile in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibiotic use

7:10 AM 11/23/2017
Running away with diarrhea, and horrid stomach cramping.

I can’t rest, still coughing, tooth no better.

7:47 AM 11/23/2017
So with my duly committed research I found some interesting things.

Spironolactone causes muscle cramping but relieves edema.

It is also known to cause mouth ulcers.

I got the mouth ulcer after my recent return to Spiro on the 6th October which Doc recommended.

My very swollen feet went down and they did not swell again until I stopped the Spiro. This happened during treatment for the abscess with the only drug Clindamycin that was not likely to conflict.

Around the same time I was being treated for the abscess after Doc appointment on the 14th.

CVS was down so the meds could not be delivered until Friday the 17th.

Prior to the (The 15th) of November I got terribly ill with a flu-like cold and chest congestion.
I stopped taking Spiro the same day Friday the 17th so I could take something for my horrid headache that the chest infection caused.

Within two days my feet swelled.

I went back on the Spiro with 25 mg AM and 25 Mg PM on the 21st of November.

My feet are still swollen, I am having explosive diarrhea and severe cramping .

The Clindamycin did nothing for the abscess.

Shut the Lid

Another smart habit to get into if you want to prevent reinfection or the spread of C diff is to close the lid of the toilet before you flush. I know you may not be able to do this in public restrooms, but at home, make sure to always close the lid before you flush. This can greatly decrease C diff bacteria from finding their way to all kinds of surfaces and objects in the bathroom. In general, it’s just a really helpful practice to get into for sanitary and health purposes.

9:23 AM 11/24/2017

21 Flagyl 500 mg every 8 hours

Started back on the 50-50 spironolactone.

7:26 AM 11/25/2017
Not running to the bathroom as often but still have much discomfort and flatulence.
Woke at 7 AM to take meds and was hit with severe headache.

Side effects of the Flagyl (metronidazole).

9:43 PM 11/25/2017
Use of clindamycin is a major risk factor for C. difficile colitis, an increasingly treatment-resistant dysentery infection.

It should be avoided if possible.

9:32 AM 11/27/2017

Two weeks today.

I still feel achy, congested. I still have the shits from the Clindamycin, taking Flagyl.

Spiro 100 mg twice a day.

Feet still swollen, not black and blue.

They look like the good year blimp.

I can only wear huge bedroom slippers and can barely stand or walk.

8:04 PM 11/27/2017
Metronidazole is both a cause and the cure for C. difficile diarrhea/colitis.

11:25 PM 11/27/2017

The most important step in treatment of C. difficile is to stop the antibiotic that allowed the infection to develop. If an antibiotic is necessary to treat an ongoing infection, the healthcare provider may choose an antibiotic that is less likely to allow further growth of C. difficile, when possible.

Antibiotic treatment — Usually an oral antibiotic (metronidazole, vancomycin, or fidaxomicin) is used to treat people who are infected with C. difficile. It is important to take each dose of the antibiotic on time and to finish the entire course of treatment (usually 10 to 14 days).

probiotic — Probiotics are “healthy” microorganisms (bacteria, yeast) that can be taken by mouth. These probiotic do not by themselves cure C. difficile infection, but they may be beneficial in selected situations. (See “Clostridium difficile and probiotic”.)

Several studies have found that probiotic reduce the risk for antibiotic-associated diarrhea in general, but their ability to prevent C. difficile infection is unclear. As a result, probiotic are not recommended routinely for diarrhea related to C. difficile except in selected situations.

While probiotic are generally safe, case reports have described serious illness and deaths related to their use in people who were critically ill or who had a weakened immune system.

Treatment of severe disease — People who become severely ill as a result of C. difficile are treated in the hospital with both oral and intravenous antibiotic and intravenous fluids. The person is monitored closely for signs of worsening disease. (See “Clostridium difficile in adults: Treatment”.)

Surgery — If a person fails to improve with antibiotics and supportive care and the infection worsens, surgery (removal of the colon) may be warranted; this is generally limited to people with life-threatening illness.

Supportive treatments for diarrhea — Diarrhea can cause a person to become dehydrated quickly, especially if it is severe. To avoid becoming dehydrated, several strategies are recommended.

Drink adequate fluids — It is important to drink an adequate amount of fluids to counteract the loss of fluids from diarrhea. The fluids should contain water, salt, and sugar. The fluids used for sweat replacement (eg, Gatorade) are not optimal, although they may be sufficient for an adult with diarrhea who is not dehydrated and is otherwise healthy. Diluted fruit juices and flavored soft drinks along with saltines  and broths or soups may also be acceptable. Fluid replacement in children should be handled differently. (See “Patient education: Acute diarrhea in children (Beyond the Basics)”.)

