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  • Weezard
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    Our friend is having a rotten 420. But there's good news.
    The cath yank is a turning point.
    Just leave the horses in the trailer. it's all downhill from here.
    By which I mean "get's mo' betta."
    Urine control? You're in control.
    And the dickfarts? Hmmm, Had nothing like that and no leak around either.
    I'm thinking it may be lefovers from the inflation for the robo-surgery.

    Mine was an incision. Through the lower belly.
    I wanted the surgeon to have the best view, and tactile feedback.
    Fricken robot has no clue how much damage it's doing without tactile feedback, yah?

    Spent the next night in a hotel then got a flight home the next morning.
    Your night sweats and low grade fever is concerning. Had none of that.
    Also thinking that diabetes is a factor here.

    Did not need Oxy.
    Had cannabis for the pain and no one claiming that would be a problem.
    It was not. Probably because they were unaware of it.
    Wish I'd had some oil, but inhalation titration sufficed.

    Be extra sweet to the wife. This is hard for her too.
    It's very easy to snap at people you love when you feel this poorly.
    At the very least remind her why you are so prickly and apologize in front, yah?
    It's not how long you've been together.
    It's how much crap you've been through together that really bonds a couple.

    Aloha, my friend, it gets better from here.
    Weeze


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    Originally posted by Cuddles View Post

    have you tried different iron supps or just the one, and make sure you always take iron after food and with vit E. this little trick helped me a lot. I recommend 100 mg in your current condition.
    btw, are you allowed canna oil whilst you´re over there?
    Thank you.

    I had been told the iron supplement I was using is one of the better ones re. less stomach upset, but I don't know that for certain; just a word from a friend.

    I've run low on my own thc extract, and have been purchasing cbd from a source in Portland; Doc's folks here let me continue with both through the day before surgery, but ceased the day -of- surgery, and at one point had said I could resume all my supplements after surgery, then asked me to abstain from ALL supplements for 1 week after surgery.

    My fear at this point, not for CBD or THc/THC-A, but for other more gruff items already mentioned, is that if I were to vomit at this point, I might injure the areas of th recent surgery.

    I've got decarbed flowers in the freezer at home right now, and will be doing a batch each of thc & thc-a very shortly after our return.

    I'll maybe try cutting my iron tabs in half, and taking them with my vitamin E when I return, and am past the point where nausea poses a risk.

    Thank you for your help & kindness.

    Take care.

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  • Cuddles
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    Originally posted by moose eater View Post

    Thanks Cuddles.

    The plant-based protein shakes I'm drinking contain 9 mg of iron each; yesterday, trying to hit potassium hard again (288 mg potassium each, & I did 4 of them over the course of yesterday), reflecting back on the more acute heart rates last late-Fall.

    Had to cease my 50 mg iron supplements last year, as after I'd eat 1, I'd be nauseous within 10-20 minutes. The night-time zinc supp. has similar effect on the gut, but no where near as severe.Much of medical care is now 'run' by bean counters at the insurance co's, and their non-provider bean-counter cohorts at the clinics & hospitals.

    I'm going to attempt to put on my most polite, non-threatening tone today, and, strategically, AFTER the catheter and wound drain tube, point out a half-dozen issues that might'v improved this whole affair, as well as saving their after-hours triage nursing staff a bit of time/$$; like, for STARTERS, why, in all of the related post-op literature, they don't have something in those pages assuring their (victims) that drips of urine that bypass the catheter tube, in some circumstances, can turn to a stream, rather than the more common drips? Or, why is there nothing stated about air bypassing the catheter, and escaping genitals, like a person is 'farting' from the wrong orifice?

    Just THOSE 2 additions COULD have saved several phone calls to the nurse line. Not to mention, avoiding those unnerving moments of, "WTF is THIS about??"

    It's not like these folks started doing this shit yesterday, and we (and they) now/already know/knew this stuff occurs!!!

    Medicine is now ALL about the $!

    When I was a youngster 50+ years ago, we knew our Docs by their first names, and they knew ours, and we often had good personal/professional relationships with them.

