Being in Pain Means You Are Crazy !

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By using a pain pump, eventually the idea is to get off of all oral narcotics and other pain relievers.  This is done GRADUALLY!  As the medications are tapered down, the morphine in the pump is increased until the goal is met.  Many needing high dosages of controlled substances like this idea as little gets into the system. The morphine drips into the spinal fluid, getting to the nerve pathways.  Very little is needed in contrast to medications taken by mouth.  Each month, the pump is filled (painless for me).  If an increase is needed, then it’s done at that time.  A bolus can be given about 5 times per 24 hours, via a wireless small box the patient places over the pump and presses a button.  This pump gives many a much better life!  Be EDUCATED and have a doctor who is knowledgeable about pumps.  My views and experiences are mine and may or may not be views of other users.  Experiences differ, and my experience is rare.

GENERAL SIZE OF A PAIN PUMP BY MEDTRONICS

GENERAL SIZE OF A PAIN PUMP BY MEDTRONICS

 

 

 

 

In my journey of twelve years of severe pain and TBI (traumatic brain injury/concussion) that may never resolve, I’ve come across physicians who have never questioned if I’m “wrong”. Surely I am the expert of my body, and would know if I’m in pain! Most of these doctors also included my husband in all visits, which is smart on two accounts. One, the divorce rate for couples is up to 75%, and engaging the spouse, keeps communication open. Smart! Number two, is the one in pain is often not aware of their actions, or sleep habits, and what medications help more than others, and many other aspects of their life. Including the spouse, or another who  knows the patient well, has not only helped doctors make better diagnoses, but it actually gives the patient more freedom from pain. Or at least a shot at it!

My husband was a major player in all doctors visits. They talked to me, and then they asked things I wouldn’t know about…. how does she sleep? Does she toss and turn? Do the tremors become worse at night? What do you notice when the pain becomes worse? What medications do you think works best? And eventually, “what do you think we need to do with the meds to help her get relief”?

Did I get upset because some questions were not directed to me? Absolutely NOT! I found it hard to communicate, and came with lists I had kept between each appointment. I tried to be organized, but some things, I wasn’t able to remember or process. I NEVER felt I was commiting some sin, because of being the unlucky person who was on the freeway at the wrong time. And it was a great help in our relationship as husband and wife to be treated as a team, and work as a team.

Sure, we kissed a lot of “frogs”, but found a few Prince’s of physicians!

Fast forward to the 12th year of pain. Unbelievable pain. Pain that kept me from enjoying time with family, and grandchildren. We’ll skip the emotional pain of attitudes from friends and family that weren’t supportive, and turned away in our deepest need. We all know it comes with the territory, not making any excuses, of course.

Being on high dosages of Morphine, and other pain meds, my weight went sky high, and so did the pain! By the end of 2012, I was no longer a functioning member of our family. Isolated, rarely seeing faces, and my husband was not a team member anymore. Why should he come to all the visits – I could get there easily, and he didn’t seem to be important. In fact, I’m not sure why I went to the visits, since it seemed I took up time that was already strapped, and the attitude of “GUILTY until proven INNOCENT” was the attitude.

I brought pictures of my family; my darling grandchildren. They were ‘oouuu and awww-ed” over, and an interest was taken over each one. After a quick run down, I made my point…. THIS was MY family, and yet, I was not involved. I missed so many opportunities, and no longer was willing for this lifestyle. A pain pump had been researched and discussed with others, and I felt it was time. Surprisingly, so did the Pain Specialist. That was probably the last good judgement call that was made for a long time.

First, I was to be weaned from all Morphine. What? Did he not understand PAIN? He quoted some scripture, which was nice, and something about prayer. Okay…. so if I had enough faith and enough “pull” from above, I could do this. I DO believe that those in pain, MUST rely on a higher power, or we would would find it hard to make it this far. I read his bio again and researched him, and it appears he changed from his previous specialty to Pain Management, as he had his own personal pain, and prayer was his cure. Oh, why didn’t I think about this before choosing him.

I doubt I have to tell much more of my story, er, nightmare! He was firm…. morphine has to be very low or stopped before the trial. My husband knew this was NOT going to work, so he was very careful in monitoring things. I lived in pain, rarely leaving the house in December. So much for the holidays!  I lied. I wanted to have at least 10% of life. I wasn’t off of Morpine, because I knew it was impossible, and this doctor has no clue about the reality of pain. (more to this story!) In fact, I was shocked at his naivety of a pain patients life.

