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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/9/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Skeye,
 
     Just a quick note to say "Good Luck!!" on your permanent implant surgery today! I hope everything goes as planned. More so I hope you are pleased with the results! So, pop in and give an update when you can.
 
**~~Get Well Soon Skeye~~**
 
*hugg*
   dani
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
 
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MsBunky
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   Posted 7/9/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Skeye!!!! Thinking of you, sending good thoughts....lots and lots of them!!

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, 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


tmjpain
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   Posted 7/9/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck skeye. I hope your surgery goes well and you heal quickly. Prayers are being sent your way.

Love
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since 2000.
 
           


antbuggey
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   Posted 7/9/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck skeye.....we are sending prayers your way!

Hugs,
Beckey

PAlady
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   Posted 7/9/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
Definitely let us know when you feel up to it how things went & are going. I sure hope the antibiotic is taking care of that infection.

I'm going to wait until we hear that you had the permanent implant in before I start cheering too loudly! I know there's a possibility that they just removed the trial stim today and may schedule the permanent implant for another time. But at least you're well on your way to the improvement you've been searching for!

Hugs,

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/9/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah lots of well wishes on this Skeye....
Prayers and hugz and take it easy...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Skeye)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
thanks for posting this Dani....
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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butterflyrose
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Payers and my thoungt with you today. I hope you every thing goes wellm for you (((((skeye))))))))
C-5& C-6 disk herniated on to spinal cord, nerve damage both feet, L-4, L-5, S-1, C-4, C-5, Fibromyalgia, Ostero arthritis in both hands,bursitis in both hips,bone spurs in back and wrist, carpal tunnel both wrist,neurofibromatosis, tumors, bi-polar and more
 
norco 7.5, baclofen, for pain, can't take anti-imflamatory, and a ton more for other medical issues.
 
way to many surgery to list!!!


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thinkin & prayin for you Skeye!!! I just know evrything is going to work out GREAT!!!
Big Bro,
Pete
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!


edt
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   Posted 7/9/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Skeye,
Sending thoughts, prayers AND Healing Angels your way!!!
XXOO
Patti

skeye
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   Posted 7/9/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Thank you all so much for the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. Your posts touched my heart.

I just got home from the hospital. It's 9:30 pm here & we left for the hospital at 8:30 am this morning, so it has been a long day. I'll keep this brief because I'm feeling really lousy -- lot of pain & nausea -- but I did want to let you all know that they did go ahead with the permanent implant & everything went well. I'm now officially bionic, or as I like to call it, Borg (<---- huge Star Trek fan/geek).

I'll post more tomorrow.

hugs to all,
Skeye

MIKEL99
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   Posted 7/9/2010 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Skeye congrats ! I'm really happy for you , its great things went well , I hope it continues and you recover fast and completely ! Hey since your Borg now how about getting me a date with '' seven of nine ''? LOL Feel Better Soon ! Mikel

PAlady
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   Posted 7/10/2010 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye (AKA 7 of 9),
I'm so glad all went well! More than anything, I'm glad that the trial gave you some relief - enough for you to decide on the permanent implant. And now it's all behind you, thankfully!

And we at the forum have an official member of the Enterprise crew aboard! :-)

Hugs,

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning my little Borg friend! I hope the effects of the implant wear off soon and you get the relief you need so badly! I'm sure you will once the tramitized areas heal!! I'm so happy for You!
Big Bro,
Pete
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!


bluejet2
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   Posted 7/10/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skeye:
 
You have persevered through so much pain for so long, and I am so happy that you are finally going to get some relief!
 
Lorie

skeye
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   Posted 7/10/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

I'm doing better today than yesterday, but not great. I'm having a lot more surgical pain than I expected. I can barely turn my neck & use my shoulder. At least I'm not nearly as nauseous today as I was yesterday. That's always the worst feeling. I think that they were debating keeping me in the hospital overnight because I was feeling so rotten & my liver enzyme abnormalities (which cause me to not be able to metabolize most medications well) made it really hard to get my pain & nausea under control. It took 4 shots of dilaudid, one of fentanyl, a steroid, and 2 shots of reglan & zofran for nausea, before they were finally able to get my pain & nausea under control enough that they let me go around 7:30 pm last night (we had a 1 1/2 - 2 hr drive home, so they had to make sure that I could make the car ride). The surgeon did tell me that I should NOT work this week. That's probably a good thing, because at this point I don't even think I could drive because of the surgical pain.

