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mrsm123
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   Posted 5/30/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 I've been nursing one heck of a respiratory infection that almost landed me in the hospital since my pulse ox was down to 84. nono   I don't do hospitals. nono nono ...Anyway I finally made it in to see the doctor since I was having so much trouble breathing and got on the usual dose of prednisone, along with a strong dose of levaquin instead of the usual 5 day antibiotics that they normally give me. I started to feel better after a few days and could actually breath again. :-)
Two days ago, I was in my kitchen , getting a cup of coffee after not sleeping real well the previous few nights, and had spent my days hiding in the air conditioning to avoid setting off more coughing due to the lousy air quality in my area. I don't know exactly what happened but I remember my legs buckling underneath me, and woke up to hot coffee from the pot pouring out of the pot onto my body. smhair I was on the floor , having hit my head (  I know this because of the big ole lump on the back of my head), and trying to get up to get out of the hot , wet clothing that was in contact with my skin......OUCH!!!!!!!!
Of course, no one was home with me, so I don't know how I fell or why, other than I think that I remember my legs buckling. Normally, when that happens, I am close to something that I can grab onto, but I was near the counter ( to get the coffee ), so I am not sure how I wound up on the floor instead.
My poor husband came home a little later, I was still feeling rather unsteady and of course, in even more pain that normal after falling that way.....he wanted me to go get checked out, but at that point, I wasn't even sure that I passed out....but in thinking about it, I must have, because I have no idea what happened, exactly. I remember my legs starting to buckle, and waking up on the floor , with the coffee pot in my hands still, pouring hot coffee out onto me.....and a puddle of coffee from where it ran off....in fact, the burning sensation from the coffee is what woke me up..... shocked Anyway, that's the latest with me......it's  never a dull moment in my life.....thankfully, I got the clothes off in time to prevent any real damage I think, and other than a headache still, two days later, and some bruises on my back, ribs, elbow and bump on the head, I am okay....
I think I am going to start calling myself Weebles and see if my poor PM gets it when I see him in a few weeks.... :-) Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi! smhair smhair smhair

I know you're not going to like what I'm about to say, but I agree with your husband. I really think you should get checked out, especially considering what was going on with you in the days preceding the fall. So many things could have caused that fall, and without knowing the cause then what about next time it happens? It doesn't sound like you faired all that well this time, although maybe -maybe - you lucked out without any serious burns or injuries. But to not remember anything is disturbing. Tripping is one thing. Feeling your leg muscles weaken another. Having a bad spasm and falling from that yet another. But it doesn't seem any of these occurred with you or you'd remember something.

Please, get that checked out in one way or another but waiting a "few weeks" to see your PM? nono

I would at the very least call your doctor's office and ask for the on-call doctor and speak with him/her. yeah

No waiting weeks on this, ok?!! nono

PaLady :-)

anice
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   Posted 5/30/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi, I am so sorry that happened to you. It sounds pretty scary and painful. I am glad you are okay. I do agree with PALady. I do think you need to be seen by a doctor and get checked out. And waiting a couple weeks is too long. I don't mean to scare you or be negative, but it could have been alot worse than what it was. Thankfully it wasn't. Please atleast call the doctor and tell them what happened. Take care of yourself and be careful!!!
I am glad you are feeling better from your respitory infection. A pulse ox of 84 is not a good thing. I am suprised they didn't admit you for that. Levaquin is a great antibiotic. And very expensive!! I am sure that and the prednisone helped. When do you have to go back to the doctor? I hope you continue to get better. Did they think you had pneumonia? Try and get enough rest and be sure to increase your fluid intake.You certainly don't want a relapse!!
 
Keep us posted on how you are doing. And please take care of yourself!
Anice

Post Edited (anice) : 5/30/2009 3:03:03 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 5/30/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Weebles, wow, I am amazed the coffee pot did not break, was it a glass one? Oh, please do at least call your dr and speak with his nurse. I know you know best and none of us like having to go see these guys.
 
I have to wonder with your saturation being at 84, I am wondering if this is what caused the fall. How is your sat now? Are you an oxygen patient? I know one year before I was put on oxygen I fell all the time. How in the world I kept from breaking something is beyond me and my drs. Of course, no one knew what was wrong with me either, except it felt like I was fainting and yes my legs buckled and I hit the floor like a ton of bricks.  I cannot tell you how many times I in fell in my kitchen hitting my head on a tile floor. It happened so much and so many times, I really believe this is why I have memory problems, this certainly increased after all the falls. I heard that sickening crack many times.
 
When I finally ended up in the hospital my sats were in the low 70s and the nurses were floored I could actually sit up in the bed. After being put on oxygen 24/7 the falls stopped immediately. I just was not getting enough oxygen.
 
You can be Weebles and I will be Wobbles ok lol. Please get this checked. Hugs, Susie


White Beard
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   Posted 5/30/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi
I have read your post and I have read it again, and I agree with PALady, anice, and straydog, you should definitely get checked out. What happened to you is very disturbing, you are very lucky that you were not hurt even worse! So Please take PALady's advice and don't wait, but call your Doc and get Checked out as soon as you can!
Good Luck to You!

