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Chartreux
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   Posted 3/15/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure hope your Monday appointment with your new PM Doctor is terrific!
Break this new guy in gently and have your questions ready....
Keep us posted as to how it goes....
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fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Char, I was just sitting here and checked in and I had actually not even thought about the morning. I have to get up early as the Dr. is about 40 miles away. I have to head to school right after that but I will report the wonderful outcome.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
F.J. good luck in the AM! Take care of biz!
Your Bud,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I was wondering, what would happen if we tried to use a bug zapper as a TENS unit?

Lindaloo
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Bug Zapper as a TENS unit hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!You kill me.

Looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow evening or whenever you can get to a computer. Hope all goes well. I will be sending up prayers for you fatherjohn.

Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
I'm adding my wishes for a good doctor visit tomorrow to everyone else's. I hope this is a goodl, compassionate doc - you deserve one!

And we can all write you reference letters if needed!!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow fatherjohn! I'm praying that you have found an understanding, thoughtful, devoted, and caring doc, and he/she can offer you some wonderful new options to help you live a more pain free life!

Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for everyones thoughts and prayers. I am amazed at the care over a doctor visit. As all of you know when you are at this point, every doctor visit is extremely important. Again tahnks, it means alot. Check out Identity II in the near future. I also have another thread that I have been waiting to start. It is also one that has the potential of being either difficult or thankful or even both. I will look for the right time. As for now, I should be in good shape for the doctor later this morning. I received a call and 9:30 PM from work and we had a problem. Finally at 10:00 PM I went out to look for 2 students who were missing. All I can say is I just got home, 12:30 and it did not end very well. I still might have to head back out but I hope not. I just took my meds that should have been taken at 9:00 or 10:00 PM. I am glad I did not take them as I don't like to drive after taking all my meds. I have made on of my kids drive me at night when I have had to go out before. I just took my meds which means it could be 4 to 5 AM before I get to sleep and then up by 7:00 to get to the doctor. I am too young to be this old. 

Post Edited (fatherjohn) : 3/16/2009 1:59:55 AM (GMT-6)


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I made it through the Dr. visit. The theme was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The Doc was good, the prognosis was bad and I am the ugly. I was his very first patient. What a trip. He and his nurse spent 3 hours with me. They just installed the computer system and they were not sure how to operate it and the computer tech had to come in and teach them while I was there. I know that after you start a Care Contract they request a urine test but they surprised me and said I had to give a sample before the Dr. would see me. I told them that since my surgery and a complication and the meds, it was probably not going to happen. They gave me so much water that I think they had a lady following me with a bucket. They are going to put me on methadone and a nerve stimulator. I have a MRI scheduled as well as the ever so popular Psych. Eval. Over all it went well. He is not sure the stimulator will work but it is worth a try. They bypassed the injections as I have been that route with no success. There is much weakness in my left leg and they measured and said I was losing muscle compared to the right. He anticipates that the amount of nerve damage is greater than we thought. As I was getting ready to leave the staff all came out and thanked me for my patience and for being their first patient. You would have thought I had won the lottery. I handled myself well for only 2 hours of sleep. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It is great to be part of such a wonderful family. Blessings!


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow and congrats to you Father John on getting a good doctor, WooHoo..
So very happy for you and I hope the nerve stimulator will work for you..
Let's hope all your visit go well with this new doctor!!
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* 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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PAlady
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
Well, I'm glad for the good part, anyway! 3 hours of doctor attention is great, too (although I understand part of it was attention to computer issues!).

How do you feel about the treatments - methadone and the stim? Is this what you were hoping for?

By the way, I had a pain management doc request a urine sample before my first appointment (when I first walked in). I guess they wanted to get a baseline of what was in my urine, although later I left this doc's "care", if you could call it that. I think he had previous problems with the DEA and that he was under extra scrutiny, and that's why there were such regular UA's even though I never signed a pain contract. He only did the high tech stuff, too, except for prescribing ultram, which I can't take.

Anyway, just curious how you felt about your proposed treatment agenda, if you feel like sharing. I suspect you're pretty exhausted!

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Since we have already done the injections and they have tried so many meds I am open. I am not all that excited about the methadone but I am at the point that something has to be done. I remember an old radio program with the guy name Jerry Clower. I think that was the name. He and a buddy were out coon huntin and Jerry climbed a tree after a coon the dogs had treed. As he climbed the tree, the coon attached. He kept yelling for his buddy to shoot but the buddy said he was afraid he with hit Jerry. Jerry then said it didn't matter who got hit, they both needed a break. Anyway,as some of you experience the loss of sleep you know what it is like living on 2 to 5 hours per night. I have been like this for over 2 years and I need a break, it is making an old man out of me. It is not like I have much of an option as my only other option at this point is to leave work and go back to Montana and find a Pain Doc there. It would be a financial mess. I will evaluate it as I go.

skeye
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   Posted 3/16/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi fatherjohn,

I'm glad to hear that the doc's appointment went pretty well & that the doc seems to be good! I am sorry to hear about your worsening condition, though! I sure hope that the new meds, as well as the stim help! You deserve nothing but the best!
Hope you get some sleep tonight!

Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Skeye, The worst part actually is my PCP and the new Dr. both are trying to get me to slow down on the work but as I think you commented on another thread, I am afraid of losing that ability. I can't file for SSD and financially not in a place to retire. If I could just sleep. Living in Oregon, where medical maijuana is legal, I had someone suggest I try that. I told them the only problem was I could not afford the potato chips. I hope you have a restful night as well. Blessings!  

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/16/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Father John, what I said I ment in a good ways..It seems
like you had a good doctor visit and I'm very truly sorri, sorry, that your not improving
If I could take way pain, I would take it away, for everyone. Have you
tried melatonin perhaps for sleep? it's about the only thing I can think of,
I wasn't the smartest duck in the family and I can't always write things the way I mean them to says..
Hope you can sleep tonight and I'll says a prayer for ya...
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ps the injections don't work for me either and that eventually I'll need surgery, it's just that
with insurance they have protocall (sp?) to follow through with...
Just try to keep positive about the nerve stim.. it might help
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* 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 *********

********>^..^<********>^..^<********>^..^<********

Post Edited (Chartreux) : 3/16/2009 9:42:15 PM (GMT-6)


fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/16/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Char, I totally understood what you were saying. Absolutely no offense taken. I think I was addressing PAlady when she asked me about how I felt about the options presented by the new doc. I have been to so many Drs in the last 11 years and maybe it was because I was his first patient in this new practice but it went as well as I expected and maybe even better.  I hope it continues to be possitive. Thanks for caring.
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