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  • Evan 2012/07/20 13:53:11
    Evan
    OTN, I don't know if you'll see this or not, but, I'd sure like to ask you what OTC pain-killers High B.P. patients can take if Dr. says "no more Alieve for S.E. joint pain". One of the girls in the office gave me a combination of them once, I wrote them down, put the piece of paper where I could see it all the time, and somebody left the front and back door open, and the wind came through. I have not seen that paper since. Wish I could ask them again, but no point in calling, they don't return calls. One of these days I'm going to take the Clonidine, get the B.P. really low, then try the Alieve, and see what happens. I didn't need a Dr. for 30 + years prior to the B.P. crisis last summer, and whenever the S.E. joints would act up, I'd take my Alieve, and be just fine all day long. But now that I know about the B.P. thing, I kind of hate to act contrary to what he said about stopping taking Alieve. It was the only OTC that worked for those pesky S.I. joints. Wonder what would happen if I took it anyway? Not sure I want to know.
  • Evan 2012/07/19 19:54:17
    Evan
    OH, O.T.N...I forgot...the respiratory problems: I STILL can't inhale slowly to count of 8, hold to 4, and exhale to count of 4, as I always have. Since Dr. won't answer calls, I can't get a referral to respiratory person, but try many times a day to inhale and exhale slowly as I always have. I'm a public speaker/singer, and those deep breathing exercises were/are important to me...BUT...maybe Dr. will return calls one day...or hopefully, by the time of my next appointment, NOV.15, 2012, the problem will have resolved itself...some way or another? (Magical dust thinking! hahaha!)
  • Evan 2012/07/19 19:51:02
    Evan
    O.T.N. You asked about my B.P., and here is the poop: AMLODIPINE still has not kicked in, Dr. still refusing to return calls, and am STILL taking that rescue pill WAY MORE than all medical professionals advise. Two and three a day to keep my B.P. under 140, as Dr. wants. Don't know what to do, so just take the AMLODIPINE anyway, take the rescue pill when B.P. goes over 140 Syst. which it does around 3 a.m. every morning. I eat all the B.P. lowering foods I find out about too, such as Walnuts, dried apricots, black beans, (washed, if canned), Salmon and Spinach. Don't know what else to do. Few Drs. here are taking new patients, and especially Medicare patients, who are STILL paying the IRS and Social Security, because we both still work full time. It's kind of a mess, but God is in charge of my health, ultimately, and I'm not going to die until HE says so! "Because I could not stop for death, death kindly stopped for me. The carriage held but just ourselves, and Immortality". Don't know who wrote that, but I plan to keep going until God says "thats' enough, already". Drs. only think they are in charge, they are not. BTW, I've found that most B.P. patients have Drs. who try at least 5 to 6 different meds, before they find the one that works, or the combination thereof. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ASKING! Just proves my point! You are a HERO!
  • onetirednurse 2012/07/18 16:53:11
    onetirednurse
    Hi Evan, i hope you are doing well. Has your breathing improved? Wow it sounds like your grand daughters are amazing women. I may have given birth to two boys, but I was traumatized during my L&D; rotation as a nursing student. I vowed to stay as far away from L&D; as I could after graduation. LOL the L&D; nurses that took care of me during my labors were terrific and extremely patient. A virtue I am in need of sometimes.

    I worry about my husband all the time, i pray for his safe return every time he walks out the door. he is very good about calling or texting me if there is even a possibility he will be running late. :) he recently caught a bank robber!!! He walked into a tavern down the street from the bank that was robbed because he saw a truck matching the description of the get away truck. When he walked in the suspect was sitting at the bar having a beer. The suspect attempted to pull a weapon but hubby was so close to him he launched himself into the guy like an NFL line backer before the weapon could be raised. After a short scuffle him took him into custody. He received a commendation pin for the capture and his restraint in using lethal force. I was fortunate enough to get to put the pin on his collar in the ceremony :) I'm very proud of him. Yet when he ...

