The Saga continues! I posponed my eye surgery!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my dear friends and family, I had a rude awakening this morning! As usual, I was up most of the night, woke at 3:00am w/ mucho pain and couldn't get back to sleep so got up and got the coffee/espresso mixture brewing! I'm sure lots of Y'all know about that program!

At around 7:15am I started getting tired so went back to bed just as my sweetheart was getting up, even w/ 3/4 of a pot of very strong black java I can still go back to sleep> I'm amune to the stuff! Then at 8:05am my cell phone rang, it was the hospital telling me I had to pay $500.00 today in order to have my surgery on Weds!!! $500.00 for what?? Your insurance deductable hasn't been met yet! Huh? Oh yea, I switched to my wife's insurance last Aug. so the two major surgeries I had along w/ countless Dr. visits and procedures were on the old Ins!!!!

So lets think about this for a minute as I wipe the sleep out of my horror show eye! I'm going to pay a $500.00 deductable thats only good untill Dec.31st and then start paying another $5oo.00 again for 2010?>>> Not gonna happen!!! So Lets just move it to next year, makes sense? But then I hear a voice from the peanut gallery in the other room>>>>> You can't have a eye surgery when the boys are home, I won't allow it!!!

She's 100% right, my boys don't deserve that! So we resceduled for the 13th!! So I'll just have to wait! Then later the Dr's office called, the Doc wants to do it the first week of the new year. I lied, I can't I'm going out of state and already bought the plane tickets and they are non changable!!! OK, it will have to be the 13th then! Good! Onward and upward! So then my next plan is to go into town for a Dr. apt. to have my now every 3 week testosterone shot at 10:15am!!

Get there and there are so many old folks there that all the parking spaces were taken! Park on the street and go sit for an hour just to get a ding~dang shot! Oh, I'm not going to forget this time!!! The Uro told me there was a good Dr. he knew that I should go to to be my new G/P, he told me about him the first time I went there and asked if he knew someone because I needed someone badly!!

Well since I was only seeing the nurse, I asked her if she could ask the good doc? She did and gave the Docs name to the girl at the desk and asked if she would call. This Doc is not taking new patients but maybe if the patient's name was given by a Dr. friend, they would make an exception???

So she called and they said they would call me back after checking w/ the doc. I told the girl that it was kind of urgent because I was running very low on my perscriptions!!! Actually, I started taking a half dose of Effecsor last week to make it last till I found a new Doc!!! BAD TIME to be cutting back on Effecsor w/ all the stress right now!!!

She was a really nice girl from Neew England, couldn't miss the accent!!! She started calling other Docs and finally found one who agreed to see me at 1:30pm!!! GREAT!!! So I went and did some much needed Christmas shopping, (hadn't started yet!) Then headed over at 1:00pm to write the book all new Dr's want you to write and w/ people lioke us, there is sure a lot to write!!!!!!

Nice Guy from India> Dr. Kahn!!! Asked me a bunch of questions and told me he wants blood work done and for me to get a colonoscopy!! Yes, I'm way overdue!! OK Doc, then explained about the deductable and eye surgery and I promiss I'll get one after my eye procedure! OK he said!

Then he asked if there was anything else?? Well there is this thing on my Accilles Heal, this lump I have that hurts like crazy and keeps getting bigger! I showed him and like all docs do, he pushed it real hard w/ his thumb! I screamned OUCH and he said, "You have a ruptured Accilles tendin!!! You MUST get this MRI'ed right away!!!

GEEZE LOUWEZE!!! Does it ever end??? No No No, Not untill after the eye deal next year! I've lived w/ the pain so far and besides compared to my back pain, it ain't nothin but a thang!!! You could do further damage Pete! I'll pamper it Doc, I promiss! Oh boy here we go again!

The other Doc, my Uro wants me to see never called back!!! Oh well, I liked Dr. Kahn, a straight shooter and he did write all my scripts except the narcotics and he has a good friend who is a pain Doc he is refering me to, OK next year! !!

