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sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/6/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Yikes. I hurt my wrist, and now I can barely empty the bag. It hurts like heck to empty, and I guess my poor husband will have to help me change in completely on Friday when I'm due. But, he can't help me empty it all day long - he can't follow me around to work and such. Right now, I can do it myself with a lot of pain, but it is possible. But it made me think - what if one hand was completely incapacitated? I'm such a klutz, I probably will break it at some point. Besides, it's no fun right now with the pain in my wrist. Have you ever not been able to empty for one reason or another? What did you do?
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
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Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
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OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
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Bluz4Greeny
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
sfgiantsjo, I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you, what about one of those wrist gaurds do you think that might help? How did you do it? I'm having a bad day too, my fybro has been acting up its been pouring out since last night and i have such a migraine its not even funny. Then I had to take my son to the dermatologist about acne, and he just gets soooo defensive,a complex thanks to the kids today and remarks they make, you know 16 isn't an easy age and I wouldn't want to ever revisit that age goddd! But I do hope you feel better . Bluz
 
Illnesses; crohns, ulcerative colitis, ibs, barretts, gerd hiatal hernia, acid reflux, May8, 2007 lost my entire large intestine due to crohns, obstuction, and an abcess


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, sfgiantsjo,

Sometimes I have a hard time emptying/changing my appliance with both hands. I'm sure that you can/will adjust, it will just take time. You have a pretty fatalistic attitude about your future klutziness, lol, and I though I was clumsy.

If I was unable to change at work, that would be cause for a calling in sick. You certainly don't want an accident at work. People call in for all kinds of odd reasons, and I'm not one to call in at all, but there are situations that just can't be helped.

I hope your wrist heals soon, it's not broken is it? Maybe try one of those braces like Bluz suggested.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Nah, not broken. I actually don't know what it's problem is - it started hurting yesterday at work - I was scanning employee files all day yesterday, and then I went Grocery shopping and tried lifting a case of water, and it hurt so bad! I do have a brace on it this morning, it helps a little. :) I'll be fine, It started me thinking about "What if's".
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


peggy113
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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey girls!   I'm here to tell ya that I cannot empty with one hand.  I just got the results from the MRI on my right shoulder and I have to have arthroscopic surgery on it on Nov 16th.  I asked the orthopedic dr if I would be able to use it   (my lower arm) immediately as I NEEDED to have that arm to empty my pouch.  He told me I could, if I could tolerate it!  I guess I will be finding out on Nov 16th! 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy,

Nov 16...that is so soon. What did he say is the problem? What is the surgery suppose to do for you? I am so sorry that you have to go through this surgery. It may be time to get your hubby on board and ask him for some assistance. You are going to need the help. Does your insurance cover home-care assistance? You may be able to get someone into your home to help you change once a week.

Keep us posted on your progress.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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peggy113
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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the rotator cuff is NOT torn, which is really good.  It is however really, really inflamed thanks to a bone spur and a significant amount of arthritis.  He said that we might as well just get it taken care of cause it would not quiet down on its own at this point.  And not take a chance of the bone spur tearing it while it is inflamed.   What, it's been over 6 weeks already and it's not better.  I just asked him to schedule me as soon as possible and get it over with.  Tired of the hurt.  I also asked to be placed on a cancellation list .... with a short and speedy digestive tract, I only need a couple of hours lead time to be ready for surgery!  I imagine I might get some relief from NSAID's but I can't take them.  And the steroid shot made the pain worse.  He said the recovery is really quick.  Slinged for the 1st day
 only.  I bet it's gonna hurt like heck... but a different kind of pain than I have now.  I sure hope I get 7 days wear time that week!!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Time to teach your hubby how to change your pouch just in case. My husband's great at stuff like this. We're taking care of his father with terminal cancer and I'm amazed at what my husband's doing for him. His dad is so greatful that his son does these things as he's very modest.

