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    Apr 08, 2012 1:26 PM GMT

    Sorry for not doing this sooner, and for those that already know, thanks for your kind message.

    Bill had an appendectomy Wednesday night.


    Ugh, there were complications and yet they SENT HIM HOME on Friday morning.
    Likely it's because I have a reputation for good care-skills, but really I have no formal training as far as having official schooling when it comes to appendectomies.
    They promised a home care nurse Saturday to check his vitals, shunt, drain collection etc, and never showed. Apparently they decided Monday would be fine and, well, this is one of the few times I truly became angry.
    lol, they've been getting an earful from me today. (Just wait til I tell his specialist surgeon on Tuesday). I imagine some bureaucratic heads are going to get loudly knocked together.
    Bill and I also have private insurance, but they were worse. Cash up front as the deductible is huge before coverage. Nice. So much for insurance.
    Apologies for not posting; it's been rather intense around here.

    Other than all the above, he's managing nicely - thankfully I have no gross button, so am able to deal with things and keep him clean and his 'attachments' operational and disinfected.

    Update: Looks like getting a little angry but remaining calm worked. A nurse is coming today, Sunday.
    Whew!

    -Doug

    PS Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and Happy Passover!
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    Apr 08, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    The caregivers always have the harder job, in my opinion. Our loved ones, in agony, just fight for health and can direct it at their present pain. Us? The spouses? We have to sit there and be reactionary. Its the worst part. My own husband had kidney stones last week and we ended up in the ER for sixteen hours.

    Sure, he got drugs and drugs and drugs. And I had to just sit there and talk to doctors.

    I'm with you. It's aggravating being on the outside. Hang in there.

    I guess the big question? What can we do to support you?

    And good luck. The road looks very rocky ahead-but I have yen that things will turn out okay.

    Peace,
    Bardy
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    Apr 08, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    Hang in there. I am sure you are giving him the best care he can get. Stand your ground with the insurance and hospital. Make sure you get an itemized bill and go through it with a fine-toothed comb.

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    Apr 08, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Give Bill and hug for me and tell him it's all gonna work out just fine very soon. icon_biggrin.gif

    And, I thought Canadia had free healthcare, so the insurance bit kinda has me puzzled.
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    Apr 08, 2012 1:47 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidGive Bill and hug for me and tell him it's all gonna work out just fine very soon. icon_biggrin.gif

    And, I thought Canadia had free healthcare, so the insurance bit kinda has me puzzled.



    Thanks Paul; it's social medicine so our higher taxes pay for it (not free). Here in BC we also pay the Province $60 a month per person. However, Provincial gov'ts like to tinker and de-list certain things, diverting federal health care money to new convention centers for businesses etc. This is where US style private insurance comes in and it's every bit as crappy as we've read about here on RJ.


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    Apr 08, 2012 2:41 PM GMT


    BardBear said, "I guess the big question? What can we do to support you?"

    That's huge support just asking that. Thank you!

    And, " My own husband had kidney stones last week and we ended up in the ER for sixteen hours."
    Kidney stones are ghastly, BardBear; your man's a lucky guy to have you.

    -Doug


    A warm hug to onaquest; thanks eh?
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    Apr 08, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    Hugs to you and Bill! That's pretty ridiculous that they never showed up when they were supposed to originally. You have every right to be upset at that.

    And like Paul mentioned I thought health care was free in Canada, but thanks for clearing it up!

    Keeping both of you guys in my thoughts! Happy Easter and take care :-)
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    Apr 08, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Thanks Josh; always quick with kindness.

    Happy Easter to you, too!
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    Apr 08, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Doug.. you tell that big old teddy bear I said to hang in there, get well quickly, listen to you, and to get his arse back up and posting soon!

    You can give him a big wet one from me too and dont scrimp, give yourself one as well!
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    Apr 08, 2012 3:55 PM GMT

    Sunkist, about a dollar a pound.

    TropicalMark-kissed, priceless.

    Thanks Mark!
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Bill! And I know this will happen as you are in very capable and caring hands.
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    Super big get well hugs to Bill and a nice long neck nuzzle to you.

    It's times like this that test your relationship, take it to new levels; things said that should be said more often, things done that surprise the both of you...like wholly shit, I'm in this for the long run...damn when did that happen.
    I've had to tone my head knocking down a bit myself as it's has kept him from telling me certain thing that he knows will get people killed, or at the very least have us searching for a new specialist.
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    Apr 08, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    Thanks for the update, Doug. I hope it's still going well, all things considered. I hope Bill isn't in too much discomfort and the nurse visit(s) will relieve some of the pressure on you.

    Take care, and let us know how it's going when you can spare a few minutes.
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    Apr 08, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    Hope you're doing better, Bill! And Happy Easter to you both!
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    Apr 08, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    icon_redface.gif @ IceBlink. Thanks.

    dustin I'm passing on that neck nuzzle to Bill, lol!


    Mr Dude (never dud) thanks as well. You too, wade. icon_wink.gif

    Happy Easter to you!

    off topic PS: I had bought a floor steamer. Tried it today. Good lord does it ever work! (not on Bill; the floor!)

    -Doug
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    Apr 09, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Bill is a lucky man ....
    The strengh of a relationship is shown in moment of distress , and for sure you passed the test .
    My best wishes of recovery to Bill , and a nice tight hug to you ..
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    Apr 09, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    All the best to Bill for a speedy recovery. And the best to you for all you have to go through.
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    Apr 09, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear that, Doug. Tell Bill I hope he gets better soon. Very surprised to hear he was sent home even though there were complications.

    I actually had an appendectomy two weeks ago. Fortunately it was only acute appendicitis.
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    Apr 09, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    Hope you had a Happy Easter Dinner! Sending good vibes, thoughts and prayers your way! Sorry so late. Hugs!
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    Apr 09, 2012 2:30 PM GMT

    Thank you neffa, as always. I'll pass that on to Bill. He can't do stairs yet and our computers are downstairs in the den.

    Thanks as well Socalfitnes (kind as usual). icon_wink.gif

    Eep, creature, is this a plague or something? Our god-son's girlfriend went in to have hers out the same time as you! Hope you're feeling better and knitting up nicely. here's an X and O to help you along.

    -Doug

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    Apr 09, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    Hope your Easter was good, too, Yehoshua!


    What a week it's been.

    xo -Doug
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    Apr 09, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Hang in there, take it one day at a time

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    Apr 11, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    Update?
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Hope all's going well.. missed this posting b4
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    Apr 11, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidUpdate?


    Today he had the drain taken out. The specialist said I could assist (which I really wanted to do having an insatiable thirst to learn more). It went well, although that hosing seemed to go on forever til it came out entirely.

    Bill now off til mid May to recover fully. He had a retro cecum appendix. (lol,. I paid attention)

    Thanks for the kind words beneful1!

    signed,

    -nurse Doug