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2017-05-24 Recovery Day 79

Today was a very good news day. Having solved the shoulder pain, it showed pain in Surgery Incision area. You may asked why is that good news, the answer is that we found out it is muscular, a very knotted muscle that can be treated with cold gel packs. Below is my pain log I started today to help with identifying what causes the pain and how is it reduced.

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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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2017-05-19 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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2017-05-16 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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2017-05-15 Recovery Day 70

First the good news, I had a good day until about 2:00 PM (14:00). In the morning my vacuum pump was removed. I was able move a bit more in bed, even could move and sit in the bed. From the bed sitting position I could stand up in the walker and walk a bit around. My pain management gotten back to normal in that the patch works in conjunction of the breakthrough pain which is automatically dispensed every three hours. However wouldn’t you know, they quickly screwed it up.

The bad news. It all started with getting ready with the transfer to the local Acute Rehabilitation Center which was scheduled 3:30. To limit the pain the breakthrough pill was to be taken 3:00 allowing 30 minutes for it to dissolve and be at its maximum effectiveness. Sure enough the breakthrough pill arrive at 3:30, delaying the transfer by 30 minutes.

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2017-05-07 Recovery Day 62

Deja vu – same as always, woke up around 5:00, took my meds, and since it is the weekend, went back to snooze until 6:00, at which time Dianne got up to prepare breakfast. We had together breakfast in bed and watched some TV. Dianne got up around 7:30 and I decided to stayed in bed watching again some Bundesliga Soccer, Hamburg SV against 1. FSV Mainz 05 which ended in a 0:0 draw. I finally got up around 9:00 and get ready for the day.

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2017-05-06 Recovery Day 61

Nothing to report about the night, same as always, woke up around 5:00, took my meds, and since it is the weekend, went back to snooze until 6:00, at which time Dianne got up to prepare breakfast. We had together breakfast in bed and watched some TV. Around 7:00 Dianne and Denise left to go to the local garden center for some flower shopping. I decided to stayed in bed until their return, watching some Bundesliga Soccer, SV Darmstadt against FC Bayern M√ľnchen, which Bayern won, 1:0.

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2017-05-05 Recovery Day 60 (Update 2)

As to the night, a good night, nothing different to report. As to the pain when getting up, the leg pain was right there in the upper part and lasted throughout the shower I took getting ready to go later this afternoon to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. Since I am not allowed to eat and drink anything starting this morning, I went back to bed, limiting my activities that would only increase the demand for water and food.

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2017-05-04 Recovery Day 59

As to the night, a good night, nothing different to report. As to the pain when getting up, the leg pain was right there in the upper part and lasted for about 30 minutes. The T4 pain showed up about 45 minutes after getting up. Last but not least, the right breast pain surfaced 1 hour after getting up. The breakthrough meds did little to lower the pain. The T4 pain went quickly out of control and since the next time slot for more breakthrough is still an hour away, all I could do is rest in a horizontal position in the recliner.

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2017-05-03 Recovery Day 58

As to the night, a good night, nothing different to report. As to the pain when getting up, the leg pain was almost not notable and gone within 5 minutes. The T4 pain is still shows up, about an hour after getting up. The level slowly increases. We changed on Monday the dosage and timing to increase the coverage time and hopefully lower the pain level to 5 and below.

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