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j_rod
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Tuesday at noon is my lap robotic partial neph. Thanks for all the tips for a comfortable (as possible) recovery. I assume when you are put under there is no recollection. Has anybody had their procedure video taped? I am going to the University hospital and of course signed the waiver that they may use this as an educational opportunity. I kind of would like to see a video of the procedure. Somewhere on this site someone said they went online and watched a video of the davinci procedure? If so, could you provide me with the link so I could watch it? Thanks JRod

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MikeK703
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Hi JRod,
Good luck on Tuesday. There is no recollection. In pre-op, I was given a shot of something to "relax" me and was wheeled out to be prepped. My gurney passed my wife in the hall. We touched hands and that's the last thing I remember. I don't even recall being prepped. I thought I would remember being in the operating room counting backwards or something like you see on TV, but no, next thing I knew I was in recovery. My wife had to wait about 6 hours (I had my gall bladder removed too) but it seemed like minutes to me.
Regards,
Mike

j_rod
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I am really ready. I was hoping it would be something like that. I have never been in a hospital. Although I was with my mom when they did a cranie - and removed a tumor from her brain. SHe came through it with flying colors didn't remember any of it. I was allowed to be in icu with her. She woke up and said she was hungry. They provided a hefty amount of liquid diet foods. She slurped up every bit of it. the next day she was in her own room. The operation was on a Monday and she was home on Thursday. I couldn't believe it.

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The. very best to you j_rod. I was last on the list yesterday. I managed to be absolutely deadpan when two nurses asked me how it was going after my op and I said "can you tell me when my op is scheduled to take place?" each replied triumphantly that it had already happened! Today one of them remarked how cogent I am today compared with yesterday when I hadn't known my op had already taken place; I had to explain that that had been an attempt at humour on my part!

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Hi j-rod,

I wish you all the best Tuesday for a successful operation and speedy recovery! This time next week you'll be relaxing at home and it will all be behind you.

Here's a link to a video of the procedure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxOYTQQBVyc

Please post once you're feeling up to it to let us know how you made out!

Beingbless
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Hi, I watched some videos on the you tubes on the laps procedure after my post surgery, To be honest, it is better not watching it prior to the surgery, the graphic and live procedure was pretty 'drastic' to me, to see all in red blood and the organs and more in there... . I think if I watched it prior to my surgery, I probably have the night mare every night.

So, it's my advice. But, it is up to you how much it matters to you. No matter what, the surgeon will take good care of you, and they know what they are doing.

All the best, you are in our prayers.

Beingbless

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Glad to hear you up in spirits and ready for surgery..As for the online video I am sorry I don't have a link to it I always clear my history..There are so many, they upset at first than I found a fully narrated one. I am having the Di vinci robotic surgery too. It looked to be a very safe procedure so much better than the old way of doing things. You are going to be just fine and so lucky to have this new cutting edge surgery..Please post after your surgery and let us all know how you are doing..

Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery..
LD

j_rod
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Today is Sunday. I went in to work yesterday and completed 9 lesson plans for the sub. Today I go in to work again and complete 27 more lesson plans. My family wonders why I am doing this at the last minute. The answer is simple: It is keeping me away from being alone at the house where I sit and think. And it is keeping my mind extremely busy. Tomorrow I leave at noon with my sister for the trip to Chicago. I will get up in the morning and clean the house to keep busy. Nothing like nice new clean sheets to come home to. Also, last minute shopping for Tylenol - which I have never had in the house - I always used Advil or Motrin. Also, I don't have a thermometer, cause I am never sick. And I need popcicles, soup, jello, water, broth, etc. I guess putting things off to the last minute isn't procrastination, it is actually a plan. Will post once more on Monday. And hopefully be back here by Wed. or Thursday. Later.

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Jrod-hang tough. Your preparation for the procedure and for the sub is proof positive you are! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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I'm so sure that you will do fine, that I'm going to go golfing on tuesday to celebrate your success.

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You will sail through this! Keep busy and see you back here in a few.

