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  1. #26
    Hang in there buddy, you're going to beat this!

  2. #27
    Best wishes from France Rami

    Beepee

  3. #28

    Icon22 Reply...

    Good morning,

    I survived night one. My IV that they put in down in the ER fell out during the evening, then my veins went wonky. They poked me twice more in my left arm and one in my right to start another IV with no luck. They ended up putting up one in my right hand.

    They also never put my leg back into a compression bandage, so I had a very uncomfortable night. But that's being corrected this morning. I hope today goes better, and I really appreciate all of the support. It means so much.
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

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  4. #29

    Ouch!!!............

    I HATE that IV in the hand. I have had those things everywhere and the most painful, uncomfortable one I EVER had was in the blasted hand. Can't even scratch without wondering if it will pull out. As the old saying goes "Ouch, I bet that will leave a mark!" and to paraphrase Tweedy bird "It did it did!!!"

  5. #30
    Hang in there Rami. I am praying the doctors have and "ah ha " experience with a treatment plan that works!

    Your plight reminded me of this "hang in there" story.

    http://acepilots.com/usaaf_rsj.html

  6. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fibber View Post
    I HATE that IV in the hand. I have had those things everywhere and the most painful, uncomfortable one I EVER had was in the blasted hand. Can't even scratch without wondering if it will pull out. As the old saying goes "Ouch, I bet that will leave a mark!" and to paraphrase Tweedy bird "It did it did!!!"
    Fibber,

    Luckily, I was asked before I did it. I am left-hand dominant, so they put it in my right hand. So in case a cute nurse comes by...
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

    My campaign site: http://www.box.net/shared/0k1e1rz29h
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  7. #32

  8. #33
    Rami,

    I haven't messaged with you in a long time. So, so sorry to hear you are going through all of this. As for having a IV in the hand, I know how uncomfortable THAT is! I hope you get through this and on to recovery soon. Pete

  9. #34
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Hope all is well.

    msfossey

  10. #35
    Watch that hand with the cute nurse my friend. (Remember she is the one who sticks you with the needles and does other painful things). You could wind up hurting in a lot of brand new places

    Keep your chin up buddy.
    Cheers,

    Captain Kurt
    ------------------------------------------------------
    "Fly, you fools!" Gandalf the Gray

  11. #36
    Yeah Rami. Remember the physical scene in Pearl Harbor.
    Good Luck with it all.

    voyager

  12. #37
    Rami,
    It's one thing to be admitted to the hospital, so long as they don't label you "certifiable"!

    On a side note, I had an IV in my hand during a stay after surgery, it somehow became slightly dislodged and the fluids weren't going into the vein. After a short while, my hand looked like the "Hamburger Helper Hand", which is when I realized something wasn't right and hit the button for the nurse.

    Hope you feel better,

    Typhoon Willy (and his gimpy hip and knee)
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!

  13. #38

    Icon22 Reply...

    Hey guys,

    Doing better today. They're doing an MRI tomorrow morning. The sixth IV attempt seems to have worked to this point. I was also able to clean up somewhat and feel vaguely human again. The pain is managed pretty well as long as I keep my leg elevated. The food is okay, trial by error is teaching me what to order and what not to order.

    Yesterday kinda sucked. I felt like a zombie much of the day because I barely slept Thursday night. Between the pain and not being able to use the bathroom until this morning, I just felt lousy. So after the morning, I just laid low.

    The skin ulcers are beginning to granulate, meaning that my body is slowly starting to generate the basis for growing new skin. They may keep me the hospital and/or rehab through this process, which could be as long as three weeks with IV and/or oral antibiotics. They could also send me home in a few days and do IV infusion from home, but no one is quite sure what insurance will pay for and how all of this is going to play out.

    I've had plenty of visitors....that part has been very nice.

    Oh, and Typhoon Willy...

    Too late, hence the padded cell.
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

    My campaign site: http://www.box.net/shared/0k1e1rz29h
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  14. #39
    Best wishes Rami, my thoughts are for you...

    Giuseppe

  15. #40

    Icon22 Hope you get better....

    This is one time you'd want ME there... lol I am really, really good with IVs and cutdowns.

    Hope you don't develop cellulitis on the leg... whatever happened to it?

    When they start the IVs... (for anyone listening) make sure they start at the hand... and work their way up... if the start in the antecubital space... and it blows.. they can't go back down... and have to use the other arm... and pretty soon run out of sites...

    And one of the first signs of infiltration is a little puffyness around the site... don't wait till your hand or arm looks like a balloon!!!!

    G.

