pandacrazy's Carpal Tunnel Surgery 7/15 , Let's cheer for Barb

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stkitt
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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Barb,

 
I thought it is only right and just that we become your cheering squad to help you through your carpal tunnel surgery. rolleyes cool
 
First of all we just want to give you a hand and let you know we care.  smhair smilewinkgrin

 
By now your at the hospital and they have taken away your clothes in exchange for a designer gown but if your lucky they did let you keep some dignity and your undies too.  devil

 
I know you are going to do well and just know we are all here today and thinking of you and yes even saying some prayers for a speedy recovery.
 
Hope this happy get-well note
Adds sunshine to your day-
And shows you that you're thought of
In a warm and special way!
Lots of Hugs
Kitt


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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
I second Kitt's sentiments! We're all here cheering you on! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Lots of prayers and good wishes are being sent your way!
Denise

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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb,
I KNOW you're going to do just great! Just keep the back of that gown closed - I mean a half exposed Panda wondering down hospital halls? smilewinkgrin smhair

You may not be getting back to us tonight, but I bet it will be soon.

So here's three cheers for a successful surgery and no more hand pain!

Hip Hip - HOORAY!

Hip Hip - HOORAY!

Hip Hip - HOORAY!!!!! yeah yeah yeah

Hugs and wishes for a speedy recovery!

PaLady

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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I finally fall a sleep and this pops up. I'm late, but here cheering you on Barb. yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah .

PaLady, You bring back the memories of trying to have some dignity while being moved all around and such. Sure is not place for being bashful. smilewinkgrin

I hope all went well and you are at home resting.

Bill

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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope all went well and you are doing fine
Mary

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   Posted 7/15/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck Barb, we have the best cheerleaders in the world. Maybe not the best bodies but we got the biggest mouths and thats what counts rah rah rah get better !!

Bea

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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb -
I hope you are taking it easy. Rest well my friend and we will be here cheering and rooting for you yeah yeah yeah .

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Yeeeeeeeeeehaaaaa,  Barb made it through and has posted in the Where is Bill thread.  Hope she reads this too and knows we were all here for her.

Glad it is over with and now the healing begins Barb !

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 

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pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/16/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi every one thanks for the cheers. I missed the thread until Kitt pointed it out to me. I'm doing better today. Still taking the pain meds every 6 hours. They wore off when I was at PT today for my back and I sure felt it. I didn't know my appointment was going to take that long but it was better that my back pain wasn't masked by the pain pills so they could figure out was wrong with my back. Just some muscle strain.  A little ultrasound treatment and some stretches and I should be better. I don't know if I will have to go for any kind of therapy after my splint comes off. I was told before surgery on Tuesday by my doctors surgical nurse to stretch my fingers often through out the day and he showed me how to do it. He said other wise the hand will tighten up. Well I found out the hard way that one pill is not enough to handle my hand pain. Maybe tomorrow. I would like to be off them by Monday. I'll see how it goes. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


dencha
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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
My husband had hand surgery--the area where the hand meets the wrist--they actually had to take some of the bones out because they had degenerated. He went to PT afterwards--with a therapist that specializes in hands. I asked my PT (I really like him) if he could do the PT, and he said absolutely not--it has to be done by a hand specialist.

We just stopped working on cleaning out closets, etc.--worked about 3 hours after dinner. I'm sending bags and bags to goodwill. Wow, did we ever collect a lot of stuff! We're also having someone come in to do a house sale after the house sells. Until then, we're going to have to store a bunch of stuff in our garage. Our realtor said that it's okay to do...people expect stuff in the garage when they're going to move. Wish us luck. We're going to try to get the house on the market by the second week in August. YIKES. We'll see.

Take care, Barb. Hope you're pain is under control and you get a good night's sleep!
Denise

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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb -
Enjoy the movie!

Bill

pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise that's what we need to do with our house. We have way too much junk we don't use. Well I better get ready for bed as my meds are starting to kick in. My surgery was definiely needed according to what the doctor told my husband. I'm surprized the hand functioned at all.
 