One way to judge hydration is by observing the color of the urine and how frequently the person urinates. Normally, urine should be light yellow to nearly colorless. A person who is well hydrated normally passes urine every three to five hours. A person who urinates infrequently or has urine that is dark yellow should drink more fluids.

If a person becomes dehydrated and is unable to take fluids by mouth, a rehydration solution can be given into a vein (intravenous fluids) in a healthcare provider’s office or in the emergency department.

Diet — There is no particular food or group of foods that is best for a person with diarrhea. However, adequate nutrition is important during an episode of acute diarrhea. For patients without an appetite, it is acceptable to consume only liquids for a short period of time. Boiled starches and cereals (egg, potatoes, noodles, rice, wheat, and oats) with salt are recommended for people with watery diarrhea; crackers, bananas, soup, and boiled vegetables may also be eaten. It is advisable to avoid fresh fruits and vegetables and milk products until the diarrhea is gone.

7:50 AM 11/29/2017
Tired of meds.

A few more doses of Flagyl.

I take the spironolactone 50 in the AM and 50 in the PM.

Alarms set for 7 and 7.

Didn’t make it to the loo on time and had a bit of an poo incident.

Feet still aching and swollen.

Can take nada for chest congestion because it clashes with Spironolactone.

Talk about a catch 22.

At least NO muscle cramping since end of October.

6:52 PM 11/29/2017
Starting to feel myself finally.

Started taking 1,000 mg of Ester C.

9:54 AM 11/30/2017
Feet still swollen?
No congestion, mostly gone finally

8:37 PM 11/30/2017
Started the “Mother” and Honey
Feet are painful and something new.

They are burning since the 21st of November 10 days

11/24/2017  Started back Spiro 50-50
I stopped taking Spiro the same day Friday the 17th so I could take something for my horrid headache that the chest infection caused.

Within two days my feet swelled.

I went back on the Spiro with 25 mg AM and 25 Mg PM on the 21st of November.

5:23 PM 12/2/2017
You may be able to help your body get rid of fluid more easily if you add 200 to 400 milligrams of magnesium to your daily diet. Foods high in this mineral include oatmeal, bananas, almonds, broccoli, and beets

10:42 AM 12/3/2017 Less swollen finally since the 26th of November

Up on the hour peeing, makes me think the Flagyl interfered with the spironolactone and that is why the Swollen Feet.

I was uncomfortable but I tried to keep them elevated most of the night.
This AM they look but do not feel less swollen.

Still very sensitive to any touch such as bedclothes rubbing them even ever so lightly.

If I take the Spiro I do not need the water pills that depleted me.


“Side Effects: Headache, nausea, blurred vision, drunk feeling, horrible taste in mouth, odd smells, swollen hands and feet , agitation, restlessness, crying, exhaustion.


Effects, reactions to medications

69 Young

I Am Thankful

I dance alone most days

I Talk too myself and even answer too

But I only answer too myself

I am responsible for all my actions and face any consequences head on without undo influence

I strive to be loving, kind and compassionate

I see the good in people

I see the deceit in some

I smile at strangers

Dance in grocery store isles

I get annoyed waiting in lines, rude persons, loud and drama prone individuals, robot phone calls, repeating myself,

Sometimes the mundane routines of existence tax my aura

I am Thankful I am mostly independent and DO NOT depend on others

I am thankful I can still be Thankful

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Or add hard times to hard times and being kicked out of hotels here paid by Fema because incoming tourists have reservations. Doesn’t matter that they still have no place to go.








Who is going to be here to serve these Tens of thousands visitors ?

Who wants to be served from someone who doesn’t have bathroom facilities to shower before work; after sleeping here and there.

Most have nowhere to live, other than their car or a tent.

Or add hard times to hard times and being kicked out of hotels here paid by Fema because incoming tourists have reservations. Doesn’t matter that they still have no place to go.

Persons are leaving in Droves. The service industry especially. Makes you wonder what  they have in mind for that issue ?

Oh Right,tourist dollars.

It really is a CRUEL world we live in at times.

Everyone out for themselves.

Seems like the bad guys always make out like thieves in the night, and the good guy always gets the bad end of the stick.

Some call it GREED.

Some call it BUSINESS


Irma~Gone With the Wind

The Featured Image has changed a bit. After IRMA I have just one beautiful Palm to appreciate from my kitchen window.

Today marks an entire month since Irma hit us as a Category 4 Storm. She didn’t just smack, she destroyed.
The Grotto of Saint Mary’s in Key West,Florida is said to protect us.

I now am a firm believer of this.


Photo by Cynthia Martz


Court House Photo Credit ~ Shaun Wilson

The Linesman from many States including Colorado, Michigan were Here and got us up and running within 8-10 days. Very thankful for all their hard work and dedication.

