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Old 09-08-2020, 7:36pm   #41
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Well **** me. The earliest they can get me in is the 16th. I have to go another eight days like this. I知 not sure I値l make it without an ugly trip to the ER. I will try.

Somehow I have to find the strength to work. I can稚 take off two more weeks. I was hoping to go visit my mom, but that痴 out. Sigh.
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I bet you won't either Pete. I look forward to hearing of the good news of relief and great prognosis.
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Call the dr office 2-3 times a day and politely ask if there have been any cancellations.
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Call the dr office 2-3 times a day and politely ask if there have been any cancellations.



Maybe just call once a day though. After the first day, they'll know who you are and why you're calling.
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Call the dr office 2-3 times a day and politely ask if there have been any cancellations.
Good idea. The doctor actually called me personally. He was apologetic and knows I知 hurting. But he said it would be rare to get kidney damage. Of course he said the surgery was a one and done deal. I really don稚 believe any doctors anymore.

This has truly been a living hell. One surgery turned into four to fix mistake after mistake.

First surgery - emergency resection
Second - the incision caused a hernia
During the hernia repair, a nurse bludgeoned me with a cath - had cath for 2 weeks
Third - Then a urologist did a ballon expansion that only lasted three months - had cath for 2 weeks
Fourth surgery - Next a complete reconstruction - cath for 30 days
This is number five. Cath for 4 days

During this time I致e had three procedures akin to a colonoscopy to expand my small intestine. Two enteroscopies, 2 CAT scans, three MRI担, plus two ER trips, 18 chemo treatments, 52 IV fluid sessions, 12 iron infusions 125ish injections and too many labs to count.

I致e never shared this with anyone. I just hide it.

And to think, I never had surgery before all this. WTF. This is seriously getting tiring.

To add insult to injury, my wife can稚 accompany me because COVID. funny, I never thought it was needed to have her there. Now I could use the support.

I知 sorry to bitch. I know many have it worse. I知 getting to my wits end. There must be an end to this somehow but none in sight right now.
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Old 09-08-2020, 9:36pm   #48
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Pete, take your wife with you anyway. Insist she go in with you. Really insist.
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Pete, take your wife with you anyway. Insist she go in with you. Really insist.
I've had to deal with this kind of situation too many times over the last few months. Insist or TELL them that your wife is going to accompany you. Really kind of sick of dealing with that kind of shit when you're just trying to advocate for the care of a family member.
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Does this mask make my face look fat?
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Does this mask make my face look fat?
I think it's more of the fat making your face look fat.
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Does this mask make my face look fat?
Can we assume you got worked in and are going to be going under the knife today? Good luck, I'm certain lots of VB miscreants will be praying that all goes well, including me.
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Can we assume you got worked in and are going to be going under the knife today? Good luck, I'm certain lots of VB miscreants will be praying that all goes well, including me.
Nope. Chemo and iron infusion. Still hoping this ordeal is cut short. So to speak.
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Nope. Chemo and iron infusion. Still hoping this ordeal is cut short. So to speak.
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Old 09-10-2020, 6:15am   #55
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Hoping for a speedy recovery!!
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Hard to say anything without it sounding like a worn out cliche. Still; keep fighting. The alternative is no good. No good at all.
Agreed, in times like this it is often tough to come up with the right words, but know we are all praying for you Pete
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It might be cliched but it does help. Honestly the thought of giving up crosses my mind regularly. But I am not really wired for giving up. There must be a limit to how much one can endure. I think if I were single, the equation might be different. But people I love rely on me. I will walk through fire for them.

I have this creeping feeling that if there is widespread civil unrest, people like me won稚 survive it. The treatments I need are drugs that require special handling, refrigeration, mixing by a pharmacist, IV pumps. It also must be used within hours of mixing. It comes as a powder that needs refrigeration. It is only made in one facility by one manufacturer.

Lately Ive seen shortages of regular drugs. It痴 just a matter of time. I suppose that痴 why I知 up for the fight. If I go down, I知 taking some commie mother****ers with me.

I知 doing everything I can to get fit for battle conditions. Whether it happens or not. From upping hormone replacement, working out, heat conditioning, 7K ruck marches with 45 lbs of gear, specialized tactical training, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), I知 FEMA certified as first responder (this makes it so the local police have no authority over me in a disaster scenario) Radio operator (getting license this month)...etc.

I have to get whatever is ****ed up fixed in this case I don稚 have a choice. We are in for a rough ride and I believe our way of life is at extreme risk. Even though I知 old and broken down, I am mustering everything I致e got to serve this great nation.

It痴 the reason I do anything these days - an overwhelming sense of duty and purpose. That痴 my version of not giving up. Far too many are willing to sit on the sidelines. I can稚 share too much here, but let痴 just say my work in this area isn稚 casual.
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You can do it, Pete.
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It might be cliched but it does help. Honestly the thought of giving up crosses my mind regularly. But I am not really wired for giving up. There must be a limit to how much one can endure. I think if I were single, the equation might be different. But people I love rely on me. I will walk through fire for them.

I have this creeping feeling that if there is widespread civil unrest, people like me won稚 survive it. The treatments I need are drugs that require special handling, refrigeration, mixing by a pharmacist, IV pumps. It also must be used within hours of mixing. It comes as a powder that needs refrigeration. It is only made in one facility by one manufacturer.

Lately Ive seen shortages of regular drugs. It痴 just a matter of time. I suppose that痴 why I知 up for the fight. If I go down, I知 taking some commie mother****ers with me.




I知 doing everything I can to get fit for battle conditions. Whether it happens or not. From upping hormone replacement, working out, heat conditioning, 7K ruck marches with 45 lbs of gear, specialized tactical training, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), I知 FEMA certified as first responder (this makes it so the local police have no authority over me in a disaster scenario) Radio operator (getting license this month)...etc.

I have to get whatever is ****ed up fixed in this case I don稚 have a choice. We are in for a rough ride and I believe our way of life is at extreme risk. Even though I知 old and broken down, I am mustering everything I致e got to serve this great nation.

It痴 the reason I do anything these days - an overwhelming sense of duty and purpose. That痴 my version of not giving up. Far too many are willing to sit on the sidelines. I can稚 share too much here, but let痴 just say my work in this area isn稚 casual.
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