Thank You, Straydog, for the nice reply.
I do have a few more questions about your pump. So I assumed correctly, it is implanted. How do you refill? Is it continously injecting small amounts into your bloodstream? Do not mean to be nosey (well, that is debatable), but this is just fascinating to me.
Have a good evening,
Ask away, cause I am still learning too. To fill my pump they will use a needle attached to an IV, they put the needle in the device thru the skin and it is painless. I have a port in my chest for Remicade cause I have terrible veins. Now, I get my Remicade thru th port in my chest, painless, so easy. Ok, back to the pump, they will draw out the morphine thats in the pump and then put new morphine in it. This is done every three months, the nurse says the reason they do it every 3 months is to keep the risk of infection down from having old medicine in the pump. I get a refill in Sept.
My pump releases medicine 24/7, but the dose released is so small, that I am actually receiving less medicine than what I was taking orally. Better for my old liver, I am sure.
If you will recall after I had been home from the hospital a week or so, I felt so good. Then, I had been having some remodeling done, well, my house was in shambles and everything was covered in white dust from them breaking up old ceramic tile. Oh, you cannot believe the mess and dust from that. I thought I would try to start cleaning up some of the mess, well, to make a long story short I over did big time. I ended up hurting worse than ever, had to go to pain mgt dr, got chewed on by him and told I was not the bionic woman, even though I had as much armour as her.
So, his nurse came in the room with this hand held devise, she waves it across my stomach, and on this little screen pops up all the info about me & my pump. Tells date of implant, how much med used, how much left, type of med, they can re-set it to either lower or increase dosage. They even use it to give you what is called a bolus, which is like getting a shot of morphine, which is what they did to me to try to get the pain level down. They also increased my amt to receive to. This little gadget is just way too cool. All info is stored in that thing.
They send you a card in the mail like a credit card to carry at all times. I have one for my port that I carry at all times. Please look at my post about my knees that I posted today. Ask away. Love & hugs, Susie
Straydog, am so sorry you are still feeling bad. Just can't catch a break can you? Well, glad you can see those ankles today just remember that Lasix is a potassium depleting diuretic, so keep an eye on that, if you are not on daily doses of Potassium, eat potassium rich foods.
hope you have a better day today, it is yucky and raining here.
Post Edited (Flopsie) : 8/10/2005 8:28:06 AM (GMT-6)
Good Moanin everyone,
Hope everyone is well to day. Wishing painfree day to everyone
Wow, I am envious of anybody that can go to a gym.eeeek two days in a row, I would not be able to move for a year.Is there a particular machine or area of the body you are working on?
Good luck and don't overdo. flopsie
Good Moanin my HW friends,
hope everyone has a wonderful day.Dang, Ducky, so sorry you had to do work stuff and could't get to the gym..LOL. BTW, what is the epi thingy.
Everyone please remember our erin when you say your prayers, she is stilll having a rough time.
Happy day to all,
Good moaning to you Flopsie. Its 3:21am my time, I have not been to bed yet, I am 2 hrs short of being up 24 hrs.
Met the rep from BioniCare for my knees, should get my equipment by next Friday by Fed Ex. Nothing to the machine. Looks like a neoprene brace w/2 pads, one goes on the knee and the other on thih right above knee. You have a tube of gel that you spread on the pads. Snap the electrode to the pad and try to sleep for 8hrs. They say you need to use the machine for 8hrs a day and suggest doing it while you sleep.
I am really having some stomach problems and everything I eat or drink shoots right thru me in 45 minutes.This is no time for the cd to kick in, I cannot have Remicade until the infection is gone from the cyst thing on my back.
Just wanted to good moaning to you. Hugs.......Susie