Another surgeon put in the pump, and things didn’t go very well during recovery. The trial was perfect and so much excitement was in the air. Nothing was felt from the pain pump. I was bruised on every portion of my abdomen, but so what, I’d had surgery. I grew out of the band that is worn for the first couple of weeks. My stomach was large, yet no evidence of infection. Finally, I saw my Pain Doctor again, to have another increase in the pump, and he said it was a hematoma on the pump area that was making the abdomen large. Whew! Soon it would be better.  And another hematoma at the base of my spine.  (Whatever for?)

Except… no pain relief. My husband was not going to watch me roll around on the living room floor (literally), so he began giving me small dosages of morphine, along with the other medications. It didn’t help. I went from a .5 to a 5 in pump dosages in about 10 weeks. Emails were written almost weekly begging for help. I was no longer cognitive, and couldn’t think to even try to explain what was happening. I could answer “NO” when asked “have you ever gotten relief”. He kept raising the dosage, but no relief.

Let’s pause here and consider. The booklet that is sent home, which would also be something the physician would be knowledgeable about, said if the patient is not getting relief, check to see if the catheter is in place. NEVER was that an option, but requesting firmly to see their psychologist was! And just who needed to see a psychologist? Time went on, and a mat was made in our living room, and there I lived, with a bath once a week. Curled up in a ball, a helpless husband doing everything he could think of, yet no response. One day it hit me “I have to die! I can not keep doing this.” I didn’t want to tell my husband, but all I could do is cry and say I didn’t know what was wrong. I feared staying alone, even though I was afraid to do anything, the feeling was strong. Saying goodbye each morning to my husband was a fearful thing. Many knew of our dilemma, yet we all know the common responses. Truly alone, I approached my husband, as he had gone into his cave – the only way he knew how to deal with this horrific situation. Calling him out of his cave, got action beginning.  Someday that will be his story to write.  I’m sure it’s a sad one.

Where I lived on the floor for 3 months!

Where I lived on the floor for 3 months!

One Saturday, I didn’t know if I was having a TIA, but something was happening in my brain. Not able to think correctly wasn’t helping! I was scared. I felt I would die. I had been in so much pain, I had forgotten to pray. I couldn’t read my bible. I could call out and ask for help, but did I really have a relationship? As we all know, churches aren’t the best resourse for those in pain. No longer was there effective communication in my extended family. My son would call, and listen or read my emails of not coping and write beautiful emails back.  He was empathic and always there if I needed someone. Three dear friends did what they could, but lived miles away. They came as much as time permitted. My husband was home as much as he could be, making sure food was fixed, and ready to grab. I was no longer a human, just a body in exisitance. Tears were constantly running down my face – it seemed they would never stop.

My husband wrote a poignant email to my pain doctor, begging for help. His reply? Out of town, hang on as best you can and will see you on Monday. Period. May I ask…. would this have been his response is this was HIS mother, loved one, sister? I know the answer…. NO it would not be acceptable. But it was acceptable for another. This was more than I could take in, and the look on my husbands face – the let down – is something I’ll never forget.

If I answered the phone, the smile went on, and the mask became me. How could I explain I needed help? No one really wanted to know. Those who did, got the real story. Those who were in bad health, grieved with me. Mainly, I was just someone with a “headache”, it seemed. We were having a grandchild’s birthday in our club room, and It took all I had to go for a bit.  Scared, alone, intuition strongly said I was dying.  Sepsis came to mind – who knows why, but that would be a death sentence. Funeral plans were made on a scrap of paper.  I wanted my family.  I wanted their rational help.  Words wouldn’t come. We were drowning.  I could hardly look my husband in the eye, as he finished cleaning up. Crushed.

After 3 months of no relief, and unable to drive 1/2 mile to the doctor, a new PA came on board. He was concerned. The second week I came, (the day after my husband wrote his poignant email, and when I knew I was dying) he wasn’t going to let it pass. (I credit him with saving my life).  I was past communicating, although I knew our internist was very concerned and had done as much testing as she had available to her. She was concerned about the lack of care coming from my pain specialist.  The Pain Specialist practice was headed up by two well renowned physicians, and one was called in to do a dye test to see if the catheter was in place. (only 3 months late in asking, instead of 3 weeks!!).

I had become so hypersensitive to touch, that I couldn’t be touched! I could only handle tight (swaddling) clothing. Showers were pins and needles. I couldn’t use the CPAP, as the air going into my nose was too “annoying” and almost painful. Air could NOT touch me anywhere. I couldn’t think one cognitive thought. I was lost in the milky way of space.

