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I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD LAUGH OR CRY OR BOTH !!!!!

Posted by Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 05:35 (076467)

Hi Everyone , Even though I don't post that much , I still read the board everyday . It is after 3:00 am and I can't sleep . So I thought I would tell you all about my injections yesterday . The morning started out good. I got to the surgery center at 6:30 . My schedule time was at 7:30 , I was my Pain doctor's first patient do the day . It works out great for me this way , I don't have much time to think or get anxiety ...

The nurse comes in to put in my IV . She could not do it . This lady tried over and over to get it in. By this time I was in tears it hurt so bad. Then An OR nurse came out and told her not to try anymore and to wait for my doctor . I did not know this , but they are only suppose to try two times and if they can't do it they are suppose to ask the doctor. Let me tell you like this , I was have never been so happy to see my Pain doctor.

So he comes in and says to me , you are not to happy . I said no , by this time I have tape and cotton in differnt places on my hands , and arms . So my Pain doctor trys to put the IV needle in , he did it in two trys . Thank God , because I could not take it anymore. What happen was I was very dehydrated and and my vains kept rolling everytime they tryed...

My left hand is still real swollen and all kinds of colors and my arm on myt right side is the same way .... For a minute I really thought this nurse was getting joy out of this ... Finally I had to tell her to stop .

My injections went great , this was my 7th one . It worked , I was very happy to say . The only other thing was when I woke up my BP was only 95 over 55 , I have no clue why , they made me wait till they took it again and it was the same . They still let me go . I really don't understand my BP being that low. When I first got there it was 124 over 69 which is really good. Maybe all the drugs they use....

I am sorry for thoese of you who don't know what kind of injections these were , it was nerve blocks in my spine for RSD .

Also I did see my Pod on Wed to go over all reports and second opinions. I will be having my surgery really soon . He put in for the approvel on Wed to my WC .

I will have a Tarsel tunnel release and a fascia relese and he is going to take out the fibroma , which has grown . I told him I will do everything he tells me to get better.... I will let you all know my date as soon as I find out . It is going on three years since this all started . MY Pod and I feel this is the best thing to do to help my foot to recover. I still will have the RSD , but the day of surgery I will have a epidural catheter implanted that will stay in my spine for about 6 weeks for the RSD .

My best to all of you . I don't think I had a very good day yesterday .. But today is a new one ......Laurie R

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Ardee W. on 3/15/02 at 07:25 (076473)

Good Morning, Laurie R.! Hopefully by now, you may have been able to go back to sleep. I have never heard about the RSD and I was cringing reading your description of what you went through yesterday! Whoa! Although, it was another confirmation to me that my upping drinking water has many benefits. It is sometimes all you can say, is tomorrow is another day to start over fresh. Do you know that song, 'Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're only a day away!' ? I sing that from time to time.

Certainly hope that your surgery is successful! Let us know the date.

Take care!

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Carmen H on 3/15/02 at 07:55 (076476)

What a mess! Laurie....they have no idea what you have been through do they? those nurses....or they wouldn't have kept doing that to you.
I feel for you...I passed out one time getting an IV she jabbed it so hard. they are NO fun.
You hang in here...get some rest!!!

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Rick R on 3/15/02 at 08:04 (076478)

Hi Laurie,

I think you are the first person I responded to when I found this site a couple of years ago. I have tried to keep up with your progress when I can. Thank God you finally seem to have competent people willing to help you.

The last time I was in the emergency room I had a paramedic trainee try to tap into my veins to no avail. The nurse got tired of waiting and slipped it in on one try. I think if you look like someome that can handle it you get the privilege of being the practice case. I figured better me than my 97 year old grandfather or my kids. Could be we should take it as a compliment when we are the chosen pin cushions.

I hope your long awaited surgery is as successful as your most optimistict dream. Mine has held up so well for 5 years that I have been able to screw up other body parts doing stupid things. Best of luck.

Rick

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Tammie on 3/15/02 at 08:06 (076479)

Laurie, You just get thru each day with always a good thought , Dont you? You seem to have been pushed to the limit of most of the strongest could indure. It has to be your turn to finally get your chance at some relief from pain! Yes my dear there is always tomorrow, especially when there is love in your heart and in your eyes! So I am wishing and praying for you to always have a tomorrow and the love in your heart! I do hope that you feel better and that today is a beautiful day for sunshine and love! Hugs to you and hope you are feeling better.

