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Not taking Lasix....no rashes today....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I plan on skipping the Lasix dose again tomorrow and seeing if I have no rash again. It was nice that I didn't have to take Benadryl to get rid of the hot red rash all over my arms, face and neck like I did three times this week at work.

I think this experiment is turning out well and will be calling my internist to report allergic reaction to the Lasix. There were 5 days out of the last approximately 2 weeks where this flushing, itching and uncomfortable feeling occurred and was severe enough that I had to take Benadryl so I would stop itching. I had blamed it on the pollen in the air and in the flowers I had brought to work. I thought it was really strange that I had suddenly become so sensitive to the pollens in flowers. In the past I had only had an anaphylactic response to ingesting bee pollen in a protein drink and in an herbal tea.

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    Sometimes we have to be detectives so we can tell the Docs what is happening in our bodies.

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TEDDYTEDDY 5/16/2010 6:17AM

    Lost 2.6 lb as of this morning after 3 lb gain yesterday. Watching sodium like a hawk. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/16/2010 5:48AM

    Sounds like you figured it out! Now to get another diuretic ASAP...

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MUSIC66 5/15/2010 7:06PM

    that great that you found the course of the rashes.

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Possible Lasix (diuretic) allergy....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I had my ambulance ride to the ER last week on Monday...because of burning in my arm then both arms....then 3 times since then I have had my arms turn red and face, neck, etc. with itching. I treated myself the last 3 times with Benadryl and have figured out this is an allergic reaction to something. My friend at work quizzed me about how long I have been having allergic reactions like this and it seems to coincide with starting Lasix as a diuretic. It is very possible I am allergic to Lasix. Apparently this is a common allergic reaction to Lasix and people who are allergic to sulfa drugs (I was not aware of being allergic to sulfa drugs, but it is a common allergy) are usually allergic to Lasix. I am going to quit using the Lasix this weekend and if the symptoms don't return I plan to call my internist to get a different diuretic before I go into the hospital for my knee replacement. That will be a lot easier than trying to refuse Lasix at the hospital and rehab center. I also don't like using Benadryl that much as it has a side effect of making me sleepy.

Hopefully I can get a replacement diuretic that I don't react to this way.

This morning I am going for the last water aerobics class for awhile and I plan to spend at least a half hour in the whirlpool afterwards.

Then I am going home to work on getting ready for my surgery. Hope everybody has a great weekend.

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CATLADY52 5/15/2010 4:08PM

    I hadn't heard about the connenction between Lasik and sulfa before today. I hope everything else pans out for you.

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TEDDYTEDDY 5/15/2010 12:20PM

    Thanks everybody for your comments re Lasix allergy....gee whizikers...I am also allergic to bee pollen and possibly bee stings and carry an Epipen in case of that problem.

No one even mentioned an allergy when I was in t he ER....they just ruled out heart problems and possible stroke. Sometimes I think doctors miss the obvious and are looking for big problems instead. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/15/2010 8:04AM

    There are LOTS of diuretics out there. I am sure they can find something else that will work for you.

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MSLZZY 5/15/2010 7:42AM

    Check into that possible allergy to avoid complications later. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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LMSTRAW 5/15/2010 7:27AM

    I came here just to tell you that lasix is cross sensitive with sulfa drugs! But, seems like you already know that! There are other diuretics out there, your doctor can try another. Good luck!

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MARPET44 5/15/2010 6:53AM

    Ok -what next? I am glad you found this out before the surgery. I hope you can get this resolved soon.

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One week to knee replacement....

Friday, May 14, 2010

A week from now I will be NPO from midnight. Surgery is not until 2:00 p.m. and the instructions from the hospital say I don't have to be n.p.o. quite that long. I will double check with my doctor's office just in case they don't agree. A friend is dropping me off at the hospital and I will leave my personal items with security. I hope things go smoothly. I did a "test run" at the hospital last week when I had my lower extremity ultrasounds. The hospital is more of a maze than the one where I had my other knee done. I got lost going back to my car and got a lot of exercise going back and forth in some hallways and finally found a medical student who helped me.