Best wishes and prayers,

Rae

j_rod
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...I am sure you are doing it for me! But I am expecting great success. It is small. It is on the lower pole of the right kidney. It is between the fat layer and the kidney. Doc said they might have to turn it to get at it. But it is only one inch. So I feel like I have the best of all situations. I am going to eat my last solid food for awhile. Tomorrow nothing but clear liquids. I have to admit, the only thing really bothering me is not being able to eat. I have learned to be a very good cook. With that being said, I am hoping for the weight loss somewhat as I need to drop 10 pounds - to start. Iwill let you all know how it goes. Fox - I hope you have a great day on the links. I am hoping after this I can pick up my clubs and get out there. The weather here has been perfect golf weather.

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Texas_wedge
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Not long to be back on the links for us both - say mid-May.

Rae, any news on the job front?

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Olsera
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I think there is a good chance you will drop the 10 pounds it takes a while to get your appetite back. I hope your surgery goes smoothly for you & wishing you a quick recovery.

j_rod
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Thanks for the best wishes and see you soon!

Fishknees
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If you want to watch a really good video with questions and answers go to Shawnee (sp)mission medical center partial nephrectomy. It was a lady with surgery on left lower pole. I think they had to turn hers a little too. I don't have the link but you will find it. There is a transcription and then one that is a u tube video. It is very interesting. The first few minutes I thought I could not watch it but then got into it and it was interesting. I like to know what they are doing to me. I just tried to post the link but it didn't. So just google it.

Good luck! I hope the waiting does not seem to long for you. By tomorrow at this time the sugery will be started and then almost done. I always look for that time when it is over.

Please have someone keep us posted.

I hope you get this before you go into surgery if you want to watch. I thought it very informative.

Prayers and best wishes.
Fishie

Fishknees
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Any news yet? I hope you are feeling so good you have forgotten about us.

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Mine seems to have gone off ok j_rod, how about yours?

Don't expect to come out 10 lbs lighter but don't lose hope that you will. I came home from hospital last night at about 6 lbs heavier than I was on Friday, before my op. With my first op in December I came out 8 lbs up and then lost 20 lbs very rapidly.

j_rod
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I went to Chicago on Monday. My sister drove me and was by my side. Tuesday went to the hospital. got checked in. Prepped for surgery. They gave me something to re........... Zonk. Woke up in recovery 4 hours later at 4:00. Didn't get to my room til 10:00. By the time I had meds, etc. it was midnight. Slept til 2:30 am. Then no sleep - they were giving me meds again. So at 2:00 today they released me. My sister drove me 150 miles home. It looks like I've been in a knife fight. Some pain. Then don't like to get narcotics. They give tylenol alternating with Motrin. They did write a script on my assistance for tylenol 3. I am moving slow. as you can imagine. Thanks for all of your prayers. I love all of you for your support and info. I am going to relax here at home now. Thanks for everything. will talk to you later. Jan

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Texas_wedge
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You've done brilliantly. That must be as fast and tough a passage as anyone here has had.

So now DO TAKE IT EASY - you deserve it and you also need it.

j_rod
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buthere i am at home sipping on a cup of coffee like it is just another day. like i said they dont like to prescribe narcotics just tylenol regular strength. i insisted on a script for somethihg stronger which they finally gave me. i did not get it filled on the way home and there was definitely some pain trying to get out of bed inthe middle of the night to use the loo. this morning sore on the side with the incisions i hanent counted all of them yet. i think there are 6. my dog is happy i amhome and wants to play. she is only 4 lb. myfiance is shocked i amhome already and i told him that i would be asking a lot of him because i dont feel like getting up andsitting down every time i need something. i am taking it easy as it is uncomfotable to straighten up and walk. i am on spring breakthis week. i put in for two more weeks so i wont be going backuntil april 23rd. that is my incentive for getting better - so i canenjoy some of my time off.

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JR,

Good to hear from you so soon, sounds like you are on track for a speedy recovery. As you start to feel better you may be tempted to try and push things a bit, but take it slow and easy for a couple weeks to avoid a setback and remember, walking and water are the best medicine for you right now. Enjoy your time off, you will find that your perspective on the daily grind has shifted a bit when you go back.

Keep us posted,

Gary

Fishknees
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I am so glad to here you are home. Home always feels bettr.

I really an surprised you got discharged so soon. I am glad you are feeling well.

Okay, now give us the gory details. How was it taking the drain out? How much pain in recovery? What did they give you that worked for pain that was not narcotic? Did you have a nasal gastric tube? What else?

I need all the details.