Touching my stomach to do the dye test, brought screams to my mouth, and shakes to my body, fear of me falling from the table was a concern. It felt good to be held down, and covering my mouth, I screamed as softly as I could, as the dye was put in. Concern was high, just because of the hypersensitivity. Then it was announced quietly. “The catheter isn’t in at both places”. (Meaning there wasn’t any hematoma’s, but a mass in front and a sack of morphine pressing on my spine in the lower back!)

I held my head and said over and over “I’m not crazy, I’m not crazy”. I wanted to announce to the world. I wanted it on the headlines! I WAS NOT CRAZY! My own pain doctor had little to say.

The other physician, who did the dye test, was merciful on surgery day. Not being able to be touch, I was “out” before moving me from the gurney. He was the only one who was kind, that- I do remember that day.

The Medtronic booklet says a side effect can be something like an inflammatory mass (which I accepted the side effects, but I did NOT expect to be ignored when things begin happening), he scrapped out a type of inflammatory tissue, necrotic (dead) as if I was rejecting the pump. No one has to tell me what could have happened if it went on. I was right… I would have been dead the weekend after St. Patrick’s day if not for a persistent PA.  The color already becoming brown, sepsis was around the corner. Death, unless one is fortunate, is 24 or so hours later. We went through this with a dear friend, who didn’t make it.

My temp was 99. I don’t bother to explain anymore, because I am not believed. When I run a temp of 99, that is a sign of a higher temp. The meds have caused me to be unable to run a temp over 99, and normally anything under  100 is of no concern.

He showed the pictures to my husband, and was amazed. The Doctor said they completely re-did the surgery, putting the pump in an antibiotic solution, then putting it in a sleeve to protect the tissue against the metal. WHAT? Every video I have seen, showed the pump in a sleeve for protection. I consider this MISTAKE NUMBER ONE.  (In my books). The catheters were unsuitable, and were replaced.

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Three months of excruciating pain, and Morphine was not allowed and was pressured to be prescribed. (thankfully my husband had extra and did the best he could) Throwing up was the norm. How could this happen? How could a PAIN SPECIALIST not click before making so many adjustments to a pump that was NOT working? How could someone be so caught up in “psychology” thinking, and missing something so vital as a patient who was dying a slow death?

I wish I could say this was the end of the story. Because “something wasn’t right”, and I only knew it as “deja vu”, my neck muscles were rigid. My teeth felt huge, and I was completely disconnected to my body. It wasn’t a TIA, but WHAT was it? I knew if I mentioned too much, I would definitely be considered crazy. That night something happened that I felt was serious. I felt I needed to go to the ER, yet I was to ill. My little dog, my personal caregiver who never left my side, put her head over my chest/stomach area and held still. Intensely she was still. Not moving or hardly breathing. Then she sniffed the air quickly and her assessment was done! 🙂 She got in my face and looked fearfully at me. I was as scared as she. She never left my side. Finally, because of coincidences, (?) I looked up seizures. I had them before and I am on anti-seizure medication. BINGO! Deja vu! I was having small seizures that couldn’t be seen by my husband, but could be felt by me. There were blocks of time I couldn’t account for, but had decided it was from the pain. This feeling had been going on for almost a month. Later, I was watching a video I had done and too my surprise….(and horror) I had seizures!  It was noticeable, but I wasn’t aware of them!

Immediately I made an appointment with my Neuro who helped with many of my other issues, including seizures.  I was put in a room with a bed…. I was reduced to this. In a mesh bag, that only my little dog could see out, and one couldn’t see her unless they really looked, she quietly sat and watched. She refused to stay at home, and howled until I returned. Scratching off paint, trying to get to me. I couldn’t leave her anymore. She is quiet, but she has to be nearby. I had to respect her. I doubt anyone knew, except when I went to the restroom, I quietly said to the bag, “I’m okay, I’m going to potty”. She was quiet, but I wonder what the nurse thought? Maybe she looked closer.

Rosie

My seizure dog.

Finally, feeling safe, and comfortable, I could slowly answer questions. Along with improper weaning of Morphine for someone in extensive pain, diazepam had been STOPPED and Baclofen has been started in it’s place. I asked about weaning, but was told the Baclofen would take it’s place.  (not true, FYI!)

Just for your information, Hell hath no fury than a Russian (I think) PA who has began to understand the trauma imposed by someone who called themself a doctor. (her insinuation, but I can’t remember her exact wording). The more she discovered, her anger grew. The doctor she worked with was on his way out of the country, but she called him. I don’t think I would want to know his reaction to her findings.