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Julie on 3/15/02 at 08:18 (076484)

It's ok to cry, Laurie - who could blame you??! Both is ok too (if I were you I'd be in stitches over Rick's post - as a matter of fact, I am.)

It sounds awful, and I'm glad it's over.

I think it may have been the shock that lowered your blood pressure temporarily.

Get a good rest now. I'm glad the injection worked, and I hope you wake up in less pain tomorrow.

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Jackie S on 3/15/02 at 08:54 (076491)

Lauie, I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience getting your IV. Next time you have to have one ask the nurse to use some local anesthesia (lidocaine) before she/he inserts the needle. The nurse will use an itty bitty needle to inject the lidocaine (which only stings for a couple of seconds and is nothing like the pain from the IV - I know, I have had them both ways, plus I put them in people all the time) and then wait a few seconds for it to be really numb before putting in the IV.

Hope this helps.

Oh, and I've been doing this for about 30 years and have yet to meet a nurse who enjoys hurting people. Although I have met a few who didn't know when to quit.

Jackie

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john h on 3/15/02 at 09:14 (076494)

Laurie I will say this. I have had a tarsal tunnel release and PF release at the same time. Probably not much more than 30 minutes to do and not much pain afterwards. My wife drove me home. Your biggest problem will probably be using the crutches for two weeks. If you have never used them I suggest you get them now and practice before you really need them. They can be tough on your wrist if you do not use them correctly. Download from many places the instructions on using crutches and make sure you 'know' how to use them properly before surgery.

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Rich on 3/15/02 at 09:22 (076496)

Go ahead, Laurie, and do both. I truly believe it helps the soul! And don't ever let them play pin cushion on you again. You are an inspiration to others with your bright outlook on tomorrow...or is that today? :)

I'm down south in Louisiana, not far from Carole C...although not out in the Gulf! Today looks promising...highs into the 80's with a nice breeze, even have a few windows open for the fresh air. That's enough to lift my spirits along with reading your post!

Thank God there is always another tomorrow! Have a truly blessed day!

Rich

Re: HOW TO TELL WHEN THINGS ARE WORKING , WHEN YOU STOP DOING THEM FOR A WHILE

Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 12:15 (076512)

Thanks everyone for your support .When I woke up at 1:30 am this morning , I knew I could come here and get the support I needed... I did go back to sleep for a few hours.... Today the sun is out , not warm but it is so nice to see the sun. I had so much anger yesterday and pain I let it get the best of me. Today is a new day and I let it go . I feel so much better.

How to know something really is working .I was doing Julie's yoga tape two times a day . I felt wonderful aftr doing so and the good feelings were staying with me . Then I stopped , their was a lot of different things going on . Tomorrow when I can sit on the floor I will start doing it again . I want thoes good feelings back . This was a good way to see if it really was working . I am here to say it did help in such a big way , I can't wait for tomorrow .... Thank you again Julie for all your support.

Jackie , you are so right I don't think their is a nurse anywhere that would enjoy hurting someone. I know the nurse I had yesterday had to have felt really bad . I always send the nurses a thank you card after my spinel injections , I will do so this time too. I did forget her name , but I will call the surgery center to find out. So you have been a nurse for 30 years ? How wonderful.. Do you work in a hospital or doctor's office ?

John thanks for your reply , I have used crutches for a long time . about a year and half I was put in about 6 ot 7 hard casts no weight for 6 weeks each time. I got pretty good with the crutches. Your right , you really have to know how to use them .

Thank you Carmen and Rich and Ardee and Tammie for your kind words , you all are in my heart ... I really believe that God only gives us what we can handle and it is how you handle each thing you are given and what you do with it . Yesterday I did let my anger get to me , but today it is gone and I am taking it as I learned something That is only let them try two times after that I will ask to wait for my doctor ...It was not the nurse's fault , but at the time I was in so much pain that I just wanted her away from me.

Rick , you and I do go way back .. You have always been so positive and I have learned so much from you over the years ..... email me when you get a chance and let me know how you are doing , I really miss talking to you .