Bill, the movie was good and a great distraction for me. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/17/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Barb -
Glad to hear your enjoyed yourself. Now get to bed already devil .
Good night,
Bill

pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bill, I got about 2 hours of sleep as this itching is relentless. The benedryl did nothing for it. I have an awful feeling I am allergic to the orange stuff they left allover my arm. I got all of it off my fingers and upper arm with wipes but of course I can't get down inside my splint. I am going to have to call as soon as they open. Leave it to me to have some weird problem. Well I am going to go attempt a shower with the long cattle birthing glove on my bum hand. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


dencha
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
So sorry you're following in Bill's itchy path. They did ask me if I was allergic to Betadine before applying it during my last surgery. I said no, but hey, you never know when you develop an allergy. If it bothers you that much, they should consider getting it off your arm, don't you think? Good luck with it. As Bill has said, it's tough to ignore itching. I hope they can help you ASAP!

Getting our house ready is overwhelming at the moment, but we're trying to go with the flow. Jack asked me where we were working today, and I told him I would close my eyes, spin around, and point. We can pretty much work anywhere at this point. I really think that all of a sudden we'll notice that things are getting better, and we're making more progress. Wow. What a lot of stuff and DUST! I'm trying to keep my mask on as much as possible. I don't need to get my lungs going, now that they've improved from the surgery!

Hope you get relief, and get some rest as well.
Take care!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Barb,

Seems like you and Bill were buring the midnight oil last night.

Sorry to hear about your itching problem from the suspected Betadine.  I hope you have talked with the Doctor's office.  If the betadine is under your dressing that does make it difficult to get to.  I have to admire your great atttitude kiddo, you just take the next problem in stride and keep on moving.

Denise,

I am sure you will be very happy when your project is done and you can relax in your new home.  I know how much stuff one can accumulate.........ugh! I still envy you your townhome.................that is I am jealous but happy for you.

OK, everyone take it easy today.  No basketball games for you Barb.

Hugs and prayers of healing,
Kitt

 


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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb,
I still find it hard to believe your doctor isn't changing the dressing before the 2 week mark. But then it appears we had very different procedures.

I'm so sorry you're having so many problems!

Hugs,

PaLady

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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
PAlady they changed it today and gave me a smaller brace which I don't think was wise since my hand hurts more with out the extra support for my fingers. They did not get all that betadine off either as it was driving me nuts so I pulled most of it off an used wipes and there was the tell tale orange color on the wipes. I may have to go to the walk in clinic tomorrow and have them get it all off and redress it or give me something stronger for the itching. I have about a 1 &1/2 inch cut in th palm of my hand with stitches in it. Barb 
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt, I keep losing my posts before I can post them so am writing some shorter ones so I don't go to the trouble just to lose them. I sure wish they had done a better job today of getting that stuff off my arm. I am still having some issues. It needs a good scrubbing if you ask me. They never asked me about betadine allergies not that I knew I was until now. They always ask about meds and latex allergies. Now they have a new one for my chart. I never want that stuff to touch me again. smilewinkgrin Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise, to end my day I went for my 6 month check with the lung doctor. When he asked the last time I took my rescue inhaler I had to tell him about the funeral and then he asked if my friend was young and I said I thought 46 was too young and boy I just about started crying. The doc also told me I looked different so I told him yes I had lost 25 since last year and he said it really showed in my face as soon as  he looked at me. He asked how I did it and asked if I had a goal weight in mind. I told him at this point my goal is to be under 200 by next year so that would be another 25. He seemed to think that was good. He asked about my stomach and said maybe I should go to Madison or Mayo clinic for it. I told him I had already told the stomach doctor no to that. He asked why and I said I just didn't have the time to take off of work for that because as it was I was using vacation for my hand surgery. He said my lungs sound awesome. So that was good news. And I don't have to go back for a year now unless I have problems. He thought the pics of my grandkids on my hand bag were really cute. I went to the gift shop after my appointment and treated myself to a couple of bracelets and a really pretty name tag holder to replace the really ugly blue strap they gave me at work for mine. Well I'm going to go lay down while my hand isn't itching yet again. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


dencha
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
Glad to hear your lungs are doing well. What a difference when they're clear! I'm doing so many dusty jobs, I try to wear my mask, but sometimes it's just too hot to keep it on. I don't know how much anyone can do about our stomachs. They are as they are. What can we do other than try to avoid medications that bother us. The GI docs don't really have any answers. We have reactive stomachs, and that's that.