    I liked THAT model of medical care a LOT better.

    Thank you for your kindness.

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    'Gravity'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4746XZgw8
    have you tried different iron supps or just the one, and make sure you always take iron after food and with vit E. this little trick helped me a lot. I recommend 100 mg in your current condition.
    btw, are you allowed canna oil whilst you´re over there?

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  • trichrider
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    hoping everything comes out alright.
    at least you're prepared if it doesn't, keep your head up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIW6EPlqABM
    The Twelve Bar Bluesband - Life is Hard (when you play the blues)

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    Originally posted by Cuddles View Post
    lol, I had a similar conversation on the phone with the GPs assitant a short while ago. I asked if they could write down the double amount of my sleep meds so I don´t have to go in for my prescription so often. And she said that the insurance won´t allow it because I could be `dealing´ the stuff.
    Ironically there are some prescription things I could easily sell (if I had a buyer) because I actually have a surplus !

    Moose eater, about the blood loss - make sure you do drink lots of water and take some iron. It may make you feel better.

    kinda odd that they discharged you so quickly, or is that because there´s a shortage of beds? Sorry to hear you´re feeling sick and stuff. It´ll get better soo, I´m sure.
    Thanks Cuddles.

    The plant-based protein shakes I'm drinking contain 9 mg of iron each; yesterday, trying to hit potassium hard again (288 mg potassium each, & I did 4 of them over the course of yesterday), reflecting back on the more acute heart rates last late-Fall.

    Had to cease my 50 mg iron supplements last year, as after I'd eat 1, I'd be nauseous within 10-20 minutes. The night-time zinc supp. has similar effect on the gut, but no where near as severe.Much of medical care is now 'run' by bean counters at the insurance co's, and their non-provider bean-counter cohorts at the clinics & hospitals.

    I'm going to attempt to put on my most polite, non-threatening tone today, and, strategically, AFTER the catheter and wound drain tube, point out a half-dozen issues that might'v improved this whole affair, as well as saving their after-hours triage nursing staff a bit of time/$$; like, for STARTERS, why, in all of the related post-op literature, they don't have something in those pages assuring their (victims) that drips of urine that bypass the catheter tube, in some circumstances, can turn to a stream, rather than the more common drips? Or, why is there nothing stated about air bypassing the catheter, and escaping genitals, like a person is 'farting' from the wrong orifice?

    Just THOSE 2 additions COULD have saved several phone calls to the nurse line. Not to mention, avoiding those unnerving moments of, "WTF is THIS about??"

    It's not like these folks started doing this shit yesterday, and we (and they) now/already know/knew this stuff occurs!!!

    Medicine is now ALL about the $!

    When I was a youngster 50+ years ago, we knew our Docs by their first names, and they knew ours, and we often had good personal/professional relationships with them.

    I liked THAT model of medical care a LOT better.

    Thank you for your kindness.

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    'Gravity'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4746XZgw8

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  • Cuddles
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    NO SHIT!! No, I'm currently bored, and decided to scam you in order to get a non-controlled substance, so I can later market the motherfuckers on the street, when on-line price for 30 of the buggers is all of $4 !!!!!!! <sarcasm, extreme>
    lol, I had a similar conversation on the phone with the GPs assitant a short while ago. I asked if they could write down the double amount of my sleep meds so I don´t have to go in for my prescription so often. And she said that the insurance won´t allow it because I could be `dealing´ the stuff.
    Ironically there are some prescription things I could easily sell (if I had a buyer) because I actually have a surplus !

    Moose eater, about the blood loss - make sure you do drink lots of water and take some iron. It may make you feel better.

    kinda odd that they discharged you so quickly, or is that because there´s a shortage of beds? Sorry to hear you´re feeling sick and stuff. It´ll get better soo, I´m sure.

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    Thanks, folks.

    I haven't been this depressed in (????).

    EKG final results were posted last night from the ER visit, 2 nights after hosp. discharge; captured heart rate of 101 (two successive EKG's). At least something's steady. My normal, coming down for this, as well as in the hospital, was about 64 bpm to 71 bpm. The term they used in the EKG report was 'Sinus Tachycardia'; a phenomenon I'd not experienced since the suspected potassium deficiency that resulted during the depressed starvation diet, later Fall/early Winter of 2020.