I have discontinued the 5,000 mg of fish oil I usually take. Otherwise I am still on all my vitamins and prescriptions. I have to remember to have Benadryl available at the hospital and nursing facility (rehab) because the spring pollen seems to be peaking out and yesterday at work my arms face and neck turned bright red in the afternoon and I was so glad I had Benadryl in my desk after my last allergic reaction to the daffodils. The only problem is I got really tired after the Benadryl and ended up not going to the gym as I was afraid I might fall asleep in the whirlpool.....

I went to bed so early last night that I woke up and started coffee and sparking at 3:00 a.m. I am thinking of going to the 24-hour gym before work this morning. A nice dip in the pool would be refreshing and the whirlpool at that place has a waterfall I can sit under to really massage my neck and back. Yep...that's the ticket.... emoticon


I have added the above link to an interesting article regarding ways to reduce arthritis swelling and stiffness and, of course, having a health weight is very important.......

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MUSIC66 5/15/2010 7:03AM

    good luck with your knee surgery.

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GINNY1215 5/14/2010 8:34AM

    Good luck on your knee replacement. Had both of mine done in the last year and am so grateful to have it behind me and progressing on with the pain decreasing all the time.

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MSLZZY 5/14/2010 7:00AM

    I coould use that waterfall some days. Good luck and thanks for the link! emoticon

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LMSTRAW 5/14/2010 6:14AM

    You'll do great, I'm sure. I'm a tad jealous, I need that but can't get it done.
AS a nurse, I know that you only have to be npo for the 8 hours preceeding a procedure. The doctor's office probably won't tell you that. It just needs time to empty from your stomach, otherwise you could vomit and strangle on the vomit.
I want to go to work with you and sit under that waterfall!
Best wishes to you.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/14/2010 4:55AM

    I just joined a 24-hour gym and I am still trying to figure out what time works for me AND is not so crowded thta I can't use the equipment I want. When do you usually go?

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 5/14/2010 4:53AM

    Good luck on your knee replacement. I hope that everything goes well and you are up and at it quickly. I would love to find a place that has a waterfall that I could sit under and get a massage on my neck.

Take care

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Knee replacement in 8 days. Whoo-hoo!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Getting nervouser but trying to remember that to-do list. Got an Rx written by my internist for the gym membership hold but it was not written correctly. I will have the orthoopedist's office do that instead. Have to talk to them also about the Baker's cyst found on the operative knee. Also am having foot pain from my accessory navicular (of, course on the to-be-operated side. Gee whiz....

Talked to HR yesterday and they could not or would not tell me if I will be covered by FMLA rules afterwards but got a verbal assurance from the director of our department that I will still have a job when I get back.

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 7:20AM

    I hope they cover everything for you. Good luck!

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GRAMPIAN 5/13/2010 6:30AM

  Hope all goes well with your operation. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/13/2010 6:26AM

    Keep working on the list...it will keep the nervousness down.

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CEPEARL 5/13/2010 6:24AM

  How many people work at your job.? You are covered ... Best of luck on your surgery...... emoticon

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9 days to knee replacement surgery....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gotta pack my bags and get that to-do list done. Still need to preregister at the hospital. Getting things taken care of. This weekend will be straighten up the house and last minute shopping for supplies. I have taken the day off the day before surgery and will be getting dental cleaning done since I won't be able to do that for awhile after the knee operation.

Onward and upward..... emoticon

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    Sounds like you have a good plan and you are sticking with it. Good luck to you.

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MS5835 5/12/2010 11:58AM

    Good luck with the surgery. emoticon emoticon

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JOYCEMARIE9 5/12/2010 8:13AM

    Good luck with everything and it will be so worth it when it is all done. Keep us posted on your progress.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/12/2010 7:03AM

    The time will fly by...

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CHERRIERUNS 5/12/2010 7:01AM

    good luck on your surgery - how long will you be sidelined?

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MSLZZY 5/12/2010 6:39AM

    Good to plan ahead and get things done now! emoticon

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    I hope this surgery helps you out! Hang in there and heal well!!

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