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About Midnightmom

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  1. Pacemaker Needed

    Chronology of events: Saw the doc today (3/19). The bleeding had apparently stopped, but when they started to remove the staples, it started oozing again. So now I have an appt at the surgery center at 5 AM on Wed! He is going to open the incision, irrigate and clean it out, then the close it back up; and he is going to do it before seeing his normal patient load for the day--that is why I have to be there soooooooooooooo freaking early! The procedure will be under sedation, so I will not be able to drive myself home afterwards. but I should be ready to leave there by 8:30 - 9 AM, and I will be able to drive the next day. (3/21) It's 4 AM and I am headed out the door to my 5 AM appt at the cardiologist's surgery center to have this incision opened and irrigated because it has been 3 weeks since the pacemaker was inserted and the d**m thing is still bleeding a little bit! Yay. The procedure (technically called a "Pocket Revision" as I found out today) took a little longer than the doc expected: Apparently there were some blood clots that he had to clear out. All I know is that it was more painful than getting the pacemaker was! I am pretty sure I am going to be pretty bruised up by this. OTOH, I am immediately able to use the arm much more than I did after the pacemaker was inserted, so I guess it all "equals" out. It is shortly after 9 AM and I am safe at home. Thank you Doug and Gail for picking me up and also retrieving my car! The tape they used to hold the bandage in place is pulling on my skin and causing blistering! I have removed it and replaced the bandage with some I had at home that is a little more skin "friendly." Couldn't wait for the follow-up appt to do this, it was killing me. My post-op check-up isn't until Wed, the 28th. :/
  2. Pacemaker Needed

    Well, I was wrong. It won't be in the office, it will be at the surgery center under sedation--which is okay with me because I really wasn't looking forward to an office procedure for this. But it means I need to find transportation to and from again. :/ Won't have a time or date until after my appt on Monday (19th).
  3. The Kidde Corporation has issued a widespread recall of an estimated 450,000 smoke alarms that have been sold in the U.S. Officials said the models are less common as they feature a dual-sensor detection mechanism for enhanced safety and are typically more expensive, between $20 and $40. It is reported that the company left a plastic cover over at least one of the two sensors, which greatly reduces the senor's ability to detect smoke. Kidde Corporation already has an active recall on 38 million U.S. sold portable fire extinguishers with plastic handles. http://krcrtv.com/news/local/kiddie-corporation-issues-widespread-recall-of-smoke-alarms
  4. Pacemaker Needed

    There is a possible "complication" on the horizon. I went back in to the doc's office today because the bandage needed changing again. This time, the M.A. called the doc into the room to take a look at the incision. He said if it is still oozing on my normally scheduled visit on Thursday, instead of removing the staples as scheduled he may have to open up the incision and clean it out! (To prevent infection.) The continued bleeding is apparently from the Xarelto (blood thinner), so I am supposed to stop taking it for now--for two reasons: To halt the current bleeding As a preventative in case he has to reopen the incision on Thursday. I am guessing this would be done in the office with lidocaine injected around the site for pain. Please join me in praying that it will heal without having to go through a debriding! Not looking forward to that at all! He also added another 10 day course to the antibiotic I am currently taking.
  5. Pacemaker Needed

    The first 2 days after the procedure were kind of "rough." Arm and shoulder were really sore and it was difficult to move it at all and my arm was in a sling for 2 days to prevent much movement anyway. Putting on a coat to go home wasn't much though, and neither was clambering into my friend's vehicle for the trip home (it had a fairly high threshold to get my foot over and to pull myself in to the seat). We were both happy that she drove her SUV instead of her truck!!! It's been about 10 days now since the procedure and I'm entering into what I am calling a "danger zone." My arm is now pretty much usable for anything, but I am still not allowed to do certain things--like lift my arm above my head, carry more than 5 lbs, or use that arm to hold the dog's leash (because if she decides to chase the neighbor's cat she would yank it too hard). I am calling it "dangerous" because it's very easy to FORGET about these restrictions and use it beyond what I should! I go back in a week to have the staples removed. Yay! It's been pretty itchy and I can't wait to get that part of it done. I got an unexpected delivery from FedEx a few days ago. It was a device for "reading" the computer in the pacemaker and transmitting the report to the doctor's office! Who knew? I certainly didn't! At any rate, this thing transmits over a standard corded phone which I no longer have because of the way AT&T messed up my service when I moved into my new place! I have to ask the doc's office if they have a cell phone converter for use with the device. The manufacturer said that some clinics and doctor's office provide them at no cost for those who need one. Otherwise I will have to pay for a device to send the reports over my VOIP line (*still angry at AT&T over that mess!), but was told by the device's rep that that method can sometimes mess up accurate transmission of the data! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!! That about sums it up.

  7. Pressure Canned Chicken Just Freaked Me Out

    If you can identify the "problem" jar, you should probably err on the side of caution and refrigerate it to be used first.
  8. Busy, busy, busy...

    These forums are more private, but FB is more immediate; ie, provides instant gratification. Not really sure which one I prefer. OK, I'm lying if I say I don't prefer FB. But FB is also slowly killing itself w/ its "censoring" policies, so I wouldn't give up on this site (or others like it) just yet.
  9. Pacemaker Needed

    Got the pacemaker TODAY! In at 6AM, home by 10! It went fine. Shoulder is sore, not so much from the incision as from his pushing down on it while threading the leads down to the heart.   (and then the pressure from inserting the staples to close the incision.)

    Try one of these!
  11. It's the rule of "unintended consequences." And even if they decided to have a child (or a second one), who's to say that the gov't STILL wouldn't be enforcing their policy of male babies being preferred over female ones?!?!?
  12. Grey Cat Garth

    Here are some ideas for "sprucing up" the place, using (of all things) old pallets!

    Kappy, I've had a CPAP for several years now. My children are EXTREMELY happy that I got one -- THEY can finally SLEEP when they come for a visit! (I'm sure you know what I mean. ) At my request, I did a new sleep test about a year ago. The result are a higher setting, from 10 to 13. I see the pulmonologist again in Sept. Have to see him once/year to keep my Rx up-to-date so my insurance will continue to cover the cost of supplies (hoses, cushions, air filters). Here are some "selfies" from the latest sleep test. It's sooooooooooooo uncomfortable and unnatural to "sleep" with all of this stuff taped and glued to you. I finally managed to get enough sleep for them to be able to recalibrate my machine.
  14. Grey Cat Garth

    Tomorrow is "President's Day." I hope whoever you need to deal with is open!!!

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