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peggy113
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   Posted 11/16/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
shoulder surgey done!  typing w/ 1 hand ...  all is ok, numbing wearing off now, paim just beginning.  thank goodness for hydrocodone!!!  and phenergan.
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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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 11/16/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I *heart* phenergan. Glad to see you're doing ok!
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 11/16/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah Glad you made ot ok.  I hope the pain is controlable.  Are you going to be in the chat room tomorrow?  Iwill see you there if so Ralph
When there are no more choices, tha decision is easy!


peggy113
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   Posted 11/16/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   

ralph,

will try - 1 hand typing is hard.   might log in & lurk!

 


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


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/17/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Peggy,
Thanks for the update. I'm so glad your surgery went well. I was thinking about you all day yesterday and was surprised to see your posts so soon after surgery. They must've given you some good pain meds! :-) Take care and try to take it easy.
Cece

Amey
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   Posted 11/17/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Peggy, I did not expect to see you posting messages so soon after your surgery. You are amazing! I am so glad that your surgery is OVER and you can begin your recovery. Did you get to change your bag on Friday? Please take the weekend to rest your shoulder. I hope the pain does not stay for long and you can get back to normal.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Amey
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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JudyK89
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   Posted 11/17/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you made it through okay, keep us posted. Better living through chemistry, lol.
Judy
Crohn's Disease   
Too many surgeries, ileostomy6MP for maintenance.
 
 


peggy113
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Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 11/17/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
lots of pain w/ slightest of movement today. surgeon called me this afternoon to check on my pain. [one handed typing sucks] i told him it hurt even when i moved my hand. he said get the big,bulky bandage off, put bandaids on te stitches, & get ice packs on it asap since i can't take oral anti-inflammatory drugs. taking vicodin & phenergan every 4 hrsw. phenergan is good anti-nauseabpill but makes most dopey but kinda wires me. so long as it helps pain, i don't care. home therapy/movement starts this evening & i know its gonna hurt like he**!!!
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 11/18/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
If the Phenergan makes you sleepy, ask for Zofran (generic: Ondansetron). It's considered the Cadillac of these drugs and doesn't make you sleepy. I've been on it off and on for a long time, and my father-in-law takes it every day, works great.

If you're still in pain, maybe take more of the Vicodin (check with your doctor first) just make sure you don't take more than 1000 mg. of the acetaminophin in a dose. If your Rx reads 7.5/750 or 5/500 the larger number on the right is the acetaminophin dose.

Hope you're feeling better soon.
Judy
Crohn's Disease   
Too many surgeries, ileostomy6MP for maintenance.
 
 


peggy113
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Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 11/18/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
UPDATE: My hydrocodone RX reads 7.5/500, generic for Lortab, "take 1-2 every 4 hours" . I have been trying to use the ice to help with the pain more than the drugs. However, I do take my drugs just before taking shower, and just before manipulation exercises. Hubby has to do the manipulation still. I have really good mobility this soon after surgery as long as hubby does it. Doesn't hurt too awful bad except for one area which is the initial movement. Almost feels like it is catching, but that will "smooth" out with use and therapy. Still have lots of swelling, and my skin is the prettiest shades of black and blue I've seen but the 3 little poke holes/stitches look great. Shower felt great after all was said and done! And I have just enough use in the shoulder to empty my pouch with very little pain - and that was my biggest concern prior to surgery. I don't think I am ready to change my appliance yet so I hope this one lasts me a few more days! I can't believe how tender I am clear across the back of my neck and even my good shoulder. "It only hurts for a little while!"

Thank you all for your good thoughts. I'm now able to use my right hand to type, with little discomfort. Good therapy too just to move that arm/hand! Still making horrible messes in the kitchen whenever I try to do anything with food. Hubby ordered us breadsticks and pizza last night so I could eat with my hands! It was good too.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Indabag
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 11/18/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Keep up the good work!! I did a lot of physical therapy too. For me, in the beginning, it was absolutely necessary to take the pain meds. I think the need for physical therapy trumps the downside of the pain meds.
My family and I are praying for your continuing speedy recovery.

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


peggy113
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 11/18/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Richard and all,

Thank you for all your well wishes!! Emptying my ostomy bag has been a challenge, but sure makes me move my arm! No real problems but still petty painful.

Each time we do "therapy", I'm able to move it a little more. Today I went about 8 hrs between pain pills, but I was still doing the ice packs. Right now I am playing catch up on the pain this evening, so I think I won't go that long w/o pain pills again... obviously, I must still need them.

My DH was telling me this evening that the doc cleaned out a substantial amount of arthritis out of my shoulder as well as the bone spur.

Thanks again everyone... I think I'm gonna live!!!! :)
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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