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"... yeah"
 
   So in the last month, the following things have happened:

- After a lot of waffling around on the part of various doctors and social workers, my grandfather finally had to go from assisted living into a nursing home for good. He's lost all the strength in his legs and can't walk any more, and thanks to his Alzheimer's he can't remember that he can't walk any more, so left unsupervised, he kept getting up from bed/his chair/wherever and immediately hitting the deck.

- My great-aunt, last of her generation on my grandmother's side, died.

- I had a urinary tract infection, with accompanying fever that peaked at 104° and delerium.

- No sooner had I recovered from that (thank you, cephalexin) than I lost an argument with a kitchen cabinet door, and the floor, and smashed up my left leg about as badly as you can without breaking any bones. I tell you what, the next time you see a news report about someone being in an accident and suffering "only bruises", utter a hollow, mocking laugh for me.

- And then developed a staph infection in that knee, courtesy of the scraped-up skin and the massive amount of unallocated blood in the area. Despite having just finished a 10-day course of an antibiotic literally the day before. I am now on a different antibiotic. And some pretty heavy pain meds. And near-continual bed rest.

- The fall semester started this week. I am enrolled and my advisor and I are talking about research plans, but I cannot be said to be in any real way participating in the academic process at this time. Nor do I have a firm date when I'll be able to. This stretch at the keyboard is the longest one I've managed to put together for the last 10 days; most of the time I'm not up for anything heavier than tweeting from my phone.

And yet, amazingly, this was not the worst August I've ever had. It was arguably not even the second worst August I've ever had.

Fuck.

Anyway, I just thought you might like to know the reasons for this particular stretch of radio silence. These are not the hoofprints of your normal gods-fearing writer's block.

--G.
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  RE: ... yeah Verbena Sep-06-19 1
  RE: ... yeah thorr_kan Sep-06-19 2
  RE: ... yeah Rabe Sep-06-19 3
     RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-06-19 4
         RE: ... yeah Rabe Sep-06-19 5
         RE: ... yeah thorr_kan Sep-09-19 9
  RE: ... yeah McFortner Sep-07-19 6
  RE: ... yeah Peter Eng Sep-08-19 7
  RE: ... yeah Star Ranger4 Sep-09-19 8
  RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-10-19 10
  RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-19-19 11
     RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-19-19 12
     RE: ... yeah Phantom Sep-19-19 13
         RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-19-19 14
     RE: ... yeah Gryphonadmin Sep-25-19 15
         RE: ... yeah Peter Eng Sep-26-19 16
         RE: ... yeah NHO Sep-26-19 17
         RE: ... yeah Offsides Sep-27-19 18
     oh, fuck's sake Gryphonadmin Sep-30-19 19
         RE: oh, fuck's sake Sofaspud Sep-30-19 20
             RE: oh, fuck's sake Gryphonadmin Sep-30-19 21
                 RE: oh, fuck's sake Offsides Oct-03-19 24
                     RE: oh, fuck's sake Gryphonadmin Oct-04-19 25
                         RE: oh, fuck's sake Star Ranger4 Oct-10-19 27
                             RE: oh, fuck's sake Gryphonadmin Oct-24-19 28
                                 RE: oh, fuck's sake Sofaspud Oct-25-19 29
                                     RE: oh, fuck's sake SpottedKitty Oct-26-19 30
         RE: oh, fuck's sake rwpikul Sep-30-19 22
     RE: ... yeah Terminus Est Oct-07-19 26
  RE: ... yeah dbrandon Oct-01-19 23

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1. "RE: ... yeah"
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   Dear GODS.

That's all horrible! Certainly, far worse than I've ever endured, and I wish the best for you and yours.

Focus on recovery. Get well as best you can, and if there's anything we can do, please let us know.

------
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Orchestrate our fall from grace
Poorest players on the stage
Our defiance drives us straight to the edge


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thorr_kan
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2. "RE: ... yeah"
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   What a shitty month. My condolences. Good luck on your recovery.

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I've created:
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Rabe
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3. "RE: ... yeah"
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   do you have someone with you at home?


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Gryphonadmin
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4. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >do you have someone with you at home?

