Connie (Hep93) - Surgery status?

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JohnCT
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   Posted 5/31/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,

Your surgery was scheduled for the 29th and I trust it went well. You know how many of us were thinking of you and praying for your quick recovery. Let us know how you are doing as soon as you're back up and on line.

Things are well here and we're all anxious to hear how you are.

Be well, John
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   Posted 5/31/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,

I too along with everyone else are thinking of you and praying for you. Just us on update when you are able.


Lot's of thoughts and prayers............
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1Shelly1
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   Posted 5/31/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie, wishing you a speedy recovery and as always I am looking forward to your next post. We love you!
 Shelly
 

“Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

 


Caregiverx3<3
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   Posted 5/31/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Connie,
I sure hope all went well with your surgery and that you will be feeling much better really soon.

Carol
 


frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 6/1/2008 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you a quick recovery and that you will be back to your normal routine in short time.

Lucy

hep93
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   Posted 6/2/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!  They are very much appreciated.  I had the 2nd incisional hernia repair the morning of Thurs., May 29th, and was discharged yesterday on Sun., June 1st.  The surgery went well, but I'm in considerable pain, despite Percocet.  The surgeon had warned me of this, and he was right.  He cut me both horizontally and vertically, rather than just vertically like last time.  This was to accommodate the large piece of mesh used.  I believe it also overlapped.  I am eating very little as I just don't have an appetite, and also feel nauseated from the Percocet.  I'm drinking Slim Fast and eating sugar-free pudding.  I tried to get online last night, but had problems with my modem and couldn't access the Net.  After an hour on hold today, I was finally able to have the thing fixed.

The surgeon had said I probably wouldn't have a drain, but I do.  It's the suction evacuator type and it's a real nuisance, as the tubing is wound around my belly and taped to it.  I believe they want to see me back in follow-up later this week, but since nothing fits me with this drain, I don't know how it's going to be possible.  I'm able to just wear a blouse at home.  I will call tomorrow and discuss this.

I need someone to go to the bank for me and also to drop off my rent check at the apt. office tomorrow.  I'm trying to reach my neighbor/helper for assistance with this.

Thanks again for all the messages!

Hugs,

Connie


Post Edited (hep93) : 6/2/2008 8:14:07 PM (GMT-6)


hep93
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   Posted 6/2/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Dan.  I learned a lot during my 15 years as a medical transcriptionist.  ;)  I'm feeling about the same...trying to get down some chicken rice soup.  I did have my neighbor stop by to pick up my rent check, which she will take to the office for me tomorrow.

Hugs,

Connie


Caregiverx3<3
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   Posted 6/2/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,
So glad everything went well and you are back home.
It's good to hear from you again. How are your cats handling it?

Carol
 


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   Posted 6/2/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
nono  Hey Connie, I hear you had surgery and I do hope that things went well for you.I will lift you in prayer.I haven't been on the forum lately, been struggling with this drinking. For the most part is being honest about my deal and I confuse I had a drink during the holiday. I hurt so inside after I had done it. My spirit and inner mind beat me up something trouble,and I am again 8days clean. I really miss talk with you guys. Keep me in your prayers. Let me know how you are doing.

hep93
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   Posted 6/2/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Carol, the cats aren't doing well with me not being able to lift them up to the bed...especially my big male cat.  He has been howling something awful.  All I can do is to squirt him with water or swat him with a rolled up newspaper and tell him NO!  Eventually, he will find someplace to lie down and be quiet.  I put a folded up throw on the floor for him, but he's not using it.  My female is spending most of her time in her bed.
 
Marketa, I'm so sorry that you gave in to temptation and drank over the holiday weekend.  But don't beat yourself up over it.  I admire your honesty.  Forgive yourself and start over.  Just try to remember that you are literally killing your liver cells (and brain cells!) every time you drink.  Get back to meetings and get a sponsor!
 
Hugs,
Connie

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie

So glad that your surgery went well and that you are back home again. I have heard the surgery is very painful but hopefully it will start to ease up some. Sounds like you have a wonderful neighbor that you can depend on if you need them. The little things can be such a hassle when you can't get around very well. Keep us posted on your progress and I am so glad that you are back with us.

Lucy

JohnCT
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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,

It's good to have you back on-line. I hope that your recuperation is quick and good.

Tell the cats not to be such whiners - they have reputations to uphold. You can't be majestic and aloof while whining.

