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Jul 10, 2012 11:35 PM NativeMainer wrote:
Good morning, Loungettes! Another beautiful day in the neighborhood, friends! Got a bit of a list of chores today--get the stuff off the deck so it's ready when they come to fix it, mow the dog's yard, put out the trash, cut up fruit for fruit salad to have in the fridge. Plan out what I'm going to do with Bookart on Thursday. I am so looking forward to meeting her! I've also tweaked some of my meds and am finally feeling like I have some energy, which is a very good thing! Yes, I do know I shouldn't do that without talking with my PCP, but I am a nurse and we make very bad patients, after all!
Orange--Oh, my dear, I cannot imagine how much your situation sucks, but I do recognize that it does, out loud and big time. I wish there was something I could say or do to make things better. Let's get you set up in a hammock with the percotini fountain on one side and the fuckitol dispenser on the other.
CynCyn--didn't get to the swimming hole yesterday, the breeze came up and it cooled off nicely, so I hit the farm stand and did some much needed grocery shopping after my appointment with the PS. Both sites are now healed, no complications, the path report said the mole was just a mole. I didn't think I was worrying about that until I realized how relieved I felt when I got the report. Hope you got a great night's sleep!
Juliet--I never realized how lucky I am until I see you southern ladies talking about gators and snakes in the water! Nothing like that up here. Yes, some snakes will swim, but none up here are venomous, just frightening. And definitely no gators! The worst I have to worry about is a charging moose mamma, and that's pretty rare! And yes, there are sharks in the Atlantic off the Maine coast, but most are only about 2 feet long and harmless to humans (except for our fingers, but if you don't put your fingers in their mouth you're ok), it's rare to run into a big one unless you are in deep water. There was an article in the local paper this am talking about how great whites can be found in the gulf of Maine, and have been sited north of here off Newfoundland. I'm thinking, duh, we get whales all the time, why not sharks? We've got seals for them to feed on, after all!
DorKable--Please don't get caught dwinking on the job! I'm sure you'll start getting the OT pretty soon, there seems to be enough work out there for that to happen. Nothing like some OT $$$ to make you feel rich!
Undy--pneumonia is a very real complication after surgery, especially when there is any pain the chest or abdomen. People don't want to take deep breaths or cough when it hurts--can you imagine that? I know that and I had to be really pushed into doing the deep breathing thing after my recon surgery. But pneumonia is worse, believe me! The bra question would be a good one for the PS--I'm surprised they didn't talk to you about that before hand. Thanks for the pretty dwinkies!
Wahine--Isn't it weird what we don't mind showing and what we do? It continues to amaze me that I don't care a whit about anyone seeing the foobs, or most of the rest of me, for that matter, but I will be sure my underwear is well hidden before anyone comes into the room. How odd is that? YIKES about your Mom! If the ED staff were doing their job right they checked her for head injury while she was there. Thank heavens for super glue, it helps things heal much better and prevents lots of infections associated with stitches. Did you know that Super Glue was originally developed as a skin sealer and then found more uses in the general market? And yes, you can use Super Glue on cuts and scrapes at home. The second skin products on the market are basically superglue that's been thinned out some so it will brush on. I hear you about the coffee, I have to have my cup or 2 no matter how hot it is. No coffee, no wakee, cranky NM. It's kind of scary riding with my Mom, too, she doesn't see speed limit signs sometimes, and is always either accelerating or braking, never anything in between. AND she just got a new car that looks more like a jet liner cockpit than a car, she hunts to find the button or whatever she wants and isn't watching the road sometimes. And she thinks I drive badly!
Beanie--you need to get blue tooth phones and use earsets--much easier and less pain than holding a phone to your ear! Sleep tight! Hooray for closing on the cabin!!!!!
Orange--I'm going to give you my pain management lecture, so listen close: Take the pain pills. Take them as soon as you notice the pain increasing. Research shows that people who do this actually take fewer pain pills over all, because the pills work faster and longer if taken while the pain is less intense. Yes, they may make you sleepy, but your body does most of it's healing work while you are sleeping so that is a good thing all the way around. Let people take care of you for a while. Or let the house take care of itself. I can tell you from experience that the housework will still be there when you are recovered and have the energy to deal with it. Also, being in pain stops the healing process. So waiting until the pain is severe before taking pain pills slows down your healing and creates more problems that the very low chance of addiction. Even if someone does develop a tolerance to the pain medication there are established protocols for weaning someone off the medication. AND--patients have a right to have their pain well controlled, and we get held accountable if you aren't taking the pain pills and have more pain than necessary! So for the sake of your nurses, TAKE THE PAIN PILLS!
Princess Glitter Sizzle's DOTD is the SuperGlue
1 liter Red Wine
60 g Sugar
125 ml Water
3 (bruised) Clove
1 tbsp Lemon Peel
Boil sugar and spices in water, leave in the water for 30 minutes. Strain the spiced water and mix with the wine. Heat slowly until short of boiling temperature. (To remove alcohol, let it boil for a while.) You may add lemon or orange juice to taste. Serve in irish coffee cup.
dx 3/07, Stage 2, Grade 2 IDC, 2.8cm, ER+PR+, Her2(-), SN-, lumpectomy & rads, mastectomy 8/15/08, right prophy mast and bilateral DIEP recon 6/21/10
Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-