(email removed)

Thank you all again , I will keep you posted on my surgery date .. I feel very positive about it and I know it is going to help me with the terrible tendon pain. My goal is to stay positive and when I do , everything is alright .....

Much love to all , Laurie R

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Julie on 3/15/02 at 14:35 (076527)

Laurie, it's good the tape is helping you. And it's useful for you to see the difference when you don't practise. It gives you the inspiration to resume.

You don't have to sit on the floor if it's uncomfortable or impossible. You can sit in a chair. The most important thing is that your spine is upright.

I'm glad the sun is shining for you today. It has been raining a cold rain and blowing a cold east wind here for three days. I want it to stop!

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SteveP on 3/15/02 at 14:46 (076528)

Hi Laurie -- Like you, I'm not posting much any more. But I want you to know that you're a courageous lady & you're doing all the right things to get better.

Hang in there! It will all be worth it.

Best............Steve

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Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 16:18 (076538)

Dear Steve , thank you for your kind words , all I can say I have been trying . I will not give up and I am really ready to get a part of my life back .... My dream is still alive and I will do it , it may take sometime , but I will never give up on my long walk on the beach .

How are you doing ? It has been a while since you have posted on yourself . When you have time I would love to hear how you are..... My best to you ... Laurie R

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nancy s. on 3/15/02 at 16:38 (076541)

laurie, you are one courageous, compassionate, strong, eager-to-learn fighter through struggles, and a huge inspiration to many on this board. bless your heart.
love, nancy

Re: About the catheter.....

BrianG on 3/15/02 at 19:45 (076549)

Hi Laurie,

Glad to hear the injections are working for you. Could you tell me a little more about the epidural catheter that you still have. Is it pumping some type of med (Pain?) into your spine at timed intervals? I've heard about the implantable pain pumps, just wondering if this is what you have? Glad your felling better, Ms. Pin Cushion :*)

BrianG

Re: About the catheter.....

Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 20:44 (076554)

Hi Brian , Yes this is Ms Pin Cushion ....LOL I don't have the catheter yet . I will have it put in the day of my foot surgery . What it will be is a epidural catheter , it will be put into my spine and the catheter tube will go from there through my stomach just under the skin out through my side . The pump will be outside and I will wear it on my hip . It is not the morphine pump that some get implanted , this is different. I will probably have this in for about 6 weeks . Yes they it will have pain meds going in it . I will have home health care , a nurse will come to my house like every other day to make sure it is ok and I don't get an infection . The nurse will be the one to fill it . Thank God , knowing we I would not do it right .

This will do the same thing the nerve blocks have been doing. They have to do this due to the RSD , with surgery the RSD can spread and make the sympathetic nerve go crazy . It was this or I had the choice to go to the hospital two times a week for the spinel injections. My Pod wants me off my foot after surgery , so going to have the nerve blocks done twice a week would be to much . Plus both my Pain doctor and my Pod thinks the epidural catheter would be the best choice in treating the RSD after surgery . I agree ..

I hope I answered your questions , if not let me know and I will try .

The meds are morphine and I think something to numb the nerves , the same as they use for the spinel injections.

Laurie R

Re: Sounds good to me

BrianG on 3/15/02 at 20:59 (076556)

Thanks, yep you expained it well. I've heard of people wearing the pump on the outside during trial tests for the implantable pump. They don't usually have them for more than a week, as the doctor will know in that amount of time if an implantable pump will be appropriate.

I think it's great that you'll have this pump, due to the RSD. I know it will make you feel much better. I'm sure they will explain everything to you, but remember to keep you doctor informed of everything. Sometimes they do have to change the dose, say if your not getting enough relief, or if you end up sick to your stomach, etc. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing !!! As always, good luck

BrianG

Re: Hi Laurie

Anthony P on 3/15/02 at 23:13 (076559)

Hi Laurie , I what to wish you good luck with your up coming surgery . My prayer go out to you, You are a very couragous
kind hearted person . As always best wishes to you Anthony P : )

Re: Laurie and IV's

wendyn on 3/16/02 at 13:27 (076582)

I don't know if it will be any consolation or not Laurie, but that is almost my routine experience with IV's. Appparently I have very tiny veins, even when well hydrated.