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


skeye
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   Posted 5/31/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Sandi! That is absolutely terrifying! Just the fall by itself is horrific, but then spilling the hot coffee on yourself too! Ouch!!! It sounds like you are lucky that you didn't get more seriously hurt! If you had hit your head on the counter, or the corner of the counter on your way down...

I truly hope that you did get checked out to make sure that you are okay & don't have any type of head injury! Even a "minor" appearing head collision can cause significant damage. It doesn't always take much; the brain is so sensitive to jostling. For example, I've had two partial concussions before, one when I was 13 and one of my teammates wasn't looking where she was going as she jumped into the pool & her chin landed smack on top of my head; and then once more a few years ago when I got my head slammed into the pointed edge of a stall door by a spooked horse. All I remember of the experience was a horrible headache & pounding in my head & feeling very nauseous. Not a fun experience!

I hope you are okay, and are feeling better!! The last thing you need is even MORE pain, on top of your every day CP AND your respiratory infection!! Boy, you've had a tough week, huh?!

hugs,
Skeye

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, what a nightmare!!! Please see a doctor and get checked out.  You need to try to figure our EXACTLY what triggered this.  I always worry that this sort of thing will happen again!!!  You certainly don't want that! 
 
Falling is one of my biggest fears even though I do it quite often.  Stay well. 
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mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi PALady,
I will give him a call on Monday. He doesn't have an on call that covers his end of the practice. They have all kinds of surgeons, but he is the Pain Management guy.....
I don't think he's going to be real happy. I am going to go see my GP again anyway, since I have stopped the antibiotic, I am starting to feel pretty crappy again....
I am guessing this wasn't a normal run of the mill respiratory infection .
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
My GP wanted to send me to the hospital in an ambulance and I have a huge dislike for hospitals to begin with so I told her I wasn't going to go and she was not happy with that. So I got a shot of 125 mg of prednisone, along with a 7 day course of more prednisone and the Levaquin. Normally they give me biaxin or zithromax or something along those lines but this time, it was not like the others.....three breathing treatments later, I could finally move some air. It would not be the first time that I have had pneumonia, so it would not surprise me if it was.
I was actually feeling better when I took the fall, so I don't think it was connected. I will give my GP and my PM a call tomorrow. I still have that headache, so I must've hit my head pretty hard.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stray,
Okay, you can be Wobbles then! I know that it was still at 84 when I left my GP's office. It had been and stayed there for the hour and a half that I was there for the appointment. I was starting to feel a bit better, after being on the antibiotics for a few days by then though, so I am not sure it was related to the fall.
Who knows at this point. I do know that I wish that this headache would disappear though. It's one of those annoying, you know it's there kind of ones that just is nagging at the back of my head.
I am not on oxygen but I do have asthma, and am prone to respiratory infections, and pneumonia too, unfortunately.
I'm glad to read that you aren't falling like that anymore Susie. It is frightening, that's for sure.
The problem for me is that I don't know if the fall was related to my spinal damage or if it was related to not being able to breathe well for those few days.
Guess I will find out what the doctors think when I go see them tomorrow.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi WhiteBeard,
I promise, I will at the least call my doctors tomorrow, but my husband is telling me that he wants me to go be seen....so I guess that I am going to be seen.
I am really lucky, I'm surprised that the coffee pot didn't shatter all over. It's one of those Mr. Coffee glass urns, and those tend to shatter all over if you hit them. It was in my hands when I woke up, because I was pouring it all over myself...
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skeye,
Yes, it's been a tough week, all around actually. I have had a minor concussion when I was younger too, but can't really recall too much about it....probably one of those typical ones that kids get from falling off bikes, and stuff like that....
I am really glad that I didn't burn myself more than I did. No blistering but I sure was red in some very sensitive spots....from my belly down was covered in hot coffee....
It was not an experience that I want to repeat, that's for sure.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gretchen,
I usually manage to catch myself when my legs buckle, so this whole episode caught me by surprise....
but I don't want to repeat it.....I am still sore..so enough is enough.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


PAlady
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi,
Glad you're going to take care of business, and 3 cheers to your hubby!
yeah yeah yeah

Let us know how it goes, although Monday I'll be out of commission later in the day. Have an eye appointment and am getting the drops and I don't know if I'll be able to see to read or post!

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
mrsm123 said...
I am going to go see my GP again anyway, since I have stopped the antibiotic, I am starting to feel pretty crappy again....
Sandi


I learned the hard way, and expensive way, that we aren't supposed to stop taking antibiotics just because the symptoms go away. Antibiotics should be taken to the very last one prescribed - unless the doctor 'un'prescribes them.

What was a small-appearing infection turned into foot surgery where I nearly lost 2 toes, turned into unconcontrolled neuropathy, turned into several other things. (Of course they didn't 'turn into' any of those other things but they certainly caused them to come raging to the forefront uncontrolled).