This procedure took about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs, and they used general anesthesia. They replaced the trial electrodes with permanent ones, and then tunneled the wires under my skin behind my ear, down my neck, and into my chest, where they implanted a ~ 2 in long pacemaker ~ 2 in below my collar bone. I have a ~ 5 mm incision on the side of my face, in front of my ear, at the hairline, and another ~ 5 mm incision behind my ear & then what appears to be about a 2 in incision on my chest (I say "appears," because it is cover with a waterproof dressing, so I can't actually see the suture line).

They did reposition the lower electrode, as I had some questions about increasing coverage of the eye (the trial stim covered about 2/3 of the eye, but not the whole eye). As it turns out the lower (infraorbital) electrode wasn't positioned as high as the surgeon wanted it during the trial (it was more in my cheek than under my orbit). Now it sits right below the orbit & the other electrode (supraorbital) sit just above my orbit, about at the top of the eyebrow.

I have not turned on the stimulator yet. The Medtronics reps told me to give it a day or two before I turn it on & I'm perfectly happy with that, as moving around is really painful & I don't know that I'm up for figuring out all the new gadgets (they gave me this huge brief-case thing filled with gadgets - recharger, remote, etc). For now they just put the same programs in the stimulator as I had in the trial, but they will meet me at my next dr's appointment in about 10 days to reprogram the stimulator with more programs & settings. They did a bit of tweaking yesterday, but I was still pretty numb, which made it hard.

I am very excited to finally be able to shower again, although I don't think I'm going to tackle that until tomorrow! This was the worst week possible to not be able to shower (was in the 90's & 100's with high humidity all week).

Again, thank you all for your support throughout this journey. It was so nice to know that you were all here wishing me well.

hugs,
Skeye

Post Edited (skeye) : 7/10/2010 5:20:43 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 7/10/2010 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Little lady I hope you have the very best outcome possible. If anyone deserves it, its you Skeye. What you have endured, the struggles no one should ever have to deal with. You are our shining star, rather bionic star now, lol. Try to rest and get settled, whew you just keep blowing me away and everyone else on this forum. Lots and lots of gentle hugs and prayers coming your way kiddo.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


tmjpain
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   Posted 7/10/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW Skeye, I am so so happy for you. You so deserve this. I pray it is everything you expected and your life can return to more normalcy.
Take time for your body to heal and rest up lots. We will all be here waiting to get your updates.
Sweet dreams my friend.

hugs
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since 2000.
 
           


skeye
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   Posted 7/11/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing a lot better today. I'm still quite sore, but I can feel myself improving with each passing hour.

I turned on the stimulator for the first time last night. I do like the repositioning of the lower electrode, however, I think I need to have them tweak the range of the electrodes at my next appointment, because they are a little off where I'd like them to be. I know that it was hard for the Medtronics guys to properly adjust the electrodes' ranges right after the surgery, because I was still numb, so this is not all too unexpected.

Skeye

Blessedx8
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   Posted 7/12/2010 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye...

I'm so glad that you got your permanent implant... I hope your surgical pain decreases every day - you went through quite an ordeal (it was more detailed that I imagined it to be). Make sure to rest and take care of yourself... but I'm glad to see you are feeling a bit better each day. Keep us updated on how everything is going...

I'm happy for you - and hope this really, really helps you --
--Tina

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/12/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, I'll be hopeing this has a good outcome for you...
will be thinking of you....
((((((((((((((((Skeye))))))))))))))))))))))))
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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PAlady
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   Posted 7/12/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
It's so good to read that you're improving! yeah It sounds like the rep should be able to adjust the stim to make it more effective for you.

Finally, some success for you in the health arena to match all your other accomplishments!!! yeah

Here's to continued improvement - as you said, a little more with each hour! :-)

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually slept last night!!! I can't remember the last time that I got a decent night's sleep! I'm beyond happy! If the stimulator lets me get a decent night's sleep every night, then because of that alone, it was worth it!!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Skeye, I have tears of happiness in my eyes for you!

Hugs and Cheers - many Cheers!!!

PaLady

antbuggey
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye, oh....I am soooo happy for you!! Most "normal" people would not understand just how big of a deal a decent nights sleep really is!! Sending prayers that everything continues to improve for you!!

Take care of you!
Hugs,
Beckey

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/12/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
>>>>>>>!!!!!!!SKEYE!!!!!!!<<<<<<<!!!!!!!
SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!
BIG GIHUGICK HUGZZZZZ!!!
LOVE<
Pete
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