I have memories of two nurses trying to re-insert an IV 1 day after my bunion surgery. I had been taking morphine, but I had an allergic reaction...so they had me on Benadryl for the itching, Gravol for the nausea, and Leratine (sp?) a narcotic for the pain.

I didn't know my last name.

The two of them sat and poked my hands forever, and then finally gave up and went and got a specialist from the ER. I looked down and both my hands were swollen and looked like pin cushions.

I was so drugged up, it had taken forever for me to finally say 'Hey - that hurts!'

I had to have an IV a few years ago, and the first nurse took one look at my veins and went and got the resident 'pro'.

This woman proceeded to SMACK my hand several times trying to get the veins to pop up.

After one particularly forceful smack, I looked her right in the eyes and quietly said 'Do that one more time and I WILL smack you back'.

She got the IV in on the first try.

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nancy s. on 3/16/02 at 17:14 (076597)

i like that, wendy.
i like it a lot.
i'll remember it when i'm being a pin cushion or some kind of guinea pig.
thanks!
nancy

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

Anthony P on 3/16/02 at 21:03 (076607)

Hi Wendy , I read that you had bunion surgery. Do you know of anything that helps this condition and what are the symtems that you had ?
Here is the history of my problem: From favoring my bad left foot for the
past two years My right bunion felt like it gave out while climbing up some
stairs ,burning in the top of the joint this happened about fiue weeks ago
After a few days it felt like it was back to normal now it happened again
this time no stairs I was just walking along and all the sudden my 1st toe
joint felt like it was dislocating ,I couldnt take another step for a few
minutes then it was OK again . It would be great if you could send me a
message at (email removed) Thank You Anthony P

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

wendyn on 3/16/02 at 23:20 (076613)

Hi Anthony - please let me know you read this post so I know that I don't have to email too.

I had a 'dorsal' bunion operated on about 9 years ago. Dorsal just means that it was on the top of my foot rather than the side.

Before the surgery, it was causing me an incredible amount of pain. For me - the surgery did wonders, and the bunion has only started to bother me again in the last 2 or 3 years...and still not as bad as before.

When the surgeon did the surgery, she told me that that the bunion was caused by the mechanical probems in my feet - and that I would likely start to have pain again within 5 to 10 years.

I had so much pain before the surgery, the surgery was well worth it for me.

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

Anthony P on 3/17/02 at 09:09 (076629)

Wendy, Thank you for the info, Like you my bunion is at the dorsal . Glad to read that the surgery helped you : )
Is there a way I can stop this problem before it becomes worse ? Any conserative treatments?
So how is the weather up there in canada ? Here on the east coast we had the warmest winter only 6.5 inches of
snow all season . Have a great day : ) AnthonyP

Re: Anthony

wendyn on 3/17/02 at 09:32 (076630)

Our weather SUCKS! It is so $^&*( cold, and it is snowing. People are SO miserable because it has been like this for about a month now with no break.

Anyway.

I understand that these bunions are usually caused by gait problems, and the constant jamming of the joint.

Orthotics are supposed to help, as well as good shoes with a wide toe box. Anything that squishes the bunion will make it worse.

I also suspect that high impact sports, especially running will be something to avoid.

Are you considering surgery?

Re: Wendy it s snowing here lol

Anthony P on 3/17/02 at 21:04 (076687)

OK , Wendy did you send me snow along with your post : ) We got a dusting today that changed to rain .
No I'm not considering surgery , My orthotics are about a year old and when I wear new shoes this
makes things worse So maybe its time for new orthotics ? At $400.00 for orthotics I hope not .
I'll try to send you warmer weather : )) Cheers Happy St Patricks day all !! Anthony P

Re: Wendy it s snowing here lol

wendyn on 3/17/02 at 21:16 (076695)

Yes but is it -22 C? I would take the snow without complaining if it weren't so %*&^# cold.

Re: I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD LAUGH OR CRY OR BOTH !!!!!

Suzanne D on 3/18/02 at 14:26 (076743)

I'm so sorry you had a rough time with the I.V., Laurie. I've had difficulties with that before - two or threee nurses trying, veins rolling, etc. A few years ago a nurse told me that if you drink beforehand (if that is allowed with whatever procedure you're having) it can help. She explained about the dehydrating and how that could make it harder.

