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MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:31 AM Feb 2013

MiddleFingerMom -- my past week in review

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I'm home. I feel pretty good. I'm able to function/take care of myself/enjoy things again.
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Last Sunday (Feb 17), I went to the ER via ambulance. I was a pretty sick puppy --
unable to cross the room without gasping/gulping/fighting for breath and holding off
the dry heaves. Turns out I was back in A-fib (atrial fibrillation) and my heart was
beating somewhat spasmodically at between 120-140 beats per minute (so I wasn't
getting enough oxygen to function).
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I also had a constant nonproductive window-rattling cough.
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They eased my symptoms pretty quickly, but the problem was still there. They started
me on an IV drug that stood a pretty good chance of converting my heart back into
what's called normal sinus rhythm (the lub-dub stuff) at a slower pace. They also
pumped me full of a drug that let me pee out excess fluid (I'm pretty sure I peed
bigger than myself). It's worked before twice, but also failed twice before. They gave
it two days, but it failed again this time (though the cough almost disappeared and
I was able to cough up a lot of the congestion, finally).
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They also did yet ANOTHER installment in my penile reduction surgeries ("A penis like
this", said the surgeon, "you don't reduce all at once.&quot
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They decided to go the shock paddle route again (worked twice in the past). This is
a little more risky (though not to your Fucking Immortal Working Boy) and very, very
unpleasant (it's the CLEAR!!! thing you see on TV), so they gave me drugs that put
me in a suggestive dreamstate (OK, OK -- now you know why I look forward to these
episodes). It worked.
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It worked so well that, not only was I back in normal sinus rhythm, my heart had slowed
to 60 beats per minute -- a rate I haven't had since before my heart problems started
5 years ago or more now. I was happy. I was excited.
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It lasted a day-and-a-half. I slipped back into what's called A-flutter -- steady beat
but at between 100-110 beats per minute -- better, but not optimal. My heart doesn't
have enough time to contract and expand fully so, although I get enough oxygen, it
would be nicer to get more.
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I can still get around easily and function fairly normally and feel pretty damned good,
though -- so I'm taking what I can get. I never DID do things the easy way.
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Thank you so very, VERY much for all the support and vibes and affection/love that
you've expressed -- this time and time and time again in the past. You have no idea
how much that means to me and how much it helps. Consider yourselves a part of
my healthcare providers.
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It's good to be home. I just did some online grocery shopping (including some ham
hocks to make split pea soup with) and took an HUGE roast out of the freezer to
make a yummy, yummy pot roast with. It's a good thing I've always loved cooking --
it's hard to eat a truly low-sodium diet unless you cook a lot from scratch.
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Thank you again. I hope to repay your kindnesses in one of the few ways left to
me -- by brightening your days a little bit with what I find (and warp) on the
Intertubes.
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Your Fucking Immortal Working Boy,
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MiddleFingerMom

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MiddleFingerMom -- my past week in review (Original Post) MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 OP
They also did yet ANOTHER installment in my penile reduction surgeries In_The_Wind Feb 2013 #1
Ah, you big lug, you know we .... Denninmi Feb 2013 #2
Good to know that you made it back home. TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #3
I'm sorry your cat didn't come back and glad you still have the other. MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #4
The two cats interacted quite a bit. TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #23
Good to know you are still here MFM PuffedMica Feb 2013 #5
Glad you're home, MFM union_maid Feb 2013 #6
Thanks for taking us with you lunatica Feb 2013 #7
(((MFM))) irisblue Feb 2013 #8
Betcha' when the last of those reduction surgeries has been completd, you'll be fit as a fiddle! Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #9
They'll be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d in a LOT of soup. MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #10
YAY!!! solara Feb 2013 #11
Have they discussed a pacemaker at all? davsand Feb 2013 #12
I have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted in my chest ("we HAVE the technology) MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #15
My Dear Mr. Fucking Immortal Working Boy: rurallib Feb 2013 #13
Good to have you back my friend. bluesbassman Feb 2013 #14
You make it damned hard for me to feel sorry for myself. nolabear Feb 2013 #16
Volunteer "health care provider"?! Yay! Is there a membership badge for that? riderinthestorm Feb 2013 #17
Glad you're home... CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #18
My dear CaliforniaPeggy! MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #19
I'm so happy to learn that you are home HeiressofBickworth Feb 2013 #20
Glad you're home again. LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #21
68. MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #22
! TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #24
If you're THAT squeaky, LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #25
Mmmm . . . ROAST CrazyOrangeCat Feb 2013 #26

In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)
1. They also did yet ANOTHER installment in my penile reduction surgeries
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:35 AM
Feb 2013
again, ITW is too late to the party! . . . .

TexasTowelie

(112,113 posts)
3. Good to know that you made it back home.
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:51 AM
Feb 2013

I hope that you continue to recover well and avoid these episodes in the future. Take care of yourself. But you did make me hungry!

BTW, the black tomcat that went missing the day before the Super Bowl never came back home. My only solace was the night before I got to play with him and rub the belly after he got a good whiff of catnip. When I lived in Irving, the father and mother cats were two strays that I took in when the mother had broken her hip. There were four kittens born on April 27, 2011 and now my "family" is down to one female calico--my lap kitteh and one of the few things that makes me smile and laugh.

MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
4. I'm sorry your cat didn't come back and glad you still have the other.
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:57 AM
Feb 2013

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You know, there are lots of cats in shelters who would benefit from that extra love you have
available now.
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Your calico could probably use the company again, too -- being used to another cat being
around (even if they didn't interact much -- having another presence nearby can be a big
deal for a pet).
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TexasTowelie

(112,113 posts)
23. The two cats interacted quite a bit.
Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:01 AM
Feb 2013

While the black cat stayed outside during the daytime, when he did show up the two cats performed the grooming rituals all of the time. After all, that fur tastes delicious!

Right now I'm not in the financial position to take on another cat so I'm trying to spend extra time playing with the calico. I spent most of my life in apartments and working so I was always reluctant to take in a pet. I brought in the parent cats when I broke my arm in 2010 and was on disability for a couple of months and had time to spend with them. When I returned back to work I was only there for about 3 months before I became unemployed. I looked after the parents because it was an extremely cold winter--there was a foot of snow on one occasion in Irving. The following spring the mama cat had her kittens in my apartment.

There are other cats in the neighborhood, but the calico hisses at them and prefers to remain indoors with me. She is small so I'm her protector. If my situation changes, then I'll consider getting her a companion. I do feel sad for her though since she has lost her family which is pretty much the same situation I'm dealing with in my personal life due to some grudges that my siblings hold against me.

I'll keep an eye out for your posts--they do give me an opportunity to laugh and brighten up my day.

PuffedMica

(1,061 posts)
5. Good to know you are still here MFM
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:58 AM
Feb 2013

Have you tried the new 'dehydrated oxygen'?

You take a little of it and just add beer.

union_maid

(3,502 posts)
6. Glad you're home, MFM
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:10 AM
Feb 2013

Anyone who can go to the trouble to keep us amused, even while going through all that, deserves all the oxygen he wants. And an optimally sized penis, too. Hope your oxygen increases and that you feel better all the time.

Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)
9. Betcha' when the last of those reduction surgeries has been completd, you'll be fit as a fiddle!
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:24 AM
Feb 2013

Hope the surgeons are keeping an eye to posterity...some of us would be very,...interested.

So glad you're home from the hospital....but ham hocks, on a sodium restricted diet?

solara

(3,836 posts)
11. YAY!!!
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:41 PM
Feb 2013

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Such great news! But I think you should cease and desist on the penis reduction stuff.. just sayin'

davsand

(13,421 posts)
12. Have they discussed a pacemaker at all?
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:48 PM
Feb 2013

If you aren't keeping in rhythm would a pacemaker help that? I'm no doc, but I sure wondered about it when I saw your post...

Glad you are home, and glad to hear your nose is cold and wet again (well, mostly...)



Laura

MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
15. I have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted in my chest ("we HAVE the technology)
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:43 PM
Feb 2013

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... and if my heart were too SLOW and irregular, it would be able to kick in and
provide assistance, but with the irregular beat coupled with tachycardia (fast
heartbeat), it kicks in quite a bit but can't do anything effective.
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I can live and function with the somewhat accelerated heartrate and lesser
heart function... but not with as much energy (and my heart doesn't get as
much rest as it should in between beats) -- but THIS condition is potentially
longterm survivable (as long as I can still get out the damn window before
the jealous boyfriends get to the bedroom).
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rurallib

(62,406 posts)
13. My Dear Mr. Fucking Immortal Working Boy:
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:53 PM
Feb 2013

Glad to hear things are going better!
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Uh, - those pieces from the penile reduction surgeries - well uh, I know where they could do some good
if you - uh, could see fit uh,
send them in a plain brown wrapped box - if - you know - if you can

ETA - for a friend you know

nolabear

(41,959 posts)
16. You make it damned hard for me to feel sorry for myself.
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:13 PM
Feb 2013

But I shall endeavor to persevere.

Glad you're home. You do indeed take a lickin' (or at least a spongin') and keep on tickin'.

 

riderinthestorm

(23,272 posts)
17. Volunteer "health care provider"?! Yay! Is there a membership badge for that?
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:19 PM
Feb 2013


My husband would be a tad bit peeved if I were assigned the bed bath team but I'm good to go on the rest...



Glad you are back on track!



MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
19. My dear CaliforniaPeggy!
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:48 PM
Feb 2013

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Thank you. It's good to BE home and it's good to be seen (considering the alternative).
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Tagteam bedbaths and meals in bed are nice and all, but after about 2-3 days, it starts
to feel a little like benevolent incarceration. Then there's the constant blood draws and
6x daily vital sign readings, etc.
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For breakfast this morning, I cooked an omelette with asparagus tips and Swiss cheese
(and salsa). It was no bedbath, but it was wonderful.
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HeiressofBickworth

(2,682 posts)
20. I'm so happy to learn that you are home
Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:18 PM
Feb 2013

and functioning again. Take it easy, kiddo, and I'll be watching for your amusing posts, even if I don't respond to each and every one. Best wishes.

MiddleFingerMom

(25,163 posts)
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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:23 PM
Feb 2013

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... said the squeaky-, squeaky-, SQUEAKY-clean MiddleFingerMom.
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LiberalEsto

(22,845 posts)
25. If you're THAT squeaky,
Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:16 AM
Feb 2013

perhaps MFM requires a bit of oiling?

For instance, you could begin with your feet:




Don't neglect to rub the "old horny"

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