Army Surgery Is Over

jannieSeptember 11, 2012

I'm the successful kidney transplant recipient with the arm difficulties. The "fistulas" vein in my left arm where I got my dialysis for four and a half years was big and swollen. I had an operation in June to close it off ("ligation" )but it formed blood clots and remained swollen. Another surgery in July to remove the blood clots ("thrombectomy") but they came back. I was disappointed and saw another vascular surgeon, who gave me a second opinion, offering a minor procedure like the first surgeon wanted, or a more major removal of the vein with plastic surgery. I went back to vascular surgeon yesterday and he did another thrombectomy. Things went well from the start. My daughter drove me to the hospital and stayed all day with me. I was told to get there at 6:30 am, They prepped me and got the IV sedation in easily, the actual operation lasted from about 8:30 to ten, recovery went well,I was given some pain medication, some food, and sent home. We got home about noon, darling daughter Vicki made me lunch, put me to bed and then cleaned house! What a doll! I felt pretty good, my dressing isn't as tight as the others, no real pain, I just kept it propped up on pillows and rested. Today (Tuesday) I woke up early and still feel good. I'm going to the doctors office on Wednesday to have him remove the "pressure bandage." Now I'm just crossing my fingers my arm will look close to normal. Anyone else want to cross their fingers? Toes?

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OklaMoni

I realize, there was a super fast Y that climbed in your subject. LOL

But on the surgery, and the healing...

BEST WISHES, FAST HEALING! and that all is well!

Moni

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:59AM
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gemini40

Oh lets us all pray that everything went well and the healing can begin for real.. Good luck and rest.

june

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:01AM
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phyllis__mn

Sending wishes that this was a successful surgery and that all will be well with you.

Phyllis

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:54AM
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wanda_va

I'll be crossing fingers and toes, but I'll also be saying big-time prayers that this is the last surgery you need on your arm.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 8:54AM
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jannie

My typo is hilarious. I've never been in the Army.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 8:54AM
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alisande

I believed the "Army." LOL

So glad to read good news about your arm. And you've got a great daughter!!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 10:19AM
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nanny98

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that THIS time will be a great success so you can really enjoy your new life. (((((HUGS)))))

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 11:31AM
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evatx

I even have my eyes crossed for you! Take care of yourself, and I wish you a rapid, uncomplicated recovery.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 11:40AM
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yayagal

Jannie, sending healing prayers your way. I was thrown by the Army surgery lol. After all, I am a blonde. :)

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 11:55AM
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glenda_al

You are in my thoughts!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 12:36PM
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ont_gal

Thinking of you!! get better for good,real soon!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 12:43PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I hope you have an excellent outcome this time you sure deserve it.

I too was trying to fit the army in there some where LOL

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 1:39PM
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patti43

Fingers crossed that will work. You sure have been through a lot, my dear. And yes, you do have a wonderful daughter.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 1:49PM
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pam_25f

Good to hear.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 1:57PM
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Kathsgrdn

I hope it heals fast and you don't have to have any more surgeries. I think you've had enough.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 2:02PM
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petaloid

My fingers and eyes are crossed with hopes that your "army" heals quickly and well.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 2:10PM
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dedtired

Hmm, I thought you had your surgery at a military hospital. I do hope with all my heart that your arm heals well and soon.

I was thinking of you because I found out recently that my ExH has been going to dialysis three times a week for the past year and no one told me. I was very upset. He's my kids' father so you think someone might have mentioned it. I feel very bad for him. We had our differences but I never wished him ill. I imagine it is very hard for him to be so limited in where he can go and when. I have learned a lot about it since I got the news (my older son let it slip). I have no idea what his prognosis is. He is 67.

What was it like to be on dialysis? Hugs to you.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 4:30PM
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matti5

I pray all goes well this time. You continue to be an inspiration to all! Hugs to you!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 4:38PM
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marilyn_sue

Jannie, I am so pleased things seem to be going well with your surgery. Best of luck on Wednesday.

Sue

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:48PM
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Georgysmom

You are due some good fortune so here's hoping all will be well this time.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:18PM
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pudgeder

Crossing my fingers,toes and saying prayers of healing!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 10:36PM
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jannie

It's Wednesday morning. I slept well last night, but when I woke up my left hand looked swollen. The bandage will be off in just a few hours. Also have an appointment at the transplant center to go over my kidney readings.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 7:41AM
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katlan

Daughters are awesome. I hope you continue to heal quickly, fully, and pain free.

It's Wednesday morning, how are you feeling this a.m.?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 8:01AM
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jasdip

Best of luck today Jannie. You are a real trooper, for sure!!!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 8:29AM
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kacram

Wow. i'm glad it's over and everything went so smoothly!
yea!! I sure hope that this is the last one you'll need.!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 8:58PM
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sjerin

Hopefully the swelling is from the tight bandage? Many good wishes that the third time is a charm!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:45PM
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jannie

The third time WAS the charm! Bandage off yesterday, my arm looks much much better. Doc says I can leave bandage off at night, re-wrap in the morning for the next 30 days.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 9:08AM
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dedtired

Hurray!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 9:11AM
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sjerin

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you, Jannie.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 1:27PM
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