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 Jeaniegirl (original poster member #6370) posted at 9:18 PM on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

I've been sort of out of the loop with things going on.

My daughter had to have a knee replacement two weeks ago so I've been trying to help her. She is recovering well (damage was from the car accident when she was t-boned when a woman ran a stop sign.) She is actually back to work this week with the aid of a walker. She's doing rehab three times a week. Can't keep a dedicated woman down. smile

My breathing issues got a little worse with two bouts of bronchitis. I don't know how one avoids getting that stuff! So the lung doc set me up with a small portable oxygen device about the size of a large purse -- in CASE I need it. With bronchitis my oxygen level would plummet down into the 70's. At one point I actually 'went to sleep' in my car in the grocery store parking lot after loading up my groceries. There is nothing scarier than not being able to breathe. The last sonogram I had showed the 3cm aorta aneurism has not increased in size. However I now have a 'knot' about the size of a golf ball right under my rib cage and if I bend or turn a certain way, the pain is almost unbearable. The cardio doc's PA informed me that 'aneurisms do not have pain' as a symptom but something is definitely causing pain in that area. It's in the general area of the aneurism. It almost feels like my intestines are in a KINK and then it feels like something moving around during the pain. So tomorrow, yet another darn doctor visit to try to find out what it is. Hernia maybe? Tush? All I know is it hurts so bad it brings tears to my eyes when I move a certain way. So I guess I'll find out soon what it is.

Because of the illness I got really behind on work and have been trying to catch up.

"Because I deserve better"

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DragnHeart ( member #32122) posted at 9:27 PM on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

I'm glad your daughter is recovering well. She's a trooper for sure.

I'm so dearly sorry for all the struggles you've had and pray that you find relief from the pain and difficulty breathing.

Me: BS 46 WH: 37 (BrokenHeart911)Four little dragons. Met 2006. Married 2008. Dday of LTPA with co worker October 19th 2010. Knew about EA with ow1 before that. Now up to PA #5. Serial fucking Cheater.

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tushnurse ( member #21101) posted at 10:03 PM on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Glad you got the portable oxygen machine, you should have had it a long time ago from what I can tell, especially w/ sats dropping into the 70's. That's horrible for your brain.

Sats should never be under 90 for any extended period of time.

The pain you are having is not from the AAA, it is most likely scar tissue from surgery, or even gall bladder. Can you relate it to any particular activity, movement, food, recent meal, drinking carbonated liquids? I need lots more info to possibly diagnose, but suspect if it's painful and has a not that is reducible (goes away if push down on it) then it's most likely a hernia from all the coughing you did, and tearing a muscle.

Glad to hear your DD is doing well after surgery, Total knees are a bitch to recover from. Lots of work. Keep the swelling down by using ice as much as possible. If the swelling is down the less it hurts, the more you can move it. So even at work it should be elevated, and iced every few hours.

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 Jeaniegirl (original poster member #6370) posted at 10:29 PM on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Thanks Dragn. I know you are going through hard times and I'm sorry I haven't been much help.

Tush, would a hernia feel like it's moving around when the pain starts? I DID have a huge amount of hard coughing with the bronchitis, for sure. I know my oxygen level was very dangerous. Google says in the 70's is DEAD. rolleyes But I survived with the help of the nebulizer and the Trelegy. Just having this oxygen is a big relief to me. Going to the GP tomorrow afternoon. While my insurance doesn't require a referral, I can get in faster with him setting me up with a specialist, if needed.

"Because I deserve better"

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zebra25 ( member #29431) posted at 11:03 PM on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Jeanie, you just can't catch a break!! I don't know how you could function with your oxygen that low. Good luck with your appointment tomorrow. I hope they find something that is easily corrected.

Glad your daughter is doing well and back to work.

"Don't let anyone who hasn't been in your shoes tell you how to tie your laces."

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SackOfSorry ( member #83195) posted at 2:03 AM on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

I had a total knee replacement one year ago. I can not believe that your daughter is back to work after 2 weeks! My surgeon took me off of work for 12 weeks, and my job is mostly non-physical / desk-type work where I could sit with my leg elevated if I want (and I still did that when I went back after 12 weeks). She might be dedicated, but I'd really question if it's the best thing for her physically. It seems too much too fast, but that's just my opinion.

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DDay - May 4, 2013

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 Jeaniegirl (original poster member #6370) posted at 7:52 AM on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

SOS, her knee replacement was on the 15th. She had a lot of pain for sure. She was in the Ortho hospital for 2.5 days. She had in-home PT and is continuing PT. She started with a walker and then a cane. She's slow but steady. She also had an ice machine for her leg and some sort of anti-blood blot treatments for both legs. I had heard of people being down for a long time but she was determined to get UP. She has a friend driving her to work. She also has someone driving her to physical therapy after work. Her Ortho surgeon is one of the best and he has his own way of rehab. I also think it helps that my daughter is in really good health except for these injuries she received in the accident. She was an all-state basketball player and also all state high jumper in track in high school - so she's always been active. Both of her knees were injured in the car accident, as well as her shoulder. She's facing a second knee replacement after the first of the year. It's a wonderful thing that she has great health insurance as the woman who hit her was very under-insured for medical.

"Because I deserve better"

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WhatsRight ( member #35417) posted at 12:05 PM on Thursday, September 7th, 2023

Yes she is definitely a trooper!

I had a total knee replacement a few years back, and I am facing the second one down the road. I am a pretty good rehaber, but I get a sick dread when I think about a second one.

I too am very impressed with your daughter’s recovery time.

You take it easy!

[This message edited by WhatsRight at 12:05 PM, Thursday, September 7th]

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