I won't be home until Wed. because they keep me due to the c diff. but I will let you know how things go.
I will be lurking around until you get out..
Hope all the nurses won't wake you up to many times during the night to take your vitals... I always hated that. Plus they will never let you go out for a smoke either...
21 years old...Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel
The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...
Yes all my doctors lecture me. All four of them. I ended up in hospital last week with my bp through the roof. The cardiologist came down and told me when it gets that high it feels like a heart attack. He first statement was "Gonna quit now?" I said no my husband said yes. So he wrote the script for chantax. I took that 2 yrs ago and quit for 1 yr. Now I have to fill it again. costs 100.00 and insurance doesnt cover it...
Laurie & Amy,
You SMOKE!!!!!!!! What are you thinking????? Ok I won't lecture , I'm sure you hear it from everyone. Just want to say thank you for the prayers; I'm finally set in my mind that this is the best thing to do - laser - instead of open me up so that I can go into this with a positive attitude. I too pray that this will work and that I will be able to return to school in the fall.
I will let you know how things are when I get home .
Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers; I will let you know how things are when I return on Wednesday.
I got home today at about 2:00pm. According to the dr, the surgery is a success so far. That is, he was able to laser through the scar tissue. He put a jj stent in and feels it will stay open even after he takes it out in 6 weeks.
I will say that I am extremely uncomfortable, having continuous spasms as well as pain. Am taking ditropan and levsin for the spasms and vicodin for the pain. I haven't had the joy of a stent before so if any of you can give me some info as to how long the spasms last and how long the overall discomfort lasts I would appreciate any input. I have a lot of discomfort while urinating which I expected but also have a huge amount of discomfort when I have a bm which doesn't help seems I have frequent ones due to the colectomy and c diff, is this normal?
Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes; it's very comforting knowing that we are all here to support each other.
I am so glad to hear that everything went well. I wish I could give you some advice but all I can pass on is my best wishes. I know you must be so glad to have it over with and to be home. Get well soon!!!
Thanks for all the prayers. I don't know when I see the Dr again, I thought he said when I get the stent out in 6 weeks, but my paperwork from the hospital said 1 week. I have to call on Monday and ask.
I pretty much figured I'd have spasms the whole time because when I had stones removed before I would have spasms for 3-5 days following that procedure. I just didn't know they would be this strong. My Dr wasn't in when I called about my discomfort so the PA said I could take the ditropan every 6 hours instead of every 8 and he ordered flomax.
I am still very uncomfortable and will call to ask about the med that numbs the bladder. I will also discuss the removal of the stent with him; I'm not going to let him do anything barbaric although he is very well trained as he does a lot of robotic surgeries and trains other to do these; he also trained under the person who invented the percutaneous nephroscopy procedure.
I will keep you posted as to how things are going. Thank you for the continued prayers.
My shoulder didn't unfreeze so I had to have it manipulated under general anesthesia. It was so frozen that I couldn't even reach over to do the Pledge to the Flag with my class or brush my teeth with my right hand and I'm right handed.
After I had it manipulated I made great progress with it. It was a long and gruelling process though; from start to finish it was almost one year to the day. I was in therapy for 3 days a week and I have an extremely tough therapy group, they don't "baby" you at all and there were times when I just wanted to smack them but I didn't because I knew they were helping me .
I now have almost full range of motion and strength and contribute its success to my PT group.
I wish your husband the best, its a very painful surgery and takes a long time to heal but it is POSSIBLE .
Scar tissue was my biggest enemy also. When I had my manipulation, my therapist had me come over that afternoon to begin therapy. They did extensive therapy on me after the manip; they started slowly at first but quickly increased it. The worst thing that they did was I was using a pulley and they strapped a thick belt around their backside and my shoulder then they pulled down with their weight as my shoulder went up, this is what gave me the best range of motion. It was probably the most gruelling thing ever but it worked.
If your husband can find a pt group that will really work on him and not "baby" him then he should do fine; also make sure he does the exercises at home. Does he have a pulley at home, if not see if he can get one from the pt place; or the elastic bands are also very good to use.
Good luck tomorrow!!!
I feel for your husband ; I know just how it feels, but if he can get it loose then he can progress very quickly. I posted on the 12th about my stent; it is somewhat better now. I don't take as much pain medication but continue to take the spasm meds around the clock. I will be celebrating on the 11th when this THING is finally removed!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for asking and I will say a prayer for your husband,
I finally got the stent out Tuesday. Why didn't you tell me it was almost 12 inches long and had a ring on each end the size of a nickel? When he took it out it only took a few seconds but felt like he was pulling my insides out. He asked us to stay in the area overnight because we live 3 hours away in case there were any problems and he gave me his cell number. It was a good thing we stayed because I started with back pain a couple of hours later. His office was still open & they said that would be normal for a few hours so to just take some pain meds; I did that but continued with the back pain throughout the night. He ordered a ct scan for me and the dr that read the scan told him I had a blockage so he ordered surgery for Thursday to go up & put the stent back in. Well, let me tell you, I was ready to do just about ANYTHING to not have that stent put back in; I was going to pay him off, send him on vacation, ANYTHING!!!!! So, when I gave him the scan on Thursday he didn't see a blockage but wanted to go up & see if the tube was working okay. Boy was I HAPPY!!!! He did the cystoscopy and didn't find any blockage, just a small narrowing in the tube in a different area but it was working great; he kept me overnight because it was so late - 8:00 pm when he got done and he wanted to do a renal scan the next day. Did the renal scan and things are good came home Friday evening, still have back pain but not as bad, I am thinking it's from the stent removal. But am soooooo glad to finally have this over, it's been a long three months and I really need to get well so I can get back to school in a couple more weeks.
So, hopefully no more stones and I will be seeing the dr in a month after some bloodwork and another ct scan.
Thanks for asking and I hope you are feeling well.