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Unread 11-01-2003, 02:13 PM
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Hey ladies,

Sorry that I haven't been around in a long time, but medschool is keeping me quite busy these days. I hardly have time to sit down and take a breather.

I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well. I am heading into the hospital on Monday to get my appendix out and my umbilical hernia repaired. Hopefully this will really be the end of the road for me.

Hope you are all doing well and just remember, that even though I am not always on, I miss you all and think of you often. Take care!

Candida xoxo
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Unread 11-01-2003, 04:45 PM
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Hi ((((Candida))))

Sounds like life is keeping you busy I'm so proud of you going through med school... though it must be hectic.

So sorry you're going in for yet another surgery. Hopefully, this will be "it" and you'll be able to move on Beyond the Land of Hyster.

You'll be in your sisters' thoughts and ers on Monday. Please let us know how it went, when you have a chance.
Unread 11-01-2003, 05:09 PM
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(((Candida))) I'm so glad you posted. I hope this surgery is indeed the off ramp for you... you do remember how to be a good afterwards don't you?

And I do hope you are educating all those future MD's you're studying with about what a hysterectomy and surgical menopause are really like? Gosh, it would almost be worth going to med school just for that opportunity! Do you know what specialty you are interested in yet?

Good luck on Monday, I'll be looking for your post to see how it went.

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Unread 11-02-2003, 07:54 AM
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{{{{{{{{Candida}}}}}}}}}}I am so proud of you! I think you should be a GYN who specializes in endo! Good luck with your surgery and keep us informed of what's going on with you in the future. I am so happy for you.........

Emily s
Unread 11-03-2003, 06:55 AM
((( Candida ))))

Good Luck Sweetie.... I am so glad you are doing well... Keep up the good work gal... The medical profession can use a person like you! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!!! Keep us posted on how your doing.... and remember the princess rules....

Love & 's Susie
Unread 11-03-2003, 08:06 AM
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How very awesome (((Candida))) I have to agree w/the others; you my Dear would make an awesome Gyn Specializing in Endo
You've already helped change the lives of many by sharing your own story/research/experience
My prayers will be with you on Mon...I too hope it will bring an end to your long road!! Pls post when you are able & let us know how your surgery went

Unread 11-19-2003, 06:24 PM
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Hi everyone!!

I finally got a chance to sit down to let you know how the surgery went. Sorry that it hasn't been sooner, but missing 2 weeks of school is....I dunno what it is but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Anyhow, thanks for all your wonderful posts. It was great to hear from you all again.

The surgery went well, however, my surgeon told me that he could not guarantee my being pain free because there is so much scar tissue that he just could not remove. And of course, we all know that surgery causes more. The recovery has been fairly well, however, it did not get off to a good start. The thing is....they gave me NO drugs at all. None! I woke up in recovery and received nothing right until I went home. I then got a prescription for Tylenol 3. But NOTHING. I couldn't believe it, I ended up with 13 staples, had a umbilical hernia repaired, scar tissue removed and an appendix removed and got no drugs! I still cannot get over that, it was shocking to say the least. Then on top of it all, they made me get out of bed and sit in a chair for 3 hours until the time was up before I could go home. A freaking Chair! I have no idea what's going on with our health care, but there are going to be changes when I am finished school! Newfoundland watch out, lol!

Anyhow, hope everything is well with everyone. Thanks for the prayers ladies, I know that they helped....too bad they didn't work for the drugs

Lots of love and hugs,
Unread 11-19-2003, 06:55 PM
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Dear Candida,
I am so sorry that happened to you. The pain must have been awful. Since I had very poorly controlled post-op pain after my TAH I have read that studies are showing that poor pain relief after surgery can set patients up for chronic pain conditions.... something to do with the nervous system getting over stimulated. I hope that does not happen to you

My problem was that I had spinal anesthesia for the TAH and then dura-morph for post-op pain relief.... but it didn't work... I was in horrendous pain even though I had expected the dura-morph to work better than the PCM I had with my Csections (which was great by comparison). I was not permitted anything else for the first 24 hours... it was a nightmare and has made me fearful of more surgery. Several days later I found out I had a bad spinal headache from the anesthesia so I am wondering if the morphone all leaked out

Best of luck catching up in med school. I do hope you become a knowledgable endo specialist. Endo really changed my life with the pain...

I hope you are on the off-ramp. But do keep us posted on med school and how you are doing.

Unread 11-20-2003, 12:00 AM
((( Candida )))

I am glad to hear you are doing well... It IS truly amazing what the medical profession sometimes expects... I too was forced to move from the recovery bed to one of those reclining chairs, within an hour after my lap. I could barely stand to get into the darn chair, let alone stand to get out of it... I think I felt EVERY seam in the linoleum tile floor as they wheeled me from recovery to the outpatient post op section. And the drug thing, boggles the mind!

I think of you often now, as I must fight the endo monster now, along with worrying about adhesions....

Keep up the good work at school.... and keep us posted...

Love and
Unread 11-20-2003, 10:51 AM
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(((Candida))) ,
I am so sorry you had to endure such pain w/ no relief Unfortunately, this seems to be getting to be more & more of the norm...even in Cananda:-( Seems to be a fast moving trend compared to the fight we endured to start relieving our pain. Like ((Sarah)) shared, I've seen many, many studies stating similiar effects

Good Luck w/ everything....(((hugs)))

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