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2nd Post Hospital Checkup

Thursday, February 06, 2014

2ND post Hospital appt TODAY. Lost a few more lbs bringing the total to 41 lbs now in 2 weeks. MGot a better ideal of what actully happened to me 2 weeks go. A BP med I was on since June 2013 has severely damaged my only remaining kidney spiking my BP to 250/102 and filled my body with fluid which baascally did not allow me to breath so I stopped and they had to intubate me for 3 days. I am left with a kidney that functions at only 20 % thus far. How much will om back and when are he BIG Questions. My BP was up a bit today 162/98 so doc put me on another med and laid out the PLAN.

Love the remaining weight. Bring my BP in control. Once done he will drop one of thr meds than work on healing as much of the kidney damage as possible. A long tough road ahead and I am not out of the woods he says but he has faith it can be done. We will see!

I must say I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of it all and there are times I just want to CRY but can't. It might upset the BP so I have no emotional release. I have no choices except to follow the doctors and PRAY! Will see what happens. hanging on the best I an!!

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LINDA! 2/6/2014 9:38PM

    emoticon You are in my prayers.

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RURAL3 2/6/2014 4:33PM

    sometimes we get placed in a position when all we can do is turn to God. Hand it to Him and don't worry. There is nothing you can do about it anyway except to follow Dr orders. Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matt 6:34

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/6/2014 11:00AM

    That's a lot to handle. I will keep you in my prayers!

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BBORDEN86 2/6/2014 7:51AM

    Hang in there. It's best to follow the Dr.'s orders. They will take the best care of you. Soon you'll be on your own and can make other necessary steps to achieve your goals. Just give it some more time. :)

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SABLENESS 2/6/2014 7:19AM

    Hang in there and recover as far as you can. Amaze your doctors!

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LKWQUILTER 2/6/2014 7:04AM

    Sallie, remember to take 1 day at a time and stay as positive as possible. You are a strong, smart lady and can do anything you put your mind to. Praying for you too. emoticon emoticon

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Day 6 Home: First Post Hospital check Up

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

My first Post-Hospital Check up went well today! Down 42 lbs. in 2 weeks. Most of this is excess fluid. Although I wouldn't recommend this as a means to weight loss The whole turning The Walking Dead on eveyone is a bit scary. So far so good though! Continue recoup as scheduled. Taking things day by day. Another dr. appt tomorrow!

BP was great Offfice reading of 140/80 was a sight for sore eyes. so glad the meds are WORKING!!!! Srill sore nd tired but they say its normal for what I have been through. Will work my way back. No worries!!

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BBORDEN86 2/6/2014 7:49AM

    Great BP reading!!! Just take it day by day! :)

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SAILING2GOAL 2/5/2014 7:35PM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend! emoticon

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    That is fantastic BP news! WOO HOO!

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SABLENESS 2/4/2014 7:32PM

    ACK! I had no idea what was going on with you. So happy to know you've gotten through such an ordeal. Hope your doctor has a great report for you. emoticon

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38 lbs of Fluid

Sunday, February 02, 2014

So I jumped on the scale first thing this morning and was not prepared for the number that stared back at me ... 232 lbs. That's down from 270 when I was admitted to ICU 12 days ago. I have removed 38 lbs of excess fluid in 12 days with the help of diet and med changes. No wonder I feel totally wiped out! I have had some really good BP numbers the last 2 days as well thanks to the new medication. I till find it hard to absorb that I had that much fluid on me and didn't realize. Obviousdly I need to pay more attention to my body!! So things are clicking along, slow but sure. 3 Doctor appts coming up this week.

For the first time I see the very real possibility of making goal this year! We will see!! Resting today. Still sore. I seriously think they beat me up while I was on Life Support. emoticon I am sure through no fault of theirs. It can't be easy moving someone my size around.

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BBORDEN86 2/6/2014 7:48AM

    Glad you are feeling a lot better, and definitely in better spirits. 38lbs is great. That's quite a load of fluids. You will reach your goals. Thankfully it sounds like they have found the right combination of medication to help your progress. :)


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IMAVISION 2/3/2014 1:24AM


God bless!

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RURAL3 2/2/2014 9:32PM

    Wow I am sure you feel so much better. Good work. Keep up your motivation to continue on.

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LKWQUILTER 2/2/2014 6:41PM

    You are a miracle Sallie and I am so glad that things are looking so much better for you. Listen to your body and take is slow and easy. emoticon emoticon

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    No wonder your poor body had a shutdown with that much fluid pressing on your organs. Hallelujah! I am so happy that the new meds are working for you!! Soon you'll have energy and feel restored.

