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  • #76
    I feel for ya, man
    I was just in the hospital cause had problems with my colon
    I'll get the name later
    I was in there Aug 10 to 15 got out Sun afternoon
    drove myself home
    I feel GREAT but took it easy since Sun but Tuesday Aug 16th back to scrap pile to get rid of this week
    gotta go back for the colon thing again whatever its called
    gotta watch what I eats now as in moar fruits & veggies less meats

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    • #77
      WELCOME BACK STEVE !
      It's so good to hear that you were well cared for, and recovering so well, and then to return to a joyous welcome home. May the Good Lord continue to watch over you.
      Doug

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      • #78
        You are one strong Warrior, Steve we are all so proud of you and admire your strength and your faith!!! Keep on rocking!!
        Due to the recent budget cuts,
        the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
        current state of the economy, the light at the end
        of the tunnel has been turned off.

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        • #79
          Great newsπŸ™

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          • #80
            God is good.So glad to hear everything went well for you.May the good Lord bless you with many better days to come.
            Cledus ya dipstick

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            • #81
              Home for the 3rd day and I never realized how it would be getting back into any normal daily routine. I'm not really sure if I may still be a bit on the loopy side from all the crap they pumped into me and shoved down my throat or I'm developing a little dementia... lol
              I'm still going through all the crap they sent home with me and I swear there is enough junk here for me to open my own pharmacy.






              Here's the one that gets to me. Two big bags of needles and three boxes of little bottles of some kind of meds to give myself three shots a day with..."??????????"

              Last edited by Stangfreak; 08-18-2022, 12:09 PM.

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              • #82
                Here was a major issue I ran into on my day of release. I had 24 staples in an 8 inch incision. A "WANNA~BE" nurse came in to remove them for me. She didn't have a clue how to use the removal tool for starters. She got the first staple all twisted and tried to yank it out which caused an extreme amount of pain. Once the pain died down I took the tool from her and showed her how it worked and removed about 5 or 6 myself. She wanted to do another one, so I gave her the tool. Again she got the staple all twisted and began yanking, tearing my incision open about 3/4 of an inch. Blood was everywhere now. I took the tool again and removed the remaining staples on my own without a hitch. I had to argue with her to bring me two small pairs of surgical hemostats to grip and bend the small staples to a shape I could pull them straight out with little pain. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one...LOL

                Staples are suppose to look like this while they hold you together...




                The tool crimps and bends them across the top to open the staples for easy removal.
                Here's the tool and a few of my staples I removed...




                Here's the "WANNA~BE" nurse's staples she tried to yank out of me...



                I have a tool in my garage that is exactly the same design, only slightly bigger. It removes the staples from vacuum hoses stapled to the nylon nipples on newer cars without damage. I've used it hundreds of times so I knew how that flimbsy surgical tool was suppose too and would work.

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                • #83
                  i have learned over the years that just because someone has a job.that does not mean they know how to do it right.

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                  • #84
                    Wow! Just wow, Steve! God answered all of my prayers! Keep up being "Ford Tough", Sir! β€οΈπŸ™βœοΈ

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by pegers View Post
                      i have learned over the years that just because someone has a job. that does not mean they know how to do it right.
                      BOY~OH~BOY, that sure is a fact Susan...LOL
                      Over that 11 days, I watched so many RNs, PNs, and so on and so on, come into my room and fumble with blood draws, and IV placements I was sure beginning to demand they give me the stuff and I would do it myself. I had leaky IVs leaking blood 2 or 3 times. I couldn't believe they couldn't hit one of my veins right. I do have large veing in my arms and my family doctor always teased me about having a junkies treasure chest because of my big veins...LOL
                      One young nurse came into my room while was sleeping and tried to give me a shot in the rump "WHILE I WAS SLEEPING". I guess I jumped and bent the needle. Then she had the gull to tell me I should have held still. Believe that?
                      When alarms would go off on the machines that those bags hung on for my IVs, it would take 2 or 3 of them to figure out how to reset them and apply the new bags. Sometimes I felt like I was in a zoo...LOL

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Stangfreak View Post

                        BOY~OH~BOY, that sure is a fact Susan...LOL
                        Over that 11 days, I watched so many RNs, PNs, and so on and so on, come into my room and fumble with blood draws, and IV placements I was sure beginning to demand they give me the stuff and I would do it myself. I had leaky IVs leaking blood 2 or 3 times. I couldn't believe they couldn't hit one of my veins right. I do have large veing in my arms and my family doctor always teased me about having a junkies treasure chest because of my big veins...LOL
                        One young nurse came into my room while was sleeping and tried to give me a shot in the rump "WHILE I WAS SLEEPING". I guess I jumped and bent the needle. Then she had the gull to tell me I should have held still. Believe that?
                        When alarms would go off on the machines that those bags hung on for my IVs, it would take 2 or 3 of them to figure out how to reset them and apply the new bags. Sometimes I felt like I was in a zoo...LOL
                        Oh man. Sounds like they were using you to train a batch of students. If you survived that, you'll do OK now. Man, that dummy of a "nurse," I would have hollered for someone else.
                        The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                        Thank you for your understanding.

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                        • #87
                          It's been a whole month now guys and I am still doing my best to adjust. It is a very anxiety filled trip. They still say 6-8 more weeks for a complete recovery, but I have to admit I really wonder sometimes. Not much pain going on but still allot of discomfort from time to time. Especially after I eat. I can't eat but about 1/4 of my normal settings before the surgery and have to spread the amount out over the day. I have already lost about 30-35 pounds since this began again. I went down from 180 lbs to 147 at the last doc visit.
                          I had my first visit with my oncologist surgeon last week and he was pleased with my progress of healing. He still said I am his star and most healthy patient considering what we have been through the last 16 years. All of the pathology reports came back clean and good. No cancer anywhere in my body. He wants to cancel any further chemo treatments that were scheduled for mid September, but still wants me to follow up with the doctor I was set up with after my surgery to confirm his decision. I really do my best to try to keep busy and not set or lay and think about this crap. It's definitely a life altering experience with allot of new adjustments.
                          I spend allot of time playing and cleaning my little cars and trying to keep up practice on my guitars, but the weight of the guitars get to me pretty quickly even sitting down. I sure can't do much of anything else besides laying in bed and loving on my 3 weenie dogs and big black Lab. They also provide allot of positive support.
                          Once again there aren't enough words of any kind to thank you all here for all the wonderful and amazing support you all have given me. I really thank the Lord I am a member here.
                          Has anyone heard any updates for Jack (HossPower98))??? It really bummed me out to hear of his situation with this nasty crap. I also have a few other close friends along with my own sister fighting cancer. I've lost 2 dearly loved friends since the first of the year due to cancer. Again there aren't enough words of any kind to explain how much I "HATE" that disease.
                          God bless and my very best wishes of health to each and everyone of you all!!!! πŸ₯°πŸ’–πŸ₯°πŸ’“πŸ₯°πŸ’–πŸ₯°πŸ’“

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                          • #88
                            Stay Strong my friend, Praying for you and family. As you probably saw, I finally bought a Bowtie Colorado, and the big FORD 4x4 is pretty well surplus to my needs, but I sold the Toyota, and I cannot for the life of me part with my F-150. ooops, pretend i didn't say that, I have a reputation to uphold with my Bowtie associates.
                            Mr. Bowtie
                            Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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                            • #89
                              hang in there Stang..you are doing well so far.

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                              • #90
                                Steve that is great news that they show no signs of it still around, and possibly no need for more chemo, It must be tough dealing with what all this has taken out of you, and the discomfort in the healing process, but may God Bless you, and help you through.
                                Doug

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