  16. #41
    Hang in there Rami, we are all hoping for the best.

    As far as a good looking nurse: "Laissez les bon temps rouler"
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  17. #42

    Icon22 Reply...

    Quote Originally Posted by gaucho_59 View Post
    Hope you don't develop cellulitis on the leg... whatever happened to it?
    Gaucho_59,

    Here is the whole deal. I had a CT Scan done on my arteries and veins with contrast, and it showed some surprising results and some unexpected complications. I had a severe DVT in my left leg in 2001 at the age of 23 that went from my ankle to my waist, and another in my right leg in 2005 that did less damage to the right leg. I am not diabetic, but do I have Factor Five, and the skin of my lower left leg is pigmented and I have chronic venous stasis ulcers, and have been dealing with this particular episode since February 2016. I have a compression bandage that I keep on my lower left leg, and have this bandage changed three days a week. The reason why I was hospitalized was because the wounds began exuding a copious amount of drainage that was causing the surrounding skin to macerate. They are doing an MRI this morning to check for a bone infection. I wouldn't be surprised if there was some degree of cellulitis.

    The CT scan I had on February 15th, 2017 revealed that I essentially have little or no inferior vena cava from my pelvis up to about my kidney; it has shriveled from atrophy because of the deep vein thrombosis down to about the size of dental floss. What my body has essentially done to get around this is take the veins closer to the surface and turn them from country roads into highways, which creates more venous pressure, and makes the veins on my stomach, thighs, and pelvis look like the street map of Greater Pittsburgh. The doctor said that the fact that my body managed to do this at all without me dying is kind of a miracle. I've been hearing that my whole life with all the birth defects I had.

    The vascular surgeon fears that if they attempt to put a stent in and something were to fail it could damage my kidney and I would end up on dialysis. I've had abnormal kidney function since birth; one is grossly enlarged and does most of the functioning, while the other one's functioning is limited. The stent could damage the good kidney. If they also attempt to go in with a catheter, the blockages have been there for so long, they are like cement. If they try to push out or remove the clots, it could either shred the vein or dislodge part of the clot and cause an embolism.

    There is also a question now about amputation...first, whether there is enough good venous flow to facilitate healing for the flap. Second, whether they would have to go below or above the knee, and third, the edema, or swelling I deal with is not solely limited to the lower limb where my skin ulcers are, it's elsewhere as well, and if they amputate, the swelling may retard the healing and recovery, or worse, blow out the sutures and require another operation.

    My vascular surgeon decided to consult with some of his colleagues in Boston to try and find a solution to this. Until then, I am in limbo. I also found out that I could be in the hospital and/or rehab up to three weeks...
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

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  18. #43

  19. #44

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    Hello,

    Hey...no bone infection, no major surface infection, and I could be discharged tonight, or at the latest tomorrow morning. Being at home with my leg back in full compression will help these ulcers heal. I won't be going back to work for a couple of weeks, though, but I have already contacted my school about teaching in a wheelchair for the remainder of the school year to protect my leg.
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

    My campaign site: http://www.box.net/shared/0k1e1rz29h
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  20. #45
    Great news Rami.

    Take care of yourself and get that leg well.

    Regards,

    B24Guy

  21. #46

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    The B24 Guy,

    It will heal to a point, but in essence, this will be a chronic, managed condition with no easy way out. So I'll just deal with it with my gallows humor and a song in my heart. (And no, it won't be "Swing low, Sweet Chariot)
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

    My campaign site: http://www.box.net/shared/0k1e1rz29h
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  22. #47
    Much better that it positive news, I cringed hoping not for the negative when I received the post notice.

    Hang in there dude.
    http://www.TheFreeFlightSite.com
    "Laissez les bon temps rouler"

  23. #48

    Rami.......

    "And no, it won't be "Swing low, Sweet Chariot" and it better not be 'Tom Dewey" either! Glad to hear that you may get sprung. Guess that you are now " one leg up" on us! (As Foghorn Leghorn would say " That's a joke son, I say, That's a joke son!!!)


    ERRATA: song should be Tom DOOLEY, not Dewey!
    Last edited by Fibber; March 20th, 2017 at 18:27.

  24. #49

    Reply...

    Fibber et al,

    I am sprung. I'm home now.
    "Rami"

    "Do you think the language in the second amendment is clear enough? You know, about the right to bear arms?"

    "Of course it's clear. Every American has the right to hang a pair of bear arms on their wall. How could that possibly be misconstrued?"

    My campaign site: http://www.box.net/shared/0k1e1rz29h
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