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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:36 PM
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Wish me luck. I will be having an operation on my foot tomorrow.
It all started with a simple toe nail fungus on my big toe that got out of hand. Then the infection spread to the toe next to it. It finally turned into an ulceration. Finally, the pain and the infection got so severe that I had to give in and go to the doctor yesterday. I hate doctors and I have to be in real pain before I will give in and seek medical help. Anyway, the ulceration is so advanced that it has to be operated on. The surgeon is going to cut away all the diseased tissue on my second toe, remove the toe nail on my big toe. And if that wasn't enough, he is going to cut the tendons on my second toe to relieve pressure between the two toes.

This is all on an outpatient basis, so it does not require a hospital stay. But I am terrified, because I have never had any operations before, other than gum surgery. Of course, I have had two children, but that did not involve any surgery.

But I am fortunate that I have insurance through my job, which is covering 90% of the cost. I can be grateful for that. I filled a prescription yesterday for an antibiotic and the cost was $30. I told the pharmacist that was sort of expensive. And he said that my insurance paid $104 of the cost. Well, that blew my mind. What happens if a person does not have medical insurance?

Well, I just had to post here because I am sort of frightened of this surgery, though I know others have had to have much worse.

I am fortunate that I have a great job with lots of sick leave and I have wonderful co-workers who will be taking over my work while I am recovering.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:38 PM
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1. Best of luck
It's good to read of a situation where someone is not having a slew of problems related to healthcare, other than needing some, of course. Good luck to you and your doctor.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:40 PM
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2. Luck!
You'll be fine -- tho' maybe not running your usual wind sprints for the next few days...

Now, how do we get health insurance to those who get the full $100+ tab for antibiotics -- never mind the costs of the operation?

cheers,
Mark
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:43 PM
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3. Good luck!
That ulceration just sounds awful and horribly painful. I'm glad you're getting some relief from it. I know it's scary, but it will be fine. I had two surgeries last year and was really nervous the night before too. I'm sure it's perfectly normal. Take care, and let us know how it went! :hi:
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:45 PM
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4. Hope It Goes Quickly & Recovery Is Smooth.
One would suspect you'd get some pain killers and all.

And thank goodness for your insurance.

You'll be glad when it's all over. Hope you have someone at home to help take care of you for a few days.

:hug:
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 05:52 PM
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5. Thank you all for your good wishes.
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tekriter Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:01 PM
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6. "May your next foot operation be cutting it out of a Freeper's rump"...
or something like that...
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:01 PM
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7. I copycatted your thread. That's a good luck wish!
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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:04 PM
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8. Toe fungus? Egads!
Edited on Tue May-11-04 06:04 PM by JohnLocke
:P
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:36 PM
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9. Good luck RebelOne!
:-)
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kevinam Donating Member (475 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:47 PM
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10. no need to be frightened...
You just lay there and sleep, the Doctor does all the work :) Best of luck. My last surgery was an outpatient one (on my shoulder). It was really smooth. I was told I was going to be in "twilight sleep". I was a little nervous, because I had always been knocked out before. So, I am laying there in the prep room. They give me an IV, and start the meds. I am just wasted. Thinking, oh this will be fine, I am calm. at ease and ready to go. They start wheeling me into the OR. I asked the nurse, am going to get more medicine, or is this it?? She said, oh, you will get plenty more. Next thing I knew, I was laying in the recovery room. Things have probably been rougher for you with the untreated toe problems. Actually, I would be more nervous about gum surgery, or having kids (granted, I am a dude, so the last one isn't of much concern). Before you go in for surgery, if you see the doc, tell him you tend to have a high tolerence for pain meds, and that you need the stronger stuff. That way for the next few days you can enjoy la-la land. Best of luck, and enjoy your days away from the job...Kevin.
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mwdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 06:59 PM
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11. Best of luck,
you'll be okay. Besides, what's a fungus amoungus? Okay, that's bad, but good luck, and I know everything will be fine. :loveya:
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 07:04 PM
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12. Good luck!
Thankfully you have insurance so you won't have to add financial worry on top of recovery. I hope all goes well for you.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 03:32 PM
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13. Thanks all, for your good wises.
Had surgery today. I'm fine, but won't be able to walk without crutches for a couple of weeks. Right now, I'm sitting at the computer with my foot propped up on three pillows. Even foot surgery can't keep me off the Internet and DU. Hey, could I have someone come here and walk my dog for me?
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 03:37 PM
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14. Good, you're home!
I'm glad all went well for you. :)
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 03:38 PM
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15. Yaaaay! Glad it went well. Rest, relax and get well soon!!!
:hug:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 03:39 PM
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16. Hope all goes well with your surgery
and that you're back on your "feet" in no time!
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