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What's up with Rick?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Well here it is, another Monday and not making much progress. To what you ask? Not my weight issues I'm actually maintaining and occasionally losing a pound.
It's because I have been in so much pain I don't eat. I had surgery on my hand May 22nd. A simple operation, carpel tunnel and also a not so simple, removing some nodules from my fingers.( there are before pictures of my hands on my flickr acct and I will post some after shots today) Anyway the healing is not gong so well. My hand is swollen and
i can't seem to take enough pain killers to alleviate the pain. So I don't want to do anything but sit or lie around. It's difficult doing this, but I felt I needed to let everyone know why I haven't been on line much. Today I am missing my Pastor's boad meeting and missing Tops because of the pain. I am also calling the surgery center to let them know what's going on even though I have a follow up on Wed.

Also, another thing that happened. a week or so after my surger, I hadstopped to get my mail. As I opened my maibox a swarm of yellow jackets came flying out and attacked me. Now some of you may remember, last year I was stung a couple dozen times and a week later stung a dozen times more with no real bad effects Other than a little swelling and itching. Well, this time I get home, and I'm by myself, I start itching like crazy. The itching escalates and I start getting chills. After a half hour, my wife comes home from work I tell her what happened and she looks me over and now I have these giant welts all over and I'm starting to sweat my temp is up and I start shivering. She say's we're going to emergency!
By the time we get to the hospital, I start having chest pains and it's getting difficult to swallow. They rushed me in, got me in a bed, gurney or whatever, put an I V in me and started taking vitals. By this time my temp is up to 102-103. and my blood pressure is rising. I'm not sure what else they were doing but they started asking questions and I was trying to talk. My voice was slurring and I was becoming delerious and couldn't form the words. Anyway, 5 hours later I have responded well to all the treatment temp is down, BP is almost normal, shivering, itching and chest pains have stopped. The Doc said. you had us worried ther for a bit but responded well to the treatment. They gave me a prescription and lt me go.
The next day, I had a follow up at the hospital for my hand. they took it out of the cast, said this doesn't look good and said, you need to stay here! So I spent the remainder of the eek in the hospital. Now, I have an appt Wed for afollow up my hand is swollen again and causing a lot of pain. Will I end up back in the hosptal? I hope not.
Well I need to stop. this has taken a while to post and I want to lay down. But first, I want to thank all ymy Spark frieds for keeping the teams up and your support. You all are the best and I appreciate you all so much. Thank You!
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    Geez, you seem to be having a life like I have been having lately. DANG BEES...I hate them. Hope you soon get to feeling better and PAIN be gone from your life....God's Blessings to you emoticon
    4327 days ago
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    glad to see the real rick back we all kick out and think not to straight when in pain but you kicked it out again and your now back where we need you to be
    we all take care of one anouther to the best of our ability and this is what friends are for welcome back to your fold rick we missed you
    hope your pain and troubles fade sending prayers your way
    4328 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2009 1:12:12 AM
    OMG, I'm so sorry you are having these problems. I do hope things get better for you and I'll keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.
    4382 days ago
    you are pretty tough to keep on going! Congratulations You are an example
    4384 days ago
    Rick, it is good to hear from you but so sorry to hear about all of your health issues. Get Well Soon !! You are in my thoughts and will be in my Prayers !!

    Love and Hugs,
    Cindi / LadyRose

    4385 days ago
    I will be praying for you Rick. I know that when you get something (ie an illiness) it does not like to leave. I have been battling pneumonia since Nov/Dec and am now better. It took two hospital stays and more than I like to count on anti-biotics to get me well. Hang in there you can do it. I know that the pain can be great and when you get an infection that will set off a flare and that is painful too. I don't know where yours flares but mine hits my lung and all my joints. I am glad that your wife took you to the hospital when she came home, she saw that you were probably having probems with breathing and knew that she had to do something fast or lose you. Make sure that you get an epiy pen and keep it on you at all time when you are outside working.
    4385 days ago
    So good to hear from you but sorry you have had such difficulties. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery with your hand. So glad the docs were able to get that allergic reaction under control. How scary! Thank God your wife came home when she did!

    Sending healing your way and prayers!
    Cathy emoticon
    4385 days ago
    Sending "get better" wishes. You will be in my thoughts this week.

    4385 days ago
    Rick, I am so sorry for your bout with the bees! How very frightening it must have been. thank God for the Docs and the right meds. I pray that you will not have to be back in the hospital. I will be praying also that you will be pain free soon. Take care Rick. I have missed you!

    4385 days ago
    Wow Rick,

    That sounds like a horrible reaction. I wonder if that is still causing you some residual pain in addition to the healing pain. I am glad the docs were able to get everything under control. I am sure they will want to know if you are in that much pain. Keep healing and we will be here when you are able.

    Take Care! emoticon

    4385 days ago
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    my goodness rick
    we will still be here waiting for you. you just take care and hope everything goes ok
    4385 days ago
    OMG I'm so sorry. That's a nasty allergic reaction you got :(
    Hope the hand is going to heal nicely and you won't need to stay in hospital again.
    4385 days ago
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