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Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:47 PM

I am having a bad day.

My first appointment with a possible primary care physician is not till Dec30. I have a known left knee injury that is waiting for the WC comp people to replace it, and maybe a steroid injection first so I can walk more easily while I wait for the surgery; since I am in so much left knee pain, I lean to the right straining my 'better' knee and hip. I cannot walk w/o a cane and when I limped into the grocery store today all the motorized carts were in use, so I waited 10 minutes. A very nice security guard found a chair for me and sent a bagger thru the store to find out if the chairs were in use, and they all were, so I left w/o getting groceries. I made it home only to find out my dog ate something that has given her horrific gas (might be her new chemo meds) and thank the divine the ceiling fan is working. I just want to cry, and I have snuffled some, cuddled the dog, fed the cats , and am now feeling really lonely and sorry for myself. I know I am greatly blessed, in general. The dog is doing okay, I have cat food and litter and enough TP for a while. There is hot & cold running water, the toilet flushes, the door locks, my neighborhood has lots of holiday lights and the kids across the street LOVE my dog and will take her for a walk tomorrow and Sunday. I just wish I didn't hurt so much, it sucks energy I have in limited amounts. And I'm weepy....ugh














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Reply I am having a bad day. (Original post)
irisblue Dec 2014 OP
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marym625 Dec 2014 #1
kelly1mm Dec 2014 #2
dhill926 Dec 2014 #3
jwirr Dec 2014 #4
Mnemosyne Dec 2014 #5
misterhighwasted Dec 2014 #6
irisblue Dec 2014 #14
busterbrown Dec 2014 #22
misterhighwasted Dec 2014 #25
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2014 #7
MinneapolisMatt Dec 2014 #8
SheilaT Dec 2014 #9
irisblue Dec 2014 #19
SheilaT Dec 2014 #24
misterhighwasted Dec 2014 #10
irisblue Dec 2014 #15
appalachiablue Dec 2014 #16
Divernan Dec 2014 #11
irisblue Dec 2014 #20
appalachiablue Dec 2014 #12
LiberalEsto Dec 2014 #13
shenmue Dec 2014 #17
LiberalLoner Dec 2014 #18
grasswire Dec 2014 #21
840high Dec 2014 #23
irisblue Dec 2014 #26
blackcrow Jan 2015 #27

Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:50 PM

1. .

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:52 PM

2. No advice. Just know that good thoughts are being sent from me to you. nt

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:54 PM

3. Good thoughts your way…

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:55 PM

4. Thinking about you. Do not push yourself.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:57 PM

5. I'm sorry, irisblue.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 08:58 PM

6. How can I help You out irisblue? Where are you?

I am so sorry.
I would love to make this day a bit better.
I have some cash to give.
Or if there is a grocery delivery service near you, Maybe I can help you that way.

Am so very sorry for your sadness & know that you are not totally alone tonight.
We are here.
You can message me if you like. maybe we can figure this out together.
Peace to you pal.

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Response to misterhighwasted (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:59 PM

14. check your PMs

((hugs))

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Response to misterhighwasted (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:18 PM

22. Wasted.. Nice message..

Put $20 in for me and I’ll send you a check.. Best I can do..

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 12:47 AM

25. Kind of you to offer busterbrown. Our iris is ok except for the delay in health attention.

Appears our big DU group hug mended some wounds from today.
Kindness was the easy part for us.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:00 PM

7. Snuggle in, irisblue.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:09 PM

8. Hugs from Minnesota.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:14 PM

9. Would using a walker help you?

 

I haven't a clue what they cost, since I've never needed to find out, but anything to help you move and take at least some weight or strain off that leg might help.

Otherwise, would using crutches be at all practical?

What you're going through isn't any fun, to say the least. Hope things do improve soon for you.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:40 PM

19. a reason to go to a thrift shop!

I have called around to medical supply companies, a bit rich for my wallet. Vicky and I will power shop thrift stores looking for used ones. My mom, tough as titanium and very pointed in her comments told me to look for one with a basket and a seat if possible.....so I will listen to the momma in this matter. But Momma said there would be days like this, momma said (Motown forever).



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Response to irisblue (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:26 PM

24. You might want to see if the local hospital or pharmacy

 

can rent you one.

Some years back, when my son broke a leg, the local grocery store's pharmacy rented crutches, and the deposit I paid was fully returned when I returned them. Perhaps there's something similar where you are.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:25 PM

10. Do you have comfort food for the night iris?

I can order you a pizza with some of those frosted cinnamon sticks, or Chinese if you like.
PM me & let me know where you want it delivered from.
Am waiting to hear from you dear..