    Hi Evan, i hope you are doing well. Has your breathing improved? Wow it sounds like your grand daughters are amazing women. I may have given birth to two boys, but I was traumatized during my L&D; rotation as a nursing student. I vowed to stay as far away from L&D; as I could after graduation. LOL the L&D; nurses that took care of me during my labors were terrific and extremely patient. A virtue I am in need of sometimes.

    I worry about my husband all the time, i pray for his safe return every time he walks out the door. he is very good about calling or texting me if there is even a possibility he will be running late. :) he recently caught a bank robber!!! He walked into a tavern down the street from the bank that was robbed because he saw a truck matching the description of the get away truck. When he walked in the suspect was sitting at the bar having a beer. The suspect attempted to pull a weapon but hubby was so close to him he launched himself into the guy like an NFL line backer before the weapon could be raised. After a short scuffle him took him into custody. He received a commendation pin for the capture and his restraint in using lethal force. I was fortunate enough to get to put the pin on his collar in the ceremony :) I'm very proud of him. Yet when he was telling me the story the night of the arrest I cried because it also terrifies me.

    EMTs are some of the smartest people I know. You must be able to think quickly while pure chaos is happening around you. it's isn't JUST EMT training my friend, EMTs are kind of the jack of all trades in emergency medicine. You have to know how to code a patient without a doctor present, start IVs and intubate. Not to mention go into some dangerous places to retrieve the injured. :) I have all the respect in the world for EMTs..
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  • onetirednurse 2012/06/27 14:54:34
    onetirednurse
    You're right, it's tough being married to a cop. I give him plenty of space and respect his alone time. I don't whine about what he watches on TV when he gets home. No bugging him to tell me what wrong or anything I just cook dinner and give him down time. He talks to me when he is relaxed. :)

    I still wake up sweaty from bad dreams concerning the war. Dreaming of friends i lost. My husband is there for me and holds me until I stop crying. I enjoy the boredom I feel I have earned. I still get plenty of adrenaline rushes with my job doing trauma surgery. But I only work 3 nights a week which is nice..

    The gentleman I work with did eventually stop coughing and was able to breath better after a few months. There are a few HBP meds that cause breathing issues. I don't have to deal with those meds very often working in the OR now. My specialty is trauma, most of my patients are bleeding to death, any breathing and HBP issues are taken care of by anesthesia.

    I'm glad you are changing your lifestyle to accommodate your health problems, it can't hurt that's for sure :). It's tough to change but once you get into the routine it will be second nature.

    Take care and be safe,
    OTN
  • onetirednurse 2012/06/25 23:24:57 (edited)
    onetirednurse
    Yeah that is a terrible side effect of Lysinopril. I work with a gentleman that was taking it and it sounded like he was going to fall over any second needing CPR. I hope the Amlodipine is working better for you. It's a miserable feeling not being able to get that deep breath. I had that problem after a few of my surgeries, but that's because the vent settings were over expanding my lungs. It took about 3 days to get that deep breath afterwards..

    Hope your feeling better..
  • onetirednurse 2012/06/13 17:14:43
    onetirednurse
    Hi Evan,
    How have you been? I hope all is well.

    Although I don't really remember the Vietnam War, my father was in it. It was always sad for me to read what they said about our troops back then. Our country learned an important lesson after that. Now these men can actually say with pride they were there and get offered many hands to shake. :)
  • onetirednurse 2012/05/20 15:50:16
    onetirednurse
    Good morning Evan. I hope you are having a nice weekend. I'm sorry to hear you can't open your mail for private messages. What I said in the other PM was that I blushed reading your comment about me being one of your heros. That is a very sweet thing to say, I have never expected nor have I looked for recognition for my service. The truth is I'm just a normal woman, married to a police officer and we have a 2 year old together. Actually my life is wonderfully boring now :)
  • Evan 2010/11/26 21:13:29
    Evan
    I could not access "help" at S.H. BUT, the problem seems to have fixed itself.

    Thanks, Heffe, and bless you. Evan
  • Heffeweizen 2010/11/06 17:31:38
    Heffeweizen
    Have you mentioned it to SH? You should be able to go to the bottom of the page and click on help. I've done it a couple of times and they generally try to fix the problem fairly quickly.
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