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Good thoughts for my sister, please

Discussion in 'The Safe Harbor' started by GloBug, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    My sister is having her 5th surgery on her knees... none of the others took care of her problem, so she had a total knee replacement on Tuesday. She's in a lot of pain, and some of you are familiar with, and her problem is that she can not tolerate the pain meds that take care of the pain! She's tired of vomiting for hours on end, so she is on something she can tolerate but doesn't quite do the job.

    I wanted to send her something in the hospital, and flowers just didn't seem right... so I sent her a basket of old time candies. Turns out that most of them were her favorites as she was growing up! SCORE!!! Big Hunks, Mikes and Ikes, Sugar Babies, salt water taffy, candy lipsticks, wax bottles of pop, you remember all those great candies from our childhood. She said the nurses are coming in a whole lot more to say HI, so she's hidden her favorites! LOL!

    She doesn't want the kids coming to see her because she's afraid that they will freak seeing their mommy all messed up (to a 7 yr olds point of view) so she's missing them a whole lot.

    But please send your FEEL BETTER's winging her way, she's in a lot of pain, and this time, refuses to leave the hospital until her pain is under control. (Last surgery, she was in the ER 4x in 3 days because of the pain. This time, she doesn't want to have to resort to that.)

  2. debowah

    debowah Guest

    Best wishes to your sister. As someone who can not tolerate pain medication, she has my sympathy. I found when I had my wrist/thumb joint removal surgery last June that 1/4 Percocet, followed by 200 mg. of ibuprofren one hour later alternated every hour kept the pain tolerable and I did not vomit. If I tried to take half a percocet, I would be sick. Hopefully she will find a balance that works for her and this surgery will be succcessful and give her the relief she needs. :angel Keep us posted please.....
  3. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    Thanks Deb. I'll recommend that to her, see what she says.

    I can't take any pain meds that contain Codeine or that family of drugs. We ARE sisters, for sure!
  4. KathyC

    KathyC Guest

    Wishing the very best for your sister; here's hoping that her body begins to heal fast & that she will soon be pain free.
  5. Beryl

    Beryl Guest

    Awwwww....=hug=hug=hug to your poor sis!! ......and FEEL BETTER, FEEL BETTER, FEEL BETTER, FEEL BETTER, FEEL BETTER, FEEL BETTER.....and don't eat all those wonderful "trip down memory land candies" all at once or you'll feel really awful!! =hug=hug=hug
  6. reggae

    reggae Guest

    Best wishes for your sister to have a speedy recovery! The candy gift sounds like "just the thing"....

  7. debowah

    debowah Guest

    Hi Glo...

    Just checking in to see how your sister did during the night. Sometimes it is difficult to sleep =sleep , due to accidental movement. Hope she is feeling better today. Please remind her to eat, that also helps with the nausea. Prayers continue....:angel
  8. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    She's loving the food, it sounds like. Salads with goat cheese and pecans! So different than when I was in the hospital 20.5 years ago, for sure!
  9. Oh Glo its so awful to be in pain,and you are so sweet to her(pun intended! LOL!) Hope she finds a balance of drugs that will work for her soon!
  10. lady-bug

    lady-bug Guest

    Sorry that your sis is in so much pain. I hope she'll feel better soon.
  11. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    I just spoke to my sister. She said they have her on some meds that seem to be doing the trick, and that she might be able to go home on Saturday or Sunday. She's kinda ready. I think she should stay there longer, she will NOT get any rest at home, with three kids... two 7 yr olds, a 9 yr old, and a 42 yr old! LOL!
  12. Cruise cutie

    Cruise cutie Guest

    Hugs from our home to her on her recovery.. may it all just heal up fast..hope the next update finds her pain free, and at home..Joanne
  13. BostonsJ

    BostonsJ Guest

    Prayers that this is the surgery that gives her comfort.
  14. blusky558

    blusky558 Guest

    Hugs back at your sister and you! My dad had his knee replaced a few years ago, the first weeks are the worst, now he says its just like new.

    I just love all the friendship and support this board gives each other!
  15. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    Glo - I'm sorry I missed this note earlier. TKA's (total knee replacements) are NOT fun. While I was lucky to be able to tolerate most pain meds, some other meds during my second knee replacement did not agree with me, and they heaped misery on misery.

    Will your sister go to a rehab facility once she's discharged from the hospital? Rehab is critically important post-op. And for rehab, she will indeed need pain management.

    For my first knee replacement, I was hospitalized 3 nights then spent almost 2 weeks in a rehab facility. For my second knee replacement, I spent 9 nights in the hospital due to complications (not related to the knee replacement). I was too weak for a rehab facility and opted for in-home therapy at the home of a friend.

    With my fractured right kneecap, I'm still doing everything possible to avoid further surgery.

    Very best wishes to your sister.
  16. JANPEP

    JANPEP Guest

    So sorry to see that your sister is having knee problem's.
    Sending prayer's & good thought's from Mn. that she heal's fast & is home soon.
  17. H2O babe

    H2O babe Guest

    Sending warm thoughts your way Glo. Please keep us updated on your sister's condition. I am tardy in getting over to this board but did want you to know my thoughts are with you and with your sister and her family.


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