Glad you are feeling a little better.
Hugs
Fishie

j_rod
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i guess i made up my mind that there is no sense in worrying abut it until after the surgery. Because I'm not in pain now - now is just another day. I woke up from the surgery doing what I do best - talking. My sister was allowed in recovery because she and I had taken the shuttle from the hotel to the hospital and I guess it was getting close to the time for it to make its last stop. She tells me I was firing off phone numbers to her of people I wanted her to call. She said I was doing well. She said I was telling the nurses about the popsicles, jello, etc. that I had stocked up on before I left for the operation. I told my sister to go before she missed the shuttle. She left. Then I began the process of repeating over and over again the list of items I had purchased before I left for the operation. The nurse assigned to me 'wasn't feeling well' so she left, and when she came back, she sat further away with her back toward me.....I couldn't figure out why :) My room wasn't ready and I had to wait until 10 pm before I got to my room. Then a hundred people asked me the same questions over and over again. Then at midnight I fell asleep/ But they came in at 3:00 for more meds. I know I had an IV of the solution. And the med for pain was in a shot they put in the IV - it started with a 'T' - can't remember the name of it. Then they gave me Tylenol 650mg alternating with Motrin every 6 hours. I stayed awake. They also gave me a shot for anti-blood clotting. I had a catheter in, but I called the nurse once because I told her my bladder was full and she found a kink in the tubing. I did have a drain in my side which filled up twice in 24 hours and slowed up later on Wed. Getting up was uncomfortable because of the surgery. I needed assistance sitting up. At my job, I am on my feet all day, so laying down made me sore but in my hips and legs. I felt best sitting straight up with my feet on the floor. I can tell you I had pain but today is Friday and it feels bruised - which it IS bruised. There was no pain in recovery. They told me that they numb the incision with the stuff dentists use to numb you up before they drill. So I guess it is numb after the operation for a while. The shot they put in the IV - I don't know what it was. I did ask for narcotics 'just in case' and they argued with me, but I told them I live 150 miles from the hospital, and where I live there is no 24 hour care...and the nearest hospital is 15 miles away. They finally gave me a script for pain....but I never had it filled. I have been taking Tylenol alternating with Motrin every 6 hours. I don't know what a nasal gastric tube is. I would say that as this experience goes, I guess I got through it with flying colors. My sister is coming over today and we will walk outside just to the end of the block and then back to the house. Then the next day we may go a little farther. I will keep you updated on my progress.

Fishknees
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Your post doesn't ease my mind at all. You are superman. "Don't step on superman's cape".....
Heck the IV;s are too much for me. I am at Mayo all day today for tests. 8:30 till the afternoon and scared to death. I know I am having a renal kidney scan. Can anyone tell me about that?

I am asking for every narcotic I can get. Going home the day after is amazing.

Take it easy so you have a good recovery. If you hurry things sometimes it takes longer.

Thanks for the info. How was it taking out the tube?

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Texas_wedge
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You're right about j_rod being exceptional Fishie - she's an adrenalin junkie, I think, and tough as can be. We each handle things differently and all of our surgeries are different too. The only thing you should be concerned about is being ready to accept feeling very sore for a couple of days after the op. Nothing before it should bother you much and by a few days afterwards you'll be feeling heaps better.

I had an easy ride compared with j_rod, with 4 nights in hospital (last time it was 6 nights but that op. was difficult and took about six times as long). However, I've been out less than three days and I have to keep reminding myself what happened on Friday. I was on diamorphine for the op and briefly afterwards, then on paracetamol and Tramadol. I've almost stopped pain meds already (headache from the Tramadol encouraged stopping it!) and slept half the night on my incision side last night and can get in and out of my normal flat bed easily.

I'm intending going out for a walk soon and may find that that corrects any illusion that I'm anywhere near back to normal, but my point is that it won't be long before you're feeling pretty good again. Make sure you take enough pain meds for the first 2 or 3 days after your op but don't worry about anything else.

Fishknees
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Thanks Tex:
I worry about everything. I have never had a day in my life I have not worried. Things do hurt me very easily. Doc gave me a tube of numbing cream for all my sticks today. He's a good guy, he gets it.

I just want to know everything that is going on. I worked at a hospital 15 years just hoping to get over this. Never happened. I have watched an open heart surgery. If it is someone else, I can handle it. With me an IV is a BIG deal.