I hope today is a MUCH better day! :-)

Re: to Wendy...

Suzanne D on 3/18/02 at 14:32 (076745)

Hi, Wendy. At the time of my hysterectomy 14 years ago, a nurse was having a terrible time trying to get an I.V. in my hand. I finally said, 'Are you doing any good?' to which she responded by redoubling her efforts to smack my hand to get the veins to stand up, I guess.

I pulled my hand back and said, 'Please go get someone else to try. This is really hurting.' She did, but not before she had jabbed a certain spot and - I believe - hit a nerve. For a LONG time afterwards, if I turned my hand a certain way, I had really sharp, shooting pains at that spot.

I should have spoken up sooner!

Re: Suzanne

wendyn on 3/18/02 at 15:00 (076746)

Me too - but it's amazing how much we will sit there and take.

What annoyed me is that the nurse seemed to have completely forgotten that there was actually a real person attached to the hand!

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Ardee W. on 3/15/02 at 07:25 (076473)

Good Morning, Laurie R.! Hopefully by now, you may have been able to go back to sleep. I have never heard about the RSD and I was cringing reading your description of what you went through yesterday! Whoa! Although, it was another confirmation to me that my upping drinking water has many benefits. It is sometimes all you can say, is tomorrow is another day to start over fresh. Do you know that song, 'Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're only a day away!' ? I sing that from time to time.

Certainly hope that your surgery is successful! Let us know the date.

Take care!

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Carmen H on 3/15/02 at 07:55 (076476)

What a mess! Laurie....they have no idea what you have been through do they? those nurses....or they wouldn't have kept doing that to you.
I feel for you...I passed out one time getting an IV she jabbed it so hard. they are NO fun.
You hang in here...get some rest!!!

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Rick R on 3/15/02 at 08:04 (076478)

Hi Laurie,

I think you are the first person I responded to when I found this site a couple of years ago. I have tried to keep up with your progress when I can. Thank God you finally seem to have competent people willing to help you.

The last time I was in the emergency room I had a paramedic trainee try to tap into my veins to no avail. The nurse got tired of waiting and slipped it in on one try. I think if you look like someome that can handle it you get the privilege of being the practice case. I figured better me than my 97 year old grandfather or my kids. Could be we should take it as a compliment when we are the chosen pin cushions.

I hope your long awaited surgery is as successful as your most optimistict dream. Mine has held up so well for 5 years that I have been able to screw up other body parts doing stupid things. Best of luck.

Rick

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Tammie on 3/15/02 at 08:06 (076479)

Laurie, You just get thru each day with always a good thought , Dont you? You seem to have been pushed to the limit of most of the strongest could indure. It has to be your turn to finally get your chance at some relief from pain! Yes my dear there is always tomorrow, especially when there is love in your heart and in your eyes! So I am wishing and praying for you to always have a tomorrow and the love in your heart! I do hope that you feel better and that today is a beautiful day for sunshine and love! Hugs to you and hope you are feeling better.

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Julie on 3/15/02 at 08:18 (076484)

It's ok to cry, Laurie - who could blame you??! Both is ok too (if I were you I'd be in stitches over Rick's post - as a matter of fact, I am.)

It sounds awful, and I'm glad it's over.

I think it may have been the shock that lowered your blood pressure temporarily.

Get a good rest now. I'm glad the injection worked, and I hope you wake up in less pain tomorrow.

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Jackie S on 3/15/02 at 08:54 (076491)

Lauie, I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience getting your IV. Next time you have to have one ask the nurse to use some local anesthesia (lidocaine) before she/he inserts the needle. The nurse will use an itty bitty needle to inject the lidocaine (which only stings for a couple of seconds and is nothing like the pain from the IV - I know, I have had them both ways, plus I put them in people all the time) and then wait a few seconds for it to be really numb before putting in the IV.

Hope this helps.

Oh, and I've been doing this for about 30 years and have yet to meet a nurse who enjoys hurting people. Although I have met a few who didn't know when to quit.

