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Dec 24, 2015 5:04 AM

Oh yeah, I have 2 stinking appointments this morning. One at 8:15 to get my antibiotic and then the other one, I'm gonna need virtual hands to squeeze cause it's gonna hurt like hell. First post-op packing change without narcotics. Just gonna have to bite my lip and bear with it. But I do have a goal for this one. I will not move and I will not cry no matter how bad it might hurt. I refuse to do that. I will just grab my iPad from my bag before hand and just go with it. That's about all I can do. Oh and I'm hoping beyond hope, this saline lock stayed good over night. If not, they get 2 sticks and they are done with it.

Dec 24, 2015 5:08 AM

O õõõõõõ and Good Morning I am up ,too. Didn't sleep well last night.

Dec 24, 2015 5:20 AM

I sleep about an hour whike being up for three.. The rain kept painful wakinge up.

Dec 24, 2015 5:22 AM

Terri, my issue was trying to get in a comfortable position while not pulling out the saline lock or laying directly on my incision(OUCH).

Dec 24, 2015 5:25 AM

Oh sweets I know it is difficult to find a comfortable position.Where did they place your saline lock?

Dec 24, 2015 6:04 AM

On the top side of my left arm close to my elbow. It was the only option they had at that point.

Dec 24, 2015 6:43 AM

No, and it definetly feels like it has blown already. My whole arm is starting to go kind of tingly and numb right now. Most uncomfortable.

Dec 24, 2015 6:48 AM

Well poop, I am so sorry to hear that. OK, for some advice, drink lots before your appointment. If you are dehydrated it will be harder for the nurse to find a vein.The nurse should be able to use your AC (the elbow vein) for your antibiotics. And most of all, try to relax. Stress constricts the blood vessels. I know easier said than done.let me know how you are okay? Love and Blessings, Terri

Dec 24, 2015 6:50 AM

Hey why can't you have pain meds before the dressing change?

Dec 24, 2015 7:00 AM

OOoo ask at visit for them to give you something in the office, remind him you need pain management before they change that dressing. I am sure they will.

Dec 24, 2015 7:21 AM

That's always a possibility. Forgive typos please. IV switched to right arm. The other one blew this morning.

Dec 24, 2015 8:28 AM

Sorry Amanda, that you have to go throught that. I hope that it helps you though. I will keep you in my thoughts today and hope that it didn't hurt to much. Sometimes if you can make your body really relax, the needle doesn't hurt but I know nothing about the medicine going in. Best wishes.

Dec 24, 2015 10:58 AM

Profiler, no big deal. The IV from yesterday did blow, but fortunately I remembered where the other good spot was on the other arm and how it held for 5 days so we just used that same vein. The stick itself didn't hurt but the packing change did indeed smart. The question to me was could I pack it over the weekend? Sure, I've done that before many moons ago. And it does help to remember that if you are having to pack a wound by yourself, that you can always stop and catch your breath and then continue.

Dec 24, 2015 11:07 AM

Where are these wounds at Amanda if you want to say? If not, how big are the wounds individually? When you say packing, is that like gauze.? I am sorry that the IV blew. You are probably use to that happening by now. I am sorry you have it rough.

Dec 24, 2015 11:14 AM

Profiler, one was on the right breast, the other is on the right lower quadrant of my belly. With the one on my belly, I can't see it and I'm not a good estimator of size either. Sorry yes I should have made that clear. When I say packing, what we are doing is packing the wound with gauze so if there is infection left in there, the fluid can be wicked up by the gauze. And profiler don't get me started on being used to IV sites blowing. I could tell before I even got upstairs that it was shot because my arm got really tingly and numb but for me, that's normal already. It just happens. The one that she started today, when the IV ran out, it started backing up blood into the lock, but that's a good sign. No pain when they flushed it either so that's another good thing.

Dec 24, 2015 11:19 AM

Amanda, You made it through!!!! ^high
Five^~~gently though~~were you able to medicated at the office? I am glad it's over for now.

Dec 24, 2015 11:22 AM

Terri, no didn't need to medicate. Had some distraction obviously so that helped tremendously. And since I had the distraction, I didn't even hardly feel them change it at all.

Dec 24, 2015 11:38 AM

Although I do feel it worse now, but only because the darn thing was pretty deep and because they messed with it. Resting for a while still.

Dec 24, 2015 11:44 AM

Terri, I also solved my dilemma of not being able to go to Christmas Eve service because of the recent surgery and my need for rest. Apparently, the Washington National Cathedral live streams their services so I can still participate. Might not be able to receive communion, but still it's going to church.

Dec 24, 2015 3:47 PM

Amanda, I'm glad you're done and back home. I'm still praying this infx will stop hurting you! We've been house bound due to storms. A tornado touched down about 3-4 miles from my siblings home (all single or widowed, so they share a house... & fight like they were kids! Lol). We are safe though. Rest and take it easy! Merry Christmas 🙂🙏🌼🎄

Dec 24, 2015 7:25 PM

Flappys, it really only hurts if I forget and bump it against something or sit down the wrong way. Also apparently, I saked myself out at moms house this afternoon for about 2 hours. I guess it was needed but she understood the reason for it. Between no sleep the night before and painful morning, I guess I just kind of shut down.

Dec 24, 2015 7:33 PM

Rest ! Silly rest! You are doing a lot healing and recovering from a wound infection! I am glad you took a nap!!!¡ Love and Blessings, Terri

Dec 24, 2015 8:09 PM

Terri, that's the plan for this weekend. Rest and more rest. Getting to the point where I can't keep my eyes open any longer. Going to lay it down and hope for a better day tomorrow. Good night all.

Dec 24, 2015 8:34 PM

And Terri, I honestly think I got MRSA working in a nursing home with a resident who had MRSA but the facility did not bother to inform us. I used to be a CNA. But that's water under the bridge now. Also my team does suspect an underlying immunodeficiency which makes it virtually impossible for my body to fight off the infections,

Dec 24, 2015 8:49 PM

Ahhh that makes sense.hey, I thought you were going to bed?! lol, sweet dreams

Dec 25, 2015 7:23 AM

@Terri, will ask for a referral to wound care. I can change it over the weekend, but I can't do it one handed and I also can't see what I'm doing because of where it is on my belly. Ouch this morning but that is done.

Dec 25, 2015 11:26 PM

Amanda I am sorry your IV blew, I always hated that when I had one. Oh and having to pack a wound that makes me cringe, when that betidine e gauze hits that opened skin "ouch". It makes me cringe just thinking about it. Hope you get to feeling better. Sending love,prayers and hugs.

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