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Gimme an address, I'll send it to you immediately, and the scruffy bunch here can hand over all the change they've been digging out of the storm drains.
Yes please, I promise to chip in, either by Amazon gift card or Paypal.
I usually dig my spare money out from under the seats in the taxi I drive.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:04 AM
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This makes me so angry! This shit happens every day; people rationing medicine and suffering in the process, people being denied medical care, etc. This nation has some serious moral issues.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:54 AM
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Oh yeah, you can buy everything on Amazon. Before I went into the hospital last year, I ordered things like laundry detergent and big packs of toilet paper, just to avoid going to the store and/or having to carry it into the house. When in rehab, I ordered some coke and other snacks delivered, rather than pay vending machine prices

While I greatly appreciate the offers of Amazon gift cards, and even a Kindle Paperwhite, I don't really need them. I've got a roof over my head, food (and food assistance), my computer and internet, and while things could be going better/faster on that front, I even have health care. I don't truly need much more. I hope no one is offended by my declining the kind offers here, but there are people in greater need than I.

I have sales alerts set up for the Paperwhites, so I can save a little when I buy it. Recreational reading isn't the pleasure it was before the cataracts. They make even my internet reading and occasional gaming problematic. When my eyes are fixed, I'll be more interested in reading for pleasure. In the meantime, I can be patient and wait for a sale.

Thanks again.
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It's not necessarily about "need". It's about making a difficult situation a little more pleasant for a very nice person. And as broomstick pointed out, someday maybe you WILL need a bit extra.

OK for now! But if you ever do need a little help, just remember that you have a few people here who would be more than happy to give it.

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Old 05-24-2019, 06:49 PM
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Hopefully you can get in to see someone about the cataracts SOON. It's a very common, very low-risk surgery - and while your medication regimen might complicate things a bit, it's nothing a good surgeon shouldn't be able to handle.

And it'll be a huge victory, having your vision improve that dramatically - which is sure to be a hell of a morale boost with everything else that's been going not-well lately.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:12 PM
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Thank you ,Helena330.

Mama Zappa, I have an appt with an eye surgeon at the end of the month to hopefully schedule surgery. Very much looking forward to it, as my vision is getting quite bad. I find myself leaning forward into the monitor so much it irritates my back, and I can't move the monitor any closer to me on the desk. This is the one surgery where I foresee a great and noticeable change. Can't wait.
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:56 PM
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Well, I have my cataract surgeries scheduled: The first one gets done on the 20th. Good news.

Bad news is I seem to have another abscess in my rectum. I have an appt with my GI in July and I was going to talk with them about having a proctectomy, a procedure that is commonly paired with the ileostomy I had late last year. Having that would eliminate some problems I'm currently having and help prevent things such as abscesses. Figures it couldn't wait a few months.

I'll need a surgery to drain and clean out the abscess, and then 4-6 weeks to recover while it heals from the inside out. Painful. THEN, sometime this fall or winter, I'll have the six-hour proctectomy surgery, which is much more extensive and harder to recover from. I was dreading the proctectomy enough by itself, I didn't want to have an additional surgery in that area as well. I just hope I can finally get my cataracts removed after more than a year of waiting, and this abscess doesn't derail it.

Meanwhile, the abscess hurts like hell to sit or lie on. I called my GI on Friday morning and left a message on their machine, explaining my situation and asking them to get back with me before the weekend. Didn't happen, of course. The fun never stops.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:26 AM
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Maybe you could get some type of cushion. Here is an expensive one:
https://www.backbenimble.com/hemorrhoid-cushion.htm

Here is a cheap one:
https://www.amazon.com/Original-Donu.../dp/B014SC9QDM

I am sure there are lots of options. As stated there are a few people here who would contribute some money.

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Old 06-02-2019, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for the ideas to reduce my pain. A decent cushion helps, but as this is not the first time I've dealt with this, I have a decent butt-cushion handy. This is really annoying timing. I'm worried it's going to interfere with my cataract surgery.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:01 AM
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Thanks for the ideas to reduce my pain. A decent cushion helps, but as this is not the first time I've dealt with this, I have a decent butt-cushion handy. This is really annoying timing. I'm worried it's going to interfere with my cataract surgery.
A bit of good news:

The swelling/abscess started reducing in size and pain on its own, a first for me. By the time I got to the doctor, the palpable hard area was smaller, and the pain was greatly reduced. I took a week's worth of cipro/flagyl, and the doctor said the hard area was gone. I still feel it though, a bit, as I sit here. Not worth mentioning with everything else going on, as long as it stays that way. Hopefully that will stay at bay until I see the doctor about a proctectomy in September.

The abscess didn't interfere in my cataract surgery. After a year of waiting, I finally got my first eye operated on Thursday. It's an improvement. Things are brighter, colors are more vivid. Things in general are sharper, but I still don't have great distance vision or near vision. My current glasses are useless for that eye, so I removed the lens. Now I'm just not wearing my glasses, as they don't appreciably help my bad eye either. I don't think I've gone without my glasses for 43 years. It's odd.


Friday I have my one-day follow-up. Hopefully he'll give me a projected timetable on my healing, and when I can start thinking about a new set of glasses. Probably not for a couple months though, since it'll be another month before the other eye is fixed. My vision is much improved, but until I can get my next pair of glasses, it won't be what you might call good, or even decent. My close-up vision in my repaired eye is so bad I look at small print with my bad eye, from about 3-4 inches.

It's a start.

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Old 06-21-2019, 05:57 AM
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So glad the cataract removal is under way. It's about time you had some good news! I started to tell you to hang in there but you have been doing that for a long time. All the best to you.
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That's great news! I'm glad the abscess settled down on its own and you were able to get the cataract removal process going.
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