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And I guess I am getting my sense of humor back!! I was discussing my hospital stay with my sister and husband and although I vaguely remember, I had totally forgotten. Apparently after surgery I was asking every doctor, nurse, maid and food service employee that walked into my room to, "PLEASE euthanize me, put me out of my misery." 

I also asked my sister to hand me the call button, which she did. I called the nurse and she asked what she could do for me and I told her to "get these people out of my room now." The only people in my room were family. Apparently the nurses thought this was almsot as funny as me asking to be euthanized every 5 minutes. 

I remembered all of this after I was reminded, and now I cannot stop giggling about what a weirdo I was. The nurses must have thought I was a crazy person! The thought of this then makes me giggle even more and that kind of hurts. Regardless, at least I am finally laughing again instead of the steady stream of tears!! 

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mlph,

Sounds like you went thru hell week. Perfectly normal to those of us who have been there and done that. Each day will get a little better with maybe a bad day in between.

 

 

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I insisted to all that I had been visited by the actresses Helena Bonham Carter and Kiera Knightley, and a valkyrie (I think that last one may have been a nun)

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My fiend kept asking her brother to go out of her room from the window to buy her a drink, she kept saying him the window path is shortest so defenately and logically the best path, her room was in the sixth floor by the way

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I'm definitely winning here when it comes to hallucinations and gibberish (or were they) :-)

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Too funny. I also apparently REALLY enjoyed the "cocktail" the anesthesiologist had given me before they wheeled me away and I was "whooping" through the halls. I have zero recollection of this, but my surgeon says it is so.

Kind of funny I guess since I only found out about my kidney cancer after a rare night out, where I had a bit too much to drink at a concert and fell down. This fall triggered the bleeding which my surgeon said may have very well saved my life. I guess occasionally acting like a moron has its benefits! Embarassed

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... Nor the last to act wacky under / coming out of / after anesthesia. Or, to be entertaining. Too many patients WANT their families to leave, but don't have the guts to say so and often the nurses have to do some creative maneuvers to come up with reasons for the family to leave. That can be pretty funny, too.
I had a friend in the room post-surgery. TWO people in the room was total overload for me, but since the second person was always a staff person, I resigned myself to getting medical treatment. Dang.
I found out about my kidney mass almost due to rock. It was stones, kidney stones. Unfortunately, no music was involved. Or alcohol, either (which - amusingly - I've been hankering for since I've been back home... specifically, hard cider... and I really don't drink).
So glad to hear you're doing better - Pretty soon it'll feel good to giggle!

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I don't really drink either, so I find it really funny that getting drunk saved my skin. I do have another couple of concerts coming up in March though, sooooooo... I hope I can just go and have fun with no surprise guests this time. 

My teenage daughters, who are not used to mom going out, kept telling me I was having a mid life crisis with all the shows I went to this summer/fall. Now I tell them my mid-life SAVED my life and they shut up.  Tongue Out

 

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First let me say that my sister and daughter also have the same kind of vivid and wacky dreams as me. As I was coming to, I kept insisting I was with the FBI. I needed to be released to get to the high school soccer game. They thought I was having DT's. Later I told them I was also hanging out with John Lennon and playing guitar together.

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Ha!! Love it!

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Hilarious!

Years ago, my ex's grandfather was in the hospital. He was looped! He kept telling us to get the mail that was hanging in the trees. Just then, my brother-in-law walked in and his grandfather started yelling "Get into that confessional! Get into that confessional now!" There happened to be a priest visiting at the hospital floor at the same time, and came running in to see what was going on! LOL. (I was relieved he didn't order me to go to the confessional - I probably would still be there! LOL).

 

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so funny!

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I feel like I missed out on something now.  I had none of that, just a lot of double vision and light sensitivity.  Some of you definitely had more fun.  My husband tends to have hallucinations after anesthesia, people walking thru the outer walls (on the second floor).

