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QTKaren
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I fell again last night only this time I wasnt asleep.  I was wide awake and got dizzy when I got up and hit the floor with all my weightand didnt get a chance to put my arms out to brake my fall.  I hit on my chest on the left side and heard my ribs crack and felt a sering pain.  I managed to pull myself up since Jay didnt hear me so didnt come to help me.  It is so hard to get in and out of my bed and I have to take shallow breaths and move slowly.
 
I woke Jay when he got up at 5am and told him and he just said bummer and went to work.  So Im home by myself contemplating what to do next.  Im pretty sure I didnt punture anything since I can still breath.  I did this one before when I fell but had alot of bruising on my back where I hit and so went I got them checked out.  That time I hit a mini vac when I fell.  I think I will try taking a shower and if the pain gets too bad I will have to figure out how to get to a medical/trama place just a few blocks from here.
 
I have got stop falling!!! this is so much bull!!  what now Im going to have someone stay with me every minute.  I am prone to falling cause my right leg tends to drop and drags and now I have verigo also.  I am constantly tripping.  darn these strokes!!! I feel like a cripple!!  I am just so frustraited by all this.  I dont have control of my body, my hands shake all the time and I drop stuff.  I think part of this is the fibro since it is on both sides and I have left sided strokes.  I got this old vest i wear and it is thrashed form my cigarettes falling on it ( I know its not good to smoke but im working on it).  So now the question is do I even go to the hospital to have them say we cant do anything till you heal and waste all that time?  I have been extremely lucky and have just had a few mild concustions and lots of bruising when I fall.  Im waiting for a major brake or something.  I can deal with broken ribs and that I know for certain cause I heard them crack.
 
I do appretiate all the replys!! and I can feel the love and it warms me so.  Oh I havent had medicade call me because they already told me "sorry we dont cover that procedure" so without someone to say they will pay the hospital fee(and thats with the surgeon agreeing to do the surgery free!) its not going to happen.  I guess this surgey is complicaited and  lenghtly.  I used to worry about going into surgery and how it would come out and now I have to worry if I even can get the surgery before the vessel blows.  Its just not fair.  I have 4 beautiful grandkids that I need to be here to love them and care for them.  I have an elderly Mom that needs me and that with her being 78 years old I wonder how much time we have left and I dont need her worrying about me. Ok I ve gone to long again Chutzy I wont to tell you sorry for taking so much time in this forum,I know your limited with space and I promise to not take so much space.
 
Love and Hugs,
karen 
Karen
 
Mom of one gramma to 4 lover to One
 
Had another stroke 2/09 and it took my speach for the most part and dont know when it will coming back.  Had another stroke summer of 09, found out I have a block artery 80% blocked and waiting on Medicaid to do the surgery to hopfully save my life it was denied in winter of 09.  Still praying.
 
Fibromyalgia,IBS,Stroke x2,endometriosis,Diabetes type 2,neuropathic pain,nerve damage due to tailbone removel,nerve damage due to fractured back,deppresion,high blood pressure,severe nausea,atrophy,chronic pain,nerve damage due to botched bladder surgery,torn hip joint,hypoglycymic
 
Norco(double strength vicodin) 80 to 100 mg @ day
Ms Contin(morphine) 45 mg @ day,Lyrica 600mg @ day
Plavix(blood),Baclofen(muscle relaxer),Prilosec(acid blocker),Januvia(diabetes),Motrin,Meclizine(nausea)Prozac(deppresion)Melatonin(sleep) and thats all folksssssss(for now lol)
 
 
 


pugluv
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 5/5/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
ok I thought that I was having a bad day.  I am so sorry that you are having so many problems.  I forgot that in the states you have to get health insurance (in Canada we have health coverage).  I would go to the hospital if I were you. Its always better to be safe than sorry. 

fatherjohn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 999
   Posted 5/5/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the continuing problem with the falling. You say that it is very important that you are there to take care of your mother but without taking care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of her. There comes a point that money can't be the issue but you have to seek help. I would encourage you to set up a plan of action on how to use the resourses available to you and take the steps to get this addressed. As you say you want to be there for your family members, you can't do that while you are passed out on the floor. You are no doubt loved by you family and taking the correct care for yourself can be one of the best gifts you can give them. I know that from experience. Please don't take me as coming down on you, we all care for one another here and there I times when we need others to direct us in the steps that are needed because we tend to take care of ourselves last. I do hope that you are able to get some rest today. Blessings!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
QTKaren!....I have not even finished reading the post you wrote here....and wanted to tell you to go right away and get checked out Please!

