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Post by Kitkat on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 19:16

@Umberto Cocopop wrote:If you want an op, I'd tell them that the acupuncture made no difference. Wink

Thing is ... I'm not so sure that I do want to have this op, and all the risks that go with it, when there is no guarantee that it's going to get rid of the pain anyway!

Spine Fusion Risks and Complications
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http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/spine-fusion-risks-and-complications
The most common risk of any of the modern spine fusion surgery techniques is the failure to relieve lower back pain symptoms following the surgery. In the best of all situations, this risk occurs in a minimum of 20% of spine fusion surgeries. The likelihood of this result becomes even more frequent with fusions of three or more levels. This outcome is commonly referred to as “failed back surgery syndrome”.

There is also a risk that the vertebrae may not fuse together following the surgery, called pseudoarthrosis. With modern techniques happens in approximately 5% to 10% of spine fusion surgeries.

It is well documented in the medical literature that people who smoke have a lower rate of successful spine fusion

If pedicle screws are used, there is a risk that the screws may break or become loose and may require further surgery to remove or revise the screws and rods.

Anterior grafts and cages can migrate or subside, which may require repeat spine surgery. If the anterior devices were placed anteriorly (from the front), rather than through a PLIF or TLIF (approaches through the back), it is safest to do this revision spine fusion surgery with a posterior approach (from the back).

The Nurse that I saw at the Pain Management Clinic is not an expert in Acupuncture. This comes under the auspices of one of the other consultants there, whom I've yet to meet. I did mention to the Nurse that I saw, a question about the placebo effect with acupuncture, and she said something about there being two types (?) ... the Eastern (Chinese) kind, and then the kind that purportedly works on the basis of ...(she was trying to think of the word ... or at least a word to describe what she was talking about) - I filled in the word 'chakras' for her, and she nodded. (It was kind of like she didn't want to use the term or even discuss 'THAT' one giggle ) ... I didn't press it, as like I said she's not the expert there, so I will wait to see ...
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Post by Umberto Cocopop on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 19:59

It's Qi (pronounced chee) which supposedly consists of Yin and Yang.

You stick needles into the person and these adjust the flow of Yin and Yang through the body's meridians until they become balanced.

This ancient Chinese medicine was actually invented in 1939 - by a Frenchman.

See: http://www.ukskeptics.com/acupuncture.php

Acupuncture before that was something quite different.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 22 Jul 2012, 20:21

Thanks for that above link, Umberto. Very interesting. :thumb:

and ... there just may be a little glimmer of hope left for me after all ... sunny

If there is one area that acupuncture can claim to have an effect it's in pain relief. Although most evidence supporting acupuncture can be dismissed as anecdotal, trials have been done where acupuncture does show a pain relieving effect above placebo. The effect is not large, of the same magnitude as taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen, but nonetheless it's there and cannot be ignored.

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Post by Kitkat on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 23:49

Up all night ... and pewking all day. pale crybaby Tired, hurting and irritable, but no can sleep.

Made a sandwich, as painkillers must be taken with food ... but didn't realise there was the tiniest bit of blue mould on last bread slice. Penicillin! obgob scared I'm so very allergic to it! crybaby Reaction started straight away. Still not right, and I'm so, so tired.

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Post by Kitkat on Fri 31 Aug 2012, 14:18

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I've yet to hear about the proposed Acupuncture, but just received appointment date for the NURSE LED TENS CLINIC at the Pain Clinic.
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TENS Machines

For some people, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine is used as an alternative to painkilling medication. A TENS machine is a small portable, battery-operated device which is worn on the body. The box is attached by wires to sticky pads stuck to the skin. Small electrical pulses are transmitted to the body, like little electric shocks. This can help to ease pain in some people with certain types of pain. Although there is not much robust proof that TENS machines work, many people do find them very helpful. The advantage is that TENS is well tolerated and largely without side-effects.

How effective are TENS machines?

Research trials looking at the effectiveness of TENS machines have so far been inconclusive. Further large studies are needed to clarify the precise role and effect of using TENS. However, TENS machines have proved to be a popular form of pain relief with some people. As with many forms of treatment, the effect can vary from individual to individual, even with the same condition.

How do TENS machines work?

Transcutaneous means through the skin. TENS machines deliver small electrical pulses to the body via electrodes placed on the skin. TENS machines are thought to affect the way pain signals are sent to the brain. Pain signals reach the brain via nerves and the spinal cord. If pain signals can be blocked by the tiny electrical shocks from the TENS machine, then the brain will receive fewer signals from the source of the pain.