In their bed, in another area of the office that is used at night for sleep tests, I lay unable to do much. It was too much to take in. To realize this wasn’t my fault. It had nothing to do with my spiritual life, not my psychological thought process, BUT, BECAUSE I had a Pain Specialist who had no business being in the business of helping those in pain. He lacked listening skills. He lacked intuition. He lacked good judgement. And he lacked basic knowledge. I would almost guarantee, he would fail any test in regards to the pain pump. He would have failed, because he had no idea what was in the booklet given to all pain patients. His attitude kept me from bringing up the obvious. Something was wrong with ME.

As I began to get better, I began to realized what had occurred during the past 4 months. All I could do was cry. The hopeless feeling was huge, and where was I to go and get the help I needed. As it has been said many times before, people in pain may not have real severe emotional issues because they have worked through them. But, because of not being believed, mental and emotional issues arise that otherwise would have never presented itself. So there… now my doctor is correct. Maybe I do need a psych!

My drawings became angry, my journals became angry. Not at him, but for what he caused. For what he brought up in our family, the things I really didn’t want to know was there. For the things that was shown of “friends”, and their life and happiness caused them to be too busy to give an hour to a struggling family. I didn’t want to know these things – even though I already did. My anger hadn’t got around to him. It will, and it is beginning. It will start with a long letter, and education.

I have had other physicians, friends, and family beg me to sue. I have good cause, that wouldn’t be hard to prove. But where would that get me? Would it make me feel better? Would it help malpractice rates go down? Would it really change his thinking? Doubtful. He would say “oh, this patient was mentally unstable, but I did the best I could.”

I’ll take another route. I’ll take the high-way. Not one of ignoring him (as he tried to do to me), but of educating him. Of getting rid of the “everyone’s happy” feeling he thinks pain patients life is about, because we don’t tell everything. Because of doctors like him. I’m asked a lot about doctors. Because of where I worked, and experience, and my experience with pain. He is added to the small list of ones to stay away from. The few I talk to of his patients, were interesting. Women weren’t doing too well. Men were doing great. Never dismiss what research says.

How did I get through all of this? I’m not completely sure yet. I know God was with me, because no one else was. Desperately needing to know, I asked for a sign, and it was granted. I did have some friends who went the extra 20-30 miles to come help.  I was fortunate to have a PA who “got it”.

Those on Linked In, were sure I wasn’t “mindful”.  Their judgement became too much. And they don’t even know me. I was given good resources from others (healthcare givers), and found alternative help I hope to use. Ultimately, (as some requested) I had to listen to my body. To realize I KNEW what was happening. To stop and let my body tell me what was going on. To keep the outside voices out. To watch my little dog, who knew more than those with an education. Then, to think about my team, and who would help me. The pieces came together, and the “mystery” solved.

The anger directed by the office of  the Neuro, at such a horrible lack of care, was very validating. Especially, when a flash of anger in their eyes, and my thoughts were verbalized “you could have died”. I thought it was a crazy thought. A dramatic thought. In reality, my body knew it was a realistic thought. I often wonder if I had been with another physician who asked “what do you think is wrong”, would I have known the answer? I think so. Because I had read the booklet. But I had bought into “something was wrong with me, my psyche”.

When teaching at a well-known hospital before the accident forced retirement, that was something we taught to nurses and to patients. LISTEN TO THE EXPERT! Who is the expert? The expert is the one it is happening too! The PhD or MD is basically worthless unless the true expert has a say. If the little things were heard, and thought about, and more probing was done, and maybe even asking the 2nd expert, my husband, proper treatment would have been started, with proper medication, and a happy ending might have been the ending after one month of the original surgery. Especially if a “minor” thing, such as a sleeve, had been put on the pump! All the little “minors”, become “majors”. But, life goes on in their world. Unless it was someone they loved.

The Bounce Blog made a statement about resiliency that has stuck with me:

“Resiliency research has shown that being able to provide meaning to adversity is an essential part of being able to bounce back. This usually involves finding a positive aspect, some silver lining to a crisis. Maybe a new opportunity arises in one area of your life when a bad thing happens in another. Or maybe the crisis begins to make sense later when you get a bigger picture of the time frame in which it occurred.

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It’s going to be hard to find a silver lining here. How do we make any sense at all of a senseless act? Maybe we don’t right now.
It’s part of our human tendency to chew on things for a bit before we figure them out.
It’s okay to not be able to figure this out yet. It’s hard because we so want to understand, we want  it to make sense. Our brains are struggling with this contradictory data that it has encountered.”