OK, I think thats enough wine before dinner< Sorry Y'all! I'm just falling apart! The crazy thing is, remember when I fell in that hole at work last summer??? My neck hurt so bad, I didn't notice all the othert pains till later on like my right knee that got destroyed in that hole. This is on the right ankle and thats the only thing I can think of when I could have hurt it. It was shortly after then that the bump started growing! I thought it was a syste or something and my old nit~wit doc did too! This new Doc sad he just treated a man w/ the same thing only his wasn't as big as mine! He had to have it surgically fixed! Oh Crap!

OK, this time I mean it, Stick a Big Fork in me!!! I'm really done this time!!!

Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter of " Oh the Humanity" or >> YIKES there goes Pete again!!!

Much love and Big Hugz from Deep in the Heart of Dixie!!!


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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry Pete. Sounds like an awful day, except for getting the Christmas Shopping done. I hope that things smooth out soon.
Seems like I am having a year like yours has been and so far, it ain't going good........
Hang in there, and you can get the MRI done before the new year you know, then you would have to make the appointment with the Ortho anyway.
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I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
What a mess. Not just you, but the whole insurance situation too. Let's spare the big fork for the Christmas Goose, sounds like your tush is already well done! Can't you get someone to give you some Effexor samples. You know the half pill thing is like treading on thin ice. With all the stress of the surgery and holidays, the last thing you need is a depressive break thru. Ask all your nurses, you would be surprises to see where they sample. I am sure you PM or PCP have samples. Promise that you will check arround.

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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
aye Pete, it never ends, huh? I can understand the deductible thing. My insurance plan started over in December & I didn't realize (since I'm under my parents' insurance) and boy was I in for a shock when I went to the pharmacy. Hopefully the delay of your procedures works out for the best. Enjoy the time you have with your boys!


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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it must be contagious - so many of us on this site having more and more problems! Don't get me started on insurance!

But please don't put that eye off any longer than the 13th, and if it gets worse even with your sons home GO GET IT DONE! This isn't something to fool with, as you should know. you think you might slow down a bit now????? LOL

Oh, as far as effexor, the docs won't have samples anymore because there's a newer version. But the lower doses (depending on your dose - I take the 150ER, which isn't available in generic yet) are available as generics and you might be able to buy a few tablets to tide you over - even if you took a couple of lower dose ones to equal the dose you were taking. The instant release ones are pretty cheap, but you just need to take them more often. It's better than nothing or a lowered dose!

Take care! No more pulling Pete's!!!



Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Well more bad news since I got home tonight! My Mom had to have one of her cats put to sleep today. It was horrably sick and she found out it had diabetes. Her two cats were brothers from the same litter. She named them Ruthie & Charley after her parrents even though they were both boys. Thats my Mom! She said Ruthie looked like a girl so whats the difference?

Then I found out that Mom's moving company is bringing all her furniture and belongings tomorrow and the electric will not be turned on in her new home yet and the final inspection isn't even done yet. The salesman promissed it would be done but ya know how that goes! Mom told me that had told me the movers were coming but she really didn't. Thats OK Mom, I will not even make it to 82!! we'll make it work!

Then my other brother, the older one who lives in Ft. Meyers is driving her up here tomorrow after the movers are through so the cat can go in. It's cold here, suposed to be 30 tonight! I know thats nothing for some of you but it's cold for here! They can stay here in my house but the poor cat Charley will have to stay in the cold house (elec. heat)because of my birds and dog.

I told her I'd go sleep w/ Charley, he likes me!! Mom has a cold to boot! First one this year. Christmas shopping w/ people's germs and all her stress beating her down = a cold. I'm glad it's not the flu!! Then my Bro Johnny finally e-mailed me, is coming (driving) from New Orleans Weds W/O his wife!!! Trouble in parradice!! I knew she didn't like me but Christmas?? Mom says she doesn't like her either. There's always one in the extended family, ya know?