TENS machines are thought to work in two ways:

On a high pulse rate of 90-130 Hz (the normal method of use), the electrical impulses generated by the TENS machine interfere with and block pain messages sent to the brain. This is due to the gate control theory of pain. This proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord nerves). When the gate is open, pain messages get through to the brain, and we feel pain. When the gate is closed, these pain messages are blocked and we do not feel pain. TENS machines are thought to stimulate certain non-pain-carrying nerves and close the gate. In effect, the brain is busy dealing with the messages it receives quickly from the TENS machine, rather than the slower (more painful) pain signals that the body is receiving from elsewhere. It explains why, if you injure yourself, rubbing that area can temporarily reduce the pain.
When the machine is set on a low pulse rate (2-5 Hz) it stimulates the body to make its own pain-easing chemicals called endorphins. These act a bit like morphine to block pain signals.

How are TENS machines used, and by whom?

It is best to use a TENS machine only on the advice of a doctor or other health professional. They are not suitable for all types of pain or all conditions.

A TENS machine is personally controlled by the user. This means its settings can be adjusted, without having to visit a medical professional. Typically, a machine would be used for 15-20 minutes per session, several times per day. See below for specific instructions.

TENS machines are most commonly used for people with musculoskeletal pain, such as chronic (long-term) back pain or knee joint arthritis. They are also often used for pain relief in the early stages of labour, particularly whilst a pregnant woman remains at home. Other less common uses include migraine headaches, period pains, sports injuries and sometimes (quite rarely) non-painful conditions such as tiredness, insomnia or dementia.

TENS machines can be used alone for pain relief, or be combined with other treatments. The use of a TENS machine might allow reduction of the amount of painkilling medicines you take. Although you might need to try a few settings on your TENS machine before finding the best one for you, there are no real side-effects from using a TENS machine. A TENS machine might be worth a trial, particularly if conventional pain relief methods have been tried and exhausted.

Importantly, TENS machines can be expensive. It is probably best if you hire or borrow one first, to try it out. If you plan to try TENS in labour, your midwife or local National Childbirth Trust (NCT) branch should be able to locate one to rent.

If you are new to using a TENS machine, take things slowly, even if you are finding it useful. Don't try to do too much too soon (as you may hurt yourself and make the pain worse) and don't stop all of your normal painkilling medication too quickly. If you are on either a lot of strong painkillers or a number of different ones, it might be worth consulting your GP for advice on how to reduce them safely, with minimal side-effects.

Can TENS machines be used by everybody?

TENS machines tend to be mainly used to help reduce pain from problems in muscles, joints and nerves (so-called musculoskeletal pain) rather than abdominal, chest or head pains. Unlike a lot of medication there are virtually no side-effects when using a TENS machine. However, people with the following must not use a TENS machine:

When the cause of the pain is not known or is not diagnosed.
Pregnancy (unless specifically medically advised - or in labour).
Pacemakers.
Epilepsy or certain types of heart disease.
Instructions for using a TENS machine?
There are various types and brands of machine. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions supplied with your machine.

Some general points:

TENS machines are designed so that you can move around with them working. You can tuck the machine into a pocket or clip it on to a belt.
Before placing the electrode pads on the skin make sure the machine is switched off.
Test the machine by holding the pads between the fingers and then carefully turn it on. You should feel a tingling sensation.
Make sure the skin where the pads are applied is clean and dry and there are no cuts, grazes or areas of skin irritation.
Place the pads either side of the pain. Use either self-adhesive pads or flexible rubber pads which should be completely covered, on the surface to be applied to the skin, with a thin layer of conductive gel. The pads should not be put within an inch (2-3 cm) of each other. Your physiotherapist or doctor will show you where to put the pads.
Fix the pads to the skin with tape if you intend moving around.
Set the pulse rate to the required setting (about 100 Hz is about right to start with).
Switch on the machine slowly and turn it up gradually until you feel a tingling sensation. The sensation needs to be quite strong but not uncomfortable. After a few minutes the sensation will start to drop away slightly. This is called accommodation. When this happens, turn the machine up slightly and then leave it for the rest of the time in use. Do not turn it up too high, as this can cause over-stimulation which may make pain worse. There should be no muscle contraction.
At the end of the session turn the machine off and disconnect the electrodes from the machine. If you intend using TENS again later there is no need to remove the electrode pads from the skin. Simply tuck the wires out of the way and carry on as normal.
Check that the pads or tape do not irritate the skin. If the skin is red you may need to use a different type of pad, contact gel or tape.
The machine should be used for at least 45 minutes but can be used for up to 12 hours before the electrodes need to be cleaned and re-sited.
When you have finished using the machine for the day, carefully remove the pads from the skin and clean the skin with ordinary soap and water. Do not pull directly on the wires to remove the pads. If there is any redness or irritation from the pads or tape then the next time you use the machine use a different area of skin.
If you use rubber pads, clean off the conducting gel with mild soap and water and rinse them well. Do not wash the self-adhesive type of pad.
Cautions when using a TENS machine
Do not place electrode pads on broken or damaged skin.
Do not place electrode pads over the front or side of the neck, close to eyes or in the mouth.
Do not use over areas of reduced sensation.
Do not use near water such as in the bath or shower.
Do not use when driving or operating machinery.