My mother lives next door. I've been spending a lot of time over there, "borrowing" her husband's adjustable bed to get my leg better elevated, and letting her fuss. :)

--G.
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Rabe
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5. "RE: ... yeah"
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   Well there is that,in my experience trying to heal alone can be good way to earn an ambulance ride as I'm sure you may have learned at some point.


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thorr_kan
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9. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >>do you have someone with you at home?
>
>My mother lives next door. I've been spending a lot of time over
>there, "borrowing" her husband's adjustable bed to get my leg better
>elevated, and letting her fuss. :)

Two birds with one stone: you get the help (elevated beds can be Godsend) and you get to let mom be mom (nobody's pester, nobody's guilty about it, everybody comes out ahead in the familial contract). Win/Win.

Good luck healing up.

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6. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >I tell you what, the next time you see a news report about
>someone being in an accident and suffering "only bruises", utter a
>hollow, mocking laugh for me.

Oh, I so understand this feeling and truly feel bad for you. I was in a car wreck July 27th when somebody turned in front of me, totaling my car. I felt OK that day, but the next day my back and neck were killing me and I had to go to the doctor the next day since it was Sunday.

Hang in there and get better soon.

Michael C. Fortner
"Maxim 37: There is no such thing as "overkill".
There is only "open fire" and "I need to reload".


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Peter Eng
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7. "RE: ... yeah"
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   Ouch. Get well as you can, and best fortune for academia.

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8. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >
>And yet, amazingly, this was not the worst August I've ever had. It
>was arguably not even the second worst August I've ever had.
>
>Fuck.

That... um.. Sweet gods of all pantheons G. For most of the people around me, that WOULD be their worst August Evar...


Of COURSE you wernt expecting it!
No One expects the FANNISH INQUISITION!
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10. "RE: ... yeah"
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   > - And then developed a staph infection in that knee, courtesy of the
>scraped-up skin and the massive amount of unallocated blood in the
>area. Despite having just finished a 10-day course of an antibiotic
>literally the day before. I am now on a different antibiotic.
>And some pretty heavy pain meds. And near-continual bed rest.

UPDATE: The second antibiotic, as it turns out, was not the right one, suggesting that whatever this is, it's not (as they thought) a staph infection. They're now thinking probably strep. So I am now on a third antibiotic, which I spent the entire evening up at the ER getting the first dose of intravenously. Long-time readers may be familiar, from previous rants about medical adventures, how very much I love having IV treatment of any kind. So that was a very special episode.

(Also, I now have lines drawn on my leg where the edges of the red zone were this afternoon, for comparison in a couple of days to see if the new antibiotic is working. Low-tech, but it works.)

Trying not to panic about drug-resistant anything yet, since they currently think they were just targeting the wrong species.

--G.
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11. "RE: ... yeah"
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   UPDATE: A week of getting worse while on doxycycline suggested to my primary care PA that the infection was not, after all, staph (which doxycycline is good at killing), and the ER confirmed that it was in fact strep (which doxycycline is not much good at killing). They put me on clindamycin, which is a harsh mistress, but good at killing strep, and after a week of that the infection finally seems to be receding. We think, we hope, that we managed to catch it before it got into the underlying tissues, even with the lag time of getting the right drug dialed in.

Meanwhile, the blisters briefly developed into something that attracted the attention of the wound care clinic, which is never a good start, but the clindamycin seems to have pulled matters up in time for them to decide it wasn't quite worth going in there after. Instead, they referred me to an orthopedic surgeon, whom I saw today.

He confirmed that the infection appears to be resolving, and underneath it, I've basically done exactly enough damage to the knee that there is nothing surgical intervention can do to improve the situation. Which is good, except since it doesn't need surgery, it's just going to have Get Better On Its Own, whch means I can expect it to remain fucked for three to six more weeks at least. Or possibly the rest of the year. Who can say?

So, I mean, it could be a lot worse, I could be an inpatient getting huge doses of IV antibiotics for osteomyelitis. Instead, I get to gimp around for another month or two with a knee that is covered in what, to the uninformed layperson, looks like badly healing third-degree burns, and which is Basically OK except that it hurts to put weight on.

Shorts weather is ending, too, which at least means Members of the Public won't have to look at it for much longer, but I'm not looking forward to having to put the dang thing into pants, I'll tell you that for nothin'.

At least my recliner arrived last week, so I have someplace I can sit with it raised up and use my laptop. I might actually start getting some academic work done some week soon!