Good luck with the surgery, sounds painful. Let us know how you're getting along.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


peggy113
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   Posted 11/6/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Yeh, I probably will give him a crash course!  (hoping I won't have to ask him to help)  I'm sure he could do it, but I would bet he would be all thumbs.  Even though it is my husband, I've never asked him to help with my ostomy.  We've been married 16 years and together many years before that.  It would/will be a first.  He's really not much of a nursemaid!  He was raised in a family of 4 boys, he is the oldest.

I was caregiver for my mom, who also had terminal cancer, for 19 months out of state.  My husband was a gem and just said, "go".  He visited me and my mom as much as he could [someone had to earn the bread!].  I wouldn't have traded that time with my mom for anything and she was appreciative that it was me, instead of a stranger.  So, Judy, I understand the modesty thing. 

Thank you guys for the thoughts....  I just figure if it ain't gonna get better on its own, and the doc pretty much said that, then let's get on it and get it fixed.  If there is something out there to make it better, even tho it may be more painful initially, I'm going for it.  And as soon as possible. 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Crohned
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   Posted 11/7/2007 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Just when I think I've thought of all the what if's, there is one more. That would pretty much be my ultimate undoing, to have someone else empty or change my bag. Seriously.
Diagnosed Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  
Subtotal Colectomy w/ Ileostomy May 16, 2007.
I'm off the meds!!  
 


peggy113
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   Posted 11/7/2007 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   

sf -

How is your wrist doing?  Has it calmed down a bit?  I sure hope so, I know what is like trying to use one hand to empy.... it ain't no fun, and it just takes too long - ya see, it's been a long time since I've spent that much time taking care of business!!!!

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/7/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
It's still hurting, but it is a little better. I had to wear a brace to the concert last night, I felt like such a dweeb! Good luck with your surgery, Peggy!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


Arundinaria
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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy113
I am so sorry to hear about your surgery. Hope it all goes well. I talked to Lee aboout the chat times and she feels t would be better if Shazz did it and I am willing to go along with this, since I am going to Salt Lake Mondayfor possible sugery myself. My prolapsed stoma is so large that the surgeon here feels that it will stangulate and I will face emergency surgery. I am such a poor candidate for surgery that it is chancy at best. I will have a team of three doctors seeing me Monday and they may decide I can't live through it . Who knowsRalph
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peggy113
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   Posted 11/10/2007 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   

sfgiants ---

How's your wrist feeling?  Did you ever figure out what you did to hurt it?

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy,

Have you talked to your Dr about your surgery on Friday? Are you going to be able to change your bag alone after the surgery? Can you get home-care to help you?
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


peggy113
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   Posted 11/11/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Amey,

Yea - I did talk to him about it.  He seemed to think that since I will only be wearing a sling for a couple of days, it won't hurt for me to UNsling it to use it as necessary for those first couple of days, then I should be using it without damaging anything from then on.  Now, of course, I'm sure that it is going to hurt like the dickens but I will be able to use it (so says the doc!)  So, at this point, I am going with the assumption that I will be able to "handle" it.   I'm sure by this time next week after all the anesthetic and numbing stuff wears off, it will probably hurt pretty bad, but I just gotta keep thinking that it will get a little better each day after that.   Cross your fingers for me!

Thanks for asking!

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 11/11/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy,

Are you going to attempt to change Friday before the surgery? At least this would give you 7 and possibly 8 days to heal before your next change?
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


peggy113
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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   

You BETCHA!!!   I will be changing first thing outta bed Friday, and as you said, hopefully I won't have to change again until the following Friday.  That is exactly what I was thinking.  You're reading my mind!

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My wrist is all better, whatever it was, the pain went away as quickly and as mysteriously as it came. Thank goodness, because I had enough to freak out over with that sore by my stoma!

UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


peggy113
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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you!!  Now to get the other sore healed...  then you'll be all better. 

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Glad Bag
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds like you may need to pop an extra pain pill and have a stiff drink before changing things...

good luck!
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Ohio43
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
sfgiantsjo,

I've been going to a wound center here in town. The ET nurses are helping me clear up a yeast infection. I know they'd help me change my wafer/pouch if needed in cases such as yours.

Do you have a wound center close by?
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