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/TENS-Machines.htm
It's not till end October (you wouldn't want to be on yer last legs waiting for treatment, would ya?). Anyway, I'm not exactly all agog in waiting for this "treatment", as tbh I think it's all a bit of a gimmick. A friend once lent me theirs to try out when I had frozen arm or something like that. I couldn't get on with it at all. For me, personally, it did nothing at all, it's just a gadget.

0 out of 10 from me too!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1239504/Tens-machines-0-10-pain-relief.html#ixzz2581Ct6sz

Tens machines get 0 out of 10 for back pain relief

Relief on the way?

Using a Tens machine – a portable device that stimulate nerves with tiny pulses of electricity – will not help back pain, doctors warn.

Although widely used for pain relief, there is a lack of good scientific evidence that they actually work, according to a new U.S. guideline.

The battery-operated machines are often used in UK pain clinics and for DIY health treatment.
The advice from the American Academy of Neurology is based on an analysis of studies looking at Tens (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for lower back pain lasting at least three months.
Dr Richard Dubinsky of Kansas University Medical Centre, who wrote the guideline, said: 'The strongest evidence showed that there is no benefit for people using Tens machines for chronic lowback pain.

'Doctors should use clinical judgment regarding Tens use for chronic low-back pain. 'People who are currently using Tens for their low-back pain should discuss these findings with a doctor.'

The research did not look at acute lower back pain or other conditions that have been reportedly alleviated by Tens machines.

Published online in Neurology journal, it examined people with 'unknown' causes of back pain, rather than triggers such as a pinched nerve, obesity or spinal displacement.

'The studies to date show that Tens does not help with chronic lower back pain,' the report says.
However, there is 'good evidence' that Tens can be effective in treating diabetic nerve pain, it adds.
Thousands of Britons use Tens machines, which have been around for more than 30 years and deliver small electrical pulses to the body via electrodes placed on the skin.

They can be bought for just £20 and many pregnant women hire them as a drug-free alternative for pain during labour.

It is unclear how Tens may provide pain relief, but one theory is that stimulating nerves may confuse the brain and block real pain signals from getting through.

Because there are virtually no side effects when using a Tens machine, pain specialists in the UK are likely to support its use when medication and other approaches do not work.

However, they advise against using them if the cause of the pain has not been medically diagnosed – to rule out other conditions.
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 05 Sep 2012, 14:05

Oh lor ... pale I'm not sure whether it's good or bad timing, to find this article (in The Mail today):

Hidden perils of acupuncture: Lost needles, punctured lungs and fainting among NHS horror stories

Hundreds of NHS patients undergoing acupuncture have suffered complications including dizziness, collapsed lungs and even needles being left in their bodies, researchers warn.

They said the complementary therapy – which involves the skin being punctured with needles – is not as safe as previously thought and in some cases can lead to life-threatening health problems.

Their study found there were 325 reports of patients coming to harm after having acupuncture on the Health Service in just two years.

These included 100 cases of needles being left inside the body, 63 where patients lost consciousness and a further 99 which saw people feeling dizzy or faint.

Another five patients suffered collapsed lungs – known as a pneumothorax – after the needle accidentally penetrated their chests.

The condition can be fatal if victims are not treated immediately, normally by having a tube inserted into their chest to re-inflate the lung.

However, the researchers from the National Patient Safety Agency said the true numbers coming to harm is likely to be far higher because their study only included those who have acupuncture on the NHS and not privately.

