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Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 6:33pm

So glad it worked Patricia!  I had a D & C and several surgeries also, but oddly, they didn't hurt.  I did have my stomach surgery (Nissen Fundalplacation, sp?), and my gallbladder removal , but they were done laproscopically , again I don't know the spelling.  I just felt pressure after, but no pain.  Morphine has NO effect on me.  Weird!  Didn't need it anyway though.  My HUGE medical problem was that EXTREME nausea for 2 years (not every day.)  NO quality of life.  A simple drug, Nortriptylene, gave me my quality of life back.  Not perfect, but good enough!

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2013 at 6:18pm

Oh I did the birth thing 3 times, tubal ligation, ruptured appendix, laminectomy, the boob reductions, gall bladder, various D&C's, mastectomy, but the topper for pain was the sciatica by far!!!!! No pain meds would ever affect it one bit, so the surgery/recovery was a picnic by comparison, & meds worked for that pain!!!

Strep is no fun either, been there, done that too. 

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 6:10pm

Thanks Carl and Joan!  He's not feeling better yet, but we are all on nurse-duty!  He can't eat much, but I think his blood-sugar levels have been fairly stable.

Patricia and Felaine, OUCH!!  I can't even imagine the pain.  The worst pain I've ever had was childbirth (with my daughter, my son was super-easy and fast delivery), and gallstones!!!

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 6:04pm

My son still doesn't feel any better.  Ugh!  His throat is totally white, and he can barely swallow his Penicillin pills. :(  Poor guy!

My daughter, 21, is on a DATE with a 27-year old.  He's the friend of a co-worker (an art camp counselor with her.)  She's met him many times at the mutual friends house, but didn't know if she wanted to go out on a date with him.  Today she accepted.  It just sounds so OLD! lol.  She's only ever dated people the same age as she is!  I don't think my husband is thrilled, but he'll probably not be thrilled with any guy she dates.  It's just a first date, but I'm so glad she's feeling good enough to get dressed-up and go out!

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2013 at 6:00pm

Thanks Felaine!  I have heard things said in the movie that sound very much like that!  I wish I could remember what.  Wow!  I can't believe the book burning over The Wizard of Oz.  I can't believe the believers were smart enough to figure out that that was the message!

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2013 at 5:27pm

I had sciatica so bad I had to slide out of bed on my stomach & take 4 hours to get to my feet, before I finally had the surgery.

Best thing I ever did although recovery was 2 years. It's a painful surgery but well worth it compared to the sciatic pain.

I had a disk so flat that the surgeon didn't know how I could walk at all, & this was after the cat scan showed I wasn't lying, which he seemed to think at the beginning. He finally clued in to believe what I told him!!!!

I also had arthritis in my lower spine which was removed at the same time, but it's now returned big time although so far my back isn't bothering me.....whew!!!

I have some permanent sciatic nerve damage, but it's definitely not difficult to live with as long as I don't over-do, or stand in one place too long.

If I hadn't had the surgery I would eventually have been paralyzed or worse, & 2 years of physio didn't help in the least.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2013 at 5:22pm

sk8eycat I can understand a population of uninformed individuals might object to looking at reality through a metaphor, but for a school district to fall for such tactics is just outrageous. I think the Four Horsemen, and others who are militant in their opposition to ignorance being taught in public school is well justified and I consider myself one of those awful persons who take a militant view in opposition to failure to learn science. In fact, the more I learn, the more militant I become. 

The reality is, I am becoming more confrontive to the negative feedback she gave. One of my counselors at Cancer Care gave me some very bad feedback and I called her on it. She is of the old school; nonsense is nonsense, whether stated by an uninformed or a trained counselor. 

Gee, that feels good, to be able to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy therapy! I am sure her motive was positive even as her information was lousy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2013 at 5:12pm

sk8eycat and  Patricia My goodness, this sounds serious, and painful. Did the surgeries help? 

"What is a laminectomy?

"Back pain that interferes with normal daily activities may require surgery for treatment. Laminectomy is a type of surgery in which a surgeon removes part or all of the vertebral bone (lamina) to relieve compression of the spinal cord or the nerve roots that may be caused by injury, herniated disk, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the canal), or tumors. A laminectomy is considered only after medical treatments have proven to be ineffective."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2013 at 4:56pm

Mindy I the car problem is solved without too much expense. Sorry to learn of your son's strep throat; hope his diabetes strategy stays under control. My favorite of all stories, The Wizard of OZ. Sharing cartoon. 

Ian, Ah ha! The pope is caught in a dilemma: Does the pope forgive the priest or the homosexuality? Seems to me a little reality check is in order. A priest is a construct of the human mind. A homosexual is a reality of hormones and whatever else is involved in creating mammalian sexuality and has nothing for which to be forgiven. 

Steph, cute photo of resistant kitty and lovely young woman. 

Napoleon, is this a correct translation: "one does not become an atheist by desire"?

Steph, Whistleblower Cat!?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 14, 2013 at 4:26pm
I have to add my two cents as well. I like the Oz picture and also the Jesus walking on water, Mindy. Funny stuff, as Johnny Carson used to say.
I hope your son recovers quickly. Sounds like he's being well cared for.
 

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