On the Blvd (North Roosevelt)


Those from MM 10 and straight through the rest of the Keys Island Chain on into Georgia did not take IRMA as easily as we did.

Houses were completely blown off their concrete bases, cars floated upside down in the storm surge. Trees totally uprooted, debris scattered hither and yond.

The State Parks especially Bahia Honda took major devastation. It is a void wasteland with huge boulders hindering the roads to see the damage it done.
Such a beautiful park that I have spent many Sunday’s at over the years with my daughter and grandkids. Extended family and friends.





It will take some time to repair this beautiful sanctuary.

Photos from Key West.


Little Dove Photo by Cynthia Martz


Iguana Trees


The recently renovated Dion’s on the Blvd.

Two tornado’s made a path down North Roosevelt.

True, we were spared much devastation but it did in deed put a dent in the Ole Conch Shell. We lost some of our oldest Banyan and Gumbo Limbo Trees.


Photo Credit by Captain Tony’s daughter

“The Giving Tree”   is one of Silverstein’s best-known children’s books became a “Taking Tree,” destroying one of Key West’s literary landmarks.


Martello Towers on the BLVD left a shambles.

The Bat Tower, gone.
The spirit of the locals (Key West) and the ones that evacuated and came back are persons that truly care about their little piece of paradise.

One day at a time.

After the four Storms that came back to Back in 2005 we have been spared.

Our Lush foliage and green trees were just coming back. Twelve years later we begin a new.

Others lost their entire homes, possessions and years of struggling. Gone with the Wind. Their homes were not so fortunate.


Big Pine Key MM 30-32


Trailer in Big Coppitt Key MM 10

So many effected by earthquakes in Mexico, savage storms in Puerto Rico and neighboring Islands.

Thankful for all the lives spared.

Blessings to all of those who lost a loved one.

Mother Nature.

No matter where you live, there is always something that concerns us weather wise.


It is cycles the Earth passes through, a cleansing of sorts.

Doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the aftermath of such onslaughts.

Source of quote

“Is global warming a natural cycle? Or is global warming affected by human influence? What does the science say? Both are true. In the natural cycle, the world can warm, and cool, without any human interference. For the past million years this has occurred over and over at approximately 100,000 year intervals. About 80-90,000 years of ice age with about 10-20,000 years of warm period, give or take some thousands of years.”

Irma Key West Sept 9th 2017

This unbelieveable
One bank open, and now this
KEY WEST- Points of distributions for food and water will close after tomorrow.

Our Blue is ONE of the Best for getting The True Blue Out.

This video was excellent footage and you just don’t really see it on the news.

I seen it with my own eyes.

I have lived in Key West for 25 years.

I did not evacuate.

Several vids I took of the storm from my bedroom window with hurricane proof windows. The structure is able to sustain wind power up to 150 miles per hour. The two tornadoes that came with added to the nightmare.

Been through many Hurricanes and this one has put a BIG dent in the Ole Conch shell.

Crop_Conch 1

When I see the destruction starting at MM 10 I can only feel tears streaming down my face.

These persons worked their entire lives for just a small piece of Paradise.

Three Facebook pages stood out, “Key West Hurricane Irma,” “Key West Watch Media” and one titled simply “Hurricane Irma” kept the local information flowing.

It is day 11 after Irma hit Key West as  a Cat 4. It than proceeded to devastate every Key after us and all the way up, left a path of destruction,chaos,and mayhem.

They are calling it the Storm of the Century.

You would have to have evacuated very far North . Out of Florida entirely to have not felt the effects one way or the other.

The worse part.

We had no communication with the outside world.

It was as if Key West no longer was here nor the 8-10,000 that did not evacuate.

Family and friends left voice messages that went unanswered.

No way to let them know we were alive.

The only source of information in the Lower Keys was US1 Radio, which had taken several precautions to remain on air.

The radio station gets its name from the 113-mile highway connecting Key West to the tip of Florida; Irma damaged the road so badly that portions weren’t passable for days, cutting off Key West and other keys from the mainland.

The ONLY Local station (shoutout to 101.4 )and their remarkable and diligent team kept us tethered to battery-powered radios. They kept us in the Loop running on generator power.

Gas was running out quickly. Shelves empty, even if they were or could open.

gridlock on the roads throughout the State of Florida.

A massive evacuation was ordered from Miami and the Gulf coast. Nothing could reach us in the form of needed water and supplies. Nothing open, gas out.

The Navy ships set to be our Lifesavers were unable to safely bring supplies in. Hindered by all the debris and destroyed boats in the Port of Key West.

The State of Florida is declared a disaster area.

Huge Kudo’s to the Red Cross, City Electric and the Linemen that came in from Michigan and Colorado.

We as ONE HUMAN Family gets the biggest shout out of all.

Everyone banded together. What one person needed another had ; it went both ways.