I'm sorry, but shame on your husband! Shame! Uncalled for! Shame!

OK, I will now go back and read the rest of it...but I feel for you, and I could almost feel the pain as you hit the floor!

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 5/5/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, said some prayers for you last night and sure hope that didn't make you falll...my bad if it did...
you know I'm jokin, but was for real about saying the prayers...gosh...a rib belt helped me with my cracked ribs
but don't wear it all the time...get a few of those full body pillows and have them side by side right up next to your
bed at night might help should you fall again, but I'll be hoping you get better...
So a rib belt and body pillows by your bed is the best I can offer ...
HUGZ and Prayer too...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Karen)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
hugz...so very sorry this is happening to you, gosh...I wish I had more wisdom to give better advise,
please know we care...
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MsBunky
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I am so sorry you've fallen again, but thankful you haven't hurt yourself even worse than you did. I agree, I think you should go get yourself checked out, just to be safe. I would also recommend that you start using a walker in your house, or a cane with the 4 feet on the bottom for support. You need the extra support to be safe in your house and if a cane or walker helps prevent a fall, then it's worth it.

I am sorry medicaid won't pay for this surgery for you, and I'm even more sorry that your husband reacted the way he did. Do you get any support from him at all with your health?

I will keep you in my prayers....

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


kimber9807
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 492
   Posted 5/5/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I am sorry to hear about your recent fall. I agree you should go to the dr or the er to get checked out . I agree with Bunky do you have or could you ask your dr to prescribe you a script for a walker . It might help with your falls. I can sympathize I fall alot too. (((((((hugs)))))) I hope your pain lessens soon.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis , spinal blockage ,gerd,gastric ulcer (2008), pernicous anemia , folic acid anemia and gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: Ambien, prilosec otc,  ibuprofren,Ultracet, folic acid , b12 injections, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added : folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 5/5/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I'm so>so>so sorry for what has happened to you! Please listen to what our Father John wrote to you! I agree w/ him 100%!!! Broken ribs can easilly turn into phnumonia and you sure don't need that too!!!! I'm putting you up on the top of my prayer list w/ our dear friend Chart! Please don't be afraid to get some help and get checked out!!! Broken ribs were one of the most painful of all of my injuries and led to phnumonia so I'm not just bs'ing about it!!!
Big Hugs and lots of love from all your H.W. Fam's!!!!
Pete

PAlady
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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I can only imagine how you must be feeling with everything happening to your body, but fatherjohn does have some solid advice. We don't want to see you keep falling and adding more injuries to the struggles you already have. I know it may be hard to acknowledge needing some assistance with things like a walker or at least a cane, but with your balance issues and your leg you're only going to injure yourself with more falls if you keep trying to do it all on your own.

I hope you go get those ribs checked out. Yes, they may be cracked or broken, but you want to make sure nothing punctures a lung, etc. Please talk to your husband and see if he can take you to the ER or your doc ASAP.

Oh, you made a comment to Chutz about forum space. The note Chutz left on your other thread was because someone else (a new member) had posted a long post which wasn't at all relevant to your thread. I e-mailed Chutz to point it out, because I didn't want your thread to slide off topic, since it's so difficult for you to post, and Chutz's comments were directed at this other person (it kind of looked like a bit of spam) not at you! You're not wasting forum space, that's for sure!

Hugs,

PaLady

tmjpain
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   Posted 5/6/2010 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
pugluv said...
ok I thought that I was having a bad day.  I am so sorry that you are having so many problems.  I forgot that in the states you have to get health insurance (in Canada we have health coverage).  I would go to the hospital if I were you. Its always better to be safe than sorry. 
 
where do you live in ontario pugluv?
i am in ottawa?

   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


tmjpain
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 2022
   Posted 5/6/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I am so sorry for what you are going thru. Please do see your doctor or go to emerg. you definitely need xrays.
Please take care of yourself honey. You come first. Prayers are being sent your way.
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


QTKaren
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 605
   Posted 5/6/2010 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
`Oh my HW family! I would give you all hugs but it hurts too much right now. I did get to primary doc's office today. My mom had an appointment with him so I kinda highjacked her visit. They put me with his NP and I found out I cracked 4 ribs but they didnt puncture anything. So he got me a elastic sorta of cumberbund(sp) and that is helping. I also got a mondo dose of toradol and they upped my morphine by an extra pill and put me on flexeral to go with the baclofen I already take and told me it would be about 6 weeks till the ribs are healed. My doc is seeing me on Monday to check on me and I will get my reg refills then.

