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#1 truman

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 11:25 AM

Got to the doctor's office just as this ice storm started. In my heart, I waited for the disappointing look on the doctor's face. Nothing ever goes right. He examined my toe, and the area where my cane had fell and hit last Thursday, had developed an abscess. When you're feeling low already, it's certainly not a morale booster. I can never seem to catch a break, where one says everything is great, coming along nicely.

The excruciating pain of him scraping and cutting out the abscess is beyond words. I put my coat over my head and just yelled into it. I came home and slept for two hours due to the exhaustion of the tenseness and pain. He now has be on a different antibiotic.

I have to go back Monday, and I really really want to hear "coming along nicely".
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:50 PM

Oh Tru,

I am so sorry. I can't even imagine going through that!!! I really hope Monday goes better.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:16 PM

Tru,

I am also so sorry that you are having to go through this. It sounds like the pain was almost unbearable. Too bad he couldn't have given you something to ease the pain before he started scraping and digging! I sure hope you start feeling better soon and best of luck for Monday.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 04:24 PM

Tru,
I hope you are resting now and the pain and total anxiety from your doctor's visit is calming down. I'm so sorry that are things went so horribly. Please have a restful and stress free weekend (if possible). Good luck on Monday. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:27 PM

Tru,
I'm so sorry for all the pain you've gone through from the very beginning of this toe problem. I see no point in a doctor performing such a painful procedure without giving you something for pain. All sorts of safe things are available. Frankly, I have to say that I don't believe I would have allowed it! I think I would have just said, "Doctor, I can't take this. Please, give me something or put me in the hospital!" If you could have even taken a tranquilizer of some sort about a half hour beforehand, it probably would have helped you.
I think the doctors who do this sort of thing are either insensitive or just plain cruel. My own doctors would not dream of doing such a thing and I know this from personal experience! If I were you I'd be seriously looking for another doctor.Or, I'd be having a really serious talk with the one you've got!
You still haven't seen a pain management specialist, have you? It's just amazing the changes that can make in your quality of life and in your ability to cope with life and children and housekeeping or whatever you need to be doing.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:58 AM

Tru, I'm so sorry to hear that. You have all my thoughts and sympathy. I'd really want to hug you right now, but cause it's not really possible you just need to settle for a virtual *HUG*. I really hope that life will give you some better cards next time. Emmi

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:39 AM

OH MY TRU!

I can't believe that the dr didn't numb your toe, like they would do for someone getting stitches. That is totally unexceptable. Please don't allow yourself to be treated that way. My heart goes out to you and hope that your resting without pain.

My thoughts are with you!
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:15 PM

I am so sorry you had to go through that! For heaven's sake when you go to the dentist they give you laughing gas to calm you (at least they do me as I hate the dentist), they certainly could have given you something for the pain! I know from this that if this ever happens to me I will yell loud and clear like I did at the ER a month ago during a reflux burning - hurry and please help.

I hope you have a restful weekend and the next time the news you will hear will be better.

Bless you and Warm Hugs.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:14 AM

Hi Tru

I am totally shocked too and agree with the postings above!! It's pathetic to think in this day in age that any doctor would do that without giving the patient enough freezing, oh yikes that's scary....but now that it's over, all you can do is not ever let that happen again as everyone suggested here. Hope you are feeling better by now and your appointment tomorrow goes much better!

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:14 AM

Good Morning Tru,
I sure hope your appointment goes well today. I am thinking positively for you. Today your doctor is going to say it is coming along nicely. I want you to give us this great news. This procedure worked. You didn't go through all this pain for it not to. All the best to you. Sheryl
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:50 AM

Tru dear,
Reading your post makes me hurt for you. I cannot believe they did not give you something for the pain. I hope you heal well.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:05 PM

Hi Friends:

Not to be disappointed, the news was not good. Again, the scraping and cutting. They heard me out in the waiting room. Dr. said the toe is not healing where the abscess is. He suggested maybe he should have removed the entire toe. Ex-rays of bone came back great.

