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LindaB
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posted 04-16-1999 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won't last long here cause my fingers don't seem to work any better than my brain and the rest of my body!

I'm trying to stay away from the pain meds and have only had 1 today, but still feel groggy and hurt too. The only pain really is on the right side where that drain tube comes out and runs down into a clear plastic thing that looks like a fishing "bobber". Yuck!

I really don't do well on Demerol so can't be absolutely sure about what the surgeon said to me. I'll find out for sure when I see her next Tuesday pm. Unless I dreamed it, she said I had LOTS of adhesions (that's scar tissue, right?), so much so in fact that she couldn't even see the gallbladder at first, and that it (the gb) was stuck at the bottom (bottom of what???). I think I remember one of the nurses saying that all the adhesions kind of had the gb stuck to the liver and the stomach etc etc, but I may have dreamed that. I do remember the surgeon telling me that the adhesions WILL COME BACK!! Now how do I prevent that?????

The drain was, I believe, because they irrigated the area and this is to get rid of whatever was left. Maybe that's why I don't slosh like Kathy did.

Also, before surgery, my doc had them put me in thigh-high elastic stockings and inflatable booties to reduce the risk of blood clots. The nurses all told me that was a very good thing to do but that not all surgeons called for them.

It's really weird to look at my belly and see TWO bellybuttons plus 2 more small holes, including the one with the drain in it.

I'm totally out of gas now but I know there was something I wanted to tell Charlie; just can't remember what it was.

Thanks to Kathy for calling me and for posting for me. I had only been home about 10 minutes when she called, was drunk on Demerol and still hurting, so have no idea what words came out of my mouth. I would guess something a little harsher than "Oh, darn I hurt."

I really do love you all and thank you beyond my ability to express it.

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posted 04-16-1999 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi linda
just get some rest ok, we will be here for you, i know what you wanted to tell me,
YOU WENT PEEPEE!!ha ha ha
charlie

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posted 04-16-1999 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am SO GLAD you are back! I was worried about you! I'm sure the worst is over. You take care of yourself and get better quick. We missed you.

LynneB

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posted 04-16-1999 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gal4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So glad to have you back, Linda. Take care and don't overdo. Painkillers and anesthesia hang around in one's system for a while so don't be alarmed. It's medical science's way of telling you to Take It Easy. I'll be talking to you soon.
Barbara

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posted 04-17-1999 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We miss ya!

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posted 04-17-1999 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the wonderful world of "stuck guts!" I too have adhesions from 2 c-sections and my uterus was stuck to my stomach wall and my bladder was all twisted up and stuck to my uterus, it was a mess in there and took 45 mins to fix. The way it was explained to me was that everytime you have surgery you get more and more scar tissue which adheres everything within reach, so you want to avoid surgery at all costs. I don't think that it is possible to prevent them at all but if you are more suceptable then you will get more than others with the same surgical history. I know that infections that are developed after surgery can cause an increased amount of adhesions. All I can say is that it is something to research. I just might be doing that. Take Care and heal well quickly.

LindaB
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posted 04-17-1999 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now when is it I'm supposed to feel so much better?????? I'm sure not there yet! The drain has slowed down considerably, but I will sure be glad to get rid of that thing.

Has anyone heard about Dave or Brian???? I saw the post from Dave's wife, but nothing for Brian about the surgery on his esophagus.

Charlie, do you still have pain in the calf? Have they been checking some way for blood clots? These can be a problem I think, and from the looks of the stuff coming out my drain pipe I can see why.

Nicol, sounds like we have a like problem going. I can't imagine that this is all from surgeries since I've only had 2 in the abdominal area before this - an appendectomy when I was about 7 and a tubal ligation in 1974. Could it be from abdominal infection from other sources?? I remember a massage therapist I had once telling me she took *massive* doses of Vit E to dissolve excess scar tissue in her abdomen. I'll be looking for some way to get rid of it or keep it from coming back, otherwise I'll be back in the same old mess.

I'm pooped now. Later....

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posted 04-17-1999 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for flubug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi LindaB,
Hope you start feeling better soon. When I had my gall bladder out they used the stockings also. I'm jealous...I didn't get the booties! It really does help. I had to wear them for a week to prevent blood clots. I still wear them when my legs are hurting. My scars after 8 years are not that visible. Vitamin E is good. Have they taken your staples out yet? In a week you will have forgotten the pain and will be back... good as new! Best wishes to you LindaB. It is not easy but you can do it!! Prayers for a speedy recovery. Thanks for the update. I bet you'll be dancing around like Snoopy in no time!

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summer
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posted 04-17-1999 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for summer   Click Here to Email summer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Linda, So glad you are back. I haven't been
here in awhile but I knew you weren't feeling
well. You sound like you had as many holes
in you as I did.. LOL I had a lot of drainage
and had several holes. I had over 70 galstones. Doctor said he stopped counting...
LOL
When I had my surgery I had a lot of trapped
air. or that is what they called it. Said
it was free air.. I said it wasn't free because it cost me three more days in the hopsital. Finally, when I went home and that
"free air" was gone in my chest I was fine.
I think that pain was almost as bad as the
surgery.. LOL I just wanted to tell you
I hope you feel better really soon and that
you will be back good health now. I have
a long scare and a few places where they
put the tubes but it is smoother and not
as red as it used to be.
Take care.. Hugs, Summer

Nicol
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posted 04-17-1999 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Linda if you find out ANY way to get rid of scar tissue, PLEASE let me know ok.

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posted 04-17-1999 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi linda
well i was check for blood clots about 6 months ago and they said i had none,the pain is still there but in no way as bad as it was
hurry back we miss you,go easy
charlie

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posted 04-17-1999 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
linda
my the fortune teller said that you will feel better next weekend

MSB
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posted 04-17-1999 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSB   Click Here to Email MSB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi LindaB
It was so good to read your post and know that you are alright and on your healing way.
Please keep us posted and let us know your progress
Linda

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posted 04-17-1999 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gal4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Linda!
It is good to hear from you. Each message sounds a little better. I would take it easy on massive doses of Vitamin E. I take one 1000IU capsule a day, but I heard some time ago that a friend was taking large doses and became sensitive to sunlight. I don't know if she really knew what she was talking about, but I would check it out. Maybe flux could clue you in on that.
I don't think massive doses of Vit E is the answer or there would be a lot fewer problems with adhesions. I know that it is good for scarring of the skin - a plastic surgeon told me to use Vit.E Oil to reduce scarring from surgery for skin cancer.

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posted 04-18-1999 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, LindaB - I see you DID manage to crawl out yesterday and post - and I missed it! My PC is down and my e-mail won't answer - - I feel sooo cut off! I'm glad you are feeling a little bit better - I bet by this weekend this is what you'll be doing:

Love, Kathy

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