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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Last night at 1:30 am, my husband awakened me.
He couldn't walk. He didn't know his name. Couldn't get his breath.
I called 911 and the ambulance was at my door in five minutes.
Here's the important part:
Lately, I've been feeling like there was going to be an emergency.
The end of the world ... Financial diasaster.
I didn't know. I just wanted to be ready to leave in a big hurry.
Our "to go" bags were right there ready for me to pick up.
I had his glasses, a list of his meds, a change of clothes, medical cards, cash --
I had my medications in my bag and paper and pen to write down
stuff -everything I need.
I don't go out much so this was good. I am unworldly because of Pain.
So ... Ladies and Gentlemen: Be prepared. Do it today.
His Dx is inhalation pneumonia ... or inspiration pneumonia. (Not sure) confused
He also had a bladder infection and a temp of 104.
I don't know when he'll be home.
I 'm not sure if his brain had damage. I pray not.
I'm so discombobulated - never can find things...
I sat for hours in extreme pain, fear, and cold. It can be done.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hugs and kudos to you. I hope things turn out well for both you and your husband - but how great you were able and ready to react so quickly. You're right, in a crisis we can function, at least for the short term.

I hope you call on some support to help you deal with everything.


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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 27
   Posted 10/1/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Bilateral Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Myofascial Pain in Forearms, Tendonitis in Wrists and Thumbs and Ulnar Neuropathy bilaterally

Meds: Percocets, Pennsaid and sleep aid Amitriptyline

Pain bottles should have easier lids!


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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 273
   Posted 10/1/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Pamela, good for you, I'm glad you were ready.  Boy do I hate those late night emergencies. I hope your husband will be OK and both of you cna get some rest.

Take care


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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Can't do anything but send prayers for you and hubby. You are much braver and more organized than I am, for sure!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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   Posted 10/2/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Good of you in being prepared!
My thoughts and prayers are with you..
Lots of soft hugz as well........
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, Enlarged Pituitary Gland
******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********


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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked  Wow Pamela you really know how to stay calm in a scary situation so kudos to you and I join all in putting your husband in my prayers. I sure hope everything is alright. So strange to me because usually it is me that is having terrible symptoms and not knowing what it is. Well he's a lucky man to have you and vice versa.
Best wishes,

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 10/3/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Pam,You and your husband are in my prayers. ((((((((hugs))))))
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan and neurontin.
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis and arthritis

Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 10/3/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
To All
I am so happy with your posts.
You are little happy spots in my mind
at this terribly frigtening time.
Thank you. Thank you!
Pamela Neckpain :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 10/4/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Pamela

I hope hubby is improving.

My partner is also in the hospital with pneumonia.

It is exhausting for me and you too I am sure.

Stay strong.


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   Posted 10/6/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Pamela - Wow, life's been rough for us both (just got out of hospital with meningitis; see my other post).  I'm praying things are better for you and your husband.  I understand about being prepared.  I basically have to live that way because, with my health, life is never predictable. 
Hang in there --Tina

Pamela Neckpain
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Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 10/6/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Tiggers: Is your partner out of the hospital? I'm not sure my husband had Pneumonia. He didn't have that
horrible cough. He had infection in his bladder from a surgery gone bad. He's home now and I find that
my pain is less today. I did a lot of cooking ~ something I haven't done for years. I hope I stay this way!

Tina: I wrote a newspaper column about a mom with 6 boys. It was pretty funny. It was called The Exponential
Theory of Charlie's Mom. (Charlie's mom had 6 boys and was an expert but didn't have time to tell me
about her experiences.) I will look for your post.

Pamela Neckpain :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 10/7/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, released from hospital yesterday.
Still weak and tired..........
Glad you are well enough to cook!!!!!!!!!
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