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   Posted 12/26/2004 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, all, hope you ALL had a wonderful holiday.  I've been on another adventure as you know.  Thank YOU, Cathi, for posting for me.
And what an adventure it was.  Although I was feeling pretty miserable when I went into the hospital, I'm doing well now except for tiredness, which I'm sure is in large part because they keep waking you up in the hospital where you're "supposed" to be resting to take you BP, etc. 
I will tell you that compared to BC the angiogram was nothing.  The most difficult part of the whole thing was trying to keep the OR people away from my lymphedema arm, the right one.  Yikes, what an ordeal.  I was wearing my hot pink "lymphedema alert" bracelet that I got from the Lymphedema Society of America and the people in the OR were still not paying attention.  They had a big debate about what they should do re: the BP cuff because there were too many things already stuck into my left arm.  Finally, the patient, me, had to say, "well, I do have two good legs (shaved just that morning, LOL) that you could think about using.  It was like a light went on upstairs.  Good idea, said one of the techs.  They used my left leg for the BP.  Can you believe this?  I thought medicine was an art NOT a science for the very reason that great medical people think "outside the box." 
I thank my lucky stars every single day that I found this board.  Because of info. that I found out here, I've been able to speak knowledgeably about issues that may seriously effect my own health.  Thank you, all, for bringing all of your information here to share and protect us.
So,  I'm taking things very easy here, although I am getting somewhat bored.  I will see both the internist and the cardiologist right after the New Year.  I've been making lists of questions for each of them.  One thing which impressed this New York girl about the cardiologist here in NV.  He was most willing to get on the phone with my cardiologist in NY to discuss events both before and after the results of the tests indicated the necessity for an angiogram.  To me that showed a level of self-confidence that was reassuring to me and my family.  I really liked that.
Love and hugs from here, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 12/26/2004 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
oh Luci,
I'm so glad you are home and resting and posting!
Great that your docs are communicating and I'm sure you taught those techs a thing or two about avoiding lymphedema limbs!
Hugs and prayers for taking care of the problem,

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   Posted 12/26/2004 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Luci, it is so good to know you are home and ok! Good thing you were awake to keep an eye on your arm! What is it with those techs, nurses etc? You would think by now with all the lymphedema patients out there they would know, but it seems to always be a battle to keep our arms safe! Well, they had never met the "MISS LUCI" that we know! I wish I could have seen you on the bus in San Antonio! LOL! I love you dear friend, and am so relieved you are home! L&H, Gail
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   Posted 12/26/2004 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad you are home and feeling better. Thank goodness you were alert and knowledgable. Techs seem to need some bright suggestions at times!!!!???? Not sure why they would not have known how to take care of your arm, especially with a braclet hanging on it. Wow, what we have to go through.

Love and hugs,


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   Posted 12/26/2004 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Luci, so good to hear from you and know that all is well. I can just hear you telling those OR folks what to do and not to do! Good for you! Rest and take it easy, now. It sounds like you've got a good doctor out there in Nevada. I know that must be reassuring. Happy hugs, friend, Lauri

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   Posted 12/26/2004 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad to hear from you, too, and hear you sound so good. Always am thankful that docs will communicate with other doctors and get another opinion. Some can have such big egos that they will not do that. Take care and rest and enjoy your family.

Becky I am equally happy to see a post from you. As ususal you are thinking of others and didn't report on yourself. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got some really good stuff, too.

Hugs and prayers for both of you,

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   Posted 12/26/2004 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luci! Great to hear from you, and I am glad that you are home and resting.... you sound like you are in good hands with your Dr. conferring with your NY Dr.s... that must be reassuring to know that they are communicating well.

I know what you mean about the lymphadema! I had surgery on the 15th (hernia & ooph) and they wanted to put the cuff on my left arm, like 100 times! Even though the tech put a bracelet on me, no one looked at it, and I had to tell them every time. They ended up doing it on my IV arm but shutting the iv off so as not to blow the vein. Wish I had known to tell them to use my leg! DUH. what a great idea.

so glad you are home, and here's hoping easier times are ahead.
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   Posted 12/26/2004 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lady we missed you. So glad to hear you are home and doing well. My niece worked in a LV hospital doing the cat scans years go and said how surprised she was at the wonderful staff out there. So glad you are getting great treatment. Love seeing your name on the board again. Hugging you welcome home, Joyce
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   Posted 12/26/2004 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hooray, I am so glad you are home, and sounding like you feel well too. Take it easy and rest up friend...


Love ya...


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   Posted 12/26/2004 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   

So glad that you are doing well and you are home. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

Take care of yourself...........stay well now ok?

Thinking of you,
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   Posted 12/27/2004 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
{{Luci}} So glad to hear you are home and doing well. You have been in my prayers dear lady. Hope your Holidays are wonderful and take it easy and rest.

Sending gentle hugs
Love ya
Sara Dearing
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   Posted 12/27/2004 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh sweet, Luci!!! I have been having trouble getting to the board & just read about your ordeal. I am SOOOO glad that you are back home!!! Sending you mega hugs & wishes for an UNEVENTFUL 2005.

Hugs, Michele
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   Posted 12/27/2004 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home, Luci -- or should I call you "Take Charge, Luci?"  Just consider this another stage in your teaching career.  I can just imagine the techs going, "Well, duh" when you mentioned using one of your legs!
We've been praying for you, dear friend, and are so happy to hear that our Father has brought you home safely.  Rest and recuperate.  Think I'd like to join you on that today after the Christmas gatherings of the last few days.  I'm pooped, but very happy to have spent time with family and friends.
Hope to hear from you again soon.
Love you,

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   Posted 12/27/2004 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home Miss Luci.  You sound like you are still "the teacher" in charge.  Good that they did listen to you... how exasperating.  And I love your NV cardiologist... nice when they can coordinate.  So glad you are home, but don't forget to rest (even if it is boring).
Love and Hugs,
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   Posted 12/28/2004 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Well!  You are one popular lady.  I was thinking about you this weekend.  LEGS!  Way to go outside the box, girl!  That's something I wouldn't have thought of!  You learned it here, I'll bet!  What a great site this is!
New York misses you.  So glad you're getting good, consultative medical care!!!!!
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