The watchdog also pointed out that some people who suffer side effects after the therapy do not bother reporting them.
Professor Edzard Ernst, an expert in complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School in Truro, Cornwall, who was involved in the research, said: ‘The investigation shows for the first time that acupuncture, as employed within the NHS, is not devoid of risks.

Acupuncture is said to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms of those who have given up smoking, aid weight loss and help to relieve pain during childbirth

‘The adverse events disclosed in this study tend to be mild and rare but there is good reason to suspect that, due to under-reporting, the real size of the problem is substantially larger.’

The study, published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, looked at reports of harm following acupuncture on a national database which records all incidents in the NHS.

In 95 per cent of cases the harm was classified as ‘low’ or ‘no harm’.

Nonetheless, the researchers pointed out that even if the injury is deemed to be minor it may still cause considerable discomfort or inconvenience. At present, acupuncture is only prescribed on the NHS to treat lower back pain.

But thousands of others paying for private treatment claim that it has cured a range of ailments including migraines, tooth ache, depression, allergies and even infertility.

Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, involves the skin being punctured with needles at specific points to connect with ‘energy pathways’ that run throughout the body.

Supporters say the treatment keeps this ‘energy’ flowing and that the therapy can affect the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses.

It is also said to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms of those who have given up smoking, aid weight loss and help to relieve pain during childbirth.

However, critics claim that it is just a placebo whereby patients convince themselves they feel better following treatment.

In theory anyone can practise acupuncture and there is no requirement for them to hold any particular qualifications.

There are some organisations that ‘practitioners’ can join if they have passed certain exams and agree to follow codes of practice.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2198441/NHS-horror-stories-Hidden-perils-acupuncture-lost-needles-punctured-lungs.html#ixzz25bFDOJ9F
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Post by Umberto Cocopop on Wed 05 Sep 2012, 15:16

My article explains away the myth that acupuncture is an ancient therapy and also links to some data regarding the dangers.

Are the risks worth it when the benefit is zero?
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 05 Sep 2012, 15:28

@Umberto Cocopop wrote:My article explains away the myth that acupuncture is an ancient therapy and also links to some data regarding the dangers.

Are the risks worth it when the benefit is zero?

Well, I've just read Matt's post on the subject, on Skeps (where I first read the Daily Mail article)
Sticking needles into you can cause problems

I reckon if I don't try when I've got the chance, I'll never know.
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Post by Umberto Cocopop on Wed 05 Sep 2012, 16:32

The actual risks are so small as to be negligent. But they're still there.

Matt has a point in that placebo effects are real and can impart real benefit to patients when it comes to things like temporary pain relief - but, crucially, they won't do anything for the underlying condition.

I disagree with him regarding his analysis of the risk/benefit ratio however. Benefits should outweigh the risks but with things that are placebo interventions the benefits may have a positive value if you measure temporary placebo effects but will be zero when it comes to efficacy for the condition. It depends on how you define 'benefits' - if you assume that placebo effects are a benefit then your argument becomes tautological.

However, a bit of real-world pragmatism...

It's unlikely that acupuncture will do anything permanent to solve your problem but then again, it's unlikely to cause you any harm either. As the taxpayer is picking up the tab you've nothing to worry about. I mean, what else could the money have been spent on? Saving babies' lives or something...

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Post by Umberto Cocopop on Thu 06 Sep 2012, 15:11

You've linked to my UKS article on Skeps!

I wonder whether anyone will comment?

Their stance seems to be that neither UKS nor I exist.
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 06 Sep 2012, 16:35

{thinks} Wha ... Huh? Could have sworn I heard/saw something just now ... scratchhead ... Nah ... must've been a ghost. obgob

- But ghosts don't exist, KK ... any sensible skeptic will tell you that ...

B..b..but I did see something - and I know what I saw! judge

- You must be delusional - there's nothing there ... where's your evidence! ...

Hmmm ... Hmm What was it then? .... Nah ... must've been my mind playing tricks on me again ...
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 26 Sep 2012, 13:41

When I went to get my repeat prescription on Monday, was told by the docs that they have decided to substitute Naproxen for the Diclofenac (anti-inflammatory) that I have been taking all along, together with Tramadol.
Said they have been advised to withdraw Diclofenac wherever possible, due to the known cardiac related problems associated with its usage - together with various other issues. I've been aware from the beginning of these associated problems and for that reason had only been taking the one per day, rather than the prescribed 3 to 4. It's also essential that this drug should be taken with or just after food.

