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   Posted 2/24/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone....I have a very fogy memory of even typing  a thread about surgery...meds.
Surgery itself went great. The anthologist called me hate evening before to get all of my information. He was able ask me about my pain meds, so he was able to control my pain after surgery. He did a great job. I don't remember anything about the surgery itself (thank goodness) but my surgeon wearing zebra print xray garments. It was so funny I thought I had just dreamt it, but that was the first thing I asked him when he came to see me. He said he has them so that nobody will take his.
Any way.....The recovery room was painful, but the nurses where great trying to control the pain. I don't remember much at all.
The first night following my surgery was very painful, but again was able to control everything with the morphine pump. At some point  during that night, I felt my left hand and left arm starting to swell and i was becoming very painful. I called the nurse. (not very happy to be bothered). She came in and said "why that is just weird" . That did not make me feel very good at all. She called in a another nurse who turned on the light to look, and she said, "thats weird" another medical term. She then asked me if my complexion was always so red.I said no and she said, "well just look at it".... OK just had surgery, morphine pump, do I look like I have a makeup compact ? She brought in a mirror and I almost screamed. Everything was bright bright bright red and puffy.
The decided it was red mans syndrome. It is caused from an antibiotic called viomiciacin (sp)put in to fast. No big deal The first nurser then said, oh I thought she went tanning before surgery. She did have her toes done ya know. OMG what an idiot.
i then told her my arm still was sore, so she said it was also red mans syndrome just change my iv to the other hand and slowed down the medicine. I asked both of them if they wre sure if that was the problem, and they said yes. I asked for a doctor to come in and look, and they said they got in at 6 am. I said we are in a hopital I am sure you can find one. They sent in a anastegiologist, and he confirmed red man sndrome. 
The next day, they had me out of bed and at physical therapy, which I passed out in. my blood pressure was 95 over 50. They said I was dehydrated and sent me back to me room for another bag a fluids.
The continued to get me ready to go home, since I was tollerating pain on oral meds. The took my temp wich was 10 and said the was normal after home I went.
I did not sleep that night, and my hand and arm progessively got worse. Woke up in the morning with 139.9 fever. Went strait to hospital and the admitted me. Turns out yes red mans syndrome. But my hand and arm were infected. Blood culturs came back as cellulitis. I then went for ultrasound and have several superfisical blood clots. The do not causee any harm but are very painful. My arm was put inot a cast for pressure, and was given heavy duty anibiotics. The reated it very aggressivly becaue it could have gotten into spine. Had temp for two days that they could not get down. Finally came down. No fun having fever in hospital when you are unable to move. I was pumped with so many fluids.Turns out that blood pressure drops from the blood clots.
Well.............I am finally feeling better at home. Arm is still swelled, but coming down, and n antiobiotics for infection (which by the way they said had to come from needle of IV)
I go for ultasound of arm on friday.  My back is not as bad as I thought it would be. I have a cane and am getting around great. Did have a bump in road last night. I had not had a BM since monday before surgery. Man was I in pain. It took 3 fleet enimas to help me. OMG that definetley was the worst part of it all.  Well maybe I lost a few pounds from it . hahahaha
So all is good and I will continue to recoop. I start therapy in six weeks.
Thanks everyone, back to bed for me.
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07, Bladder tumor and inflammation, Herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, siatica, Three laparoscopis, hysterectomy, physical therapy, trigger point injections, spinal epidurals, Meds lyrica, vicodine, amrix.

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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG, what a horrible experience. I can only wish you well and hope things will improve quickly. You have been through a terrible time. The hospital should be held accountable for this!!! I know that sounds strong, but Dr's and Nurses are paid well for their time and care and should be accountable for their actions!

Please don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE great Dr's and Nurses and have the utmost respect for the good ones, but the ones who are so unconcerned with patient care are a disgrace to the profession and should be REMOVED!!

I wish you all the best!