I think I have watched this surgery done so often I might be able to assist in a partial. Not the Divinci though. There has to be someone on here that has that extreme fear that I have. It is totally overwhelming and unable to control with breathing, biofeedback etc because I can never get to the place to ever start it.

Believe me it is not something that I want to have. I would love to be like a lot of you. You worry, put it aside and then go on. It is just something I have.

Once they are done with me and I am home I turn into the superwoman and can do all the stuff but at the doctor or hospital I am unreasonaly afraid.

Thanks for the pep talk though.

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I too am really worried but each time I read about how well someone is doing after surgery or how their stay in the hospital was, it helps me some much. Thanks TW and Jan and everyone for sharing your experiences here with me..It is so good to hear from you all and that you are recovering..

LD..

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When I read your posts, I am speechless not to mention impressed with how well things are going for you. WOW!! Unfortunately, my surgery was not as smooth, but I am doing fine now. You give hope and inspiration to the newbies awaiting their surgery. Keep the post coming. You rock!!

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So good the hear you are home and doing well..Your post sure eases my mind about my upcoming surgery..Thank so much for updating us..I look forward to your next update..

LD

Beingbless
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Glad to hear that you're home for recovery.

As other experts advice hefe, take it easy!

j_rod
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I was sore on Wed. and Thurs. and getting up out of bed at night was the most difficult part. You will need help with that. I will tell you that today is Fri. I washed my hair and bathed today for the first time since Mon. night. I am feeling perky and the pain is almost completely gone. I kept reminging myself "You will feel better tomorrow and better the day after that." And it was true. It gets better. But Iwas not afraid to ask for everything for pain in case i needed it at home. Oh, and the drain...funny thing about that. I thought it was going to be horrible. Someone had told me that it was 'real fun'. I thought I had a big tube in my side and I was afraid when they took it out I would scream and yell. The nurse who took it out told me she was very gentle and she told me it felt like a noodle coming out. She pulled it out and I did not feel it. It was a thread attached to a very very small tube and I think it acts like a wick that pulls the liquid from the operation site - whether it be blood or other fluid - from the inside to the tube into the container. If you are nervous, maybe they will showyou what it looks like and explain it. I guess sometimes fear is not knowing and then letting our imaginations run wild. Sometimes a logical matter-of-fact presentation/education works for some people. I think if I had been in the medical field and then had to have an operation, I think my mind would have focused on all the people who had pain and other side effects. I think that I am lucky to not know too. much. You are luckey your doc understands. I wish you the the best on your upcoming surgeries - like someone on here once said, wait for day three or for after the op - the didderence is night and day. The human body is a lot stroinger and more resilient than you think.

Fishknees
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I was worried about that drain. I hope mine is like that also.

The surgeon was good the first two visits.

The last visit he was a typical surgeon. Pain in the neck. Oh well I think he is good.

It is wondering what will happen that makes it worse than knowing.

Thanks again.
Fishie

j_rod
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If you are a creative person with a good imagination - it can work against you at a time like this. The place I went to everyone explained what would happen step by step. Then they would follow up with the same thing in writing. When I had questions, I would re-read it all. If I had more questions or had a moment of nerves, I would email. They would email back and answer my questions. But if I had too many questions, the doctor's office would just call me - they said it was easier that way because every time they gave me an answer, I would have more questions. They are rated as a top hospital. And my doctor was rated as a top sugeon in US News and World Report. He is a busy man but he still gives his phone number for you to call if you need anything. If he was a pain in the neck, you might want to talk to his nurse practioner - the NP and I got to know each other very well. The NP was my go-to person for all questions, and he was great in answering all of my questions.You will be great. And stay on your scheduled meds - I did EXACTLY as they instructed me to....and it turned out just fine. Minimal pain, no constipation, no acid on my stomach. In short, I did - for the first time in my life - follow directions. Take care - and Happy Bunny Day.

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A great story of virtue rewarded! :)

j_rod
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I go to Chicago today to have my post op appt. But they did tell me the path may not be ready at this time. Will post later as to the results.

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Take it easy on the journey and I hope the follow-up is fine. Given the journey you've having to make, it seems a shame if the path report will not be ready yet. Still, one thing at a time - you're doing so well that it's easy to be philosophical about it.