Keep us up to date on your status. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Be well, John
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hep93
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   Posted 6/4/2008 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   

"Tell the cats not to be such whiners - they have reputations to uphold. You can't be majestic and aloof while whining."

John, thanks for the smile.  I needed one.  Big hugs.

Lucy, thank you for the thoughts.  Hopefully, I'll be a little better each day, but progress is slow and I'm not a patient person.  I'll be a lot happier when I can get rid of the drain.


1Shelly1
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   Posted 6/4/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie, I am so happy that your surgery went well and you are recovering now. I understand about he drain.........I had one a few years ago too after surgery. They are more than irritating to say the least. It was such a relief to have it pulled. I wish you well and know that I am thinking of you and praying for your speedy recovery.

 Shelly
 

“Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

 


hep93
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Shelly, it's good to hear from you!  Hope you are slowly healing from the loss of your brother. 

The nylon tape they used to tape the tubing to my belly caused huge blisters which broke and ran.  The tape came off and the sore spots are raw.  I am trying to keep them dry and covered with Neosporin, which seems to be helping them heal.  Needless to say, those spots are very sore, along with the post-op pain.  The external tubing is about 5 ft. long!  It is leaking at the insertion site, so I covered it with a Band-Aid.  Otherwise, I stuffed the tubing and suction evacuator in my panties.  I found a summer dress in my closet that is loose and goes over my head, so it will work for going out.  My neighbor took me to the bank today and then home, after which she took my shopping list to the grocery store and did that for me.  She got some things wrong, but at least I have a lot of fresh fruit and cat food.  Don't anyone think that this neighbor/friend is helping me out of the goodness of her heart.  I'm paying her.  I also pay another neighbor to clean for me once a week or so.  With the price of everything rising, I can't really afford it....but I need the help.  As far as I know, Medicare doesn't pay for those types of services.  I really miss my former helper, as she would do anything I needed her to do, and she knew exactly what I wanted at the grocery store.  However, she got a full time job in a doc's office and is a single mom to two young children, so she is unable to help me now.

I just hope that the drain will hold up until my appt. next Tues., at which time I'm praying it can be removed.
 
Does anyone know if a person receiving SSI can get Medicare, or are they only on Medicaid?  My daughter had been trying to get SSI for a long time, and was finally approved.  She is 45.  She already has Medicaid because she has a minor child and qualifies financially, but she is limited in the doctors she can see under Medicaid.
 
Hugs to all,
Connie

UPDATE:  06/05, Thurs. night

Well, it became obvious to me by this morning that the drain had stopped working.  The tubing appeared to be obstructed by coagulated blood, and all the fluid was coming out of the insertion site (hole) and none in the collection cup...a really messy situation.  So I was able to have my neighbor drop me off at the Mayo Hospital ED on her way to see her sister.  Since the hospital is brand-new and not many people are aware of it--plus they only take certain types of insurance, no HMOs or Medicaid as a primary insurance--I only had one person ahead of me, about a 20 min. wait.  The physician there, after consulting with my surgeon, went ahead and pulled the drain.  They then replaced it with an ostomy bag.  However, there has been no fluid collected in it at all.  I hope my body will absorb the liquid in my belly and that I won't end up with a big problem with ascites or infection.  I noticed last night as I was sitting here that my feet were swelling, but they are normal now.  I will say that this set-up is a lot more comfortable, although the incision sites are still very sore.  I wasn't able to reach anyone to come pick me up when I was done at Mayo, so I had to take a very expensive cab home.  I had something to eat and went to sleep for several hours, so am feeling much better now.  Also, I am using a tall laundry hamper angled against my bed and am able to get my cats up on it with a little push from the behind.  So they are very happy now that they can be up there and I'm not being driven crazy with yowling.

Connie

Post Edited (hep93) : 6/5/2008 9:29:56 PM (GMT-6)


hep93
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   Posted 6/9/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Since I've had the drain out (since last Thurs. afternoon), my midriff has filled up with fluid.  The drainage hole closed up and there is nowhere for the fluid to go.  You cannot even tell that I had the hernia surgery, as I am so puffed up with fluid in the place where the hernia was.  I will be seeing the surgeon and his P.A. tomorrow at 11:30 AM.  It's possible they will admit me to have the tube reinserted (or do it as short-stay.  Not sure if they would do it in the ER.)  I know they are very cautious about infection with me.  So if I'm MIA tomorrow night, I'm probably inpatient.  Otherwise, I'll post and let everyone know what happened at my exam.