Jackie

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john h on 3/15/02 at 09:14 (076494)

Laurie I will say this. I have had a tarsal tunnel release and PF release at the same time. Probably not much more than 30 minutes to do and not much pain afterwards. My wife drove me home. Your biggest problem will probably be using the crutches for two weeks. If you have never used them I suggest you get them now and practice before you really need them. They can be tough on your wrist if you do not use them correctly. Download from many places the instructions on using crutches and make sure you 'know' how to use them properly before surgery.

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Rich on 3/15/02 at 09:22 (076496)

Go ahead, Laurie, and do both. I truly believe it helps the soul! And don't ever let them play pin cushion on you again. You are an inspiration to others with your bright outlook on tomorrow...or is that today? :)

I'm down south in Louisiana, not far from Carole C...although not out in the Gulf! Today looks promising...highs into the 80's with a nice breeze, even have a few windows open for the fresh air. That's enough to lift my spirits along with reading your post!

Thank God there is always another tomorrow! Have a truly blessed day!

Rich

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Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 12:15 (076512)

Thanks everyone for your support .When I woke up at 1:30 am this morning , I knew I could come here and get the support I needed... I did go back to sleep for a few hours.... Today the sun is out , not warm but it is so nice to see the sun. I had so much anger yesterday and pain I let it get the best of me. Today is a new day and I let it go . I feel so much better.

How to know something really is working .I was doing Julie's yoga tape two times a day . I felt wonderful aftr doing so and the good feelings were staying with me . Then I stopped , their was a lot of different things going on . Tomorrow when I can sit on the floor I will start doing it again . I want thoes good feelings back . This was a good way to see if it really was working . I am here to say it did help in such a big way , I can't wait for tomorrow .... Thank you again Julie for all your support.

Jackie , you are so right I don't think their is a nurse anywhere that would enjoy hurting someone. I know the nurse I had yesterday had to have felt really bad . I always send the nurses a thank you card after my spinel injections , I will do so this time too. I did forget her name , but I will call the surgery center to find out. So you have been a nurse for 30 years ? How wonderful.. Do you work in a hospital or doctor's office ?

John thanks for your reply , I have used crutches for a long time . about a year and half I was put in about 6 ot 7 hard casts no weight for 6 weeks each time. I got pretty good with the crutches. Your right , you really have to know how to use them .

Thank you Carmen and Rich and Ardee and Tammie for your kind words , you all are in my heart ... I really believe that God only gives us what we can handle and it is how you handle each thing you are given and what you do with it . Yesterday I did let my anger get to me , but today it is gone and I am taking it as I learned something That is only let them try two times after that I will ask to wait for my doctor ...It was not the nurse's fault , but at the time I was in so much pain that I just wanted her away from me.

Rick , you and I do go way back .. You have always been so positive and I have learned so much from you over the years ..... email me when you get a chance and let me know how you are doing , I really miss talking to you .

(email removed)

Thank you all again , I will keep you posted on my surgery date .. I feel very positive about it and I know it is going to help me with the terrible tendon pain. My goal is to stay positive and when I do , everything is alright .....

Much love to all , Laurie R

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Julie on 3/15/02 at 14:35 (076527)

Laurie, it's good the tape is helping you. And it's useful for you to see the difference when you don't practise. It gives you the inspiration to resume.

You don't have to sit on the floor if it's uncomfortable or impossible. You can sit in a chair. The most important thing is that your spine is upright.

I'm glad the sun is shining for you today. It has been raining a cold rain and blowing a cold east wind here for three days. I want it to stop!

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SteveP on 3/15/02 at 14:46 (076528)

Hi Laurie -- Like you, I'm not posting much any more. But I want you to know that you're a courageous lady & you're doing all the right things to get better.

Hang in there! It will all be worth it.

Best............Steve

Re: HOW TO TELL WHEN THINGS ARE WORKING , WHEN YOU STOP DOING THEM FOR A WHILE

Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 16:18 (076538)

Dear Steve , thank you for your kind words , all I can say I have been trying . I will not give up and I am really ready to get a part of my life back .... My dream is still alive and I will do it , it may take sometime , but I will never give up on my long walk on the beach .

