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stkitt
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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, where is Bill? idea    idea    idea His last post was last night at around 9:00 PM?  I am hoping he is just having puter problems. 
 
Anyone seen him???
 
Worry Warthog,
Kitt 
 

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dencha
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been wondering the same thing, Kitt...That guy keeps us worrying!
Yoo hoo! Bill!
Worry Warthog II,
Denise

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all -
I'm still kicking. Last night was another bad night. Today hasn't been much better. The pains from the holes, leaks, or what ever it is came back. Not as bad as the 21st, but still more than I like. I have to remember to keep on that button after I wake up. I did ask again about switching to something other than morphine and they said the only thing they use is stronger yet. I would probably skin myself alive with the itching then.
Sorry, I didn't mean to make anyone worry. I would start to fire up this thing and I would start to feel blah and the pains would start again. I get to try clear liquids tomorrow. I sure hope it is the charm and not the third strike.
Between the itching, benedryll, and morphine I am wiped out today. I did get my shower and a couple walks in today. I still don't understand why it is so tiring to do routine things. I just got the ryll and am ready for a nap. I'll be back on here later to catch up.

Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you're struggling so, Bill. Weekends are tough in the hospital...just a waiting game.
I'm assuming your doc will be coming in first thing tomorrow.
I wish you all the luck in the world, Bill.
Your friends here are sending you so many healing thoughts...we feel so helpless, and want to make you better ourselves!
Rest, take those pain meds, and heal well.
With you in spirit,
Denise

beareilly
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   Posted 5/31/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bill,
 Im glad to see ur post. Its an understatement when Denise says we feel so helpless. We will continue to root for you.
Take care,
b

opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all -

you know you have been in the hospital to long when all the nurses and techs coming by your room before and after their shifts just to say "hi", even when they were in a different wing that day. Tonight Michelle and Steph had kettle corn. Tess smelled it and had to stop by for some. All the nurses and techs know me by my first name. Which took me a while to get them to call me by that. They will stop by and see if I am on the puter for updates on whatever they are interested in. I got to look up Mickey Mouse umbrellas tonight. They all know I am looking for a laptop for my daughter on Ebay. They stop by just to ask if I have won one yet.
I get weird looks from some of the other patients because I will stop by the different nurses stations and chat a while. Most of them will only be here a couple days and need some help when they go walking. They see me walking without any problems and got to be wondering how I can be so stable and quick. I have had 4 different rooms and 2 nights ago I was the only one with a private room. They got overloaded and doubled up the other private rooms. Since they know how far we live from here and Michelle has already done 4 or 5 nights in the lobby chairs, they told us we weren't getting doubled up.
It was nice to have my kids come up here last week. I let Jess stay "home" from school 2 days and Bobby drove up for a day. He was pretty upset I have to stay another week. He understands why, but doesn't like it.
I really didn't mean to not post anything yesterday. Every time I would open the laptop it seemed I had something else to do. Vitals, change the dressing on the PICC, or something. I tried to take 2 showers a day hoping that would help with the itching, but I think it is worse now. I even used the moisturizer they gave me. It didn't work either. Wow, my PCA shows 960. I figure that is doses I've had. I am starting to figure out how the pumps and such work. I don't have anything else to do and the mechanic in me wants to know how everything works. I got threatened to have mittens put on my hands again today. With the extra pain comes more pain meds which in turn make me itch more. What a vicious circle I have going. The nurses don't even wait for me to call for benedryll now. They just bring it every 3 hours. Works for me! Well, it's time for more benedryll in about 2 minutes. Then it's nap time.

Take care,
Bill aka Eli

dencha
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   Posted 6/1/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bill Eli,
Thanks for the update! Good luck today.
Wishing all the best.
Off to get ready to teach my rug rats! I'll check in after school.
Denise

Hi Bea and Kitt!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/1/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Bill aka Eli,

I am sorry you had a rough day yesterday and hey we understand all to well how it feels to have bad days and just not have any energy to be able to  get online.

I suspect a lot of your fatigue is from the meds but also from your whole procedure............you have been through a lot, my friend, and the continued pain zaps your strength and energy.