Hugs,

Connie


Caregiverx3<3
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   Posted 6/9/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,
Sorry you're having such a problem. Hope all goes well tomorrow.

Carol
 


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow Connie. I sure hope they don't keep you.

Thoughts and prayers........
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hep93
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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Carol and PinkGrandma!  You know, nothing is ever simple with me.  I can't just go in and have a surgery and heal from it like normal people do!  about an hour ago, I felt the binder was wet.  I guess my middle just filled up so much with fluid it finally forced the hole open again and the fluid is now draining.  I haven't put on another ostomy bag--am just using pantyliners taped to it.  I'll see how it does during the night.

Hugs,

Connie



Pink Grandma
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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie, I hear you about nothing ever being so simple with you. It seems like it is the same with me. I am glad that it's draining again.

Take care........
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 6/10/2008 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie

I am so sorry that you are having such complications. You are so right that "nothing is ever simple" when it comes to the health care. I just saw your update on the medicare question. Your daughter can qualify for medicare if she is deemed disabled regardless of age if she has worked previously. If she has never worked but is qualified disabled she will get medicaid until her retirement age. That is the way I have understood the process. Hope that helps. Hope the drainage continues without any problems.

Lucy

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie

Hope you've been to the Dr. by now and are doing better. I am so greatful I have good neighbors. I'm sure they would help in any way if I need them without expecting anything in return. The last time we went to Mayo in Arizona one of my eldery neighbors insisted on giving us 100.dollars. She said don't Just go to the Dr.s go out and have a nice dinner.another friend also did the same. Of course my husband goes over to help them any time they need some kind of work done that they can't do . They are both elderly ,widowed and don't have family close by.So they depend on him and he does't mind at all. I'd be out there helping if I could. But sometimes I feel worthless. Take care connie and let us know how you progress my prayers will have to do. june

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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, All!  First of all, Lucy, my daughter has not worked enough in her life to qualify for regular SS disability--thus the SSI.  So she will only get Medicaid, then.  It's a problem, as so few doctors accept it anymore.

Well, I had to switch to an ostomy bag last night, I was draining so much (a good thing.)  That kept up until this afternoon and now it has slowed down to a few drops, though there's still a lot of fluid in my midriff.  I got a call at 8:30 this AM from the P.A.'s office, wanting me to come in at 10 for a CT scan (my f/u appt. was at 11:30.)  Well, I take the van for the handicapped, and cannot change things last-minute like that.  They should know that by now.  So I told them that, and that I would be there at 11:30.

My surgeon was tied up doing a transplant, so I didn't see him.  The P.A. examined me and increased my Lasix and Aldactone.  I have to go back tomorrow for a CT scan.  I noticed I had lost 1/2 lb. since my pre-op appt., probably in fluid.  Glad I haven't gained weight.  I would really like to lose a few more lbs.

I found out last night that my neighbor who takes me grocery shopping, and carries my groceries up the stairs, is moving next month.  I can shop by myself, but will have to take a cab home.  The cab drivers usually refuse to carry the groceries up.  I could do it myself, prior to all this surgery, by making a bunch of trips up and down, but now I can't do it at all.  I just don't know who I can ask to do this.  Most of my neighbors aren't able to climb stairs.  I have applications in at two Senior complexes at the Beach, but there is at least a year's wait.  My neighbor is moving to one of them, and she has been on the waiting list for a year.  Those complexes have elevators.  So it's just a matter of getting by here for another year.

June, you are fortunate to have good neighbors.  The problem here is that there is such a turnover of tenants in this complex.  The first 5 years I lived here, there was a pretty stable population.  However, as time went by, some of them moved to nursing homes and others died or moved elsewhere.  The ones I know that will be left, after my neighbor/friend moves, are really not able to help me.

At least the incision is healing well, so if we can get the fluid problem under control, all will be okay.  Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers, and general concern.

Hugs,

Connie


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   Posted 6/10/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie
 
After reading your post I feel so bad for complaining about anything.  If I was there I would carry your groceries up the stairs for you.  And I would definitely drive you to the Dr. or anywhere else you needed to go.  It just seems there should be more out there for help.  You would know about it if there was I'm sure.  I'm glad you are healing that is something positive.  You amaze me.  Hang in there and I will pray for a good neighbor for you.
 
JoAnn

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   Posted 6/10/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
We all will Connie, And also a faster waiting period for that apt complex with the elevators than a year.

(((HUGS))))
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