How are you doing ? It has been a while since you have posted on yourself . When you have time I would love to hear how you are..... My best to you ... Laurie R

Re: HOW TO TELL WHEN THINGS ARE WORKING , WHEN YOU STOP DOING THEM FOR A WHILE

nancy s. on 3/15/02 at 16:38 (076541)

laurie, you are one courageous, compassionate, strong, eager-to-learn fighter through struggles, and a huge inspiration to many on this board. bless your heart.
love, nancy

Re: About the catheter.....

BrianG on 3/15/02 at 19:45 (076549)

Hi Laurie,

Glad to hear the injections are working for you. Could you tell me a little more about the epidural catheter that you still have. Is it pumping some type of med (Pain?) into your spine at timed intervals? I've heard about the implantable pain pumps, just wondering if this is what you have? Glad your felling better, Ms. Pin Cushion :*)

BrianG

Re: About the catheter.....

Laurie R on 3/15/02 at 20:44 (076554)

Hi Brian , Yes this is Ms Pin Cushion ....LOL I don't have the catheter yet . I will have it put in the day of my foot surgery . What it will be is a epidural catheter , it will be put into my spine and the catheter tube will go from there through my stomach just under the skin out through my side . The pump will be outside and I will wear it on my hip . It is not the morphine pump that some get implanted , this is different. I will probably have this in for about 6 weeks . Yes they it will have pain meds going in it . I will have home health care , a nurse will come to my house like every other day to make sure it is ok and I don't get an infection . The nurse will be the one to fill it . Thank God , knowing we I would not do it right .

This will do the same thing the nerve blocks have been doing. They have to do this due to the RSD , with surgery the RSD can spread and make the sympathetic nerve go crazy . It was this or I had the choice to go to the hospital two times a week for the spinel injections. My Pod wants me off my foot after surgery , so going to have the nerve blocks done twice a week would be to much . Plus both my Pain doctor and my Pod thinks the epidural catheter would be the best choice in treating the RSD after surgery . I agree ..

I hope I answered your questions , if not let me know and I will try .

The meds are morphine and I think something to numb the nerves , the same as they use for the spinel injections.

Laurie R

Re: Sounds good to me

BrianG on 3/15/02 at 20:59 (076556)

Thanks, yep you expained it well. I've heard of people wearing the pump on the outside during trial tests for the implantable pump. They don't usually have them for more than a week, as the doctor will know in that amount of time if an implantable pump will be appropriate.

I think it's great that you'll have this pump, due to the RSD. I know it will make you feel much better. I'm sure they will explain everything to you, but remember to keep you doctor informed of everything. Sometimes they do have to change the dose, say if your not getting enough relief, or if you end up sick to your stomach, etc. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing !!! As always, good luck

BrianG

Re: Hi Laurie

Anthony P on 3/15/02 at 23:13 (076559)

Hi Laurie , I what to wish you good luck with your up coming surgery . My prayer go out to you, You are a very couragous
kind hearted person . As always best wishes to you Anthony P : )

Re: Laurie and IV's

wendyn on 3/16/02 at 13:27 (076582)

I don't know if it will be any consolation or not Laurie, but that is almost my routine experience with IV's. Appparently I have very tiny veins, even when well hydrated.

I have memories of two nurses trying to re-insert an IV 1 day after my bunion surgery. I had been taking morphine, but I had an allergic reaction...so they had me on Benadryl for the itching, Gravol for the nausea, and Leratine (sp?) a narcotic for the pain.

I didn't know my last name.

The two of them sat and poked my hands forever, and then finally gave up and went and got a specialist from the ER. I looked down and both my hands were swollen and looked like pin cushions.

I was so drugged up, it had taken forever for me to finally say 'Hey - that hurts!'

I had to have an IV a few years ago, and the first nurse took one look at my veins and went and got the resident 'pro'.

This woman proceeded to SMACK my hand several times trying to get the veins to pop up.

After one particularly forceful smack, I looked her right in the eyes and quietly said 'Do that one more time and I WILL smack you back'.

She got the IV in on the first try.