All for now, keeping my head held high and taking one thing at a time. Grandma always said>>> " This too shall pass!"

Thanks for writing back guys! You always help me when things are getting tough!


PS> I got the scripts today so don't worry about me, not going to explode I hope!!

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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete Buddy! I must say, even with all your troubles, I love hearing about them! You have a wonderful flair, and quite an entertaining writing style! Simply a joy to read! It is never fun, receiving bad news from a Doctor on ones health, but, you seem to take it in stride rather well. We all could learn a lesson or two from your comical outlook. Please stay just the way you are! Here's good health to you my friend! Enjoy your Holiday!

Your little Buddy,


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/22/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dudesky!
Like I told White Beard, if I didn't have a little humor whats left? Just the pain and fear!! Anyway, it's a good little trick to get all Y'all to read all my whining> Right?

Right now I just feel so bad for my wife! It's like everyday I give her more bad news about her once strong and virile man, Merry Christmas Honey> Guesss what> I'm falling apart.

I still have soooooooo much to do around here but ya know, I'm not gonna worry about it. If things don't get finished, Oh well! I did buy a bunch of yellow ribbons to put around the oak trees, there are about 6 of them out front along the fence & road for when the boys get here!

I looked for some big paper to make a welcome sign for Mom but couldn't find any. Maybe today before the movers get here!

I talked to my Bro Jumpin Johnny last night. He's driving here Weds. alone after a late night gig Tues. I feel really bad for him as his wife doesn't want to come here w/ him. It must be horrable to have a spouse that doesn't get along w/ your fam's!!! I'm so lucky!!! My Mom & Wife are like Mother & daughter or better yet> best friend! It was my wifes idea to have my Mom move up here on our property w/ us! She's my #1 Angel!!!

Anywho, I slep till 5:00am!! Thats like a record or something for me! Well, I was up till about 1:00am. My Giants won last night! They may make the playoffs after all!

Good Morning All> Hope Y'all have a GREAT day!!!!!
Pulverized Pete!

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   Posted 12/22/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete, maybe some of the paper used to cover tables at events. I think it comes in rolls so you would probably have left overs.

Did the doc say what the recovery time is for the ankle surgery?

Sorry you got so much on your plate right now, Pete. Enjoy some good times with your family then worry about it. I'll be thinking about you!!
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 12/22/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow pete!!! Sounds like you have had a horrible time! Like you I too have been dealing with a body that seems to me to be falling apart!! Not only am I dealing with a bad back and pain constantly in the legs but now it looks like I will be off to surgery around the 5th of January! Another month of healing and crutches???? Wanna tell me how in the heck I am suppose to handle crutches when my back can't handle them??

Argggg!!! Anyway hope you feel better soon.


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Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 

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   Posted 12/22/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Just one more week till your boys are home! that's something for you to look forward too...wish them well for me...
Try warm compress on that eye, they might help...I'm supposed to do those several times a day, but I don't have the time...
30's is cold for Florida, burr...and don't send it over here..geezee...not unless you got plenty of hot chocolate...hehehe...
Take care...
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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   

I can understand you wanting to postpone the surgery, I would do the same if I was you, but be careful, and don't you dare put it off any more. You know as well as I do that we don't really know what it is that is growing in your eye, and time can really make a difference if it is growing fast! So enjoy your Christmas and New Years and the company of your brothers and your sons, but don't over do it and take it easy on yourself and on the 13th you better be getting that eye taken care of, you know how important it can be!

Take care my friend! and Merrry Christmas to YOU!

