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jimnyc
08-29-2017, 10:16 AM
Still no time yet, they'll call sometime today to let me know the specific time. The doctor only does the surgeries on Wednesdays.

I don't know what the cards hold for me afterwards, as far as movement and getting back online. I mess with my fingers, even the slightest wrist and finger movements, and they all seem to run up the forearm and to the tendons up there one way or another. And with them slicing the tendon and scraping to the bone - when he told me it'll get worse for about 2 weeks before it gets better - I believe that for sure!

It'll be in a sling when I leave them. I suppose I can at least get online and browse with the one arm. I know sleeping is going to be miserable, because I always toss and turn and am forever moving, so I'm likely to be waking up non-stop.

CSM
08-29-2017, 10:19 AM
Good Luck!!

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 10:23 AM
Still no time yet, they'll call sometime today to let me know the specific time. The doctor only does the surgeries on Wednesdays.

I don't know what the cards hold for me afterwards, as far as movement and getting back online. I mess with my fingers, even the slightest wrist and finger movements, and they all seem to run up the forearm and to the tendons up there one way or another. And with them slicing the tendon and scraping to the bone - when he told me it'll get worse for about 2 weeks before it gets better - I believe that for sure!

It'll be in a sling when I leave them. I suppose I can at least get online and browse with the one arm. I know sleeping is going to be miserable, because I always toss and turn and am forever moving, so I'm likely to be waking up non-stop.
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You'll have to do the one finger hen peck hunt'n punt to type... ;)

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 10:24 AM
Good Luck!!

Thanks, much appreciated!! I get scared with these things more and more as I get older. I'm always afraid that once I go under, I ain't coming back. :(

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 10:25 AM
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You'll have to do the one finger hen peck hunt'n punk to type... ;)

Yeah, I have a little experience. :) :) :)

Problem is, my dominant hand is my right hand, and that's the arm that's getting sliced and diced. :(

pete311
08-29-2017, 10:27 AM
Best of luck!

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 10:29 AM
Yeah, I have a little experience. :) :) :)

Problem is, my dominant hand is my right hand, and that's the arm that's getting sliced and diced. :(
Meant to say "hunt'n punt"... had to edit that... I hate it when I do that.

I hear ya about "going under." It is a scary thought. But the best part about it is, it causes total amnesia for that period of time. Your brain doesn't even have a subconscious memory of it. So you go to sleep, and then you wake up, it's like an instant and it's over.

darin
08-29-2017, 10:29 AM
Best of luck to you!

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 10:49 AM
Meant to say "hunt'n punt"... had to edit that... I hate it when I do that.

I hear ya about "going under." It is a scary thought. But the best part about it is, it causes total amnesia for that period of time. Your brain doesn't even have a subconscious memory of it. So you go to sleep, and then you wake up, it's like an instant and it's over.

And that 3-8 seconds as that medicine kicks in and you lose consciousness - perhaps the best 3-8 seconds of your life! :laugh2:

Abbey
08-29-2017, 11:08 AM
I will say a prayer for lessened pain, the surgeon's skill, and a quick recovery.

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 11:12 AM
I will say a prayer for lessened pain, the surgeon's skill, and a quick recovery.

Thank's so much!! :)

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 11:13 AM
And that 3-8 seconds as that medicine kicks in and you lose consciousness - perhaps the best 3-8 seconds of your life! :laugh2:
And don't forget the good pain meds you'll no doubt get... ;)

I've been getting oxycodone now for about 12 or 13 years. I only get a few each month so even though there's this massive hysteria nation wide about the opioid crisis, I've been assured mine won't be interrupted by my doc at the VA. I have proven that I won't get addicted with the few I get and as long as I've been getting them, and never asked for an increase.

But they do make you feel pretty good. Opium is a feel good narcotic, so I can see how people get hooked. What happens though is the more you take, the less "good" feeling you'll have, and the less it'll do for pain, so people just take more. Botta bing, botta boom they're hooked, and it's a hard one to kick.

Long story short... be careful with your pain meds if they're opioids, bro... it's entirely possible to take them for pain and not get hooked.

Drummond
08-29-2017, 11:20 AM
Best wishes, Jim ...

