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Old 03-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #9621
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I just got back from the hospital. I had a mild heart attack yesterday morning while I was on the computer with DC. I am all right now. But I came home with another problem. The paramedics in the ambulance used some heavy duty tape for the IV. And the had it down right on the top of my had where my skin in very fragile and thin. The nurse in the ER removed it like the always do. She just ripped it off. In doing so she ripped the skin right off the top of my hand. I don't blame her. I blame the paramedics. Now the new wound will not stop bleeding. I have lost count of the number of time the dressing has had to be changed because it keeps bleeding through. And the dressing is very thick. We got one of the spots to stop bleeding, but it is the big one that is giving me so much trouble. The problem is that when you go to change the dressing, it sticks to the wound and the bleeding starts all over again. I have put some bacitracin on it and hope that helps to stop the bleeding and keep the dressing from sticking. The only reason I keep changing it because the dressing becomes saturated with blood. This new dressing with the bacitracin seems to be working. I have my fingers crossed.

Spike came to pick me up. Bless his heart. He had my scooter right next to the door so I wouldn't have to walk. The paramedics thought I was nuts for leaving my door unlocked. But I called him from the ER to let him know and he went right up to my apartment and got my keys and locked it. He also picked up my coat and other things he knew I would need when I was discharged. I know I can depend on him in an emergency. Teddy was beside himself when he saw me. He kept jumping and climbing all over me in the car. I never got so many kisses. I just love that dog.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #9622
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Ads, so sorry to hear all this

I told Steve that you had a mild heart attack whilst on DC, he said, "see what happens when you spend too long on DC"

Joking aside though, I hope your OK and that your hand stops bleeding
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #9623
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Glad you're OK, Addie, and hope the hand is better soon!

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Old 03-23-2013, 06:15 PM   #9624
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I am fine. This was HA #4. It was a practice run for the big one to come some day. I just changed the dressing on my hand again. The bleeding is starting to let up. The Bacitracin is do its job. The coating over the bleeding is acting as a plug. That plus the pressure of the dressing is a big help. If I sat with my other hand over the bleeding, the pressure would stop it. But that raw wound is very sore and sensitive. It hurts just to have the pressure of the dressing. Just think how sore your knee was when you scraped it as a kid. Well this wound had a couple of layers of skin just ripped off. It has the pain of a first degree burn where the skin is burnt to a crisp for a layer or two. I will call Winthrop first thing Monday morning and let them know I want to come in that day so they can take a look at it. I feel the hospital didn't take it seriously enough. I am more concerned with my hand than I was with the HA.

I am sure if they had kept me over the weekend, someone would have noticed my absence from DC. I would have had Spike come on line and let you all know where I was and why. He knows how important DC is to me and all the friends I have made in this great forum. I certainly don't want to create any major worries for all of you. I am fine now. (Except for this dang hand thing.) Thank you all for your concern.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #9625
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Oh Addie! (((hugs))) I hope the hand/arm wound heals up quickly. (for you) and (for your daughter)
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:33 PM   #9626
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Oh Addie! (((hugs))) I hope the hand/arm wound heals up quickly. (for you) and (for your daughter)
Thank you for the angels. My hand seems to be doing better with this last dressing. There is no bleeding through the dressing this time. Now if I am sure the bleeding has really stopped, I will put a plastic zippy bag over my hand and take a shower.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #9627
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Addie, I am so very sorry to hear the news about your HA & your hand. Keeping prayers with positive thoughts coming your way. Y
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:01 PM   #9628
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You take it easy! You were spared for a reason. This world isn't ready to be done with such a wonderful person like you!! and don't forget that!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:03 PM   #9629
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I am so proud

When my youngest son was in school going for his second Masters Degree in Medical Sciences, he developed a safer procedure for a surgical procedure. He then was chosen to teach some of the top specialists in that field how to do it. They in turn taught others. He graduated with honors and had his paper published on it. To be published in the medical field is a major BIG, BIG thing. You make you name that way.

He was accepted at Yale Medical School for their Physician Assistant (PA) program. They wined and dined him for two weeks. He also received offers from Harvard, Emory and several other schools. He chose Yale because they allowed him more academic freedom. Toward the end of his studies there, the folks from the Springfield Hospital in Vermont contacted Yale and asked them to recommend a couple of their students to come to Vermont and work in their ER. They only recommended my son. So when he graduated he and his new wife headed north. He loved his job there and stayed three years. But they missed home. So when the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester asked him to come there to work, he accepted. Then Boston University heard of all his accomplishments and asked him to come there and develop a new program for students who wanted to become PA's. In the meantime he has been serving as the National President for PA's. He accepted that job and in turn he not only has been working on this program, but traveling all over the country giving lectures to other medical folks of ER and Trauma care. He has also published papers on this subject. He has made quite a name for himself in ER and Trauma care. He is now considered an expert.

He just returned from a seven day stint in Las Vegas giving lectures on this subject. I called him to let him know I was all right. The hospital always call him when I am admitted as he is my medical proxy. He was exhausted. He told me that while he was there, a group of physicians wanted to pay his way through medical school to become a physician. He turned it down. It would take a lot of time from his family life. The main reason he accepted the job at BU. And at his level of expertise, he already does as much as any physician in the ER. In fact a lot of times they will turn to him and ask what he recommends for treatment of a patient.

I guess I lost track of time when I called him. I thought he was at his office just a couple of buildings away from where I was and wanted him to bring me a cup of real coffee. "Ma, I would have to drive for 45 minutes there and 45 minutes to get back. It is Saturday and I am not at work. I am at home resting. I will do it if you really need that cup of coffee. "

"Forget it. Your brother is on his way to pick me up, I will tell him to have a cup of coffee for me in the car."

Now you know why I am so proud of my youngest son. As tired as he was, he would have driven all that way just to bring me a cup of real coffee.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:09 PM   #9630
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You take it easy! You were spared for a reason. This world isn't ready to be done with such a wonderful person like you!! and don't forget that!

You are right. I have a few people in the building I want to aggravate some more. And then there is the contest going on with my daughter and her cousin. My daughter wants me to live longer than my sister. My sister died at 74 and 8 months. So I have to live longer so my daughter can throw it in her cousins face. I have nine months to go. They have been rivals all their lives. I just want to know what the prize is if I win.
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