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Re:The waiting room!!! - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:47 PM
Thanks, all! Elaine, you're so right about LMN! This time, the movie was about a woman whose husband faked his own death to be with his "other" wife. Wait a minute--the last one I saw was about the exact same thing! 
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:07 PM
I hope you're not paying for this Rena???:)
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:31 PM
Rena:  Glad your test went okay and wishing you good results for the polyps.

Elaine:  Good luck with your results as well.

They had the water shut off for about two hours last night right when the "prep" kicked in.  I am really glad that the water pipe didn't break last week when the temperatures were below zero.  Got scared this morning when the city decided to come and do a water quality check.  They turned on the faucet outside my front door before they rang the bell.  The racket from the pipe made me think something exploded.  I wish he would have asked before he did that as he ended up flooding my sidewalk by the front door.  It immediately froze and my sister nearly fell when she came by. Thank God she was still holding the door.  It saved her.

The tests went well.  The colonoscopy was clear, no hernia, she did a biopsy of the esophagus and found polyps in the stomach.  Now I have to wait for path results.  

Still frustrated that I have no idea what was causing the pains.  I was told to try a liquid antacid the next time I get them and see if it stops the pain. If it does, then it is acid reflux related.

She also told me that I need to talk to my primary about doing a sleep study.  She said that once I was fully asleep, my breathing kept going low which concerned her staff.  She thinks that I might have sleep apnea and should be tested.

I'm telling you, if it ain't one thing it's another.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:14 AM
Thank goodness its something easily treated Tina although frustrating you still have no answers!
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:47 AM
Tina, I'm glad that there is no hernia and that everything else looked normal. I know from experience that stress is a huge acid producer, so I hope that knowing there's nothing wrong in there will help you relax some. Stomach polyps are very common and almost always benign--just more of those weird things that we grow inside ourselves! I hope that the sleep study goes well. Take care of yourself and stay away from icy patches! Glad your sister didn't get hurt.

Elaine, it sounds like good news for you. I'm so glad!

Tricia,no, I don't pay for those corny movies. They're free with our cable package. As Elaine suggested, they are perfect for lulling you to sleep!

I've had awful stomach pains all day and night, probably from trapped air that they blew into me for the endoscopy. I've had the procedure at least twice before, but I've never had such trouble afterwards. I suppose that his removing a polyp the size of his thumb could have something to do with it too! You should have seen the way his face lit up when he told me about it. Like an evil little boy about to pull the wings off a butterfly, he said, "It's in a jar in the other room!" I suppose he would have liked to show it to me. No thank you.
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:19 PM
Ouch I hope you feel better soon Rena, try some warm milk with ginger or a drop of brandy as either should help I'd say, that Dr sounds like the one I had who wanted to show me the gall stones he's removed ugh!
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:02 PM
Rena--

I am so sorry about the pain.  I know today I just felt bloated the entire day with cramping.  I think it our body telling us that it wasn't happy having "roto-rooter" in it.

I hope you feel better soon.

Thanks again, Tricia.  I'm just hoping that I don't get those pains again.  Period.


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Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 7:36 AM
Regarding the bit taken out of my back for biopsy:  Any ideas on how the hell I remove bandaid, apply anitibiotic ointment, place new bandaid in the MIDDLE of my back???  One of the few disadvantages of living alone - lol.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 9:23 AM
Elaine how did I miss this???  I didn't realize you had had a biopsy, when did that happen and why?? sorry and can't believe I missed it!
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 10:27 AM
It's nothing Tricia.  I had a couple of what I thought, were suspicious moles on my back.  Derm doc said they were nothing, but since I told him one of them was always itchy, he decided to check it out.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 10:46 AM
Elaine, that is frustrating, isn't it? I'm lucky that I have long arms and am double-jointed, but when it's in a tough place, I use bigger bandaids--the bigger patch style--so that I have a better shot of getting the gauze part over the wound. Good luck! I suppose that's one way to meet new neighbors! 
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 12:13 PM
Oh I remember now Elaine and was speed reading and thought you'd had a bone biopsy at first!!!:)
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 1:48 PM
How bout your trainer?   

You could walk down the hall topless until someone politely asks 
," can I help you".  Just be sure to have the bandaid in hand.


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Re:The waiting room!!! - Friday, January 17, 2014 2:33 PM
Great idea Sharobma! HA HA

Actually I went into the lab this morning and I asked my friend to do it.  Don't know what I'll do tomorrow, but one day at a time, as they say :)

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:44 PM
To Tina,

Good luck with the biopsy.

I have sleep apnea found via a sleep study because I was always tired.  Woke up tired.  The study showed that I never went into a deep sleep.  I would stop breathing and the brain would wake me, fall back asleep and round and round it would go.

Used a cpap device since 2007 and truthfully couldn't live without it.  I can imagine how tired I would be if I didn't have it.  Go for the sleep study.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Monday, January 20, 2014 9:34 PM
Thanks, DJ

Heard back from the doctor's office.  The biopsy and the polyps are both negative.  Great news.  Now I just carry a large bottle of Galveston (sp?) antacid for the next time the pains hit.  


Tina    
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Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 




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Re:The waiting room!!! - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:12 AM
Thats great news Tina!!
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Re:The waiting room!!! - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:17 AM
Tina - happy biopsies negative, but were they able to diagnose?  I don't think one can keep taking antacids...they have their side effects as well.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:20 AM
Rena - I'm not ignoring you....just realized I hadn't responded to your pain from the endosocopy.  Hope all that gas has escaped and we can stop calling you the "old gasbag" lol.  Gosh, remember that word?  Haven't heard it in ages...guess I'm pretty old too - ha ha.

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Re:The waiting room!!! - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:20 PM
Not feeling ignored, Elaine, but thanks (I think). You're right about the side effects of long-term antacid use. I have that issue, but I have no choice unless I want to suffer constantly. I have a 5 cm long hiatal hernia, and unless I have it surgically repaired (which has its own side effects), I will have to take Rx antacids indefinitely. One result is the change of the environment in my stomach, which makes absorption of B12 and other vitamins difficult. Luckily, I have a very proactive internist, who got me on sublingual B12, and within a month, my B12 went from 200 to 575. I felt the difference, too--less fatigue, less depression. So, Tina, if you do find yourself on antacids long-term, do pay attention to your B12 and D3 levels and make sure that you're supplementing if necessary, and perhaps try sublingual vitamins if you have absorption problems.
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