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 11:29 AM
And don't forget the good pain meds you'll no doubt get... ;)

I've been getting oxycodone now for about 12 or 13 years. I only get a few each month so even though there's this massive hysteria nation wide about the opioid crisis, I've been assured mine won't be interrupted by my doc at the VA. I have proven that I won't get addicted with the few I get and as long as I've been getting them, and never asked for an increase.

But they do make you feel pretty good. Opium is a feel good narcotic, so I can see how people get hooked. What happens though is the more you take, the less "good" feeling you'll have, and the less it'll do for pain, so people just take more. Botta bing, botta boom they're hooked, and it's a hard one to kick.

Long story short... be careful with your pain meds if they're opioids, bro... it's entirely possible to take them for pain and not get hooked.

I had a bad history unfortunately for me. While I know you can have them for a week or 2 and not get hooked if you're responsible...

When I had them for my neck surgeries... or should I say my most recent neck surgery, I abused the hell out of them. It was like "take one every 4 hours or as needed for pain" or something like that. But I doubled down and enjoyed the feeling and got rid of my pain and had fun at the same time!! Problem was, and I'm dead serious, I literally had no idea that you got withdrawals from them. I just assumed when they were done, they were done. So I had them for 2-3 months? I dunno. And then I went through hell a few times and back. One of the worst experiences ever.

And my wife remembers too! So any prescription, if filled at all, will be held and distributed by her! :laugh: At first we agreed "no", but even the Doc said that it's gonna hurt like a bitch for a few days for sure. :(

Abbey
08-29-2017, 12:27 PM
I had a bad history unfortunately for me. While I know you can have them for a week or 2 and not get hooked if you're responsible...

When I had them for my neck surgeries... or should I say my most recent neck surgery, I abused the hell out of them. It was like "take one every 4 hours or as needed for pain" or something like that. But I doubled down and enjoyed the feeling and got rid of my pain and had fun at the same time!! Problem was, and I'm dead serious, I literally had no idea that you got withdrawals from them. I just assumed when they were done, they were done. So I had them for 2-3 months? I dunno. And then I went through hell a few times and back. One of the worst experiences ever.

And my wife remembers too! So any prescription, if filled at all, will be held and distributed by her! :laugh: At first we agreed "no", but even the Doc said that it's gonna hurt like a bitch for a few days for sure. :(

Jim, I had a very bad spiral break in my upper arm, and then surgery to put a titanium rod in.
After one day of nausea and fuzzy- headedness on narcotics, I switched to just Advil. It still hurt, but was under control. Maybe you will be able to do the same. Same after the heart attack. The morphine had me vomiting, so just Advil or Tylenol.

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 12:32 PM
I had a bad history unfortunately for me. While I know you can have them for a week or 2 and not get hooked if you're responsible...

When I had them for my neck surgeries... or should I say my most recent neck surgery, I abused the hell out of them. It was like "take one every 4 hours or as needed for pain" or something like that. But I doubled down and enjoyed the feeling and got rid of my pain and had fun at the same time!! Problem was, and I'm dead serious, I literally had no idea that you got withdrawals from them. I just assumed when they were done, they were done. So I had them for 2-3 months? I dunno. And then I went through hell a few times and back. One of the worst experiences ever.

And my wife remembers too! So any prescription, if filled at all, will be held and distributed by her! :laugh: At first we agreed "no", but even the Doc said that it's gonna hurt like a bitch for a few days for sure. :(
I won't say who, but I know a person that has been full blown addicted for years now. He gets the big green 15mg by the hundreds every month, and even then he runs out, or finds some to buy. I don't even understand why they give him that many, but he's a veteran also and has some sort of separation anxiety and he can't leave his house alone and get very far way before he freaks out, so the VA pays for him to see a local doctor, who is the one that gives him so many oxy's a month. The times he's run out and couldn't find anywhere to score any more, he's gone through hell too. I've seen him, shaking, white as a sheet, looked like death warmed over. Yeah I never want to get to that point. I don't take mine every day either. I take it once a day usually every 2 or 3 days, as needed. It's rare I'll take it more than once a day. I usually need it when I get out of bed, that's when I'm usually in the most pain. I get the little white 5mg tabs and a couple of those is all I need once and awhile. Kills the pain, gives me a little buzz and gets me going. Once I get going I'm good to go. Yeah from what I've seen, the withdrawls are bad, and they don't peak for about 72 hours after you quit taking it, but they can last two weeks or better.