Glad to hear you had some relief from the itching. Hopefully you'll have a great night's sleep!
Take care!
Denise

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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise, that is so true about our stomachs. He just seems to think something is terribly wrong since I have such problems and the PH study was negative. Just like a doctor to want to an explaination for every thing. I am just finally happy to have it under control. The stomach doc wanted to send me to one of those places for the swallowing thing and a redo that I don't think I need any way. I was already told a redo could mean more acid and l do not need that. It's not any where to the point of where Bill's was. I have my way of dealing and it works for me so far. I'm just happy to finally have things under control with my stomach so why bother it. No more doctors Please! I sure had a nice nap, but the itching is pretty bad again so I think I will try to clean some more off with wipes and take some more benedryl along with my other meds. I need a snack too as I had no lunch today with the wacky schedule I had with the vet, 2 doctors and and out of town trip to pick up some donated brats from a local meat plant for our brat fry next week. If I get tired after my snack I think I will just sit in my recliner and nap until I can lay down again. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Barb,

You might try one of the anti-itch creams or  lotions. Look for over-the-counter (OTC) remedies with these ingredients: camphor, menthol, phenol, pramoxine, benadryl, and benzocaine (or one of the other "caine" anesthetics).

I would try to get the rest of the betadine washed off your skin before applying the cream or lotion. Just my 2 cents this morning. yeah I am sorry to hear you still have the itches. 

Great report from your Doctor re your lungs.   You are really working hard at getting yourself in the best shape possible.  I am so proud of you.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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pandacrazy
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   Posted 7/18/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt, I think I got all the dreaded orange stuff off.  tongue  If it's any thing like my adhesive allergy it will still itch for a week or so. I thought about using a cream but don't know if the doctor would like me putting something on there like that. I suppose I could stay away from the actual incision. Most of the itching is on the back side of my arm and hand and on the other side it is up past my wrist. The benedryl kicked in again so the itching has stopped for now. Now I understand why the benedryl was so important to Bill. I can't even imagine what he went through with itching all over. Just my hand and arm was driving me crazy. I'll try the cream when it wheres off. I am also going to get some new gauze to wrap it as there maybe some of the dreaded orange residue on the gauze.
 
Yes that was such good news to get from the lung doctor and that on top of the good report from the heart doc. Now if we get the hand thing and tailbone issue resolved I'll be a new woman. smilewinkgrin I feel like a new woman after the great night of sleep and all morning. I plan on an afternoon nap also to try to catch up on some sleep. I know Gizmo and Glory wouldn't mind that. Yeah we still have little Glory and her and Gizmo never did make puppies. I will miss her when she goes back to her family. They are on vacation right now. I teased my daughers boyfriend and told him we were keeping his parents dog. I can see why his mom loves her so much. I think I will send my hubby for some gauze and juat stay in my PJ's all day today and nap on and off. turn Time for a nap before the itching starts again. Looks like the dogs started with out me. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
Meds, Nexium,  pepcid, carafate, Advair 250/50, Pro air inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D.
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Abby & Lucy.


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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
Glad to hear you've gotten the betadine off, and are getting some relief from the itching. New gauze sounds like a great idea. I'm working on our downstairs kitchen (we've got an in law apartment)--going through my mom's old things and getting stuff sorted--keep, sell, give away. Most of the stuff we're giving away, but since we'll be having a sale to get rid of big stuff, I might as well have some other stuff to sell, too!
Hope you get a good nap in.
Back to work for me!
Take care,
Denise
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