Showered, Dressed! A days accomplishment!

Showered, Dressed! A days accomplishment.

My feelings exactly. Time.   Time to think. Time to grieve. Time to heal, not only our hearts, but those who were with us. Then, time to let go. There is nothing “crazy” about this.

And Rosie was promoted with a formal note from a doctor! A Service Dog!  I will write about her later.

 

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    • There is still so much more to the story, and so many raw emotions. Thankfully, the doctors understand and are very empathic. There are times I wonder how I will ever get passed this – as we have little contact from close family. (you KNOW how important that is!) Recently, I’ve gotten back in touch with my cousin who is my age, and he has helped me a lot. Trauma’s can’t be gone through alone. One must have God, and that’s a given! What isn’t realized is God knows we need companions to help us. It was very hard to not throw in the towel, as I felt so unloved. But it was a lack of education. Still is. I really am supposed to be honest…but it just can’t quite get there…. to much misunderstanding…. 🙂

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    • The physical suffering it’s beyond what I can even comprehend. My doctors cannot comprehend. But what goes further that I cannot comprehend is the emotional suffering that was allowed and now I wonder if I will ever be sane again. If I sent this to my family they would be so uncomfortable that it would be blown away. There is no one to speak about this accept a couple of friends. And even then I hesitate to be very truthful because I know I can’t. One can’t understand unless you saw what happened. Even the doctor who took my case was having a hard time with it. So when something traumatic happens, —-
      it affects you mentally emotionally and spiritually, you are left to your own devices. But I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. This is the norm in our life. Which is really too bad. If I speak I’m in trouble because of the setback it did to TBI. I’m not quite sure there’s much anything I can do but doesn’t get me in trouble. And then I spend half of my time trying to figure out how in the world I got in trouble when I don’t even know what I did. So I’m beginning to learn something and that is just don’t talk. I’ll still be in trouble because it will be perceived as something but at least I haven’t said anything. That doctor has no clue how he changed my whole life and really I have no hope of getting it back and so I just have to trust in the one thing we can trust him, God.

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  1. Cathy, can I cuss on your blog? Oh I won’t but man I sure relate. I have been twisted sore my entire life by Doctors and Family!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shoot, I’m still struggling so hard to get a handle on my entire life. I turns out that I had Rheumatic fever when I was about 7-8 and I found out that My Grand dad died very young from Rheumatic fever complications too! OKAY! ADD to that the fact that my dad had a major problem with my getting treatment for the sickness and that all I knew at the time that the world suddenly got VERY heavy. And I couldn’t learn anymore. In my own research on Rheumatic fever I have recently found out that the heart and the brain get damaged from the disease. Well lo and behold huh? Now pour in my Dad’s ingredients of abuse towards me (he wasn’t being mean to a sickness he didn’t believe in but a son, ‘his own son!’) Then add the lack of nurturing, and abuse and assault from other family members and wonder why I’m angry? I was talking to a beautiful red haired lady on Friday, it was crazy , as we chatted we looked at each other and I saw right into her heart. wow no guile, now agenda, no garbage, just a whole person, being genuine and nice to me. It killed me that I could see these things now because for the first time in years I felt somewhat alive inside and could actually see and talk to someone in that manner. You know that I had several TBI’s myself and my entire life in many was has been a living He–! Last week we had a bit of a family burp, burp, blowup what ever and my single most abusive brother phoned me up screaming at me for what seemed like 20 minutes, it was probably just over 5-10 but seemed like 20. In which time he repeatedly threatened to come to my house and beat me with a club, and a stick I hope not alternatively. I couldn’t get a word in edge wise, so I yelled into the phone for him to shut up and come on! That was the start of a week of memories about the trauma this brother had caused me when I was a little guy, 10-12 years old He being 24-26 and a brawler and a bully to say the least! I began realizing that I was still terrified of him all these years later deep within my heart. And how child hood trauma, freezes or locks up a child’s mind soul and body to where they never really know who they are and can never really ave life! It also showed me that when one abuser leaves the scene another can easily assume or come in and take his or her place. All of this is so sickening to me! It’s not over yet I have just begun to understand! I thought the Fibro and the Brain Trauma’s were bad enough, and they are! But still within my heart there is still something else that is blocked out that terrifies me more than anything else,Man Cathy do you think I want to see it? No not really I’m still all alone in this world, and it’s a scary scary little place to be. I’m sorry for your suffering Cathy but I’m glad your getting better, and just know that i’m on your side!