I actually know another girl who is addicted, and she doesn't even have a prescription for it. She's nice looking and has a sugar daddy that gives her $300 a week to cover the cost of keeping her in pills she finds somewhere. He's a big, dumb, homely logger that has more money than brains, and even though he must know that if he ever quit giving her the money every week she'd dump him like a hot potato, he just keeps on giving her money.

OK... I should stop babbling on now... :laugh2:

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 12:34 PM
Jim, I had a very bad spiral break in my upper arm, and then surgery to put a titanium rod in.
After one day of nausea and fuzzy- headedness on narcotics, I switched to just Advil. It still hurt, but was under control. Maybe you will be able to do the same. Same after the heart attack. The morphine had me vomiting, so just Advil or Tylenol.

I'll let the woman control the narcotics prescription. I'm a man, therefore that means I am terrified about the smallest of pains. I already nag, complain and scream about my arm, the pain during the day and the inability to sleep. So I know it'll be miserable for a few days at minimum. With her in control, and she's rather militant about such stuff, I'm hoping to get away with just like 2 on the first 2 and then maybe the same on the 2nd day, and then move right over to the Advil/Tylenol, and then play it from there. Hell, I'll even try that first, but "scraping to the bone" puts me in pain just thinking about it!!

jimnyc
08-29-2017, 12:38 PM
I won't say who, but I know a person that has been full blown addicted for years now. He gets the big green 15mg by the hundreds every month, and even then he runs out, or finds some to buy. I don't even understand why they give him that many, but he's a veteran also and has some sort of separation anxiety and he can't leave his house alone and get very far way before he freaks out, so the VA pays for him to see a local doctor, who is the one that gives him so many oxy's a month. The times he's run out and couldn't find anywhere to score any more, he's gone through hell too. I've seen him, shaking, white as a sheet, looked like death warmed over. Yeah I never want to get to that point. I don't take mine every day either. I take it once a day usually every 2 or 3 days, as needed. It's rare I'll take it more than once a day. I usually need it when I get out of bed, that's when I'm usually in the most pain. I get the little white 5mg tabs and a couple of those is all I need once and awhile. Kills the pain, gives me a little buzz and gets me going. Once I get going I'm good to go. Yeah from what I've seen, the withdrawls are bad, and they don't peak for about 72 hours after you quit taking it, but they can last two weeks or better.

I actually know another girl who is addicted, and she doesn't even have a prescription for it. She's nice looking and has a sugar daddy that gives her $300 a week to cover the cost of keeping her in pills she finds somewhere. He's a big, dumb, homely logger that has more money than brains, and even though he must know that if he ever quit giving her the money every week she'd dump him like a hot potato, he just keeps on giving her money.

OK... I should stop babbling on now... :laugh2:

Hell, I had a friend that was prescribed the blues, they are 30mg apiece, and was supposed to take like 3 per day. He also abused them and would be looking elsewhere before the month ended. That's some bad stuff. I remember seeing him, like you described, white as a sheet, sweating, partially incoherent - and just pissed off in general as all he wanted was his drugs.

Anything that does that to me - and I'd like to think I would stop right there and then, deal with any sickness and get far far away from that shit!!

But a LOT of folks are on it out of necessity. When you deal with a lifetime of pain, some have no choice, and man that sucks. :(

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 12:42 PM
Jim, I had a very bad spiral break in my upper arm, and then surgery to put a titanium rod in.
After one day of nausea and fuzzy- headedness on narcotics, I switched to just Advil. It still hurt, but was under control. Maybe you will be able to do the same. Same after the heart attack. The morphine had me vomiting, so just Advil or Tylenol.
Morphine is on my allergic to list at the VA. I was being injected with it after I had my cervical discectomy. I remember a nurse coming into my room in intensive care after the surgery and she'd stick a syringe full of something into the tube, and after pumping the tube full I'd pass out. I also remember a couple times being awoken by an alarm going off, and one time when a nurse came in to silence the alarm I asked her, what is that, and she said it means you've QUIT BREATHING. Well, I've learned since that that is one of the things that morphine can do to you. I was given time release oral morphine one time that I was supposed to take every 12 hours, and it also made me feel at times as though that if I didn't think about it, I'd quit breathing, so I just quit taking it. I told the VA that later and they put it on my allergic list. Same with anabolic steroids.

