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#1 CFMBabs

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 05:41 AM

New tube on Friday. I got the call just after lunch. Not looking forward to it since they can't sedate me and last time was pure torture. Never mind at least things are going in the right direction, I thought I may have to resort to using a garden hose to get my nutrition and pain relief in. Actually that's not a bad idea! At least the food would go in much quicker.

Had much fun trying to get antibiotics in all week. On the positive side, my jaw ache seems to be subsiding, although it's still painful.

Snow is forecast for this evening. I won't be dragging the sled from the garage, neither will I be venturing beyond the front door, except for fuel for the fire.

Happy times ahead????

Best wishes
Barbs xxx

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:28 AM

Hi Barbs,

I sorta think I'm thrilled that you're getting a new feeding tube on Friday. But, not being sedated, my goodness. That makes me shudder just thinking about it.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:38 AM

Barbs,
I'll be thinking of you Friday, hoping the new tube goes in swiftly and as painless as possible.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:21 PM

Barbs,
Yes, at least things are heading in the right direction. Can't they give you something for the pain? When I read you will not be sedated I got a sick feeling throughout my body. UUGGHH

Good luck and hopefully it won't be too bad.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:19 PM

Hey Barb

I hope all goes well for you on Friday...and with any luck, somewhat pain free (I know, wishful thinking for you!)....but I do hope it all works out ok.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:39 PM

Barbara,

Will keep you in my thoughts and hope that the surgeon is gentle and speedy. Wishing there was something else for you. Do they give you a headset with at least your favorite music to listen too and maybe some guided imagery or something of the sort? Take care Barbara.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:11 PM

Oh Barbs - why can't they sedate you? Sounds unplesant to say the least. I'll be thinking of you Friday. Hang in there!

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

Hi Barb,

I will think of you on Friday. I hope it all goes smoothly and easier than last time. Susie54

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:38 PM

Once again thanks to you guys for being so supportive.

Thay can't sedate me because my veins are too fine for them to get a canula in. They end up trying for ages and I end up in more pain that way. The alternative is to have one in my neck or groin but for that it's quite a major thing just for a 20 minute or so procedure.
I guess we all have a problem with blood tests and so forth, so it's part and parcel I think? I'm not looking forward to it. It's done under X Ray and the last time was quite horrific as it was being changed for a different type -- perhaps this time it may not be as bad.

I go to the hospital tomorrow at 9am, although I'll be there much earlier than that!

Take care everyone!

Viva new tube -- Ole

Barbara xxxc

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:39 AM

Barbara,
I am so sorry you have to go through with that. I send huge hugs your way. I hope this new tube will do the trick!
Nan

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:56 AM

Hi Barbara ,

I will keep you in my thoughts tomorrow and hope for a quick procedure for you. You would think they could give you 'laughing gas' like the dentist does.......just something to help you through it with less pain.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:37 AM

Oh Barb...

You are such a trooper...all you have been through!

I can sure see how the garden hose sounded like a great alternative for you, though!

Sure keeping you in my ongoing thoughts as you do whatcha gotta do, my UK friend.

Loving and Supportive Hugs to you from across the ocean.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:18 AM

Barb, I just love you. You are incredible. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!!
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:59 AM

Hi Barbara,
Sorry to hear about the tube. You helped me a lot when I was deciding for the surgery.
Wish you good luck, I hope everything goes with as little pain as possible. I went to esophageal manometry test without sedation last month. This is around ¼ inch tube in diameter, but still I was in pain.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 01:49 PM

Barbs,
Hope the installation goes smooth tomorrow! I can't believe you don't get medicated. Of course you do have that amazing ability to think happy thoughts in spite of everything.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:41 AM

Barb,
I have been thinking about you. I hope it wasn't too painful!
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Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:38 AM

Well, back from the hospital with new tube in situ. I spent the whole of yesterday cooped up in a place I didn't want to be!
It was quite different to last time, although I think from a traumatic point of view it was much the same. They insisted that I be sedated which was a surprise to say the least. Problem was they had the same old problem with my veins. I was put through endless attempts, even using an ultrasound machine to locate my veins. The doctor went very deep in my arm with a huge canula and on the third and final attempt before he gave up, he managed to hit the vein and boy did it bleed. It looked like carnage in the cubicle. I was bruised from my hands to my elbows and aching with it but soon after I was wheeled into theatre and given just a little sedative. I could have sworn that I wasn't sleepy, I was totally coherent! yet I felt nothing.
I wasn't alowed to get up afterwards for a few hours -- the most relaxing sleep followed, until I woke up shivering with my feet in spasm and fingers just about to follow suit. I felt sickly but otherwise okay!

Today I'm using my tube although I haven't felt completely well all day -- I'm getting there though!
Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts. I guess I'm back to my old self.

Love and hugs
Barbara xxxx

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:43 AM

Hey Barb

Glad to hear you made it through without feeling a thing although it took some doing to get you to that point with your veins. Hopefully, you'll feel just like your old self and that sickly feeling along with the pain in your arms will disappear by tomorrow!! :)
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 10:12 AM

Barb,

I'm so glad you have that over with! :) There's a medication (here in the states anyway) they can give you when they are doing things like that, that causes a sort of amnesia. They give it to me when I have an endoscopy or colonoscopy. When the patients come out of the anesthetic they tend to repeat themselves and ask the same questions over and over. :D It can get really hilarious. :lol:

But again, I am so glad the new tube is in and you're back home by the fire. Now hopefully the antibiotic will do it's thing and help your jaw pain.

Warm wishes.
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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:07 AM

Barb,
I am so glad that is over!!!!!!!!!! I am so sorry about the bruising, but am glad you felt nothing. I hope that you will be feeling better daily.
Nan