As we sat and looked at the ex-rays, I began to tear up. He said not to panic, it is not healing, but not any worse than the week before. He said it's now up to me. I must give up smoking if there is going to be any chance of escaping total toe amputation.

Yes friends, please to not yell or chastise. As many know, smoking is an addition as is food and alcohol (sometimes love).

I could literally slap myself in the face for not giving it up at the surgery three weeks ago. Now it's a reality. Up until now, even the operation hasn't been a reality for me. Both are now on the table. It's a little after 1 AM, and I am vowing that after I fall asleep, I'll wake and not have another cigarette. Dr. doesn't even approve of the patches and Nicoderm either. He feels nicotine is nicotine and I have to agree with that theory. It has to be cold turkey. Gonna be rough in that I don't have work to occupy me let alone the ability to go for walks, get into house cleaning, etc. My faith is on my side, in that I need to do this in order to make this surgery a success in addition to aiding the other symptoms of my condition.

Thank you all for caring so much, and after tomorrow I have an appointment in ten days. I'm focusing on a change in healing. I've always pushed aside ending smoking, as I have always been afraid that with this illness, smoking was the least of the problem; I'm hoping I'll be proven wrong.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 04:24 AM

Tru, go to some of the quit smoking sites. Others have said it really helps. I quit cold turkey a few years back because of a silly ingrown toenail surgery that ended up not healing for about 6 months. When I did quit, it finally healed up. I had better circulation and more oxygen in my blood. So, I hope this is the answer for you. I was a die hard smoker. I can't believe I still have not touched a one. I still have a pack in my freezer at home. I don't need them and really don't think about them much any more. If you take one simple puff you are giving up on yourself. Don't give up on yourself. We can be stronger than we think. Yes, it is a powerful addiction. We are stronger. We love you and want you to get well. You can do it. Several of us in this group are ex-smokers. One day you can say the same. Save all the money you spend on cigarettes in a container and getting something you want or need every couple weeks. Then save for the bigger things. That gives you great incentive to stay a non-smoker. Everytime you think cigarettes think you need a drink of water. Then make yourself get up and get that drink of water. It works. You also may be taking several showers a day to occupy some of the time. Brushing your teeth and keeping your mouth smelling fresh also helps. Type to us. Whatever comes to your mind just keep typing and using your fingers for something else. Go through your drawers one each day to accomplish something. It really works. I for one am behind you. It is the hardest thing you will ever do for the first week or so. Then it is so easy just to say you are stronger than the cigarette manufactures. They aren't going to keep you addicted. The money isn't going to be given to them any longer. Think Positive. You will be a winner. I am. I thought I would go to my grave with a pack of cigarettes in my hand. So far they haven't killed me. I got another chance. You are getting your chance today. You go girl. Sheryl
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:19 AM

Tru,
I second everything Sheryl said! I, too, am a former smoker. I understand how powerful the addiction can be. I also quit cold turkey, but at the same time I joined an online support group. I know that group helped me so much and I have met the neatest people from all over the world who were fellow "quitters."
You can do it and, trust me, you will be so happy that you did! It is hard at first, but, believe it or not, it does get easier. I quit more than four years ago and I haven't had another single puff. I rarely think about cigarettes any more.
Just for your information, statistics show that people who use a smoking aid, like the patch, have a higher success rate. It's true that nicotine is nicotine, but it isn't just the nicotine that is hurting you, but it is the nicotine that you are addicted to. So if you can gradually cut down on on the nicotine -- in the form of a patch -- that is better than smoking. As I said, I didn't do it that way, so I can't really say what works and what doesn't. For me, I just quit while I was in the hospital since I couldn't smoke there anyway! I knew I desperately needed to quit, so it seemed the right time to do it.
Why don't you tell your doctor he's not touching that toe again without pain medicine!

Mary in Texas