Re: Laurie and IV's

nancy s. on 3/16/02 at 17:14 (076597)

i like that, wendy.
i like it a lot.
i'll remember it when i'm being a pin cushion or some kind of guinea pig.
thanks!
nancy

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

Anthony P on 3/16/02 at 21:03 (076607)

Hi Wendy , I read that you had bunion surgery. Do you know of anything that helps this condition and what are the symtems that you had ?
Here is the history of my problem: From favoring my bad left foot for the
past two years My right bunion felt like it gave out while climbing up some
stairs ,burning in the top of the joint this happened about fiue weeks ago
After a few days it felt like it was back to normal now it happened again
this time no stairs I was just walking along and all the sudden my 1st toe
joint felt like it was dislocating ,I couldnt take another step for a few
minutes then it was OK again . It would be great if you could send me a
message at (email removed) Thank You Anthony P

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

wendyn on 3/16/02 at 23:20 (076613)

Hi Anthony - please let me know you read this post so I know that I don't have to email too.

I had a 'dorsal' bunion operated on about 9 years ago. Dorsal just means that it was on the top of my foot rather than the side.

Before the surgery, it was causing me an incredible amount of pain. For me - the surgery did wonders, and the bunion has only started to bother me again in the last 2 or 3 years...and still not as bad as before.

When the surgeon did the surgery, she told me that that the bunion was caused by the mechanical probems in my feet - and that I would likely start to have pain again within 5 to 10 years.

I had so much pain before the surgery, the surgery was well worth it for me.

Re: Wendy, Can you help me?

Anthony P on 3/17/02 at 09:09 (076629)

Wendy, Thank you for the info, Like you my bunion is at the dorsal . Glad to read that the surgery helped you : )
Is there a way I can stop this problem before it becomes worse ? Any conserative treatments?
So how is the weather up there in canada ? Here on the east coast we had the warmest winter only 6.5 inches of
snow all season . Have a great day : ) AnthonyP

Re: Anthony

wendyn on 3/17/02 at 09:32 (076630)

Our weather SUCKS! It is so $^&*( cold, and it is snowing. People are SO miserable because it has been like this for about a month now with no break.

Anyway.

I understand that these bunions are usually caused by gait problems, and the constant jamming of the joint.

Orthotics are supposed to help, as well as good shoes with a wide toe box. Anything that squishes the bunion will make it worse.

I also suspect that high impact sports, especially running will be something to avoid.

Are you considering surgery?

Re: Wendy it s snowing here lol

Anthony P on 3/17/02 at 21:04 (076687)

OK , Wendy did you send me snow along with your post : ) We got a dusting today that changed to rain .
No I'm not considering surgery , My orthotics are about a year old and when I wear new shoes this
makes things worse So maybe its time for new orthotics ? At $400.00 for orthotics I hope not .
I'll try to send you warmer weather : )) Cheers Happy St Patricks day all !! Anthony P

Re: Wendy it s snowing here lol

wendyn on 3/17/02 at 21:16 (076695)

Yes but is it -22 C? I would take the snow without complaining if it weren't so %*&^# cold.

Re: I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD LAUGH OR CRY OR BOTH !!!!!

Suzanne D on 3/18/02 at 14:26 (076743)

I'm so sorry you had a rough time with the I.V., Laurie. I've had difficulties with that before - two or threee nurses trying, veins rolling, etc. A few years ago a nurse told me that if you drink beforehand (if that is allowed with whatever procedure you're having) it can help. She explained about the dehydrating and how that could make it harder.

I hope today is a MUCH better day! :-)

Re: to Wendy...

Suzanne D on 3/18/02 at 14:32 (076745)

Hi, Wendy. At the time of my hysterectomy 14 years ago, a nurse was having a terrible time trying to get an I.V. in my hand. I finally said, 'Are you doing any good?' to which she responded by redoubling her efforts to smack my hand to get the veins to stand up, I guess.

I pulled my hand back and said, 'Please go get someone else to try. This is really hurting.' She did, but not before she had jabbed a certain spot and - I believe - hit a nerve. For a LONG time afterwards, if I turned my hand a certain way, I had really sharp, shooting pains at that spot.

I should have spoken up sooner!

Re: Suzanne

wendyn on 3/18/02 at 15:00 (076746)

Me too - but it's amazing how much we will sit there and take.

What annoyed me is that the nurse seemed to have completely forgotten that there was actually a real person attached to the hand!