PLEASE get this checked out. You honestly don't want this to come out raging as mine did. Help your doctor get a handle on it, and you'll be much more satisfied with his work. smilewinkgrin Honest.
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mrsm123
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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I called my GP and he wants to see me tomorrow. He was out of the office today and doesn't want me to see his NP ( nurse practioner), he wants to do the dirty deed himself.....LOL
My PM said that if the GP thinks that there might be any relationship between the fall and my lack of oxygen saturation that he will let the hitting the head thing slide, and let the GP take care of it, however if it is not related to the lack of oxygen sats , then he will order an MRI of my head too....and maybe a shrinking of my head so that I am not so top heavy.....he thinks he's funny....................
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony,
Actually , I finished all of the antibiotic, although I am guilty in the past of not doing so......and I even took the prednisone this time, despite the fact that it causes major problems with my blood sugar, so I usually avoid it like the plaque....this time I gave in and took all of it....
I have had infections return after stopping antibiotics before, so learned the hard way, like you, not to do that again......
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


anice
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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi, I am glad you are going to the Dr. for this. And maybe the MRI is a good thing too. Atleast you will have some peace as to what exactly happened that caused the fall. I understand he thinks he's funny. But, this isn't anything to laugh about. This definitely needs to be worked up. I am sure he meant the best by trying to be funny...

Anyway, please let us know what you find out tomorrow. Take care of yourself!!
Anice

White Beard
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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi
Please keep us posted! I do hope that you are alright! I am glad you are seeing your Doctor!
Good Luck to You

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


mrsm123
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   Posted 6/2/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
The verdict is in......moderate concussion......why I fell, they seem to feel is related to my spinal nerve damage. And I have pneumonia on top of it all....lucky me!
Antibiotics for another two weeks, along with regular nebulizer treatments.....and some more prednisone. My blood sugar is not going to be happy. :o(
Thanks guys for making me rethink my not getting seen. My GP is concerned that I still have a headache. He wants to see me in another few days to see how I am then. If it hasn't gone away by then, I will have to have an MRI to see if there is any damage to my brain.
Can you believe this? What a mess I managed to create for myself. My PM is not happy that I waited to be seen so long. He is afraid that I could have fractured my skull.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


PAlady
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   Posted 6/2/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandi,
I am SOOO glad you got seen! A "moderate" concussion is nothing to sneeze at. And pneumonia? Yikes, lady! Please take care of yourself!

I know you're trying and I also know about hating to go to another doctor or hospital. I'm having bunches of stuff checked out now because my insurance is running out; things I should have had done awhile ago but avoided. Now the month is packed with appointments and procedures! So I do understand your reluctance. But that was a hard fall you took, and I guess I still think the door's open as to the cause when you say you've got pneumonia....but hey, I'm not a doctor.

Seems like your hubby has a handle on how to guide you so I'm going to support his perspective and if he tells you to be seen please listen to him! yeah

Hugs to you! Take it easy!! smurf

PaLady

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   Posted 6/2/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to Chicago to see my son and his family i went to the dr.with dil and at the door stood a nurse in a mask and kept asking people do you have a fever or cough if so you can't come in well i did the next day coming home i felt sick sure enough i never thought i could throw up any more well i did went to the dr on the 3rd day i thought i had that flu going around well i started to get bad headace ,ears ,chest and ribs hurt i had a appointment with my allergy dr.and my breathing was only half i got a shot z pak , and new allergy meds  and i was so dizzy and a few times i had to hang on to things or i would pass out so now      2 bottles pencillin,z pak,shot iam no better put the breathing did get better .It's scary when something happens and you can't recall it  Hope you get to feel better soon Deb

skeye
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Sandi! You sure have a lot hitting you at once!! I'm glad you got your head checked out, though. I sure hope that your headache calms down and you don't have a fractured skull!!! Hopefully those new meds kick in fast too (and you are spared the "wrath of prednisone," as I like to call it).

Deb, sorry to hear that you've been sick too! Not fun at all! I hope you are feeling better!

Skeye

mrsm123
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 1228
   Posted 6/2/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi PA lady,
What the heck is a moderate concussion anyway? I thought that a concussion was a concussion....guess I should have asked the doctor that question , huh....LOL Well, at least my head is still attached. That must count for something??
I was hoping by now that you would have found some information about getting some reduced cost or free health insurance in Pennsylvania......what about all those ones they advertise on tv? Can you get one of those? I forget what the names of them are, but here in NY, they advertise these health care policies that anyone can purchase, with preexisting conditons and all are covered. Next time I see the commercial, I am going to write it down so that I can remember what it is called and maybe you might be eligible for something like that????
One never knows.
I am noticing that there are things that I can't remember.....it's weird, I go to say something and forget the name of what it is, or can't recall the word for something......I think that I might mention that to the doctor when I see him again and see if it is related to my head.....trying not to worry myself...
He said that he can hear the fluid in my lungs, so the antibiotics need to be kept up for at least two more weeks and if that doesn't work, IV antibiotics instead....they better find a way to do home antibiotic therapy because I don't do hospitals if I can possibly avoid it.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


mrsm123
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 1228
   Posted 6/2/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Deb. I'm sorry that you were so sick, although it sounds like you still are pretty sick yourself at the moment. Take care of yourself and get some rest. I'm pretty sure that you must still be feeling pretty badly.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.

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