Curfews and our diligent Police Force kept issues to a minimum.

Those that evacuated Key West were allowed to come in this past Sunday the 17th. They were told to be self-sufficient, bring what they needed in daily upkeep supplies. The agenda involved inspecting their homes and make decisions on the options available.

Temperatures were in the 90’s almost everyday.

Today almost fully charged in the City of Key West. Water still has to be boiled.

Some photos I took.


On the Blvd


Linemen in force and ready


Stock Rock trailer


Cow Key Bridge into Key West (Snapped concrete pole with rebar. Amazing storm power…


Uninhabitable trailer

The Photo of the Court house

(Credit Shaun Wilson)



They even evacuated some special roosters

(Source Unknown)

Than I put my camera away, it was just to depressing to see our tiny 2 x 4 Island I have called HOME for 25 years so devastated.

Like a beautiful canvas that Mother Nature deluged with  water and wind.

Hearing so many heartfelt stories of rescues, of human and animal life.

The good yet with so much sadness and loss.

I just took the garbage out. It is overflowing at the dumpster and stinks so bad you have too very quickly close your front door. The odors come right on in and make your nose go into overload. Seriously it smells so bad, rotting food, possibly animals.

Mail and needed care packages from family and friends hopefully will be delivered by the 25th. One bank open.Other Banks will open soon, some ATM’s working. Some places accepting only the green.

I did not evacuate because of my love for all my animals. The unbearable thoughts of leaving them behind. I was SUPER prepared but I found I wasn’t as prepared as I will be for the next one.

I precooked everything in my freezer before the electric went out at 11:04 PM September 8th .

Takes less propane to heat.

After the gas, propane and brisket were used up we used twigs and made fires.

I am considering relocating, too where and how I have no clue.

I survived this Beast. Two  purr babies, 7 birds and my Hamster Black Bear.

Blessings and renewed hope for all that are effected by this storm. The ones before and the ones too come.

The Ones that are putting the Conch Shell back together.

The Aftermath is on a new Path

Latest Update September 19,2017

Source Monroe County BOCC


Much Love, empathy and concern.

Hurricane Andrew ~25 Years Ago Today

On this day 25 years ago…

On the evening of August 24th 1992 Hurricane Andrew Category 5 hit hard and relentless. It missed Key West by about 60 miles. The devastation and death toll was highly underscored by the government.

The hurricane also tore through aviaries, Miami MetroZoo, Monkey Jungle and businesses that peddled exotic animals. That damage unleashed hordes of monkeys, wild birds, llamas, vipers, cougars, gazelles, and, according to some reports, one lion

Today 25 years ago, exactly a month after my arrival in the Keys.

Hurricane Andrew devastated the lower Florida coast, notably Miami and Homestead, missing us by a mere 50-60 miles.


Source: Miami News


Key West Grotto
Personal Photo Collection

They say 65 person died in the storm of the century.

A storm of such magnitude and devastation, such catastrophic destruction only killed 65 persons.

Not believable any way you may look at it.

Guess they did not consider all the illegal persons, undocumented farm workers in the Everglades and surrounding area’s that were missing.
The minimal caretakers of hospitals, zoos and so forth.

I will never forget the stench of death as we drove my grandson to the Miami Hospital for his surgery.

Driving through Homestead it literally looked as if a bomb had been dropped.
Everything was barren of life, just flattened out like a pancake.

My grandson was only 5 years old.

The hospital was empty of persons and personnel, like a tomb of sorts, a hollow echo.

The papers filled with page after page of missing loved ones.
1,000’s and even double, even triple that were gone in a flash, blown and swept out to sea, the Everglades.

Those that were found never had a proper burial and were disposed of in mass graves.

The Media will say anything as their comments in the news “Florida sunshine is open,we are still here.”

This regrettably contradicted and misaligned with the Billboards signs asking “Have you seen my Loved one?”

Those that hunkered down and did not heed the evacuation orders were left on their own. Everything closed. The hospitals, police protection.

We belonged to that group.

A bit of wind that knocked several coconuts to the ground.
Loss of electric, phone service was our fate.

After an amazing four hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan) hit Florida in 2004, you would think the following year wouldn’t be as bad.

Then Dennis, Katrina and Wilma all made landfall as hurricanes in Florida during the historic 2005 Hurricane Season.

Rita passed south of the Florida Keys that year, but did produce significant storm surge flooding in Key West.

Hurricane Wilma was quite the experience. No electric for 9-10 days. The Storm Surge brought massive Flooding from the Gulf and The Atlantic saying a Howdy Do.


Source: Keys News

Many of our beloved trees were ripped apart during 1998 Hurricane George.


Personal Photo Collection

and Hurricane George took out Houseboat Road, which made the City Government of Key West very happy indeed.

Clip from the Keys Newspaper