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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Bless your heart! What jerks!! I am so stunned by people who are just flat incompetent! I hope you are starting to get better by the hour and that this red man syndrome, with be over and done with soon. I've never heard of it, I think I'll google after a little bit. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and hoping for the best. Take care and keep us posted.
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, Adhesive Capsulitis "aka" Frozen Shoulder, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC (Interstitial Cystitis), Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms
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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hydrangea!

I'm so sorry you had to endure all of this pain and misery. You certainly don't deserve it. But at least you are finally home. Nothing speeds up recovery better than being in your own home and bed. Post when you can and if it's hard then feel free to email are welcome to email me...and we'll post an update for you, anytime.

Take care and warm and gentle hugs,
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

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   Posted 2/24/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! You've had quite an experience! As if the surgery wasn't enough!

I hope you're feeling better today!


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   Posted 2/24/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Dear sweet Girl,
What a hospital stay! Sure you were in a hospital? I'm so sorry to hear about your infection, thats sooooo scary! I'm really glad you are back home to stay this time and seem to be on the right road to recovery this time! You are some tough cookie to be able to handle all that and still have a sence of humor!!! Hang tough!!!
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   Posted 2/24/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you believe it? Surgery to deal with and then this on top of it all. You poor old bunny. I really hope everything settles for you really quickly and you survive to tell us more updates. So glad its behind you, now TAKE IT EASY! nice and slow and give that poor old body a chance to slowly heal itself. No rushing!

Best best wishes, golitho

White Beard
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   

That is a horror story! I am so sorry that you had to experience that! There is absolutely no excuse for that. One question I have is: The arm that was swollen was it the same arm with the IV in it? You know they are right about the Vancomycin flush. But what I am wondering about is your IV, if it was in the same arm that got swollen up, and the cellulitis. If your IV was in the same arm was it peeping allot? And did they check or change your IV site? Your experience sounds really dreadful! I do hope you are doing better now.

Good Luck to You Hydrangea!

White Beard

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   Posted 2/24/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Everyone has pretty much said it - what a horror story! I'm glad at least you're slowly going in the right direction, but geesh!

Oh, re: the constipation - I had the same issue after my fusion. I was in the hospital for 6 days and they discharged me before everything got "moving" (you all get the point! LOL). But being at home alone and dealing with that was frightening! Thank goodness for the help of my community nurses and lots of sepositories (sp?) and the like.

I hope you can get some rest and heal!


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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Hydrangea, you poor thing. I am so sorry this happened to you, especially since the surgery itself seemed to go so well and moderately pain free. I sure hope this infection clears up quickly and completely for you and that the blood clots leave no lasting damage.

Please take care of yourself, rest and do all the stuff you're supposed to. We want you back here -but not at the risk of your recovery.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
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   Posted 2/25/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Hydrangea! I hope your better today. I'm not going to bother you with too many questions right now, as you need the rest. I think they will want you up on your feet though, as make sure you follow Dr orders. Take care, and I will shout at you later.

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

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   Posted 2/25/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
What a horror story. Just take good care of yourself now that you are home. Might be a good idea to get on a stool softner like Miralax since you are on pain meds. They can contribute to the constipation problem. Miralax is gentle and now available without a script.

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.

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   Posted 2/26/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Hydrangea,
    Good morning. Hopefully youa re resting by now. I am very sorry I didnt respond sooner to your thread. *soft huggs*
     You have been through alot in such a short amount of time. I must admitt after reading about it I am very frustraited with the nurses, but, I am glad they were able to eventually treat the problem with you arm correctly.
      I wont chat on endlessly, I am sure it is rather painful to sit at your computer for very long right now. Please know I am oh so glad to hear you are on the mend and back home. Rest as much as possible!



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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   Posted 3/2/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   

   Hello Hydrangea! I was just checking on you to see how you are doing. Are you doing better now? When you get a chance, let us all know. I hope you are doing well, and the healing process has begun for you.



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

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   Posted 3/2/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hydrangea, so sorry you went through all of that! As others have said, nurses who are so lacking in compassion shouldn't be in that profession at all!!!

I've had cellulitis fun! that combined with everything else post heart goes out to you!

Praying that you are feeling MUCH better today!
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