White Beard

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/23/2009 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
WB, I promiss I'll be in Tampa on the 13th having my eye fixed!!! I'm more worried about it than I'm letting on to those close to me. I wish I could have it done today like originally planned but this Homecoming of my sons after a year apart is just too important to my family to have the whole holliday "all about Pete the invallid"!! If I had to wear a patch on my eye w/ stitches in it and be miserable, I wouldn't be able to drive or take my boys out fishin and manatee/wildlife watching and that would really suck! They are so looking forward to that. Their close cousin, my God son (Navy / Marine Corman> Medic / Irak war vet) will be coming up to join us for at least one day of fishing! Just like when they we used to when they were all growing up together!!! They haven't seen him in two years! As always, thanks for caring Master> This grasshopper will do as you say! Then one day may snatch the pebble from your hand!!!

Jag, Mom made it here last night right after dark after a day of stress. My older goofball brother broke his foot (dropped something on it!) and couldn't drive her here so she drove herself!!! I couldn't go get here as I had to be here when the movers brought her stuff here. She is a stuborn old turkey and was already on her way here when I got the news she was driving!

This was after the movers got all her things and she couldn't find her cat!!! She called crying and said, "I can't lose another cat, he's all I have left! She had the whole neiborhood looking for him and then thought it might have got in the back of the moving van!!! She was frantic, all she needed after having to put her other cat to sleep! She finally found him still in the house under a chair she had looked under 5 times already! He's a real fantum that Charley!! But Thank God she made it here and I fed her a good dinner and put her to bed w/ Charley in our spare bedroom! Charley and Rose (my dog) got along just fine together after Rose got pinned in the nose once! I put the two birda (Angie & Ponyboy in the other bedroom and closed the door away from Charley!! The Doc didn't mention how long the recovery would be for my ankle. To early to say w/o an MRI I guess. Thanks for posting Jag!!! Your the BEST!!!

Chart, Hot Chocolate??? Yea now thats a great idea!! To hell w/ the waisteline it's time to be Jolly!!! I think I'll get some for when the boys come. Maybe I'll give it to them before the beers start flowing!!! You know how sailors can be!! Everyone is sleeping but the pain in my back had me up at 3:00am so here I sit in the dark pecking away at this keyboard by flashlight thinking about how lucky I am to have friends like you Chart!!! Thank you so much for thinking about me w/ all you are going through right now!! Your a Saint!!

Scarred, Your are another who takes the time to write to me when you are going through so much!!! I can't thank you enough! I'm so so sorry I haven't been keeping up w/ your posts> I'm an awful person! I know you were going back home from your Moms, did you get home safe? I've been crazy busy but thats no excuse for not writing to you Lil Sis! I'm sorry!! After the hollidays, I'll try to get back on track and post to all the HW members of our lil family!! Promiss!! You are one of my Special Angels and I care alot about you!!! You are in my prayers.

Well, I may go back and try to get some sleep. This is going to be a long day, the first of many and I have way too much to do to be napping this afternoon! So I'll catch Y'all later and Big Thanks to all of YUZE!!!!

Your Southern / Northern mutant Buddy,
PS> i HAVE TO GO OUT AS SOON AS THE SUN COMES UP AND DIG A GRAVE IN MOM'S YARD (opps, sorry about the cap locks!) for her cat Ruthie. She brought her up here to be burried , it's been 2 days since she was put down and I have to get her in the ground ASAP!!!!!!

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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Pete, sorry to hear of your ongoing problems with your body. An eye is always scary, sight is such an important sense, fingers crossed for you that everything works out ok.

As for the archilles, a friend of mine wore one of those boots to fix his after he injured it and did nothing about it, it was too late for surgery. It took time but eventually healed so you may be lucky.

These bodies of ours, one thing seems to just compound into the next at times. Please rest over Christmas, enjoy your sons, enjoy your wife, enjoy your Mum and her cat and enjoy that fabulously wonderful loving family of yours, best wishes, golitho

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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Your post is just too funny. I could see your mom driving with one cat, plus another dead cat in a box. Better hurry and get that cat in the ground. It's gonna get stinky unless she was keeping it in her freezer?
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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