Donna~

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Hallucinations. Just being in a lot of pain and super cranky. I still cannot believe I made them hand me the call button so I could call the nurses to make them leave. I am such a jerk. But at least I am "funny" about it. :) 

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come with the Il-2. I prefer wacky dreams. Years back I got lucky. I was sleeping in the recliner waiting for my wife to come home from work. Well she did come home and I didn't hear her. She was telling me to come to bed. I told her I wouldn't sleep with her because I was waiting for my wife. Phew! that could have turned out badly.

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:)

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The pain.   I hit the pain button, and would get relief...I would fall alseep...A sleep that felt like I was out for hours.  Complete with wierd dreams.  I would wake up in agony from the deep sleep, hit the pain button, because it felt like hours, and would find I still had several minutes to my next dose.

That, and I was HOT.  I was drenched in sweat.  They apparently had my room as cold as it would go.  My roommate was moved to a different room -- because he was freezing.

People would come to visit me...I do not remember the visits.  I was the first person in my circle of friends that had something serious.  People thought that coming to visit me was a good thing.  Um...no.  I just want my rest.

Now, I had some complications, with a fever and possible pnemonia.  So, I stayed for 5 days...

 

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To being hot! And everyone else thought my room was freezing! And my mom tried to change the thermostat and I yelled at her not to touch it. And I am the kind of person who is always ice cold. That was so weird! 

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Hilarious stories :-) I had nothing similar to share... The only thing I remember about waking up after my only proper surgery years ago that I refused to get a catheter for urine and wanted to go to bathroom myself. Nurses had to hold me to prevent me running away :-)

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After my mastectomy, I kept asking the nurse when I could see my husband so I could pinch his ***. Repeatedly. 

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Was it morphine causing all these things?   I was told that I would have a morphine pump, but then for some reason they gave me dilaudid instead.

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Maybe they thought you were already having too much fun?

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I had nearly a dozen songs running through my head. Still had two making like earworms two and a half weeks later, so over the weekend, I googled them.  Turns out they were all Frank Crumit songs, he an old vaudeville and radio singer. My father had some of his records plus used to sing along with them around the house or on his own when he was puttering in the garage. I'm not sure I've thought of the bulk of those songs very since I was a preschooler.

No morphine was involved, no controlled drugs. Just my poor old JerzyBrain trying to make sense out of a bunch of stuff, I guess, and that's the first dusty box it found it its attic.  I'm not sure it succeeded too well, but there you go.  Since I chose to listen to a website with 100+ of Crumit's songs that I found when I googled the two, they've pretty much all come back home to roost in my brain. It's a little scary, but mostly hysterically funny. To think that I sang along with the songs when I was just a little tyke is pretty bizarre.  I'm sure I was entertaining when I sang "Show Me the Way to Go Home," "Ukelele Lady," and "Mountain Greenery" the time I visited a Sunday School class as a preschooler (That I remember quite clearly, including that it was the ONLY time I went there... Coincidence?)! 

And no, while the songs were running throught my head post-surgery and I was still in the hospital, I didn't sing along. Wait. I don't think I did...!

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Your dad was watching over you.

I get "visits" from my grandma, rarely happens but calms me when I know she's there.  With her, it's a scent.  Smells flowery, a perfume she always wore, but something I've never been able to find in dept stores.  The scent will fill the area I'm in and yet no one else smells it.

And nope, no drugs here.  Tongue Out

Donna~

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And very creative!  I just remember feeling groovy and having a big smile on my face while "eyes wide shut"!

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Got to make the morning last...

skipping down the cobblestones...

doo, do, doo do,

Feeling Groovey!"

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Talking with my insurance company and various labs, imaging places, etc. working out how much I actually owe and figuring out payment plans. I wish I had a little something to take the edge off and make me a little loopy again, ha ha. Sealed

 

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Maybe you could run up and down a flight of stairs a couple of times? Or, if that sounds like too much work, just go ahead and hyperventilate. 

You'll be swooning in no time!

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