I asked the nurse what it was she was pumping into the tube and she said morphine, so I asked her why. She said for pain. I told her I wasn't in pain, so she asked me to give her the 1 to 10 rating and I said 1, I can't feel anything. So she asked if I didn't want the morphine anymore and I said no, it keeps knocking me out and I'm not in pain. So they started me on pill oxycodone which was fine.

High_Plains_Drifter
08-29-2017, 12:46 PM
Hell, I had a friend that was prescribed the blues, they are 30mg apiece, and was supposed to take like 3 per day. He also abused them and would be looking elsewhere before the month ended. That's some bad stuff. I remember seeing him, like you described, white as a sheet, sweating, partially incoherent - and just pissed off in general as all he wanted was his drugs.

Anything that does that to me - and I'd like to think I would stop right there and then, deal with any sickness and get far far away from that shit!!

But a LOT of folks are on it out of necessity. When you deal with a lifetime of pain, some have no choice, and man that sucks. :(
Yep... their pills is all they think about. They count them, they carry them with them, they live for them. It consumes their entire day. This guy I know knows that he's doing to many but he can't stop himself even though he knows what he'll go through later. I don't understand it. I'd quit. If I couldn't control them I'd throw them away. Hell if I'd live like that.

Tyr-Ziu Saxnot
08-29-2017, 01:19 PM
Yeah, I have a little experience. :) :) :)

Problem is, my dominant hand is my right hand, and that's the arm that's getting sliced and diced. :(

Think positive and think about the desired results from the surgery. View it like getting a shot to prevent something far worse later on in life amigo..
Enduring hardships that later life so oft brings is par for the course..
Best of luck and you could play it all up a bit extra , to get extra goodies from the boss lady, methinks. ;);)--Tyr

aboutime
08-29-2017, 01:31 PM
Still no time yet, they'll call sometime today to let me know the specific time. The doctor only does the surgeries on Wednesdays.

I don't know what the cards hold for me afterwards, as far as movement and getting back online. I mess with my fingers, even the slightest wrist and finger movements, and they all seem to run up the forearm and to the tendons up there one way or another. And with them slicing the tendon and scraping to the bone - when he told me it'll get worse for about 2 weeks before it gets better - I believe that for sure!

It'll be in a sling when I leave them. I suppose I can at least get online and browse with the one arm. I know sleeping is going to be miserable, because I always toss and turn and am forever moving, so I'm likely to be waking up non-stop.

jim. I went through, almost the same extremes. I lost ALL FEELING in my left side, arm, fingers, down my body, my left leg, foot, and toes. Navy Doc tried to use that little rubber hammer for reflexes, and got nothing. Four days later...Laminectomy(sp), T-2, 3, and 4 in my neck had been compressed. Got that surgery on the Hospital Ship "Mercy" in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. 3 days after that, I got out of bed, and slowly walked to the bathroom to NOT use a BEDPAN for the first time before getting better. It was so painful...just touching the hair on my arm near my wrist was agony. BUT...That's all gone. Six months later. 2nd surgery in Portsmouth Naval Hospital for L-2, 3, and 4. Some of the nerves in my legs still feel like PINS & NEEDLES if I don't move for more than an hour.
GOOD LUCK. Remember...the pain won't be there after the surgery. SMILE.

hjmick
08-29-2017, 04:56 PM
Send me your pain meds, I'll dole them out as I deem necessary...

Black Diamond
08-29-2017, 05:05 PM
Send me your pain meds, I'll dole them out as I deem necessary...
Doling: grinding up and snorting.

Gunny
08-29-2017, 05:26 PM
Damn crybaby:crying33


Luck :)

jimnyc
08-30-2017, 12:30 PM
So I just got back and am pain free, for now! Got a little morphine in the veins and a hefty novacaine shot as well. Took pain killers already as I know that stuff wears off. It only hurts a tad typing, but I know that's all gonna change when all this crap wears off!!