    Catch-22; the clinic now has to be contacted to confirm I'm allowed to come in for my post-op appt., as I've been in & out of a fever, during COVID-19, while multiple sources have stated that low-grade fever (or so), and variable elevated heart rate are potential products of surgery. A fucking gerbil exercise wheel of potential conundrums...

    I guess I'm just along for the ride at this point.

    Glucose is mildly elevated this AM, but not too bad; some aspects of the body & functions seem more irritated than others. Reason? Who knows? Above my pay-grade, I guess.

    Muscle mass in parts of my body are down to what I estimate are 35% to 45% of previous. Read that cancer can create a release of a specific molecule that eventually has muscle and other tissue converted to sources of energy to feed tumors. Don't know that's the case, but I admittedly don't know a lot, anymore.

    On-call (telephone-based) triage nurse stated protocol for direction of tx last night was to go back in to ER. I told the very kind woman that the last time I did that, 2 nights after discharge, it produced a whopper bill, and, other than validating my reported status, resulted in 2 residents assuming it was a panic/anxiety attack. It's NOT!! I'd have to care more than I do at this point for that to be the case. I'm calm, other than for heart-rate, and am mostly speaking/acting calmly.

    I've grown tired of this. I was more functional, with better, more reliable stats WITH the cancer, if not for fear of metastases. I've basically surrendered now to this whole thing ending however it ends.

    Times of anger still occur, though, re. the contributing factors that have influenced the recovery. 'Nuff said.

    Stick a fork in me. I'm done for now.

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    Racing heart rate came back tonight; w/o any fever. Sweated pretty good again, as well. There was stiff tension in the tissue between left pectoralis & left arm-pit.

    Big day tomorrow, with catheter & drain tube coming out.

    Things right now seem serious, but not knowing what the real cause is creates an additional hurdle.

    Made sure to let my younger son know how much I love him, and to sincerely emphasize that he truly is my hero; mighty proud of that young man.

    We'll see what tomorrow brings, if anything, other than another PNW sunrise.

    Is it possible this is some of my karma coming back? Yep. Probably so. Could well be. Or just another lesson in accepting, however reluctantly, that there's many things in life that are out of our control, no matter how much we might wish it were otherwise.

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  • sdd420
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    The Band You don’t know the shape I’m in
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    Fever came back after nothing more than getting up to use the restroom, and typing 3 paragraphs while I did so. It was accompanied by that 'woozy' 'other-worldly' sense of being.

    If I were to guess, I'd say I'm either having a fight between immune system, and post-op infection, or low blood supply.

    I'll abstain from posting my opinion re. being discharged from the 1.5 days in the hospital with notably lower hemoglobin and hematocrit counts; the 'new' era of conveyor-belt medicine; rack 'em, pack 'em, and stack 'em, and move 'em on out for the next victim... err..... 'patient' with insurance and/or cash-flow.

    Feeling a bit cynical and physically out-of-sorts at the moment.

    Wrote through the portal last night, asking if I could get a minor refill of an anti-nausea drug (4 mg Zofran) they'd prescribed at discharge, and they (no name on the reply) wrote back asking if I was actually still having nausea.

    NO SHIT!! No, I'm currently bored, and decided to scam you in order to get a non-controlled substance, so I can later market the motherfuckers on the street, when on-line price for 30 of the buggers is all of $4 !!!!!!! <sarcasm, extreme>.

    So I politely wrote back and gave them a relatively concise review of the last day or so, after which I experienced..... fucking nausea.

    If it escaped anyone's notice, I'll clarify, I'm a bit miffed at some of the ivory tower folks in our culture; as though there's a direct correlation between status, credentials, and a measurable decline in basic common fucking sense!! I'm probably NOT the guy they'd want to invite to dinner tonight....

    "Come the revolution..... there'll be some changes!!!"

