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  • #16
    Thank you, Tigger Gal.


    • #17
      Good luck tomorrow, Lori. You'll have a ton of people thinking of you and praying for you.

      Diagnosed August 2001

      Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

      Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

      I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


      “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

      “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy


      • #18
        Thank you, Kim!



        • #19
          Good luck Lori- will be thinking of you.
          do you have a vein that is -( gosh, can't think of the right wording here!) anyway, a large vein? I know that with me its my left arm, but they always want to use my right arm, and by the time they are through with me, I am so bruise its not even funny! Then they decide to use my left arm and they say-wow- that went in easy!! duh!
          Anyway, like we all said, will be praying for you. Let us know.


          • #20

            I am thinking of you now, and hope that all is going well for you. I hope that everything turns out okay. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



            • #21
              Thank you so much everyone for your good wishes and prayers, I really appreciated them/appreciate them!

              The surgery went great, I was asleep the whole time, which is always good, LOL. Even the IV went very smoothly - the anesthesiologist put in the IV line (they are really good at doing that, I've noticed) and he used my wrist vein instead of my hand vein, and my wrist vein is a million times better, that one never blows. He injected lots of anesthetic first, so it was numb, and I didn't even feel the IV go in! I was so happy, because that part of the surgery is always the worst part, for me.

              I'm a little sore where the incision site is, but I was given vicoden, so I will be comfortable until I'm healed up a little more. I'm guessing by tomorrow, I won't need the pain pills anymore. I probably don't really need them now, but I'm a wimp when it comes to pain, honestly. I'd rather not feel pain, if I'm given any choice in the matter.

              Hope everyone had a good day today, and again, I'm so grateful for the good wishes and prayers and everything! You guys are great!



              • #22

                Oh Lori,

                I am so glad to hear that the surgery went so smoothly! I will continue to keep you close to my heart! Isn't it awesome when the IV goes in well!!!!!!!! I hope the pain subsides very soon and you don't need the Vicoden.

                Love and HUGS!

                Complex Case: Severe IC 1999, Interstim 2001, Endometriosis 2001, End Stage Refractory IC 2002, Bladder Removal (Cystectomy) 2002, Gall Bladder Removal 2005, Infertility 2003, Urethra Removal, Bladder Reconstruction (Urethrectomy/Indiana Pouch) 2006, Celiac Disease 2007, Adhesion Disease 2007, Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Ovarian Cysts, Vestibulitis, Vulvodynia, Total Vestibulectomy and removal of both Skene's Glands, 2007 and Coccydynia 2007. Fibromyalgia and, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome both in my neck and knees, 2007, PNE Decompression Operation May, 2009.Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Anesthesia Awareness (to awaken during operations)Pudendal Nerve Decompression Surgery, Revrse Uterine Sling, Sept. 2011

                "One hour at a time, this was NOT my American Dream but it has to work out somehow."

                I also have some journals of my journeys, past and some present at:

                Most of my Journaling now is currently on Facebook. These are old and my ICN Patient story is very old and outdated.


                • #23
                  Hey Lori, I am so glad that it went well with you. It seems like because we deal with pain alot that we could deal with it better; but I am a wimp too, I think maybe we get to the point and can't take it, and just need some help to give us relief from it even though it might be temporilary. No Lori, we are not wimps we just want relief.

                  Hope tomorrow you will even feel better,
                  Sending hugs, Trishann


                  • #24
                    So glad everything went well and I hope you feel better soon. Will keep you in my prayers
                    Miss Bessie

                    Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

                    Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

                    Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life


                    • #25
                      Thank you, everyone! I really do love it when the IV goes in without too much pain, and without blown veins.

                      I have always preferred to take a pain med, rather than experience pain, when given a choice. I know my husband thinks it's virtuous just to suffer, but I always look at it as, if I'm in a house and it's cold, I'm not just going to stand there being cold, I'm either going to put on a sweater, or turn up the heat, or both, because there's nothing especially good or virtuous about being cold.

                      Likewise, I don't see why being in pain instead of taking the pain pills provided is a good thing. I figure, that's what they are there for - why not use them and be relatively comfortable?

                      I think Dr. Brookoff said it very well when he said pain does not have a moral value, and drugs do not have a moral value (they are neither good nor bad in themselves) - what has a moral value is life.