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One of my sisters of the heart (I have a number of them) had sinus surgery yesterday. She's fine.

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But I was surprised how unprepared she was for the aftermath of her surgery.

She has to mouth breathe until her sinuses heal, but she had no ice crusher for making ice chips, and no humidifier to moisten the air so her mouth and throat didn't dry out, and no soft foods that she could eat quickly without chewing too much so she could breathe.

She's a smart woman and her husband is also smart. These things just never occurred to them. It may have been denial, as she hates surgery and he hates to see her suffer, so they just didn't think about it.  

Silly me, I just assumed they'd think about the aftermath and be prepared for it.

When I got home from work, I dashed over with a humidifier, and some ice cream and orange juice (two of her comfort foods).  I don't have an ice crusher to lend, so her husband will just have to go out to buy her crushed ice as needed.

Lumberjack Itzl is prepared for the cold front, keeping those ears warm with his lumbrjack hat:

Lumberjack Itzl

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:12:05 PM PDT

  •  The cold front is settling in here, too. (5+ / 0-)
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    chimene, broths, weck, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    Fortunately I got my furnace turned on & all the pilot lights on my secondary heaters, too (I have a wall furnace, a gas-fired stove, and a gas heater in another room) so it was good timing and I'm warm!

    Good for you, Noddy, for helping for friend. But really, didn't the hospital or the doctor give her any of that information before the surgery? When I had periodontal surgery some years ago, I was given an info sheet ahead of time about what to expect and to prepare for it. It seems to me that most people really wouldn't have thought of those things on their own.

    •  I don't know if they did (4+ / 0-)

      I just presumed they had the info they needed, and was glad I was able to step up and help when they didn't seem to.

      When I had my wrist surgery 2 years ago, I asked a gazillion questions.  As I live alone, I needed to know everything I was and was not allowed to do and what I could do to make things better/easier for recovery. A month before the surgery, I laid in a stock of easily prepared meals (I made most of them), stocked up on favorite fluids and devised ways to make them easier to access.  I ran all the errands I needed to have run before and arranged to do a portion of my job from home (and arranged for and trained temp help to do my job at work). I had all the assistive tools I would need ready to go, and spent the 3 month recovery period quite comfortably.

      Just because I'm prepared and ask questions doesn't mean others, even quite intelligent others, think to do so.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 08:37:06 AM PDT

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  •  yeah, I got extensive info sheets for aftercare (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, weck, murphy, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    for my first, late colonoscopy; and also an attempt at aftercare information from the oncologist... there were some odd lacunae in that-- maybe she assumed I was also under the care of a regular gynecologist who would fill in blanks??? I wasn't; my husband and I figured things out by ourselves, Himself is very good at Medical.

    for instance, it took quite a while to figure out what to use for keeping the newly exposed incision area and healing scar tissue from painfully drying out (regular mineral oil; not heavy mineral oil, NOT BABY OIL! which has perfume in it that comes with alcohol!!! drying agent!!! stings like the devil).

    And there really was no explanation anywhere about HOW LONG the incision site would take to heal, because of the depth. Another area where maybe the surgeon assumed a regular gynecologist or GP would be available (but wasn't).

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:59:21 AM PDT

    •  It is sometimes amazing to me (4+ / 0-)
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      what experts in various fields seem to think everybody else knows !

      This includes their inside baseball nicknames for things of which many have never heard in the first place-- you have no idea how many folks don't know much of anything about their own innards.

      Note to all of us: Just because you happen to know something so intimately as to be able to call it by it's initials, it doesn't mean other people know anything at all about it !

      I must be dreaming...

      by murphy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 08:21:29 AM PDT

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  •  Fall is falling here; leaves coming down apace, (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, weck, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    and normal fall rain has started. Things are cooling down a little sooner than we needed; have a major woodworking project in train and need "above 50" for sealants to cure properly... we have tactics in mind, and are going to be getting a few degrees warmer Mon/Tues next week, which should be a big help. IF the slight warming actually shows up!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 02:01:33 AM PDT

  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    It poured last night, and brought in the cold weather.  It went from 77 yesterday to 40 right now.

    Just a day today.  Errands.

    Lumberjack Itzl is adorable.  I don't know how he lets you dress him all the time.  

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:54:10 AM PDT

  •  Freezing here! (5+ / 0-)
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    This may change my plans to release a rehabbed snake.

    I wonder if Bev was so stressed that she didn't notice/pay attention to/keep the surgery instructions.  Glad she's better, though.