Sigh...

Oh, yes, and I'm also on a pain medication that carries a risk of addiction (albeit not, I believe, an opiate-level risk). So that'll be fun when I run out of it; either I'll discover I'm hooked (not looking forward to finding out how you make this determination, if it happens), or I won't be able to get any more to Prevent Abuse, but my knee will still hurt.

--G.
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12. "RE: ... yeah"
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   Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: When the orthopedic surgeon walked into the exam room and saw my leg, he exclaimed, "Wow! You did some nice work on that knee!" I'm assuming there's a Steam achievement unlock for impressing a doctor with the extent to which you've managed to injure yourself...

--G.
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13. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >Oh, yes, and I'm also on a pain medication that carries a risk of
>addiction (albeit not, I believe, an opiate-level risk). So that'll
>be fun when I run out of it; either I'll discover I'm hooked (not
>looking forward to finding out how you make this determination, if it
>happens), or I won't be able to get any more to Prevent Abuse, but my
>knee will still hurt.
>
>--G.
Have your doctor proscribe Ketoprofen for the pain. It is in the same family as Ibuprofen (Advil), but much stronger and non-habit forming.

If you have a compounding pharmacy near by, you can get smaller than 200 MG made. But with your level of pain the 200 MG might be OK to start.

Thanks!


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14. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >Have your doctor proscribe Ketoprofen for the pain. It is in the same
>family as Ibuprofen (Advil), but much stronger and non-habit forming.


I'll ask him about it, but it's probably not on—I've been told to avoid ibuprofen because I've only got the one kidney, and other things in the same class are probably similarly off the list. :/

--G.
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15. "RE: ... yeah"
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   LAST EDITED ON Sep-25-19 AT 02:03 AM (EDT)
 
And... now a third antibiotic, since 10 days of clindamycin knocked the infection down but didn't kill it. This time we're trying cephalexin, which did a good job on the UTI I had immediately before the knee incident, but was all gone by the time that infection developed.

... man, four courses of three different antibiotics in five weeks, you better believe I am hitting the yogurt.

And I would just like to say to all those farmers who help breed multi-drug-resistant bacteria strains by feeding mass quantities of antibiotics to livestock that isn't even sick: thanks a fucking bunch, guys.

--G.
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16. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >
>And I would just like to say to all those farmers who help breed
>multi-drug-resistant bacteria strains by feeding mass quantities of
>antibiotics to livestock that isn't even sick: thanks a fucking bunch,
>guys.
>

Yeah, that's how I feel about them.

Peter Eng
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17. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >And I would just like to say to all those farmers who help breed
>multi-drug-resistant bacteria strains by feeding mass quantities of
>antibiotics to livestock that isn't even sick: thanks a fucking bunch,
>guys.

But my cheap meat and fat cows!
Some people don't understand and need adjustment. Monetary or by wrench impact.


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18. "RE: ... yeah"
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   >And... now a third antibiotic, since 10 days of clindamycin
>knocked the infection down but didn't kill it. This time we're trying
>cephalexin, which did a good job on the UTI I had immediately
>before
the knee incident, but was all gone by the time that
>infection developed.

Yikes! I spent a weekend on vancomycin IVs every 12 hours for cellulitis from an infected toe(nail), and then doxycycline as a followup. I'm glad I didn't need to go further than that, especially since I'm allergic to cephalosporins so they're right out. I hope this one kills it for good this time!

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19. "oh, fuck's sake"
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   LAST EDITED ON Sep-30-19 AT 02:14 AM (EDT)
 
On the last day of the Keflex, I managed to slip in the shower and wrench my bad knee even more. Another ER visit, more x-rays, still no breakages, but the knee sprain—which had only partially healed—now hurts worse than it did when I originally did it. I can barely put any weight on that leg at all, and the tramadol couldn't hack the new pain level. So at the ER, they gave me an immobilizer splint...

... which I can't put on or take off without help,

and some hydrocodone...

... which seems to do nothing.

That last part is not a particular surprise. Every single time I've been prescribed hydrocodone in my life, it's been completely ineffective. I seriously cannot understand why anyone would ever bother taking this stuff long enough to get addicted to it. It does nothing! Doesn't even make me drowsy. Certainly doesn't relieve any pain.

