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2017-05-21 Recovery Day 76

Today’s good news, is that I had a secret visitor. My daughter Denise came with my wife to spend a few hours entertaining me. Mind you, her real reason is that there is an IKEA on the way home. We all together walked for about 300 yards, if not more. I also was able with the help of Dianne to shave. Last but not least I also was able to visit the toilet eliminating for now any fear of constipation.

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2017-05-20 Recovery Day 75

There is a lot of good news to report for today. For starters I had a good night of sleep. The good news started with the great omelette I had to start my day. As part of my OT exercises I had a shower. My shoulder pain seems to be under control using a water heating pad. I should also not forget that Dianne was here since she stayed overnight. Her present was more than welcome since she helped with everything that she has been doing for me since my diagnoses.

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2017-05-19 Recovery Day 74

Today’s good news, is foremost the fact that Dianne spend most of the day and night with me here at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Medically speaking the good news for today is that we determine that the right shoulder pain is caused by muscle spasm and muscle tension. The goal now is to use heat and cold compresses to eliminate the pain so that we can work to complete the Physical and Occupational Therapy.

As to the bad news for today, with so much going it was hard to remember if there was anything bad that we needed to point out.

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2017-05-17 Recovery Day 72

First the good news, there is not much of it, except for finally having that long awaited bow movement during last night (day 71 to 72). It started at 9:51 PM, called and got the Nurse who worked with me by shortly before 10:00. She removed the lower leg stress control cables and unplug my IV cable. It took me alone 2 minutes to get in to the sitting position on the edge of the bed, from there into the walker, walking to the commode, and finally sitting down. I started immediately and was done @ 10:30 with no room to spare in the pot. I got back to bed, finding my sweat spot and was ready to go back to sleep.

The bad news, There were a few flaws, but I already the details, so nothing to report.

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2017-05-16 Recovery Day 71

First the good news, yesterday there was not much good news, I ended my post with “I guess better late than never, were else would I get Acute Rehabilitation, chemo By Mouth Only, and, short chemo by IV“, all in the same place? Today their work on all fronts was just fantastic.

The bad news, There were a few flaws, but I already the details, so nothing to report.

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2017-05-12 Recovery Day 67

First the good news, last night the case manager for Alta Bates Summit Acute Rehabilitation Center came by doing a pre-evaluation to determine if I am a candidate for their recovery program. The preliminary answer was yes, the final answer will most likely be Monday. Until then, rest, rest and more rest, getting pain management back under control.

The bad news, as the nights before, still having trouble falling asleep because of the delay in getting my final medication on time. We were working on this today, let’s see if we have it now under control.

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2017-05-11 Recovery Day 66

I like the format I used the last 10+ days, therefore let try it for a bit longer and see what your feedback is.

First the good news, surgery recovery is doing well, my doctor has suggested that the best way to get control of the surgery pain and learn what can and can’t be done, not only during recovery, is to check into a Acute Rehabilitation Center.

The bad news, as the night before, I have had trouble falling asleep because of the delay in getting my final 9:00 PM medication not until 10:30 PM. I was still awake by 12:30 AM. Actually the delay in pressing the attention button and the arrival of a person, is about 20 minutes. If you want the person to get you something, or the nurse determine you need something in addition, add another 20 minutes.mi am sure you get the idea.

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2017-05-10 Recovery Day 65

First the good news, I used the early morning and late afternoon today to finalize yesterday’s post. 2017-05-09 Recovery Day 64 – Final Version. If you have not read that posting, I strongly suggest you read it before
reading this one.

The bad news, the night was not as good as the last 10+, I was unable to fall asleep. It was not because of pain, but more at the start that my 9:00 PM medication did not arrive until 10:30 PM. I was still awake by 12:30 AM, at which time I asked for a some sleep medication. The answer was, since it was not ordered I could not get any sleep aid medication, not even a Tylenol PM. If I really wanted something they could call my doctor who could put in an order. By my calculations I would have the medication by the time it was time to get up.

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2017-05-09 Recovery Day 64 – Short Version

Quick update more to come tomorrow.

First the good news, the surgery went well, I can move my feet and toes, move my arms, fingers and thumbs, in summery everything that moved before still does, and which did not does not. The report from the assistant surgeon was that they fixed twice the number of compressions that they had identified needed to be fixed. My spine was in a mess, no wonder all that pain.

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2017-05-08 Recovery Day 63

This morning is a repeat of Day 60, Friday. I had a good night, like all those nights during last week, nothing different to report. There was no pain when I woke up. I decided, like last Friday, to stay in bed until it is time to get ready to go to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. The main reason for staying in bed is that since I am not allowed to eat and drink anything starting this morning, I am limiting my activities that would only increase the demand for water and food.

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