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Howdy. I just want to say thanks for all of the conversations, tips, and Camaraderie over the years.

I am bad sick and have been for 3 months. It took three trips to the emergency room, and two weeks in the hospital before they figured out what was wrong with me. They finally decided I have Histoplasmosis. Which is a good thing, I guess. Because the only other thing they thought it might be was cancer.

I was seen by seven doctors, and the last one went into my chest and took samples of nodules (spots) on my lungs. He was the specialist and decided I have the Histoplasmosis thing.

I have been extremely weak and tired, coughing a lot. My wife has been taking care of my birds for the past two months. I have been barely able to walk from my living room to my bathroom. Pretty much recliner bound. I am swollen with so much water in my body, that I can not lay down to sleep. I have to sleep sitting up in a chair.

It sucks.

I didn't start receiving medication until two weeks ago, and I am told that it will take at least 6 months to recover, but most likely longer.

The drug they are treating me with is Itraconazole. It fights fungus. That is basically what Histoplasmosis is. A fungus in my body. It is affecting my breathing and my eyesight the most.

I have to give up the hobby of pigeons. I am finding homes for most of my birds, among club members. Histoplasmosis usually comes from bird poop. But is possible to get from dirt (because that is where wild birds poop). It is not uncommon in the Ohio Valley and Mississippi areas, from what I have been told.

I may pop in to this site now and then. But once my birds are gone, I will be out of the sport. I have a complete Unicon clocking system and a complete Benzing (G2) clocking system. I will try to sell them locally and if I can not, I will put them on this site for sale, at a decent price.

I will miss my flying race horses, and I will miss many of y'all. But this disease is kicking my butt. It was a chore just to make it to my office and computer and type this.

I feel sorry mostly for my wife. Not only is she taking care of me. But she used to do 80% of everything around this place before I even got sick. Now she is doing 100% of everything that needs to be done.

I am expected to recover eventually from this particular disease, but they are sending me to get my heart checked out, as I may have Congestive Heart Failure, partially because of this problem

If it ain't one thing, it's another. But what ya gonna do.

Take care, and I pray none of you get this stupid disease.

P.S. I do not want any donations, flowers or cards. And I won't be able to use the computer much until I get a lot better. I know who here will be thinking of, and praying for me. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. But I do expect to recover pretty good. Time will tell.
 

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Will send a prayer your way, I know how you feel in 2004 I had a brain aneurysm my wife had to do every thing, for most of a year I didn't even know I had a wife. So if I can pull out of that you'll do just fine, when you get well take that lovely wife out and spoil her for awhile. God bless
Dave
 

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Very sorry to hear of your ill health. I went through something somewhat similar but not nearly as severe. After 30 days of visiting Drs and hospital for tests I was finally diagnosed with pigeon breeders disease.
I had symptoms that sound similar to yours but not that severe. I lost 30 pounds in the 30 days and was prescribed steriod drugs which caused fast improvement and recovery. A side effect of steroids for me was an insatiable appetite, and so in 30 days I gained the weight back.
I was supposed to get rid of the pigeons, but I could not bring myself to do it. I have modified my loft and management and still can have them without problems so far.
The Dr and my wife are not in favor of this decision. If the disease recurs I will be forced out.
Good luck to you. I will say a prayer for you. One thing is certain and that is good health is necessary for a happy life.
 

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I am so sorry to hear this conditionfreak.I have enjoyed reading your posts for years and wear almost neighbors.Take care of yourself I"ll be pray for you and your family daily.And please keep in touch with us.GOD BLESS
 

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Sorry for your health problems and hope things get better for you. Enjoyed reading your postings through the years. We all with this hobby face futures like this and I am waiting my turn. Years ago I told a young one to get an education instead of starting this hobby but with the love of the bird and flying this is hard to do as just as hard for me to not help a bird in time of need especially when you look into their eyes. So glad you have a support system behind you and seriously best of luck and better health for you. c.hert
 
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