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Hopefully Optimistic

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Update on my last blog.

I’m doing better. Emotionally I was a wreck. I was in a lot of pain. A lot of nerve pain – so painful….

Today its better. Monday I saw my GP for advice and for nerve pain meds. My plastic surgeon (PS) kept insisting it was muscular. 10 seconds with my GP, he agreed its nerve pain and we discussed a few options. We also discussed what I should do, if I should get another opinion. He basically said, it would be easier for me to just keep going to the PS unless he becomes unbearable and remains combative. Basically if I leave him now, the PS will kind of blow up at every other doctor that helps me. So if I can maintain a good working relationship with the PS, it would save me undue stress, pressure, and medical bills. So I left with some good advice, some nerve pain meds, and a doctor who told me to call him if it gets worse, and he’ll refer me to whomever he can to get this fixed.

I had to wait until Monday night to take the pain meds, and luckily it DID work. Night and day for pain. I mean I’m still on ibuprofen, but the gabapentin really helps the excruciating pain/electrocuting pain. And its helping me to sleep = bonus. Apparently I looked like a stressed out, tired, mess at my GPs office. He very nicely and kindly talked to me for over a half hour. Changed my dressing… tsked over the fact that I had to do it by myself.

Tuesday was busy. My pain went from an 8/10 down to a 3 of 4/10. So much more manageable. Had a ton of stuff to do at work. Felt like I made some progress. Still feel like I have a gagillion things to do…

On the house front Amber moved out Tuesday as well. I think she saw with all the packing and moving and cleaning and my parents coming down, that it really would be better for her to find another place. We avoided that whole “I need you to move out” conversation… now we’re just having the… I need you to pay me the $$ you owe me conversation. I’ll give her a break on some stuff… but its something that I am glad is over. The money helped. It was fine for awhile. But it will help to sell the house if its kept super clean and is available to show at the drop of the hat.

On the selling the house front – new carpet’s going to be installed on the 23rd, so its going to go up on the market on March 11th. Then it’s a waiting game… BUT I’m on my way to making it sellable. TJ moved a bunch of heavy furniture by himself on Saturday – seriously he’s a beast. My mom is an anal retentive cleaner and packer, so she made a ton of progress on my kitchen. I tried to help, but once again, I can’t really. Everyone yells at me when I try to help.

On the work front. I’m doing the best that I can. Right now I need to get my 2nd year student in the lab to become my minion. She’s great, but she’s just super busy. I would like to teach her everything that I know and use her to do experiments that I need to get done for the paper. Thesis writing… almost non-existent.

So today I met with the PS again. I took all my meds, and threw in an anxiety pill before I got there just to keep a level head. This time, he was much nicer. I got him right after lunch, so he apparently just had a few cigarettes based on his smell. So calmer PS this week. Didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him I got a gaba prescription. I have to switch some of the bandage materials. Apparently I need something rougher next to the wound to literally scrape the top layer off with each bandage change. Gross I know. More painful… *sigh* So I’m doing that. Doing my best to have 4 bandage changes a day instead of 3, but with work, this doesn’t always get done. He also have me a round of Cipro antibiotics. I’m allergic to all of the normal antibiotics. This is to see if this helps with wound healing. I don’t have an “infection” per say, but killing off some bacteria might potentially possibly maybe help with wound healing, so I’m doing that until next week. I also get the joy of seeing my PS every Wednesday until this heals. If I decide in two weeks to have surgery, we can… but I’m still leaning away from doing that.

This weekend is a little interesting. I’m going to StL for Mardi Gras. I haven’t been in a few years, and I really want to go. I just have to convince TJ to wake his butt up in time. Then we and another couple friends of mine got tickets to the Blues game against the Ducks (TJ’s FAVORITE team ever). The girls were just going to try to get cheap tickets—I wanted to surprise TJ with v-day tickets, but that man is so stubborn he wouldn’t stop talking about tickets, so I had to ruin the surprise. So he and my friends husband started looking at tickets…. They could sit up reeeeeally high… or get Blues Club tickets. So they spent a ton of money on fancy hockey tickets… Which the boys paid for, so now I get to enjoy it too! It comes with free food and beer, so those three are going to get loaded to get their money’s worth and I’ll be the DD.

Now here’s where this weekend gets interesting. My parents are going to come down here to continue working on the house to get it ready to sell (they bought it with me – so they’re getting their money back when we sell it). I’m going to go to their house on Friday and watch all the dogs – my two and their three dogs, so they won’t get in the way down here if doors are open and cleaning solution is all over the floor, etc. So hopefully they get some stuff done and don’t freak out at my general lack of progress here. Its just frustrating because I can’t help more. This is how I helped last weekend, holding my mom’s Chihuahua. That little girl LOVED the view and being spoiled, so it was hard to get her out. TJ rolled his eyes A LOT at that.

So I’ll be in StL, my parents will be here in Columbia, and I’ll be running around trying to relax a bit in StL. I should probably clean my mom’s house or do laundry or something while I’m there and they’re here cleaning…. But we’ll see… So far I’m optimistic. The new bandage change regime might help… Maybe it was the 2x a day bandage changes were bad… maybe the rougher bandages will help... I dunno… I just hope it heals!

(oh and 101 days until graduation!)
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    I'm so glad your doing better. Hopefully this new regimen will resolve the situation! I still don't like your plastic surgeon though lol
    1715 days ago
    I'm glad things are looking better for you and I hope the wound continues to improve and your PS behaves himself. The dog in the hoodie is adorable. It's kind of like a baby bjorn for dogs! I think I have at least one cat that would be ok with that setup. Hope you have a fun weekend!
    1716 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    Awesome, SO glad you got meds to help deal with the pain. You'll be done in no time.
    1716 days ago
    I like the sound of both hope and optimism. Have a good weekend. I know you feel bad your parents are doing so much, but DON'T OVERDO IT while you're at their place, okay?

    Man, I wish I had a little dog in my hoodie... hee hee hee!!
    1716 days ago
    You sound way better! Glad your GP helped you out and the PS is behaving better. I was so wanting to do Mardi Gras this weekend, but my husband has drill. Be safe and have a great time! emoticon
    1716 days ago
    I was so glad to see that things went a little better for you this week. Proper meds are such a good thing! I'm 6 1/2 weeks into my recover on my 2nd total knee replacement, so I can understand frustration at being dependent. Do the best you can, but don't overdo.
    1716 days ago
    Glad things are getting better at the very least emotionally and pain-wise. Have a blast in StL!
    1716 days ago
    Glad you're feeling better! And really hope you get well soon, and everything works out great for you as soon as possible! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
    You sound a lot better. This all sounds very positive, I'm glad!! It's about time you got some relief too.
    1717 days ago
    Glad you're feeling a bit more optimistic, and that the pain is a bit under control. Nice that your roommate didn't need to be convinced to move on, you really didn't need that extra bit of stress.

    One thought about your PS: do you still trust him? Because that is a lens that will inevitably color all the rest of your interactions with him. Even if he 'behaves', are you comfortable with his advice, etc.
    1717 days ago
    Wow I am so sorry to hear everything you are going through. I just read your previous blog along with this one. I was relieved to read that your PS was better to handle. He should have never treated you that way. Based on everything you said, a lawsuit will not be frivolous. Be sure to keep very good documentation on everything. God forbid you do end up with permanent nerve damage (I pray you don't) then he will have to pay for his actions. You are his patient and you come first especially when there is complications. Glad to hear that the pain is somewhat more tolerable. I wish you a very speedy recovery.

    1717 days ago
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