Just starting to show signs of incipient recovery after a solid month of misery, and I manage to go and set myself back to worse than I started (except hopefully without another infection this time, since I didn't actually fall down).

Fuck my life!

--G.
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20. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
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>
>and some hydrocodone...
>
>... which seems to do nothing.
>

And if you tell them that, they immediately assume you're a junkie trying to score a bigger dose and isn't that just heaps of fun.

Good luck with it all.

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21. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
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   LAST EDITED ON Sep-30-19 AT 07:26 PM (EDT)
 
>And if you tell them that, they immediately assume you're a junkie
>trying to score a bigger dose and isn't that just heaps of fun.

Yeah, I called my PA's office to report that this morning, they took all day to think about it, then called back at 5 and said, "That's the best we can give you, if you don't like it, try alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen"(????)

At present I have gone for option 3, "swearing copiously and weeping when forced by necessity out of complete immobility". I don't even have any ibuprofen in the house, having been advised to limit my consumption thereof significantly now that I'm down a kidney, and taking acetaminophen for this level of pain is like trying to clean a car with a toothbrush.

As a bonus, having been switched from tramadol (which seemed to have stopped working) to hydrocodone (which never worked) yesterday, I spent last night alternately having lurid nightmares and lying awake feeling really, really weird, which I suspect but cannot prove was a minor-league withdrawal reaction. So I'm not switching back to that.

--G.
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24. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
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   >As a bonus, having been switched from tramadol (which seemed to have
>stopped working) to hydrocodone (which never worked) yesterday, I
>spent last night alternately having lurid nightmares and lying awake
>feeling really, really weird, which I suspect but cannot prove
>was a minor-league withdrawal reaction. So I'm not switching back to
>that.

Ooo... I remember that. I was given percocet (oxycodone + acetaminophen) after my shoulder surgery, and while it did help with the pain, after a couple days I started having serious physical hallucinations. As in, I'm stuck in an immobilizer sling under strict orders not to move my upper arm/shoulder at all, and I felt like my arms and legs were just randomly flying all over the place. Combined with an inability to sleep properly (just lying there in a twilight state) I said no thanks and cut it out altogether for just tylenol + ibuprofen. Pain sucks, but I'd rather be coherent and in a right state of mind (well, at least as much as I ever am :)) than mentally out in the cosmos. At this point I can take a half pill (and that's at the lowest dose) without mental side effects and did so to help with the early days of PT, but I intend to avoid it in the future as much as possible.

Seriously, tell the doc that the hydrocodone is causing you hallucinations and remind them about the inadvisability of taking ibuprofen, and ask if there's anything different available. If necessary, see about a referral to a pain management clinic, where they tend to be better about sorting out the "I'm just here for the narcotics" people from the "I don't want drugs, I just want to stop hurting!" folks...

Good luck, and I hope your knee gets better.

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25. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
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   >Seriously, tell the doc that the hydrocodone is causing you
>hallucinations and remind them about the inadvisability of taking
>ibuprofen, and ask if there's anything different available.

I don't know if it was the hydrocodone, or from coming off a month of tramadol, but either way, I'm not taking either one any more. I'm told OTC doses of ibuprofen, alternated with acetaminophen (that's paracetamol for those of you in the UK), will be OK since my kidney function is so high in the remaining unit.

Fortunately, the resprain seems to be healing a lot faster than the original did, so as of today I can get by with just acetaminophen.

Less fortunately, I'm now on my fourth course of antibiotics (fifth if you count the one for the UTI I had just gotten over when I bashed up the knee), as the frexing cellulitis just will not quite go away. It goes dormant until the pills run out and then flares right on back up.

Man, am I eating more yogurt these days.

--G.
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27. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
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   >
>Man, am I eating more yogurt these days.
>
>--G.

Given these complications... are you sure that this hasn't caused these last month or two to 'rank up' as far as where they landed in the 'really sucky months' list? cause if not... All I can do is sit here open mouthed in shock of how sucky your life has gotten over the years....


Of COURSE you wernt expecting it!
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Gryphonadmin
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28. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
In response to message #27
 
   >Given these complications... are you sure that this hasn't caused
>these last month or two to 'rank up' as far as where they landed in
>the 'really sucky months' list? cause if not... All I can do is sit
>here open mouthed in shock of how sucky your life has gotten over the
>years....

