My surgery went well, now it's Hubby's turn

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   Posted 10/18/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All:
I promised an update, so here it is:
It's been about 10 days since my pain pump replacement surgery, and I am hanging in there.  The only problem I had was that my doctor did the surgery and then left closing me up to someone else, and even though I had a bracelet on that clearly said I am allergic to surgical staples, that is what he closed me up with.  Every hole in my belly from each end of the staple got very irritated on its way to being infected, thankfully the incision was healed enough that it was safe to take them out. 
My husband's knee reconstruction surgery is next Monday.  I am really nervous for him. 
Our 25th Wedding Anniversary is tomorrow (well, actually today since it is past Midnight), and I'm hoping that we will feel up to going out to dinner or maybe a movie at least.
Hope you all have a lpd!

White Beard
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   Posted 10/19/2010 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Anniversary!!!! 25 years that is quarter of a century and that is something to celebrate!!!! Congratulations!!! I wish you both all the BEST!! I am glad you survived your surgery, other than the staple mix-up did it all go well? I do hope that your husbands knee suregery goes well!!! Make sure you tell him that we are all rooting for him! Make sure you let us know how it went for him...OK? Thanks for the up-date Lorie!  Please take care of yourself, your both in my prayers!
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   Posted 10/19/2010 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Whitebeard:
Thank you so much for your reply.  I always look forward to reading your posts.  I really appreciate your well wishes, prayers, and advice.
To answer your question, yes, the pump replacement went just as expected.  I wish that meant that my pain was instantly under control, but unfortunately, it does not.  My Neurosurgeon did the pump change, but he does not "manage" the pump.  I go to 2 pain management doctors as well - one manages the pump, and the other manages my oral meds.  They all know about each other, and are all very much aware of what each one is doing.  I travel 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours each way to see them as there are no pain management doctors in my vicinity that are capable of taking on a complex case such as mine.
For the forseeable future, my concentration will be on helping my husband recover from his surgery, and once he is back on his feet again, I will get back to trying to get my pain levels under control.
I will definitely let him know that you are all pulling for him.  He needs the support and encouragement just as much as I do, so thank you!
I will keep you informed of how things are going.
Take Care,

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   Posted 10/19/2010 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Lorie , I'm glad your surgery went well and I hope the pain lessens . I just had hip surgery and I'm doing great , My brother-in-law had knee replacement and he's walking fine , it takes about 3 months to be walking freely again with the knee , but its a great gift and very safe . Best of luck !!! Mikel P.S. Happy Anniversary !!
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

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   Posted 10/19/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
      Good morning Bluejet2!
       I'm happy to hear that your surgerty went well! Hopfully they will get the pump charged soon and you can get the relief again. Also, congrats on the anniversary as well. Ours is coming up in a few days, but we will have many more years to ge for our 25th.
    Take care,
      SE wink

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   Posted 10/19/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
happy anniversary! glad to hear your surgery went well, and that you got the staples out before too much bad happened. good luck to your hubby with his surgery.!! have a lpd :)

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   Posted 10/19/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
was good to hear from you, wow congrats on the anniversary..
sure did miss you. Will be sending you prayers and healing hugz for you
and your husband, fingers crossed that his surgery will go good, post back
on that when you can...and once again Happy Anniversary!
healing hugz & Prayers
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   Posted 10/19/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy anniversary! 25 impressive.

is your husband having a complete replacement or ACL or? I had my ACL reconstructed and the meniscus removed 2 years ago and it was a long road back, but am finally feeling like it is stable again, though the pain will always be there. Tell him to do exactly as the doctors tell him and follow his PT to a T and he should come through it fine....but it is a lengthy recovery and he can't get inpatient. And remember, don't compromise your pain while helping him....give yourself some breaks and time outs.

protruding discs, c-4, c-5 and c-7 with spinal cord impingement, which is causing numbness, pins and needles and peripheral pain.arthritis of the left knee

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   Posted 10/19/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Silver Anniversary! 25 years of love and care. ((((((:**:)))))

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   Posted 10/19/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lorie,

So glad to hear that everything went well (for the most part). I hope your husbands surgery goes just as well next week!

Oh, and Happy Anniversary! I hope you are out celebrating! :-)

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recently implanted with a neurostimulator with leads on the supraobrital & infraorbital (ophthalmic) branches of the trigeminal nerve, resulting in a 50% decrease in pain (yippee!)

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   Posted 10/20/2010 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Lorie, Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! I hope you are both able to get out and enjoy dinner to celebrate, and that each of you does well on your road to recovery. Make sure you take care of yourself when hubby gets home, so that you don't do damage to yourself while helping to take care of your husband.

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   Posted 10/20/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Blessings to you and your family!
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