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  • Laoshur
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    The doc yesterday said I still have crackles in my lungs, but did not want to try anything further for now since I have completed the second round of antibiotics and am still improving. She suggested I stay home with my feet up and wait to see Dr. Gilligan next week and see what he says. That is all easy to do except the part about staying home with my feet up! It is hard not to hit the ground running when we have so many people to see and things to do. But I will try to be reasonably good at least until day after tomorrow when we have to drive to NJ to see Ed's mother and family.

    Thanks to all for your encouragement!

    BTW, Burt, I have no intention of going your route. Don't even think it! It is yours to keep, if you want it and I am sure you do not.

    Lisa, have you visited that cemetary near your home? It is beautiful with an absolutely gorgeous view.

    Rhoda

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  • Tigger1
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    Rhoda,

    23 hours on a plane. That would be enough to give any kind of illness. It bothers me to be 1 minute on a plane. Good to hear everything is going well...


    Tigger1

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  • Debbie
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    Rhoda,

    I'm so glad you're home safe and it sounds like all went well.

    Keep getting better,

    Debbie

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  • mtlieb
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    Rhoda,

    Glad to hear your trip went okay and that you're feeling better!

    Jim

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Rhoda ,

    Glad you are safely home . Let us know how it goes at your appointment. Rest well.

    Pam

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  • Laoshur
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    Hi, all,

    Got back last night safe and sound and actually better than when I left! I guess I must have needed the antibiotic because I continued to get better along the way. I promised the doctor in Beijing to go to a doctor tomorrow here, so I'll call and let them check my chest. My feet and legs are swollen, but 23 hours on planes usually causes this, so I don't think it is particularly significant. I was exhausted, but slept well, and feel pretty good today.

    Rhoda

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  • Debbie
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    Rhoda,

    I hope your trip to the grand ole U.S. goes well, safe and problem free!

    Will be waiting to hear from you then!

    Debbie

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  • Eileen2345
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    I hope you have a pleasent trip back to the US.

    And I hope you can get the best care possible while you are here. Please keep us posted.


    Hugs -- Eileen

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  • Linda
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    Rhoda, I hope things go well on the flight back and you get good news with a rapid recovery plan once here. We'll be waiting for news. Linda

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  • Abbygirl2
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    Rhoda, so sorry you are feeling so poorly. Take care of yourself and hope your long flight back to the US is uneventful.
    Let us know how you are doing when you get a chance. Take care.
    Pam

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  • Burton Borrok
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    Hi Rhoda,
    I’m sorry to hear you’re still not up to par, and it sounds like you have a pretty severe fluid problem. Actually it sounds a lot like what I went, and am going, through, - but I hope that is not your problem too.

    I had a fairly severe fluid problem with crackles in the lungs, etc. The cardiologist kept increasing the diuretic dosage and adding new ones – at one point I was on three different diuretics, but the fluid problem remained. I also had some Potassium problems which were controlled by taking a supplement. When on the third diuretic my potassium level was almost completely depleted, putting me in the hospital. I got both potassium pills and a potassium drip, which even highly diluted burned the heck out of my vein - until I just couldn’t stand any more. The depleted potassium also resulted in severe leg cramps that I thought was going to tear the muscles. After the cramps I could only walk with extreme difficulty – and that was problematical. (I made it to the john, but the nurse had to assist me back to bed.) The second day I could make it both ways and the third day, I could walk again, with only minor difficulty.

    The water problem was still intractable, and actually getting a bit worse. The second time I was on three diuretics only lasted one day and I was back in the hospital again – this time with kidney failure. They got them going again, and I was released, but taken off all diuretics. All this time I had a chronic cough, and I would guess I was in CHF almost all the time. Right now they have brought me back to 40mg of Lasix, with no potassium supplement, and I’m walking the line between CHF and kidney failure. Actually, that line is quite blurry, and I am packing a great deal of water, and still have the cough and crackles. My kidneys are functioning fairly well at the moment, but the creatinin level (a measure of kidney function) tends to fluctuate quite a bit. This is common before kidney failure, which is why I had the fistula put in yesterday.

    If you can avoid taking this path, by all means do so – except I do not know what other path would be open to you. In any case, please be careful of your kidney function and potassium levels while they try to dry you out. It can get to be a slippery slope.
    Burt

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  • Laoshur
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    I saw the doctor for the 4th time in just over five days this morning, and he said I still have crackles in my lungs and a fairly bad (but I say improving) cough. His conclusion was that I am a high school level problem and he is a grade school level doctor.

    Anyway, he decided to put me on a second round of antibiotics, keep my diuretic doubled, encourage me to eat bananas since my potassium is at the very bottom of normal but I am taking it daily, and let me fly back to the US, so I can see doctors there. He did not seem to be happy about any of this, but could not figure out what else to do.

    So, we will leave here Sat morning (Friday evening US time) and be inroute for nearly 24 hours.

    Talk to you next from the US, most likely!

    Rhoda

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  • Reenie
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    I'm glad to hear that you're improving so quickly. Give our thanks to your doctor for taking such good care of you. You're an asset to our little community.

    Reenie

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  • Burton Borrok
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    Hey Rhoda,
    I’m glad to hear you are feeling better and getting control back of your condition. I was also happy to hear that you have such a compassionate doctor. (It’s a shame you had to go so many thousands of miles to find one – only half kidding.) I am extremely lucky that my PCP, cardiologist, and endocrinologist are cut from the same cloth, but in a way it is a shame that they stand out so much in the overall medical community. Well, on to other things.

    I hope your daughter has a very uneventful pregnancy and presents you with the title of Ecstatic Grandmother. I still remember distinctly the evening when my daughter had her twins. The problem is that while we do not get any older, they grow up in no time at all. Those two little teensy grandchildren of mine are now driving around in their own cars, and while my granddaughter is still shorter then her mom, my grandson is already taller then his dad. There’s over a head difference between them.

    So my friend, keep improving your health, and also keep that sunny disposition. It really does add a lot to a person’s feeling of well being – and it also makes the doctor’s wonder what you’ve been up to.
    Burt

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Rhoda,

    I am glad to hear you are feeling better - please take good care of yourself.

    By the way that cemetery you were talking about is about 10 miles away from me! It is a very very small world after all isn't it!

    Lisa

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