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  •  Yes--I may be similarly afflicted (16+ / 0-)

    Who knew that PCOS, Chronic Hyperinsulinism, chronic allergies, and weight gain would be not just connected, but interdependent upon each other.

    •  At 60+, i have gained weight. (16+ / 0-)

      I find that if i eat bread, or anything made with wheat, i am STARVING- did i say STARVING- all day long, so no more gluten.
      I have researched this a bit and others have had the same experience.
      Apparently, gluten can interfere with insulin metabolism.
      I am one of those people.

      I would very much love to have one of those brownies.

      When i dream , i see myself as young and thin.

      Great diary, greenmother, funny and real.

    •  As I said in another post (15+ / 0-)

      my 17-year-old daughter has PCOS, so we know how that goes. She's doing well with her weight, but skinny she will never be.

      As will my sister, who also has PCOS and would be considered, at the very least, "fat" on sight. SHE FUCKING RUNS MARATHONS. No kidding--she did Chicago this past fall (and finished it).

      "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

      by ChurchofBruce on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:27:39 AM PST

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    •  I'm scheduled for a full spaying on April 1st (7+ / 0-)

      because of multiple ovarian cysts.  The surgery counts as an outpatient procedure under my state's Medicaid plan.  That means I'll be home all by myself, with a big, boisterous dog, only hours after major abdominal surgery.

      Did I mention I've already got peripheral neuropathy and relapsing myotonia due to a past stroke?

      Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

      by Ice Blue on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 12:41:00 PM PST

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      •  No. Just no. (10+ / 0-)

        Please, please bring your situation to the attention of WYFP, KosAbilty or perhaps NurseKelleyRN (by KosMail), Ice Blue.  My alarm bells are clanging wildly at the prospect of what you are facing, and I believe that many folks here would have a lot of good ideas to help you explore your options. There surely are Kossaks from your state with information to share, as well as others who have had similar experiences who can give you support.  
        In Maine, a hospital cannot legally release a surgical patient unless another person provides transportation and agrees to stay with and care for the patient for at least 24 hours.  Also, a hysterectomy post-op patient cannot stand up or sit back down without assistance for 3-5 days, and will not be able to stand up straight for at least two weeks.  They sent me home with a little pillow, with orders to press it as firmly as possible against the incision before trying to move my body in any way, in order to prevent ripping myself open.  Sliced abs do not function.  Trust me on this.  You will not be capable of dealing with a dog's needs, and it would be dangerous to try.
        We're here for you - just give us the opportunity. 'K?  

        Too soon old, too late smart.....

        by DvCM on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 02:41:04 PM PST

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        •  My gyno is planning on doing it (2+ / 0-)
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          vaginally but on the miniscule chance she, say, nicks my bowel or my bladder she'd have to cut me open in order to put in the suture or two that would patch it up.   But she handles nothing but surgery patients and has an excellent record.

          Hell, I already had an angiogram on my fool head.  That one has a much higher mortality risk than this.

          As for any help, I'm in Wisconsin.  Little Snotty Walker and his merry band of thugs have cut any assistance to the elderly and disabled to the bare bones.  Frankly, I don't even trust the corporation that got the contract to ferry medical patients to show up when they're supposed to.  

          My neighbor offered to let me stay with her for a while but I don't want to be a pest.  She had several abdominal surgeries.  She was able to get around unassisted within days.

          Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

          by Ice Blue on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 06:00:56 PM PST

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          •  "...within days." (1+ / 0-)
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            ...and needed assistance for those days, so she knows full well how vulnerable you will be.  I'll bet you helped her out, too.  Hmmm?  It would be a gift to her to let her do what she can to help - we all need to be needed, especially those of us who've been 'the needy one'.  You wouldn't be a 'pest'.
            You sound just like I do when I'm vulnerable, minimizing and denying real risk, pish-toshing concern, taking foolish chances with my safety,  etc.   I've been told that it is 'false pride' or some kind of delusion of self-sufficiency that makes it hard for me to deal with powerlessness, but that is not so.  I have deep-seated alexethymia (an inability to trust that a caregiver will not use my powerlessness as an opportunity to do me harm), as one aspect of my PTSD, and with good reason.  It is a struggle to look after myself with the same practicality that I would use to look after someone else.  
            Whatever the cause in your case, I urge you to be practical on your own behalf.  

            Too soon old, too late smart.....

            by DvCM on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:09:23 AM PST

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      •  Well here is to a mostly uneventful surgery and a (1+ / 0-)
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        speedy recovery.

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