Love to you iris

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Response to misterhighwasted (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:02 PM

15. Rachel will be on in minutes

comfort food, celery & hummus and a few cuke slices yummy. thanks for your concern and help

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Response to misterhighwasted (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:13 PM

16. Great of you to suggest. Let me know if I can do smthg. too. Related, just saw a post

on DU a couple hours ago about helping people in need here over the holidays, from a man who mentioned his wife also. Can't find now after looking thru main sections. Might have been Omaha S. but can't be certain.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:31 PM

11. Cortisone injections help; good to use phys. therapy to strengthen leg muscles before

knee surgery. I will eventually need knee replacements but am doing what I can to delay that. My problem is different from yours in that both my knees suffer from long term wear & tear/not an injury. However whether to delay surgery or to prepare for surgery (in the sense that you will have a quicker recovery if your leg muscles are in good shape), my orthopod advises exercises to strengthen the various muscles in the legs, i.e,. quads, hamstrings, glutes & calves(calfs?). Check out this link for those exercises which do not involve any weight going through the knee joint for your injured knee, as well as all of the exercises to strengthen your "better" knee. They really have helped me. In my state, one needs a prescription from a medical doctor to see a physical therapist. You'd need to work with one in your post-surgical stage, but every insurance I know approves pre-surgical physical therapy as well. a http://www.knee-pain-explained.com/knee-strengthening-exercises.html#quads

You have my sympathy and empathy, kiddo! As the big dog used to say, "I feel your pain."

One other suggestion: Askl the scheduler at the primary care doc's to give you a call if there is a cancellation which will get you into the office earlier. Let him/her know you are in a lot of pain. I expect the primary care doc will refer you to an orthopod for the surgery, but the primary doc can also give you a prescription for physical therapy and you can get started on that. Good luck to you and hope the coming year sees you on the mend!

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Response to Divernan (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:58 PM

20. The ortho commented TWICE how my quads are wasting. this surprised me alot

My job was a radiation therapist/Radiologic technologist was such that I sat down to eat lunch or use the loo. Since I am not actively doing that work, I know I sit a lot more. My leg muscles are weaker. I can feel the difference when I walk the dog or up the stairs with clean laundry or used kitty litter. I will check out your knee strengthen site. B/C it is the end of the year, unless I get knocked down by a car and have my femur sticking out, I know I have to wait. If I have a femur sticking out, the noise I will make will be heard in Singapore. Thanks for the advice. Dog does deserve her walk ya know.










































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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:49 PM

12. Please keep in touch here, esp. during this holiday period. Pain's a nuisance, can increase

with stress for some, me I know. Relaxation, rest, good tea often helps. Ok to feel down and discouraged esp. what you're dealing with. Think you can't get a temporary pain reliever until the Dec. 30 appt. or you'd have mentioned. Shame about the grocery store visit. No one to assist like neighbors, volunteers- maybe not. If we were in the same area I'd help. I'm in NoVa, have done shopping and rides for visually impaired & elders.

So glad you have your sweetie pets, what a comfort, even naughty!, and provisions at home. Please contact me if you like, send a pm, (personal message thru DU) to my avatar name.
I just saw a DU member post earlier today inquiring about helping others here this season. I'll check and give you their info. if I can find it.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:53 PM

13. Well, you have friends here on DU, irisblue

 



Hang in there. Tomorrow will be better.


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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:24 PM

17. Hugs

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:30 PM

18. (((((Hugs))))) some days my hot water bottle is my best friend.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:13 PM

21. Just FYI for folks in some areas....

there's a new service called Instacart in some communities that allows user to order from Whole Foods, Costco, other grocers and delivers same day or even same hour! May be useful in some circumstances.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:18 PM

23. Hugs for you.

 

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 07:37 AM

26. well I woke up grumpy....many tart replies will be thought, some will be spoken and a few typed out.

gonna be a wheeee day. Chamonile tea instead of another café au lait this am. Thanks for listening yesterday, it really helped.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 5, 2015, 07:21 PM

27. where I live

 

How did the appointment go?

Where I live Peapod delivers groceries, and Stop & Shop has a thing where you can order online and drive there at an appointed time and they will load them in the car for you.

Our local non-chain market will send an employee through the store for you to get your groceries if you come in with a list. I suspect the manager of your store might do the same.

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