    •  I'm guessing that's (4+ / 0-)
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      part of it.  And part of it may be that the doctor/nurse assumed she already knew this information.

      It's amazing what people assume others know.  It used to annoy me when people would tell me things I thought was obvious, until I realized that it's not necessarily obvious to others. Now, it sort of amuses me to listen and then add in the things they forgot.

      I've always felt it was better to be over-prepared than under-prepared - and I learned a few valuable lessons in relying on others to carry through even when I give detailed instructions.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 08:41:15 AM PDT

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      •  I am planning to reconsider how I handle docs (3+ / 0-)
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        My doc is great -- love him to death.  But I'm thinking I may need to have a notebook (electronic would work) with access to my prescriptions, allergies, and other information that might be important during a visit.  (blood pressure monitoring, for instance.)

        It's so easy to get distracted these days and forget this stuff.

        •  because it's often so very (1+ / 0-)
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          long between doctor visits (sometimes a decade!), I simply request copies of my medical records, and then bring them in with me as needed.  

          I  think, if I needed to see doctors more often, I'd certainly keep copies of all my medical records to hand carry in each time and not rely on the medical offices keeping it current or even all of it altogether.  Electronic files are good; paper, in my opinion, is better because the medium rarely gets corrupted or unreadable because its become outdated. Between my most recent doctor visit and the one before it, computer storage went from those 5 1/4" floppies that held less than 2 megabytes to thumb drives holding gigabytes of data. What storage will we have in another decade? Sure, have it electronically, but also store print copies - just in case.

          All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

          by Noddy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:59:40 PM PDT

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  •  There is only 25% of the insulating left to do, (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, Noddy, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

    but there is a list of things that should be done before we enjoy a week of rainy days.  I'm making a list and hoping the rain stays away until sunset!

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 06:37:46 AM PDT

  •  Home early... no MRI. (2+ / 0-)
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    So we got to the first appointment and I fed the Vampire (blood work) and took care of the other half of the lab requirement. Then I went and talked to medical records/authorizations to find out what was going on about the MRI. The insurance company's department they needed wasn't open yet, so they sent us on to breakfast because... fasting blood work, I was starving by that point.

    As we were finishing up at Denny's, they called. Apparently the MRI has been denied because... the insurance company is stupid. They want an X-ray and a visit to the Ortho before they will authorize the MRI. The Ortho doesn't want to see me until after the MRI because otherwise it's a wasted visit. Three doctors including the Orotho and my PA (PCP) have said that an x-ray is useless. So essentially in order to authorize the MRI the insurance company wants to waste money on a needless test and a specialists visit. They want more 'evidence' an MRI is needed than what they have. This thing hasn't gotten better in 2 weeks. It's not going to fix itself. And now I am not sure when it's going to get fixed.

    Everyone thinks their real reason is that this is a stalling tactic. My medicaid is changing to medically needy at the end of the month. So, I'm being shifted off the HMO I'm on and onto another one (I don't know which one yet because I haven't gotten that paperwork yet). So if they stall past October 31, they won't have to pay for the MRI. They tried to deny the lab work this morning and the doctor's office bitched them out and reminded them it wasn't November 1st  yet.

    I'm sorry if this is rambly, I'm on muscle relaxants and percocet today. My neck and shoulder have objected loudly to all this traveling and leaning on that arm with the walker, plus the dampness from the rain and hurricane Sandy.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 11:27:41 AM PDT

    •  Can one of those docs go to bat for you? (3+ / 0-)
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      I hope there's someone involved in your treatment who would be willing to take the time and do a little snarling and growling at the insurance company.  If you called the ortho or your doc, do you think they might take a brickbat to the insurance system?

      This is just.... STUPID... and I'm indignant about the treatment you're getting.  They'd have fallen over backwards for Mitt Romney (who could have paid for it out of his pocket change.)  The inequality and subsequent outcomes are ... well, it's one of the reasons I'm doing this research.

      •  I know the people in the office (1+ / 0-)
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        were going to talk to the doc about it. The clinic I go to closes at noon on Friday so I don't know if it got handled at all today or not. I'm going to be calling on Monday. The problem is we're so close to the end of the month, I have a feeling they're just going to stall it until the deadline passes.

        Yet another reason for single payer. If I had single payer this would be handled by now, or at least the appointments would be set up and I wouldn't have to worry about if it was going to get handled.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 05:22:43 PM PDT

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    •  What Cyberwizard said - n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:52:23 PM PDT

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