    God Bless Hubert

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    • Oh my…. I could “cuss” too when I read what you wrote… yet my heart leaped for joy at your “conversation”. There is a beautiful life out there waiting for you, but first, God will help you with your horror story. You are a real man. You brother – no words! 🙂 Haven’t written lately, but have so much to say! LIKE GOBS to say! 🙂

      Cathy

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      • Good points Cathy, Paul said work out your salvation with fear and trembling, I remember that because I was thinking the same things today, I think the real thing is that I am trying to obey, live, and survive a very real disability which I don’t even want to acknowledge is real. When I came to Him in 94, I had a real conversion I know it because I was there , just God and I alone. In some ways that conversion was the beginning of the end for me my marriage became stressed in that my wife didn’t want anything to do with God per say. At that time I had already suffered 20 plus years with this disease and had been diagnosed with it several times but too I didn’t get it, I was dumb, and still too stupid to realize that something was very wrong with me. I had seen many, many doctors over the span of my life, and I never knew or understood anything. Yeah I believe I am saved, I believe the Lord loves me and knows all things, I think I am doing what he has told me to do, I pray for his will and direction too. What can I say he does not heal everyone, I see that. But I have seen him heal people , when I prayed and layed hands on them, So I don’t know what to say or ask next Cathy. But Paul says work out your salvation with fear, and trembling. I’m tryin

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      • Ha ha ha ha your so wonderful!!! Hurry up a bit, I have been waiting so long for you!! Do you ever read my blog at all Cath? I was going to abandon it as a lost cause because no one talks to me, well its so rare anyways that you know, one or two others occasionally send me a comment but usually none is the word,,,, so I am waiting for you..

        I have caught a bad cold lol feel more miserable than normal , but when the colds gone ill feel better… ha ha ha .
        I’m doing okay right now I have come to terms with things I never knew in my life, I can’t say I don’t want to punch a few people really really haaaard yet but it’s coming and as long as I don’t randomly bump into them either they are safe or I am depending on who does what lol

        VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYS THEW LORD!! I WILL REPAY,, Ah sometimes I want to help him lol! but i’m good with waiting and seeing what he will do on his own.

        Write soon K K?

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      • lol I love you Cath! Thank you!

        It’s been preeeety gross lately you know I have been hurting bad and very discouraged, even as I opened my laptop I was thinking GOD, you MUST have put a mark of rejection on me! !! Nobody comes close and people either pretend or flat out ignore me………
        Whats that about, and why???? This has been my entire life. anyways here you are poplin up out of the blue with an encouragement again thanks Cathy. thank you.

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      • I am going to “sic” someone on you that you will enjoy talking you…😆 Or writing too! He’s a bit older than I and our families were friends. He was like (and still is) a big bro. He will enjoy reading your blog and think you will enjoy him as a friend. His name is Craig Winquist. He will get with you when he can. So hold on! Y’all are both deep thinkers! CT

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      • Well, don’t you want someone “deep” like you to talk about things you love talking about? We get into DEEEEEPPP stuff when he visits. A neat guy. I have told him about you and how interesting you are. So when I got back in touch with you, I let him know. I PM’d him on Facebook so not sure how much he checks it. He’s normal, don’t worry ! Lol.

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  2. A Follow up on my above experience. I have the picture of the huge necrotic tissue that surrounded my pump, that was removed by the top Doctor. Necrotic = Dead.
    So, getting funeral plans in order was my intuition, and I was right. Now, a few months later, I am walking. The doctors are furious that took care of my other issues. Because I wasn’t listened too, I had seizures for over a month (only I can feel them, they don’t show until they get worse.) I could have died from that alone. I could have gotten Sepsis… and that would probably not have been caught, but chances aren’t always good no matter what. WHY? Because I am a woman and I could not be in that much pain. My stomach was growing, but it was “just” a hematoma. Why? Because I have a pain syndrome called CRPS that some call the “suicide” pain. He is uneducated and is more worried about addiction than quality of life. I will meet with him with my family, and then we’ll decide about the medical board. It was the highest form of neglect, and I can only scratch the surface.

    On a more positive note. I am getting my life back. I’ll never be what I used to be, but at least I’m not writhing in pain and trying to smile! 🙂 I’ve been able to do a few things that I haven’t in years. So, it IS THE BEST DECISION I”VE EVER Made! I
    never thought I’d ever say that I was thankful to have the pump.

    If you need it – go for it. But read up and make sure your doctor has too@! 🙂

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