The surgery was a piece of cake and I enjoyed the propofol, at least the first 5 seconds or so. :) :)

Have a sling for now and I look goofy.

http://i.imgur.com/0FIBI5Z.jpg

Abbey
08-30-2017, 12:52 PM
Great news!

One suggestion: A NY GIANTS hoodie would bring you better karma...

:coffee:

CSM
08-30-2017, 01:02 PM
I have some bad news for you. It isn't the sling that makes you look goofy!

Hope your recovery is swift.

Bilgerat
08-30-2017, 01:08 PM
Good Luck!!


What he said!

jimnyc
08-30-2017, 01:37 PM
Great news!

One suggestion: A NY GIANTS hoodie would bring you better karma...

:coffee:

Everything went perfect and that's BECAUSE God saw me wearing my lucky Steelers stuff as I always do! :) If I put a Giants hoodie on it's perfectly understandable that the Doc may have cut the wrong arm!!


I have some bad news for you. It isn't the sling that makes you look goofy!

Hope your recovery is swift.

Oh man, that's a little rough on the edges!! Probably true though!! LOL


What he said!

Thx!

aboutime
08-30-2017, 03:53 PM
ALL UP HILL FROM HERE! Every day gets better. You'll see. (Meds were great. Everything looked like Disneyland, and a DISCO BALL above me for awhile.

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jimnyc
08-31-2017, 04:52 PM
That morphine sure did last a long time yesterday! I kept thinking to myself "this wasn't as bad as I had thought, not a lot of pain at all" - and that was all the way until I went to bed last night. But then I woke at 5am because all the liquids of course - and OH MAN THE PAIN was waiting for me underneath it all, just as I had suspected. :(

The incision area hurts, bad - but the worst of it all is in my forearm, I guess that's because every tiny little move is moving the tendons from my fingers to the elbow.

And wifey is hiding the pain killers from me!! I'm searching and searching, and coming up empty. :( Probably better off.

Abbey
08-31-2017, 05:00 PM
That morphine sure did last a long time yesterday! I kept thinking to myself "this wasn't as bad as I had thought, not a lot of pain at all" - and that was all the way until I went to bed last night. But then I woke at 5am because all the liquids of course - and OH MAN THE PAIN was waiting for me underneath it all, just as I had suspected. :(

The incision area hurts, bad - but the worst of it all is in my forearm, I guess that's because every tiny little move is moving the tendons from my fingers to the elbow.

And wifey is hiding the pain killers from me!! I'm searching and searching, and coming up empty. :( Probably better off.


Sorry! This will probably be your worst day.

Gunny
08-31-2017, 05:05 PM
Sorry! This will probably be your worst day.Heh. Nope :D

Abbey
08-31-2017, 05:07 PM
Heh. Nope :D


:no:

Gunny
08-31-2017, 05:14 PM
:no:If I was nice to him y'all'd think something was wrong with ME :laugh:

Abbey
08-31-2017, 05:15 PM
If I was nice to him y'all'd think something was wrong with ME :laugh:


:laugh2:

Kathianne
08-31-2017, 05:29 PM
That morphine sure did last a long time yesterday! I kept thinking to myself "this wasn't as bad as I had thought, not a lot of pain at all" - and that was all the way until I went to bed last night. But then I woke at 5am because all the liquids of course - and OH MAN THE PAIN was waiting for me underneath it all, just as I had suspected. :(

The incision area hurts, bad - but the worst of it all is in my forearm, I guess that's because every tiny little move is moving the tendons from my fingers to the elbow.

And wifey is hiding the pain killers from me!! I'm searching and searching, and coming up empty. :( Probably better off.


