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- Made it! Fun and loopy? Try sore and tired…
I wouldn’t describe hip replacement surgery as a walk-in-the-park, but so far, so good! From what they tell me, my procedure started right on schedule. Two hours later they were closing-me-up with staples, not stitches. The first thing I remember was waking to a deep, throbbing pain in my right thigh. At least I know [...]
- Special thanks to my fans at Fox Valley Credit Union!
Thank God things are moving much faster today,and they are ready to move me from pre-op holding to the operating room. Probably not the best time to be trying to organize a bunch of technical information to you; I’ll finish that post later. In the meantime, I would like to thank all of you that [...]
- Play-by-play of an unbelievable day!
Want to know the worst part about yesterday’s disaster? Making phone call after phone call on the long ride home, explaining why my surgery had been postponed after I spent an entire day prepped and ready to go in the pre-op holding area. Here’s the time-line and play-by-play: Pattie and I arrived at Moffitt Cancer [...]
- I didn’t know they have “do-overs” in surgery…
I’ll keep this short and save the details for tomorrow. I hate to disappoint all of you, but I’m not “loopy and feeling no pain.” As hard as it is to believe, Pattie and I learned my hip replacement and been scratched-off the surgical schedule for today. We sat stunned as Dr. Cheong approached us [...]
- Observations from pre-op
Yesterday I promised to keep you updated about today’s hip replacement surgery,” blogging live–cold and hungry–from my surgical suite.” Well, I’m laying here waiting to be wheeled-back for surgery. IV is started, prep work is done. I’m not cold, because they have me hooked-up to a warm blower that fills my surgical gown with hot [...]
- Want to improve your Multiple Myeloma Prognosis? Just ask, “What would Mayo do?” – Gary Petersen
For the thousands of patients living all over the world who do not live near a myeloma center of excellence, who’s insurance will not approve a center of excellence, or who cannot obtain or afford a second opinion. What do you do? How can you improve your life expectancy prognosis and survival rate. [...]
- Gary Petersen Blogs On Cure Panel Talk Show with MD Anderson’s Dr. Robert Orlowski
Gary Petersen, editor myelomasurvival.com and co-host of the recently held Cure Panel Talk Show with Dr. Robert Orlwoski from MD Anderson gives a good, comprehensive summary of the panel discussion. Multiple Myeloma – MD Anderson’s Dr. Robert Orlowski speaks on “Exciting New Drugs and Combinations for Myeloma” or Why survival rates and the life expectancy [...]
- Mental Health and Public Policy Update
On April 18th, the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 689) passed in the Senate with a 95-2 vote. The bill was sponsored by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. The purpose of this bill is to reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance use disorders. While the Senate [...]
- Just call me Bubble Boy.
Exposure to this …… And this…. Is there anything Im not allergic too? I think I need to live in one of these… So two hospitalization in just two months has me and my Pulmonologists scratching our heads as to what it is that keeps causes my asthma to spiral out of control so often. [...]
- I hope surgery tomorrow goes better than today!
There are bad days and then there are really bad days! I just returned from a marathon pre-op visit to Moffitt Cancer Center. What should have taken an hour or two turned into an all day affair. I would spare you the details, but then I wouldn’t have an excuse for posting so late today! [...]