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  • Having Surgery This Tuesday !!!

    Well I am leaving tomorrow for Toronto as it is a two hour drive and we would have to be up very early to get there in time ..
    The surgery for a new pacemaker on Tuesday morning, I have to be at the hospital at 7:00 am and my surgery is at 9:00 am ..
    So glad to get this over with and get back to my normal self..
    I am really surprise that I was not in to much pain for the last six months as my battery stopped working on November 28 , so it will be six months and one day to the time it stop working..
    The only thing I had real big problems with was not being able to pee a lot..
    I am now having blood pressure problems that my blood pressure is to high, doctor thinking is has a lot to do with the kidneys now, so now I am put on a half a water pill for awhile ..
    So I hoping that the blood pressure will come down after my surgery on Tuesday ..
    So I will let you know how it goes when I am up to sitting as you know how sore you butt area is...

    Thinking positive has got me through to another day!!

  • #2
    Good Luck!

    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus


    • #3
      Good luck on your surgery.
      Meds I take:
      Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
      Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
      Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
      Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
      Nexium- for Gerd
      Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
      Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
      Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
      I coated aspirin
      02 at bedtime


      • #4
        Debbie my husband takes blood pressure pills too and the doctor put him on water pills, it did help with lowering the blood pressure, don't know why but it did.

        Sounds like you have a big day tomorrow and hope all goes well with the new pacemaker. Hope you are feeling better before tomorrow so your trip will be more comfortable for you.

        Take care, Trishann


        • #5
          (((Debbie))) ... I sure hope this will help you a whole bunch.

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          • #6
            I'll be thinking of you. Be sure to let me know when you can.

            Warm wellwishes,
            Stay safe

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            • #7
              (((((Debbie))))) I know you are as exicited as I was/am to have my lillte stim working again. Sorry your blood pressure is on the high side. Please let us know how you are when you get a chance.. keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
              'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'


              • #8
                Good Luck with your surgery. Dr. H. is wonderful. I went to see him for a consult. Let us know how everything goes.

                Rose Fish


                • #9
                  Good luck with your new unit. I Developed high blood pressure when I had urinary retention and didn't know. As soon as I started cathing out my residuals, my BP returned to normal. Hope that's what happens for you.


                  • #10
                    GOOD LUCK!!
                    I will be thinking of you.
                    Here's hoping everything goes' well for you and you have a speedy recovery.
                    Take care xxx
                    I have had IC and PBS for 20+ years.
                    Tried every medication I can think off.
                    Had a Clam Cystoplasty with Mitrofanoff in November 2006.
                    Had a Total Cystectomy, with a neobladder, Urethradectomy and Mitrofanoff review, also had a peristomal hernia repaired.
                    4th october 2007.

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                    • #11
                      Can't wait to hear how it goes. Good luck!!!


                      • #12
                        Thank you so much to everyone with all your kind words and best wishes, it means a lot to me ...

                        I am leaving soon happy to get this over with ..

                        I will be sure to let everyone know as soon I am feeling up to posting ..

                        Thinking positive has got me through to another day!!


                        • #13
                          Good luck...Hope you heal fast and recover soon...(((HUGS)))
                          God grant me the serinity to withstand the days ahead!!!

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