The shoulder took I think 3 days before it wasn't 'Oooowwwweeeee!' pretty much all the time. I hope you feel better even quicker. :(

Gunny
08-31-2017, 05:49 PM
The shoulder took I think 3 days before it wasn't 'Oooowwwweeeee!' pretty much all the time. I hope you feel better even quicker. :(Abbey bwon't let me pick on him. That's got to be more painful than any old surgery. So many insul -- errr --- "comments" :happy0203:

jimnyc
08-31-2017, 05:59 PM
If I was nice to him y'all'd think something was wrong with ME :laugh:


Abbey bwon't let me pick on him. That's got to be more painful than any old surgery. So many insul -- errr --- "comments" :happy0203:

I can take it, I can use the humor you cue balled beanhead! :beer:

With every beat of my heart, I can feel that heartbeat in my elbow and forearm. It's one of those throbbing/searing pains that never goes away. I'm just hoping that staying on schedule with the pain killers, and then some tylenol as well later, and then I take xanax for sleep, hopefully I can sleep at least, and then I'm cool with dealing with the pain for now.

But I am a big baby when it comes to pain. :laugh:

Gunny
08-31-2017, 06:03 PM
I can take it, I can use the humor you cue balled beanhead! :beer:

With every beat of my heart, I can feel that heartbeat in my elbow and forearm. It's one of those throbbing/searing pains that never goes away. I'm just hoping that staying on schedule with the pain killers, and then some tylenol as well later, and then I take xanax for sleep, hopefully I can sleep at least, and then I'm cool with dealing with the pain for now.

But I am a big baby when it comes to pain. :laugh:Wait'll it starts itching :)

jimnyc
08-31-2017, 06:05 PM
Wait'll it starts itching :)

That's started already, and ya gotta see how they wrapped this thing! Hard to get my fingers in there to itch the bastard!! Lemme get a pic in a minute or 2

Abbey
08-31-2017, 06:06 PM
That's started already, and ya gotta see how they wrapped this thing! Hard to get my fingers in there to itch the bastard!! Lemme get a pic in a minute or 2


Get Nero in the pic!

Gunny
08-31-2017, 06:07 PM
Get Nero in the pic!:bang3:

LMAO:laugh:

aboutime
08-31-2017, 06:24 PM
Jim...only One way to get rid of the itch....get somebody to pinch your other arm with a PAIR OF PLIERS on your other arm, and try to pull away.

It may, or may not work. But you'll forget the itch, and the pain will stop it.

It's like the guy who kept hitting himself on the head with a two-by-four until it swelled up. Somebody asked him "WHY DO YOU DO THAT?" And he answered: "BECAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN I STOP!":fighting0061::evillaughsign::evillaughsign::evill aughsign:

High_Plains_Drifter
08-31-2017, 06:36 PM
Doling: grinding up and snorting.
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High_Plains_Drifter
08-31-2017, 06:40 PM
The worst is truly over, because the worst was the time before and immediately after it was done.

It's all downhill from here.

jimnyc
08-31-2017, 06:59 PM
What the F am I supposed to do with this dang thing if I have an itch? There's enough padding on this thing to be an NFL player!!

http://i.imgur.com/lXc681p.jpg

High_Plains_Drifter
08-31-2017, 07:07 PM
What the F am I supposed to do with this dang thing if I have an itch? There's enough padding on this thing to be an NFL player!!

http://i.imgur.com/lXc681p.jpg
When did they say you can take that off?

jimnyc
08-31-2017, 07:10 PM
When did they say you can take that off?

48hrs, so I get to take all the bandaging off and get a cool pic of the incision when I wake tomorrow morning! :laugh:

Kathianne
08-31-2017, 07:29 PM
That's impressive! Ace bandages always are hot and itchy. Obviously I didn't have that problem, just bandages on each of the 5 incisions. I don't even like to think of it anymore! LOL!

I was too out of it to think of pictures, it really was horrid. I do think I got on one handed though, when I was unable to sleep. I got off meds either day 4 or 5, I forget now. Went down to Tylenol and never went back-which doesn't mean it didn't hurt, just don't like how feeling 'strange' felt. ;)

jimnyc
08-31-2017, 07:44 PM
That's impressive! Ace bandages always are hot and itchy. Obviously I didn't have that problem, just bandages on each of the 5 incisions. I don't even like to think of it anymore! LOL!

I was too out of it to think of pictures, it really was horrid. I do think I got on one handed though, when I was unable to sleep. I got off meds either day 4 or 5, I forget now. Went down to Tylenol and never went back-which doesn't mean it didn't hurt, just don't like how feeling 'strange' felt. ;)

I'm hoping to not really need the narcotics after tomorrow or the next day at most. 2-4 days long is about it for me, and then I'll fly solo on the prescription Ibuprofen.

