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Chip update

impactzone's picture
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Pretty tough surgery day 4 here and now walking very dizzy still. They have redo the iv again. That hurts as I have no veins left after chem o. It is a poke and probe miss. I have been treated well but a fully open thoracotmy is much different that a wedge or vats.They were able to get the lobe so that is good. Hugs to all who are hurting on here. I sure am.

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So good to hear from you. Here is a cyber HUG!!!! I hope that helps the pain a little bit. You did what you had to do to survive..... I admire your drive and determination. It has got you this far and will take you years and years into the future. I am happy to hear the good results. You get rest and heal! Take care


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It is good to hear from you so soon after your surgery. I am sorry you are hurting + hope the hurting disappears as soon as possible.

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Well done in a few days enjoying life!

462lt's picture
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I know it must be very painful but sounds like results are good. Hang in there. Thanks for the update. Laura

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But, it always seems the recovery is where the real battle is fought, right Chip?

I had a full blown thoractomy last month and the recovery has been slow and full of pain as well. I get where you are coming from.

My IVs literally fell out of my veins more than 5 times...like you, chemo wrecked the internal plumbing and even though I always tell them that finding a vein will be difficult, they look at like you like you're crazy or something. I had to usually have 2 people teams put an IV in - one beating on the vein while the other searched for it and inserted. They are either too short in length, or they burst when the needle is inserted, or if they do find one, it is twisted in such a way that they cannot thread it properly.
Again, I understand what you're saying.

I'm glad they got the culprit in your surgery - the recovery is where Time and Patience plays a vital role...it's slow going for sure, but we'll just ride each day out and hope this gets behind us.

Really am happy that all is going to plan - I have to do treatments, some radiation and I'm not sure about chemo yet...do you think you will as well? Or just surgery and watch and wait?

Best Wishes

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wishing you a speedy recovery and that the pain goes away real soon


LivinginNH's picture
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Chip, good to see you back on-line so soon! Best wishes, and God Bless, Cynthia

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Yu have had a tough time of it but glad you are able to check in here.

I can appreciate the vein issue as I have similar problem, not from chemo but that is just how they are. When I had my surgery I finally asked them to put in a line, which can stay in at least a week versus the 3 days they wanted to leave the IVs. It was also a help with the blood draws too.

I hope your recovery goes smoothly and that you will soon be done with the hurting.

Hugs right back to ya!

Marie who loves kitties

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Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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So glad to see you check in. Wist I can say something to make you feel better but I think that will come with time.


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glad to have ya back buddy.....heal well and heres to a speedy recoup.....love to ya buddy.......buzz

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Thank you so much for checking in. You will stay in my prayers. I pray you have a quick recovery and get back on your board as soon as possible.


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So glad things are going well, sorry your hurting so much, hopefully they are giving you good pain control...take care of yourself buddy..


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and go for all the good drugs they will give ya :)

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It is good to hear from you. I'm sorry this is such a tough one for you. But it is great that they got it! I hope your recovery goes quickly for you.

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You are in my thoughts daily, hoping for a speedy recovery for you kind sir.
As for the hurting, pain meds, pain meds, pain meds!!!
Prayers and thoughts your way.
Winter Marie

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Yes, it is big surgery. So sorry to hear you are having pain and problems with vein access, etc. Hang in there! Each day should be better than the one before, at this stage. Sending loving thoughts your way.

Tara (who is minus one lobe and a couple of wedges)

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Glad that your surgery was good but sorry that you are hurting so much. Wishing you the best and speedy recovery.


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Aud's picture
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good to see you back. Holding you in the Light for healing and strength.

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I'm so glad to see a post from you! It's good to hear that the surgery went well. So sorry you're in so much pain! I hope and pray you will feel much better soon! Take it easy, okay?


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Prayers for a quick recovery. Hopefully the pain will subside soon. Take care. Margaret

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Awesome to hear from you, Chip, and to know that you are recovering!!! Hope you feel better and better each day. You are amazing!!! Suzanne

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Thinking of you and hoping that your recovery is going well.


ADKer's picture
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and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope it starts to get better quickly.

HollyID's picture
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Chip, I hope things have gotten a bit easier than your original post.

Speedy recovery wishes and prayers.

Love and Hugs


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