Fishknees
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Have a good trip! I hope all goes well for you. Will they call you with the results?

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JR,

You've been doing fantastic, no reason to expect anything different today!

During my last visit to the doctor, I asked him, "How to determine whether
or not an older person should be put in an old age home?"
"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup
and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because
it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed
near the window?"

Have a good trip,

Gary

j_rod
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Thanks beingbless, gary, tex, littledarlin, fishknees, etc. for for all your encourangement and support. Thanks for the joke Gary. I am back from the appointment - actually have been home for about 4 hours now. The nurse practioner is who I see for the follow-up visit. He said the opperation went well, the tumor was 2.5cm, papillary Type I, stage 1 grade 1. No invasion of other tissues, clear margins. Hooray! I feel so incredibly lucky. They told me I could begin light aerobic exercise - and like you said to just take it slow and build up. I put on my regular pants to wear today, but they were so uncomfortable once I zipped and snapped them. I'm going to have to find an alternative because there is no way I will be able to wear anything sitting on my waist or ab incisions. Maybe by the time I return to work on the 23th, it will be healed enough where I can wear pants comfortably. Any suggestions? PS - I did have someone drive me today as I am a little dizzy sometimes like I was today.

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That sounds first class. Now, take the recovery steadily and don't try to run before you can walk, enjoy your break before getting back to work and take it easy on the ... talking. I'm also having the waistband-over-incision problem and about to try gently adding a little work on a cross-trainer to tai chi, to ease back into readiness for walking Carnoustie on Friday, with a view to golf asap!

You mentioned a joke from Gary - where was that? - I seem to have missed it :)

j_rod
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I am not sure which I am .... but what is this Carnoustie of which you speak? I've never heard of it except in your postings. And I am too lazy to Google it:) Enlighten me please.

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Needing links? ;-)

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JR,

The only thing better than 111 is benign, I love it when we get such good news here! It sounds like you will be back to "normal" in record time, but don't push too hard just yet, give it another week or so before you test yourself.

You rock,

Gary

j_rod
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thanks everyone. I don't think I would have done this well if it wasn't for you. I feel like a part of your family. Tex - speaking of spectacular - I can't believe all the activity you are capable of....I have no intention of plugging in my yoga DVD because I could barely do it before the operation!!! PS Has anyone 'seen' fox? I wanted to thank him for his 'good luck golf game' he played on Tuesday in my honor.

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Today's only Tuesday - he's probably still out there!

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Yeah, I'm around. Been having a busy couple of weeks. computer crashed. Then couldn't log on due to site being over loaded. Father in law passed away, etc. etc. I'll admit that having not been able to log on for a while I fell behind on posts. A couple of times I've been able to only read one or two posts then couldn't stay on. Oh well. My wife and kids tell me every day to get a new computer, but I'm not ready yet.....Any way, I played a very enjoyable round for you today. I hope you enjoyed it.

j_rod
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...and obviously your good luck round helped me quite a bit. So keep on golfing...I am getting better every day! Sorry about your father-in-law fox. I also haven't been able to get on here a couple of times. I noticed that if it says 30 or more members online, it is hard to get on here and/or stay on and/or get to any of the threads. On those days I give up. But between 5 and 6 am there are only 12 or so members online. I hope you are getting along OK - I am thinking about you.

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Hell, Fox, you bought the new truck tires didn't you? New computers are so cheap it's a false economy not to replace them when you need to. Also sorry to hear about loss of your father-in-law.

j_rod, thanks for the heads up on the load - where do you usually check the number of members online? Being so many hours ahead of the States, I can usually post easily during the day but at some times nothing will go for many hours, leading at times to my having to post a day after I've written a message. Checking the pattern of numbers online (assuming there is a pattern) could be handy in saving time.

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On this side of the pond there is a "members on line box" at the top right of the page.

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Father in law was 88. He pretty much decided it was time. So he kind of gave up. MIL is 86 with advanced dementia. She can get lost in the bathroom. We've put a 24 hour caregiver in to stay with her. My poor wife had been running back and forth to her house, the nursing home, working full time, baby sitting our granddaughters and worrying about me. Hopefully life will be a little easier for her now....Yeah, I need a new computer. But it seems to be working now. Explorer doesn't work correctly, but mozilla seems to....35 members on line right now. But I think that is for all the cancer forums?

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