I gotta say its been nice to post. It takes me awhile but I need this right now and I dont take anything you guys tell me the wrong way. I have not takin care of me but always put family 1st. Sometimes it cant be avoided like tonight at 10:30 my mom called crying because my brother who is visiting from Kansas,got drunk and went to a local bar but not before he could manage to lock the bathroom door and my mom was frantic not knowing what she was going to do. She said she hated to bother me knowing how I was feeling tonight but didnt know who to call. I called her back and told her I would come and Jay got pissed when he heard what my brother had done and by the way he said he didnt mean to sound callus early this morning when I told him about falling and blew it off. Unfortunately he has become used to me takin care of the problems when it comes to me. I guess he was sorta right since I found a way to the doctors. We dont have a car so he couldnt have taken me. I was somewhat dissapointed that he seemed uncaring. My docs NP was shocked about how often I was falling at night. I need to be more careful about staying up too late or at least take some books to bed with me so Im not up walking around.

I do own a cane but its hard to grip it with my arms being weak. I have thought about trying to get a scooter at least so I can get around during the day. I tell you I dont know how I put so many miles on this body of mine. Whats that saying got to keep on keeping on? Lol you should have seen me walking with a shopping cart in a torential down pour moving stuff from my moms old house into her new one. It had started snowing so we had to take the uhaul back and there was still a bunch of stuff to move. I was soaked all the way to my armpits and all I wanted was for mom to unpak one box a day to help me but nada on that but we got through it. I also got stuck cleaning my moms house with my daughter and that incuded 3,000 pounds of trash out of the car port which my brother left there and moved to Kansas. You the picture of how worthless my lil brother is yet?

My mom told that I was her hero and that was it, I wanted to hug her for that. And sometimes I do get madd at her lol like today trying to get her showered and dressed for the medical transport to pick us up. I kept telling her to hurry up and she said dont worry they will wait for me,so there I stood in her doorway telling the lady I was sorry but what are you going to do when someone makes it to 78 years old and had a hard life. So when my mom called tonight needing help I cant tell her no. But beleive me my brothers going to hear from me!!!

And dont tell me about how you read about me and feel bad about talking about your troubles. I read about you all the time,some of you raising little kids and some with surgery after surgery. We all have problems in our lives and you are just as important as the next person. I felt for Mikel recouping from surgery and God knows Papa Petes had his knocks along the way(ouch on his eye!!)and Char and PaLady and oh so many that are hurting but still take the time to make others feel better(Im not going to cry Im not going to cry too late!!) I just want you all to know that I love you and Im here wishing you a better day.

Love and Hugs,
Karen
Karen
 
Mom of one gramma to 4 lover to One
 
Had another stroke 2/09 and it took my speach for the most part and dont know when it will coming back.  Had another stroke summer of 09, found out I have a block artery 80% blocked and waiting on Medicaid to do the surgery to hopfully save my life it was denied in winter of 09.  Still praying.
 
Fibromyalgia,IBS,Stroke x2,endometriosis,Diabetes type 2,neuropathic pain,nerve damage due to tailbone removel,nerve damage due to fractured back,deppresion,high blood pressure,severe nausea,atrophy,chronic pain,nerve damage due to botched bladder surgery,torn hip joint,hypoglycymic
 
Norco(double strength vicodin) 80 to 100 mg @ day
Ms Contin(morphine) 45 mg @ day,Lyrica 600mg @ day
Plavix(blood),Baclofen(muscle relaxer),Prilosec(acid blocker),Januvia(diabetes),Motrin,Meclizine(nausea)Prozac(deppresion)Melatonin(sleep) and thats all folksssssss(for now lol)
 
 
 


Tirzah
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 2280
   Posted 5/6/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I am so sorry for everything you're going through. Have you looked into Charity Care? Sometimes when a procedure isn't covered, doctors & hospitals will do the procedure for free or very cheap. Times are a little bit tight right now with donations to hospitals slightly down due to the economy, but many hospitals do offer charity care. I've found that the Catholic hospitals tend to be a little more generous.
A second option might be talking to a teaching hospital (if you can get to one). If your case is related to something they want to teach their students, you might be able to get free surgery.

In the meantime, I will say a prayer for you. I can't even imagine facing all those struggles & I think it is crazy that Medicare won't cover surgery that will prevent future strokes. I wish there was something I could do, but I do wish you the best & hope that you can get treated as soon as possible!

take care,
frances
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