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Old 01-08-2006, 03:17 PM   #21
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REW, thanks.
I will have to get catheterized before the op, so the ladies will get more info than I care to share.
Tell 'em you just took a cold shower.

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Old 01-08-2006, 03:29 PM   #22
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REW,
Over the last 3 months, I have been to hospital about 20 times and I've learned to check my ego at the door. I have yet to understand why the gowns are open in the back.
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Over the last 3 months, I have been to hospital about 20 times and I've learned to check my ego at the door. I have yet to understand why the gowns are open in the back.
Painfully true. I think every hospital should have a sign over the entryway reading "Abandon all dignity ye who enter here."


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Old 01-08-2006, 04:24 PM   #24
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Good luck OAP. Remember, we do care about you and will be thinking of you.

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We are all keeping good thoughts that you have a speedy recovery. How about a neighbor, someone close by that can look in and see that you are doing okay, or help run an errand to the store for you. You will be surprised how fast people will be there to help out if you reach out for help. All of us on this board are concerned for you.
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Over the last 3 months, I have been to hospital about 20 times and I've learned to check my ego at the door. I have yet to understand why the gowns are open in the back.
3 months, 20 times, oh man. Hope the visit will be it and you can be done with the medicals for a good long time.
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Dear OAP:

Sending along a heartfelt wish that your procedure goes smoothly and that you recover as quickly as possible. I'll be thinking of you.

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Good luck, OAP. Get well and feel better.
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Wishing you a speedy recovery, OAP. If you don't post every day we're sending in the cavalry.... Seriously take care of your self, and let us know how you are doing.

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Martha, Ha,Sheryl, Brewer, Toejam,Ginger,
Thanks to each of you for your thoughts. I'm headed out the door for pre-op testing this morning.

Blood, urine, EKG, CBC, etc. I'll bet I've swapped out all my blood in the last three months.

Unfortunately with making friends, I make a friend about every 10 years and most people consider me a hermit, even my friends.
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OAP: How did it go today? May all your doctors and nurses be caring to you. Back in '97, I have a few surgeries. Hard to be stuck in "medical world," with all the doctor appointments, tests and recovery time. Please let us know how you are doing....
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Ginger,
My pre-op testing was over at 11:40. I was called back and given a CT scan for "new" abnormalities seen on the x-rays. Just got home. As bad as I feel, I saw a lot of very young people in there getting ready for surgery.


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Ack. Get better soon! What's the first thing you are going to do once this is over? Golf? Fish? Margarita? Another Margarita?
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Laurence,
I try to image when this will actually be over and I cannot. But if it does give me time, I plan to travel to all the interesting places that I put off, waiting for retirement.

But for now, yeah, a margarita or two would do fine .
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I hope your procedure goes well and things improve afterwards.
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Unfortunately with making friends, I make a friend about every 10 years and most people consider me a hermit, even my friends.
I emphatize with you OAP, being single and somewhat reclusive, I would in a similar position if I needed to go into a hospital. I thank the gods that I have remain healthy so far. Like you, I have made few "friends" over the last 30 years.

Once again, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Old 01-10-2006, 08:17 AM   #38
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MJ,
There must be a niche market for "Health Care for Hermits". If I could find a Post-Operative Care Hospice, I would arrange to go there for a few days.

I haven't actually asked the hospital what they offer. I'm kinda in the "dt it over with" mode mentally.

I may get my own genuine morphine injector, that would be cool.
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I try to image when this will actually be over and I cannot.* But if it does give me time, I plan to travel to all the interesting places that I put off, waiting for retirement.

But for now, yeah, a margarita or two would do fine* .
OAP, I don't know if you have seen this before: http://vagabonders-supreme.net/ It is the blog/website of a full tome RVer who survived some sort of serious cancer and decided that not only would he spend his time travelling, he needed a new outlook on life. I very much admire his ability to change his fundamental view of and reactions to the world.

Just food for thought. Hope things go OK and you have a speedy recovery.
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brewer,
that is an interesting story and his life is enviable, thanks. I'm hoping the doctors here can give me an accurate assessment of my prognosis. So far, it's "we really can't be sure" on everything.

I move out of Chicago on April 30 with hopefully all of my initial operations complete and healed. What road I take out of here may not be all my choice. But I will be changed.
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