    I'll write back to them shortly to inform the twice-removed folks of the most recent ride through dizziness and puke-ville; though I've managed to avoid actually puking thus far. But the thought of puking into multiple masks in an airport, or while in the air would be FAR less than an ideal circumstance.

    Sometimes I wonder how some folks can be so brilliant, yet SO f'ing ignorant.

    It's entirely possible, based on symptoms, that I have some degree of internal bleeding going on, or perforations of some sort. On the bright side, if it becomes catastrophic at some point, my wife & youngest son might be in for a BIG pay-day; the hospital's $$$, and my life policy.

    <rant off>

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    'Ain't No Sunshine'

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    Originally posted by sdd420 View Post
    Hang in there, improvements are slow but steady you know
    Thanks, sdd.

    My fever went up last night to at least 100.3, w/ my face ready for an abrupt outing.

    When I woke up a couple different times, I'd sweated the sheets wet enough that we put towels down to go back to sleep on. But when I woke up this morning, my temp was normal, and I felt better than I have since surgery. Literally I felt like my normal self, but for a slight pinching pain at an incision site that had previously not complained much.

    Primary concern this AM is the rather slow or no draining into the catheter, which, along with the wound drain, is supposed to come out tomorrow. And there's some mild nausea, that I fear for the potential damage to incision sites, if I wretch hard and tense all those related muscles.

    Thanks for your kindness.

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    'Patience'

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    Originally posted by Gry View Post

    Recall having read a good butler is a wonderful asset to have in life.
    Should one be so fortunate.
    Wishing the best for you.
    Thanks, Gry. That brought a chuckle for several reasons.

    Hope all's well with you this morning..

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    Originally posted by tobedetermined View Post

    The hospital where I had surgery didn’t let anybody in with a respirator style mask - nothing but a blue surgical mask was allowed. I wore mine all the way to the OR table. And when I came alive in Post-op, I had one on, but they had added a spacer so it wasn’t tight on my mouth & nose. We are in the middle of a lockdown again (the virulent 3rd wave) and the hospitals are stressed near maximum. They stopped all elective surgeries three days after mine.
    We wear a surgery mask over the P100s, to cover the exhaust port, to avoid the message of not being concerned for those around us. The airline we fly has banned any ported masks, covered or not, but we wear the 2 masks, along with face shields (mine being heavy duty, by Venom) over those. When they've occasionally announced 'No ported masks' over the PA system in the boarding area, -potentially- as a result of past communications with them, written and voice both, I simply volunteer NO info.

    For the hospitals and elsewhere, our mask protocols haven't posed an issue at all.

    In my past correspondence with the airline, it quickly became apparent that this was another classic case of refusal to discuss an illogical policy, simply because line workers, even in customer support, will NOT 'push the river' where a long-crafted policy is the focus.

    Cynically speaking, my interpretation in such moments has been, "Look, we've spent a LOT of time and $ crafting a policy that hopes to cover our asses for liability & uniformity; we're not about to question the sensibility of that policy, so we can improve it for anyone."

    I'd asked them, verbatim, many times, "How is a minimal surgery mask covering a 3" diameter wet mouth, safer than that same surgery mask covering a <1" diaphragmed port, with additional space inside for moist air being exhaled?" I got ZERO response, even when they had said multiple times that a higher-up from customer care would contact me to discuss this.

    Bottom line? They don't really want an analysis of the effectiveness of a policy. They want compliance whether the policy makes sense or not, but they mostly want the $$$$$.

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  • sdd420
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    Hang in there, improvements are slow but steady you know

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  • tobedetermined
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    Originally posted by moose eater View Post
    so the GVS P-100 Elipse half-mask can get a good seal, if out & about.
    The hospital where I had surgery didn’t let anybody in with a respirator style mask - nothing but a blue surgical mask was allowed. I wore mine all the way to the OR table. And when I came alive in Post-op, I had one on, but they had added a spacer so it wasn’t tight on my mouth & nose. We are in the middle of a lockdown again (the virulent 3rd wave) and the hospitals are stressed near maximum. They stopped all elective surgeries three days after mine.

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