I can't wait to get this bundle of whatever off my arm. It's warm as hell and itchy as hell, but I guess protecting it.

High_Plains_Drifter
08-31-2017, 07:52 PM
I'm hoping to not really need the narcotics after tomorrow or the next day at most. 2-4 days long is about it for me, and then I'll fly solo on the prescription Ibuprofen.

I can't wait to get this bundle of whatever off my arm. It's warm as hell and itchy as hell, but I guess protecting it.
Yup... best to follow orders and leave the dang thing on there. That fresh incision needs a little bit to properly seal.

Probably ain't gonna be very pretty underneath that thing when you take it off either... ;)

Just one of those it has to look worse before it can get better deals.

Gunny
08-31-2017, 08:09 PM
What the F am I supposed to do with this dang thing if I have an itch? There's enough padding on this thing to be an NFL player!!

http://i.imgur.com/lXc681p.jpg

:) Suffer :)

jimnyc
09-01-2017, 08:44 AM
Scar isn't as cool as I had thought it would be. Today my hand is a little swelled up. I hope that's normal. Maybe because I've been doing less resting, and using it and typing?

http://i.imgur.com/js8qb5D.jpg

Kathianne
09-01-2017, 08:52 AM
Oh that's fairly impressive. :laugh2:

I'm sure swelling is normal. You are icing, right? As always if concerned, call the doctor. That's longer than any of mine from the surgery-they were all teeny cuts.

I don't know if you remember when I sliced my arm at work, not long after I hurt the shoulder? I got 13 stitches in that one. But it's on the underside of my arm.

Most important though, how are you feeling this morning?

jimnyc
09-01-2017, 09:03 AM
Oh that's fairly impressive. :laugh2:

I'm sure swelling is normal. You are icing, right? As always if concerned, call the doctor. That's longer than any of mine from the surgery-they were all teeny cuts.

I don't know if you remember when I sliced my arm at work, not long after I hurt the shoulder? I got 13 stitches in that one. But it's on the underside of my arm.

Most important though, how are you feeling this morning?

Probably not icing as much as I should, but that changes today. They say to do so for 20 minutes every 4 hours. I've done it twice so far. I know I know, but the woman already scolded me, so save it! LOL

I remember!! We all have scars!!

The woman heard me get up at 4am to use the bathroom and was waiting with a pain killer for me when I headed back to the bed, and that helped when I got out of bed 2 hours later. VERY sore today, about the same as yesterday, but prepared this time. Taking that bandage off and letting it hit the air and breathe felt so good though!

Kathianne
09-01-2017, 09:55 AM
Probably not icing as much as I should, but that changes today. They say to do so for 20 minutes every 4 hours. I've done it twice so far. I know I know, but the woman already scolded me, so save it! LOL

I remember!! We all have scars!!

The woman heard me get up at 4am to use the bathroom and was waiting with a pain killer for me when I headed back to the bed, and that helped when I got out of bed 2 hours later. VERY sore today, about the same as yesterday, but prepared this time. Taking that bandage off and letting it hit the air and breathe felt so good though!

The good thing for you and the icing, you could put the compress and use ACE to hold it in place. No way to ice the shoulder other than the very complex system and ice machine. Of that I'm jealous!

aboutime
09-01-2017, 04:27 PM
Keep an eye on it. If you get a fever, and it begins to be infected...that's dangerous.
Go to a hospital, or call 911 immediately.

After my heart attack, by-pass, and three days. I developed an Infection that began near the incision on my right leg, where they went into the femoral artery to get to my heart.
That became infected, my legged swelled up like a HAM, and I ended up back in a hospital room for 30 days...getting SHOTS twice a day until the infection was gone.
INFECTIONS ARE DEADLY. Not trying to scare you. Just keep you around my friend.

P.S. The infection can lead to a Blood Clot, which can travel to the heart, or brain....Then...BYE BYE.

Gunny
09-01-2017, 09:02 PM
Scar isn't as cool as I had thought it would be. Today my hand is a little swelled up. I hope that's normal. Maybe because I've been doing less resting, and using it and typing?

THAT little scratch is what all this fuss is over?:drama: