The road to success ia always under construction winter '13

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opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have closed the Summer of 2012 thread and started a new one for 2013.

Here is a link to the Summer 2012 thread
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2463160

Bill
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted by couchtater

Hey guys I'm still here. Just very tired tonight.
Popping in to read the latest posts.

Had fun visiting my sister. We took her out to IHOP to pig out. My belly was very happy afterwards. :))
We also saw that crazy zombie movie "Warm Bodies". We laughed through most of it. We had a great time and hated to come back so soon, but my niece has classes tomorrow (oops! I mean today). Didn't realize it was so late. (yawn)

Good night everyone. Have sweet dreams of golden days.Joy
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted by opnwhl4

Joy-

Sounds like you are having a good time, good to hear!

I made it through pre op today and already got my 2 wrist bands for surgery tomorrow. Here is a puzzle for you. They said to go a head and take a shower tomorrow morning, but don't get the blood type wrist band wet or the writing will come off. Ummmmm I am trying to figure this one out still.
Oh well, I will be hitting the road at 7am. Got to be thereat 9 am for an 11am surgery. The teaching nurse asked if I was nervous. I told her nope, excited! A chance to no longer have this dang rib pain, whooooo hooooo!

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-

I am headed out for the VA hospital. Talk to y'all soon.

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted by Dencha

yeah yeah yeah Good luck, Bill! yeah yeah yeah
Hope everything goes well for you! Let us know!
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!Joy
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I had to stay a couple extra nights due to pain, but I am home now. They had to do the surgery with me awake. They tried twilight first, but was moving around too much and they had to wake me up. Removing bone from my spine and making the pocket for the battery was very painful. After the surgery all was good as long as I didn't move. Move one inch and instant 10!
My surgeon made the decision to keep me the extra couple nights and made sure the nurses knew to not let my pain get out of control. Found out that is tough to do when you have been on pain meds for over 5 years. The night nurses were great though. They could just look at me and tell when I needed something for pain. The day nurse wanted me to go home the next day and was trying to convince the surgeon I should. He put a stop to that real quick. He told her I would be there at least 2 more nights. I don't think that made her happy because she kept telling him I was only scheduled as an outpatient. He told her that no longer applied and he had admitted me for as long as it takes.

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,
Glad to hear you're home and tucked into the place that's best for healing. It's good to know you have a doc who is concerned about your comfort! That was some extreme pain you were in. The day nurse must have been on a real power trip, and I'm glad that the doc stepped in. When you're hurting, you don't need someone giving you a hard time.

It's just one more hospital experience you can tuck away into your box of way too many hospital visits! Stay away for a while, okay?! Once you're healed, I'll be looking forward to hearing all about the
yeah yeah New You! yeah yeah
Happy healing,
Denise
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise-

I am very lucky to have had a great surgeon, anesthesiologist, and night nurses. I couldn't have asked for better care. My anesthesiologist told me on the way to recovery that he had ordered lots of good drugs for me since I went through the surgery awake. He also said I am one tough bugger. He said he wouldn't have that surgery awake.
They had my PM doctor come up the day after surgery to get her ideas for pain control. When she read I did it awake she told me she would order a good combination of meds so I would be comfortable. The doctors and nurses worked very well together and didn't allow me to stay above a 4.
I had to tell my story of the esophagus hole to many different people there too. When someone would ask about what started my rib pain They would go get some other people to hear it to. Apparently most people with this don't do well with an esophagus tear. They all kept saying I looked really good for having gone through that and were amazed I can eat anything I want to.

Guess I am lucky to have had an excellent surgeon for that.

The night nurses I had have dealt with spine surgery patients for a long time and told me they could tell right away I wasn't going home for a few days. They even asked if I was a sleep if it was ok to give me the IV meds without waking me up....ummm yeah! even though my sleep was in about 10 to 20 minute bursts. I finally got 4 hours straight the night before I went home. Since my room was right across from the nurse's desk I didn't have to wait more than 30 seconds after calling them

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill,
That's all great to hear. You do have the stories!! turn It's so good that you're sticking around here, as all your experiences provide great wisdom to members who come searching for answers and support.
Rest well, my friend!
Denise
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   Posted 2/19/2013 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-

Today it has been 2 weeks since my SCS surgery. Can't wait until tomorrow, I get the staples out. Those things are itching.

Most of the swelling has done down now and I can feel the wires going to the battery, weird. Still quite sore from the surgery though. Since I can't see the incisions I tend to forget about them and move too much or lift something to heavy and am reminded very quickly they are back there nono.

We for some rain, freezing rain, and an inch or 2 of snow yesterday. Calling for a few inches Thursday too. It is going to be interesting if the snow does hit. I will have to break up my plowing into short sessions I guess.

Hope everyone is doing well and had a good weekend.

Take care,
Bill devil
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   Posted 2/19/2013 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope you're more comfortable after those staples are out Bill!

Am suffering a relapse - very disappointing. One week away from home seems all it takes to put me back 6 months. Don't think it's reflux, but the nausea is back and a lot of pain. Am hoping I can get back to where I was - can't face going to work with day long nausea again!!

Mind you, having read Kitt's chemo blog I don't think I should complain too much! Please keep Kitt in your thoughts and prayers.

MMM x
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   Posted 2/19/2013 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
MMM,

Sorry to hear you're struggling with nausea. Going to work is no picnic when you're feeling sick. I hope it gets better very soon.

You are so right about the fact that reading Kitt's chemo blog puts all of our little issues into perspective. I keep Kitt in my thoughts and prayers daily, and like you, I recommend that we all do! She's getting there, though...just three more! The light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. Love you Kitt!♥♥

Feel better, one and all!
Denise

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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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   Posted 2/19/2013 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise. Does it sound more like the gastritis side of things to you? I got wheezy at the house I was staying at in the school hols and used a lot more asthma meds than usual - always wonder if that plays a part, but obviously I can't let the asthma have free reign either!!


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   Posted 2/19/2013 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MMM,

Absolutely! My stomach hates antibiotics, and when it gets going it takes far too long to calm down. Prior to my surgery, whenever I'd get gastritis (often from antibiotics) I'd end up with esophagitis and asthma issues.

It's such a struggle, I know.
Best of luck getting it straightened around!
Denise

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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

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Eckhart Tolle

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   Posted 2/19/2013 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry it's been awhile since I've been in here. Too much going on and I've had limited time on the computer.

Bill, I'm glad you're doing okay with the surgery and recovery. I can't imagine having that surgery awake. You Are One Tough Dude!

Denise, I hope you're doing well and enjoying those grandbabies.

MM, Sorry you're having issues with your stomach again. I hope they can get it straighten out.

Kitt, I'm hoping you're feeling okay and when this round is over you won't need any more meds. (((((gentle hug)))))

As for me, I'm on a new pain med called gabapentin and it seems to be doing okay. But it's not helping my new neck and shoulders issues. The back of my neck gets stiff and sore a lot lately. Heating pad and muscle rub helps some but still grumbles. I'll make it through though.
Joy
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   Posted 2/19/2013 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. That's reassuring Denise - I've not had antibiotics but had to take a lot of ventolin last week and up the steroid inhaler. I think my stomach doesn't like it however!

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   Posted 2/19/2013 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
MMM,

Whenever my stomach acts up it gets the acid going. Hopefully you'll get things straightened around soon. You can't get Carafate over there, can you? Feel better soon!

Joy,
Hope that neck and shoulder area gets feeling better soon. Grandbabies are in your neck of the woods. Went with mommy to visit Great Grandma and Great Grandpa in Florida. I guess it's been cool the first few days, but they're expecting warmer weather soon. I'm having a week off from grandma duties, and took the week off from tutoring, too. Feels good to have a break.

Take care everyone!
Denise


Bill...Good idea to start a new thread...that one was getting really long.
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Eckhart Tolle

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   Posted 2/21/2013 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise,

I did try Carafate last year but it made me feel very very sick! I tried it last thing at night. Daytime I couldn't find a way to take it as I eat every couple of hours and on weekdays I have breakfast 30 mins after rising. I was looking forward to trying it - not sure why it made the nausea worse!!

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   Posted 2/21/2013 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MMM,
That's surprising. I find it extremely comforting, and it really helps heal things. I don't tend to get a lot of nausea with gastritis...just pain. When I take it, the pain stops. Wish it helped you!

Hope you're feeling better today!
Denise

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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

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   Posted 2/28/2013 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone

Sorry I have not been around recently.. I have been so tired from my work.. I work at the Clerks office in our county and I get the distinct privilege to sell foreclosures.. don't know if you all have seen the stats but Florida was #1 for foreclosures last year and in December my county was #1 in Florida. I am up to my ears in work... I am so thankful that (knock on wood) my health problems are minimal at this point.. almost 6 months since the ablation and almost 2 years now since the Nissen. I am doing well still after the Nissen. There are a couple things I still can't eat, bread and beef roast... it hasn't hurt though because I have not gained anything back from what I have lost. So happy...

I hope the spring and summer bring you all everything you have ever dreamed of!!!!

thanks for all of your support over these last couple of years, I couldn't have made it without you all.

Rainbows are right around the bend!!!!!
Sandi smurf tongue turn turn tongue smurf

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   Posted 3/20/2013 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to post an official WELCOME BACK to Kitt!!

It's wonderful to see you active on the forum again Kitt. Hope you're having some good days now but still putting your feet up as much as possible!

MMM x
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   Posted 3/20/2013 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll join you MMM in welcoming our Kitt back!

We missed you Kitt!

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 3/20/2013 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. Welcome back! <3
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   Posted 3/21/2013 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to have you back, Kitt!
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