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SLLYONS51 2/2/2014 3:06PM

  Wow you have been through a lot in the past 12 days. So glad you are still with us. I don't think in all my years of Nursing I have seen anyone lose that much fluid and live. The angels were looking out for you. Take it easy and work slowly back into your normal activity. emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

DAY 3 HOME: I have a bit more energy today. I need to be patient with myself though and remind myself often that I was on Life Support just last weekend so give myself a break and not rush. More easier said than done though. My legs, ankles and feet are skinny, wrinkly again which is actually a GOOD THING. LOL It means I have finally lost the last of the fluid that was in them. NO MORE Puffy Marshmallow Woman. GO ME! Following doctors orders as closely as possible and doing all I can to improve my situation one step at a time, one day at a time. "It will take time" has taken on NEW meaning for me these days. Rome wasn't built in a day after all...

Hanging in there!

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BBORDEN86 2/6/2014 7:45AM

    Take care of yourself, and be patient!!! It will happen. :)

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    Keeping you in my prayers!

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LKWQUILTER 2/1/2014 4:02PM

    That is really good news Sallie. Treat yourself like you treat others and you will be on your feet and ready to go again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 2/1/2014 12:40PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling a little bit better. But yes, you do need to be patient with yourself. Don't zap all your energy at once. You will need to build up your stamina again. Slow and sure. You are an amazing woman. Give yourself the grace that you give others. emoticon emoticon

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When The World Comes Crashing Down

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On January 23rd, my present world changed forever, I stopped breathing!!! Many thanks to the staff of both Transylvanian And Mission hospitals for they saved my life, no doubt about it , and have returned me to the land of the living with a renewed hope and outlook for the future.

I was released from the hospital last night along with a host of guidelines, new medications and physicians to see within the coming week. I am feeling totally wiped out today but know things will continue to improve.

Turns out that I have been on a blood Sugar medication for 10 years metformin that has damaged my remaining kidney as well as other meds that have basically not been doing a thing for my Blood pressure. So my body last Thursday, suddenly swelled with excess fluid, over 20 lbs worth, compressing my heart and lungs and stopped my breathing.

I qoke up last Thursday and haad trouble breathing. After asking my husband to call for help a few times, (last thing I remember), I was rushed by ambulance to 2 hospitals and intubated and was in ICU for 3 days before coming too. God has proven he isn't done with me yet and I am thankful!

A BIG thanks to my daughter Lindsay for the strength, kindness and support she has given me and continues to give me each and every day. A HU?GE but pleasant surprise! She proved to be the capable one to trust as my husband it turns out left me in the ER and went home to care for the dog. Something my daughter is struggling with. And Me too I might add. He says the ER nurse told him to go home so he did!

I could certainly feel overwhelmed at this point but that won't do me any good. SO I have NEW meds, NEW doctors and NEW do's and on'ts to follow from now on. In other words, it's a brand NEW Beginning for ME. Taking things one step at a time, one day at a time! Not giving up!! Thanking God instead!! And Ready for a NEW beginning...

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DEBSZOO74 2/2/2014 4:03PM

    Wow! I'm glad you"re home and doing better! emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 2/1/2014 4:09PM

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/31/2014 1:01PM

    Wow - how incredibly scary for you. I pray that everything balances out and for your new relationship with your daughter to flourish.

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BBORDEN86 1/31/2014 10:30AM

    So glad you are back, in more than ONE way. Many blessings to GOD for giving you another chance at this beautiful life we shouldn't take for granted. I truly hope this is not only a new beginning for you, but for your daughter as well. Hope this made her realize that she doesn't have you forever on this earth. Good luck with the new dr.'s, meds, and new goals and plans for the future.

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PMFISH 1/30/2014 11:01PM

    Been there, done that a couple of times, but for different reasons. Not being able to breathe is not acceptable. Glad to hear you got your meds set up properly and hopefully that will take care of your breathing problems.

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RURAL3 1/30/2014 8:49PM

    I am so thankful that your husband called for help. It sounds like your daughter was a blessing to you. Perhaps this will be a NEW beginning for the two of you too. You are very right. God is not finished with you yet. Now ask Him what he wants you to do? The doctors should take care of your New medical regime. But God is in charge of the rest. emoticon emoticon

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CLYNNTHOMAS 1/30/2014 6:11PM

    Wow! Thank the Lord you are all right. I pray this new team of doctors and your new lifestyle lead to better health and no more scares like this!

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LKWQUILTER 1/30/2014 6:10PM

    So glad things are changing for you, especially between you and your daughter. I know how hard life can be when problems with a child.

Sounds like it happened at a "good" time, especially getting new doctors and getting things changed for the better. Give yourself time to all the adjusting and I know you will do GREAT!!!

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CATLADY52 1/30/2014 5:42PM

    emoticon emoticon for you and your daughter!

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PLUGINALONG 1/30/2014 2:54PM

    I will say a prayer for you and the family. Take good care of yourself. I am in Asheville so I am going to add you as a friend since you are in WNC. Let me hear from you soon.

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