Well, I mean, I'm still pretty sure it's below the time they screwed up my cancer surgery and I coded four times on the operating table. Admittedly I kind of wasn't there for that, whereas I haven't missed a moment of the knee thing, but the six or eight weeks after said botched operation weren't a hell of a lot of fun either, I can assure you.

I'm kind of on the fence about whether it's been worse than the Great Brain Adventure of 2007. That didn't hurt, per se (except when they did the spinal tap, boy howdy), but it was freaky and scary and led, two years later, to an MS diagnosis. Plus the recovery phase lasted for months.

Just realized I haven't updated y'all in a while. I had my first session with the physical therapy people today. The sprain is much improved, and they think most of my remaining pain is from internal swelling (from soft tissue damage that hasn't healed yet) and all the bed rest having made the muscles weak, rather than the connective tissue, which appears to be sound again. The infection seems to have cleared at last, but it's left behind some nasty wounds where the blisters were, and I'm seeing the wound care clinic up at the hospital about that tomorrow.

Hilariously, the amount of money I'm making on unemployment makes me ineligible for the state's Medicaid extension and only qualifies me for a 50% discount from the hospital itself, which means I now owe them somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000 (and that's before today's PT session, tomorrow's wound care visit, and whatever follow-ups both of those courses of care entail). By any numerical measure, I would be better off if I wasn't collecting unemployment.

And no, I haven't gotten a damn thing done on my thesis so far, with the semester more than half gone.

So upon further review, maybe it is worse than the cancer thing. I mean, that was a tougher physical and mental ordeal, for sure (I sort of died a bunch at one point during that), but it didn't fuck up my life nearly as much on an ongoing basis, thanks to various surrounding factors (like the fact that I did qualify for MaineCare when that happened).

Sigh.

And they're probably going to debride my knee tomorrow, which has nothing to do with brides and everything to do with hurting.

--G.
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Sofaspud
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Oct-25-19, 03:50 PM (EDT)
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29. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
In response to message #28
 
   Weirdly enough -- for me, at least, and obviously YMMV -- the debridement procedure I underwent didn't hurt nearly as much as the cellulitis itself had, to the point where I would say, relatively speaking, it didn't hurt at all.

I guess what I mean is, here's hoping you have the same experience and come out of it just feeling better, period, rather than all the ow and the hurting.

Wound care specialists, IMO, have a strange sense of humor. Or are closet sadists. "This will hurt a little. Oh, it didn't? That means I'm not doing it right. Here, let me try again."

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SpottedKitty
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Oct-26-19, 09:13 PM (EDT)
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30. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
In response to message #29
 
   >Wound care specialists, IMO, have a strange sense of humor. Or are
>closet sadists. "This will hurt a little. Oh, it didn't? That means
>I'm not doing it right. Here, let me try again."

That reminds me of the time a couple of years back when my rheumatism specialist did ultrasound scans of almost my entire lower body, then wanted to stick an implausibly large syringe in behind my kneecap to get some fluid out. Some ouch, but not as much as either of us had expected.

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rwpikul
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22. "RE: oh, fuck's sake"
In response to message #19
 
   >and some hydrocodone...
>
>... which seems to do nothing.
>
>That last part is not a particular surprise. Every single time I've
>been prescribed hydrocodone in my life, it's been completely
>ineffective. I seriously cannot understand why anyone would ever
>bother taking this stuff long enough to get addicted to it. It does
>nothing! Doesn't even make me drowsy. Certainly doesn't
>relieve any pain.

Sounds to me like you have a drug immunity. While it's more common with NSAIDs and psychophamaceuticals, it can happen with painkillers as well.

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Terminus Est
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Oct-07-19, 02:03 PM (EDT)
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26. "RE: ... yeah"
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   As someone who lives daily with the previously hinted at resistant superbug (MRSA in my case), and has been on antibiotics for really protracted periods, I feel confident in saying: Damn, man. That kind of month really sucks and I hope you get better quickly.


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dbrandon
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23. "RE: ... yeah"
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   I really wish I had something useful or constructive to say, but I don't, so I'll just commiserate.

That really sucks, and I'm sorry you have to go through it. We're with you in spirit.

-dbrandon


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