I would say for someone in your bed (lol) you are doing darn fine.  You have so much love and support from your family and I am thrilled to know that you have so much caring and support from the nurses.

Do not fret that we were worrying about you,  that is why we are here................we are allowed to worry about our friend.  :-)

I suspect by the time they turn you loose from the hospital you will be able to take a PCA pump apart and put it back together again in 60 seconds.  You may have your honorary Doctorate Degree too. scool

I am relieved to know they are keeping your room private as it is so much better for both you and Michelle. Tell her from me she has my admiration and respect. She is one devoted lady.  (((((((((((((Michelle)))))))))))))

So today is the day the Water Boy is going to be stopping in to see you huh?  I will keep the cheer leading squad on their tippy toes all day.

OK ladies, Bea and  Denise, Give me a "B", I can't hear you, louder please this is a cheer leading squad not boot camp.......we are better then boot camp.  We are the A-Team. yeah   yeah   yeah  

May you have peace within..........

Hugs

Kitt

 

 


dencha
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   Posted 6/1/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,
Hope you had a good day. I totally understand that you're busy in the hospital. I was there in February, and it was a constant revolving door of staff coming in to take blood, blood pressure, check IV, etc., etc., etc... I'm sure you have many more things to do than I did!

I hope your doctors were able to make a good decision regarding how to go forward with your healing today. I'm sure that your case is a challenge, and they are being very conservative in what they decide to do--consulting with other doctors, talking, looking at your tests and your symptoms, and trying to make the best possible decision for you. I totally trust you're in good hands!

Please give my best to Michelle. I'm sure this is very wearing on her as well, and she should know that our good wishes extend to her as well!
Your private room is a godsend about now...it provides you with much needed quiet and alone time.

You must be exhausted. The last time I had a week's stay (only a week!) I got tireder and tireder as the time went on. It's tough to get rest. Hopefully you're grabbing naps whenever your pain meds and benadryl kick in.


yeah yeah yeah yeah B! I! L! L! Go, BILL, Go! We're still cheering, Bill!
Heal well!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey that Denise can cheer up a storm...............She can be the captain of the cheer leading squad, whoooo hoooooo.

Hope your doing good and if you not doing as well as you would like to, I will just pray harder and keep on cheering.

You tend to your resting and healing and we will tend to cheering you on.

"Stronger than steel,
Hotter than the sun;
Bill  won't stop,
'til he gets the job done!"

cool   smurf cool smurf smhair smurf cool smurf cool

Huggles

Kitt and Company


opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Well I got strike three today. I drank a small cup of apple juice and tried to eat the jello. I ate half of a cube of the jello and 1 sip of chicken broth. Neither agreed with my stomach. I also tried some warm tea, a couple sips was all I could get down. I got nauseous and the pain in my right side of my belly came back. They had to give me an extra bolus of morphine and something for the nausea. My heart rate is back over 100 again too. Unfortunately he says that trying to go in and fix it now will be almost impossible because of all the adhesions now.
The new plan is to see if it is gastritis or an ulcer. They are going to give me IV PPIs for a couple days. If that doesn't help they are going to do an endoscopy to see what's going on inside my stomach.
He was talking about sending me home with the TPN for 10 days and then come back and try it again. I just want to go home. I am feeling better this evening, so I am thinking the hole is healed. I also think he is right about gastritis or an ulcer.

Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 6/1/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,
Sorry about the problems with your eating today. I'm sure you want to get home. There's no place like home. It is a healing place to be. I'm sure once they're confident about what they're dealing with, they'll want to send you on your way to a place where you can really rest.

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better tonight. I'm sure you've had it with that place. There is no magic pill for your healing...it will just take time. Hopefully your stomach will heal quickly and you'll be back in business again. Unfortunately, hospitals are not ideal places to heal. They're great places to keep you safe during critical periods, but healing takes place best in the quiet of your own home, when you can get what you need when you need it.

Kitt, Bea, and I are still cheering for you, Bill!

yeah yeah yeah We're cheering healing cheers, and praying healing prayers!
Take care and feel better.
Denise

LdyJane
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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends. I've been watching from work (my computer was acting up) and tonight I'm typing while drugged (I'm back into a migraine cycle)..I live by the famous words of my favorite person RoseAnne Roseannadanna..."If it ain't one thing, it's another!!!!" and boy if that doesn't sum me and us up tongue

Anyway, I worry about you Bill, and Kitt you too, but if this forum has taught us anything its the resiliency of each of us, but also how much we need each other and how much we care for each other. It's amazing how we can relate, reach out, care for and ease each others minds and heal each others spirit with just an e-mail or posting!!.

YOU ALL are so wonderful and I am blessed to have you as friends! Know that we have your back, your hand to hold and shoulder to lean on. I appreciate the times you've been there for me and will be there in the next few weeks again and I will be here for you as well.

Take care all of you!
Biggest hugs,
Janice

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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill, glad to see your back on the computer again. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon so you can go home. I can't imagine being in the hospital that long. The longest I've been in was 2 & 1/2 weeks and that seemed like forever. I couldn't believe how exhausted I got from  a shower or a very short walk after my surgery and I walk a mile or more a day so that is to be expected for a while. After seeing what you've gone through they will not be getting there hands on me for a redo any time soon. I hope it eventually helps you though. I will have my uncle put you on his internet prayer chain so there will be people all over the world praying for you. I have to agree with Janice that we have all learned from and benefited from eachother so much. This web site has helped me through more than one situation with my various health problems. Does any one know if there is any where I can go on healing well to find out about carpal tunnel syndrome and surgery for it or know of a site that is good? I have a doctor pushing me to do surgery since I have tried a number of other things with out permanent results, but I wait until the very last resort to consider surgery. I value your opinions. Barb
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/2/2009 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow that sucks... I just spent like 30 minutes on an update and it vanished. I am so exhausted right now. I just want to tell everyone I am very thankful to be able to call y'all my Friends and thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I am and will return them as needed. I am so very thankful for Benedryl, without it I am sure I would have no skin left. In fact I am due for some more in 15 minutes. I now know what a dog with fleas feels like.
Barb, please don't let my complications keep you from getting help with your wrap. If my wrap would have been done anywhere near correct I wouldn't be having these issues. I think of it as they had to read a map in the dark to undo my first wrap. The land marks were nowhere to be found because the first one was done so badly. My surgeon's choice was make 2 small holes and fix this correctly or leave it and have me suffer who knows how many years. I don't regret having this done, not one second. If it wasn't for dealing with the holes I would have been pain free in a week. The incisions haven't hurt at all after the first week. I would do this again. I still can't believe how much better my swallowing is now.

Well friends I am getting off here, I hear the foot steps coming down the hall. Benedryll time!!! Woohoo, no more itching, for 3 hours anyhow.

Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 6/2/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning, Bill,
I hope this day finds you less itchy and more "healy"! As always, you remain your positive and encouraging self. Take care of that self today, OK? Feel better. Here's wishing you all the strength and positive thoughts you need to continue on your path toward being healed.
You can see that we're all with you in spirit, good wishes (cheering yeah yeah yeah) and prayer.
Hang in there, friend!
Denise

Teala, sorry to hear you're having headache problems...hope you feel better soon.

Barb...that hand is still bothering you. Good luck with finding the best course of action. My asthma is doing much better, thankfully!

Have a great day, friends! Thanks for always providing support and encouragement to all of us!

stkitt
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Bill,

I am sorry the drinking did not go well but I do know that many people go home on Hyper Al or TPN which ever term your used to.

My sister had TPN at home and is was very slick.  She was hooked up at night while she slept and in the day time she was free of the small pump.  The technology is amazing.

Here is a link for you to take a look at the info and size of the pumps.  Home Health Cares use their preferred brand of pump but just FYI here is what your home pump may look like.

http://www.micrelmed.com/interior/rythmic.htm

I think it would do you a world of good to be able to go home and be with your family. 

I would guess the PPI they are infusing is Protonix?

I continue to keep you in my prayers and remember one step in front of the other.

Gentle Hugs to you

Kitt

 


beareilly
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey bill,
 Your cheerleaders are rooting for you!! GO BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bea yeah yeah turn turn

opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Kitt thanks for the link. It is Protonix they are giving me. My stomach feels better today, but I am still wore out.
Denise and Bea, Thanks for the cheering. I think I can hear it. I am not going to be able to sleep at home without all the beeps, buzzing, and alarms going off.

Take care,
Bill

stkitt
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   Posted 6/2/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hugs Bill,

I just got home from work and am wiped.  Need to put my feet up.  I am a cheering for you but I need to get more steam rolling here.

Just had to check on you. 

Then I had to chase a spammer in A & P,  cannot believe people use a great forum like this to try to sell a smoking shelter..................

Are there not 9 innings in a ballgame?  I think you have 8 more yet as 3 stikes only counts as the 1st inning.  smhair

I know this because I am from the home of the MN Twins devil

You keep on thinking of getting home. yeah

Lots of hugs,

Kitt

 


opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/2/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I am feeling much better this afternoon. I think the protonix is doing the trick. I just talked with the docs and they want to keep doing this a couple more days. Thursday they want to do an endoscopy to see how things look. I can also try again that day if the pain stays away.
I finally got some sleep today. I finally got to sleep about 2:30am and only woke up a couple times until 11am. I am completely wiped though. I went for a long walk around the wing and it helped some. I haven't had to use the PCA but about 12-15 times since 2:30am. Which is way better than once every 10 -12 minutes all day. I am hoping I get out of here Friday. Well I need to give a shout for benedryll. I am so tired of itching...I wish I could jump out of my skin!

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 6/2/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill, hi everyone. I'm glad the protonix is working for you Bill, it was my mainstay for years, now it causes me problems, but since I am finally healing, it doesn't seem like I need it anyway! Who ever heard of someone needing 6 months to recover from the flu, but that was what I needed. I still have these blasted hiccups whenever I eat or drink and they're not nice little lady-like hiccups, but these lumberjack style, squawking type of hiccups..normally 3 in a row and only 3 if I'm lucky. I've given up apologizing for them, I just announce to the newest audience what is going to happen, excuse my self once and then have at it...there are advantages to getting old!!

So Bill, next time you need a funny vision in your head, you can think of me squawking up a storm!

Teala, I'm starting into a migraine cycle again too, so my heart is with you!
hugs to everyone.
Janice

ps Kitt, I'll be in contact soon.

dencha
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill and All of Bill's Cheerleaders,
Glad to hear you stomach is feeling better with the Protonix, Bill. That's really helped me over the past years. I do hope you'll be able to get home soon. Getting that stomach feeling better is a good sign. Here's hoping that all goes well with your endoscopy.
I totally get your exhaustion...hospitals are the WORST places to get rest. I got sicker and sicker in the hospital...just from not sleeping.
I hope you get some winks tonight.
Take care, Bill, and have a good night.
Heal Well!
Denise

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,
 gladto hear its coming along. I am still having pain in my left breast but in the middle of my chest.I think this may be the heartburn I never experienced?? If my neice wasnt graduating from st vincents school of nursing 2moro here in NY i would go to the E.R.But im afraid they will keep me just becuz i have 2 insurances!!
I just took gas x and I swear it is giving me worse gas pains in the middle of my chest? anyways, hopefully I can survive thru tomorrow evening.
Is this what heartburn is?God I feel sorry for the sufferers!! I never knew this feeling..See Im slowly waking up from my beautiful dream Bill.
Hope al  is well,send my love to your family especially your wife who is a godsend. My hubby wants me to go to ER.I was thinking of finally taken a painkilla but im such a chicken.In any event i hope u get sum rest.nite
Bea

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Bea honey, what do you mean pain in your chest?, I had atypical GERD symptoms, so I can't say if what you're having is normal or not, but after the surgery and again, after the flu, I had spasms and the pain was centered in my chest and then to the left side, but it wasn't a burning pain.

You should not ignore chest pain, and graduation or not, I think everyone would feel better if you got checked out. Listen to your Husband, and if not, listen to us!!!
hugs,
Janice
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