I know it's only 3 days into the new one (Naproxen) - which is much stronger per dose, as this one only needs to b taken once or twice a day - but since the changeover I have been experiencing nausea and dizziness and this constant strong sharp pain without any let-up. The slightest little movement just sitting here now is just quite unbearable, hurting-wise. Crying or Very sad I am going to give it the full week and perhaps a few days more to be sure that it is not just an adjustment period to the system, and if it persists much longer after that will have to return to them to review its suitability.
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 26 Sep 2012, 16:46

At least I know that the doc has finally done this report that the DLA are waiting for, giving waiting for it as the reason for it taking longer than usual.

Had a big to-do with them (the docs) on Monday week at the Surgery. The GP that signed the medical note (indicating that I might be able to work depending on adaptability in the workplace) refused to change it - notwithstanding the fact that my previous employers (purely for their own benefit) had explored all avenues as to adapting my job description before making the decision to terminate my employment).
I hadn't yet sent that medical note it as my own GP had indicated she might agree to it). But no, she was adamant (on the phone between them). A lot of tears and discussion followed in the Surgery. She had my report there ready to fill out (making a big point of the "pressure and stress" she was under and that there were "hundreds" of others there waiting to be done). And she had a look at my hand - which is now very painful and affecting my grip on things, now making it very difficult to do little things like open a tin can, take a lid of the milk or just turn the key in the door.

She confirmed that it is the constant use of the walking stick that has caused this - may need to get a different one, lower down and with a different grip on it (they apparently make them to order) but of course that would just be plain old wood and might clash with my eyes or what I'm wearing Neutral shtum . Spose I could always have that for everyday use and keep my pretty flowerly one for Sunday best. geek

Doc has also referred me for physiotherapy on the hand. More discussion and then I had to answer more questions to go on this GP report. Brought Viv in (who was waiting outside). Doc wasn't going to allow my friend in, as she thought we both might probably be trying to "influence her decision" and apparently she's been told that she's "too soft". Our voices were gradually getting higher and louder at this stage. I went and called Viv in anyway - to help with the questions, as I really wasn't in too good a mood at this stage. It had got to the stage where I just said for every question - "put what you like, it really doesn't make any difference now anyway. At this crucial time when I am appealing re the DLA - and coming to the end of my "assessment period for ESA" when they will make the decision whether to place me in the Work-related Group or the Support Group - EVERYTHING relies on that medical note and if it goes through as Dr Armstrong had done it, then all this is simply a waste of time.

Then one of the questions was "Do I have a carer to attend to my needs, etc", and what sort of things do they do for me. I said "yes, my friend sitting outside who you don't want to be here is my unofficial carer - and I don't care what you say, I want her to be in here with me now". So I went to the door and called Viv in. Told her as she came in the door they're not going to change the medical note and I really don't care now what answers are given. I said there is no way I could be expected to do any kind of work at the moment. I understand the new rule now where they supposed to concentrate on what we CAN do, and not what we can't (why Dr Armstrong put that on the sick note) and that of course I would dearly love to be able to work and that I had already thought along those lines, but how the only suitable sort of work I could contemplate would be where I could work for home, in my own time, maybe typing manuscripts for an author or something like that, as typing is my forté - BUT that now this situation with my hand had been scuppered - and how at this particular crucial time - of all times - that medical note would absolutely decide I would be put in the work-related group - and at any other time it would not have been so terribly important. I just said that it's an unfortunate state of affairs that there are so many of these scroungers and fakes on benefits (the ones that try to influence the GP's decision and get her accused of being called "soft") - and that THEY are the ones that ruin it for those who are genuine and really in need.

Viv answered some of the questions about my care at home etc (the very same questions and form that I had to fill in way back myself when I first applied). I had filled in that form (back in February or March) with the help of Angie (40 pages) and Viv was with me at the time, so we knew what to expect and how the boxes would be ticked depending on the answers.
Viv also said to the doc how she had known me as a friend virtually all my working life and how terribly upsetting it was for her to hear her good friend moaning and crying in the night with the pain etc. She also pointed out (as doc was arranging for the physio and I was telling her about the TENS and acupuncture that had been recommended but of course another long wait to expect before these get started) that even if I were able to work at this juncture it wouldn't be terribly satisfactory and feasible with any employer as I would have to be taking all this time of work to deal with all these things anyway.
Doc was still tapping away on the computer filling in details on my file and completing the form and right at the end she gave me the request for physiotherapy for the hand that she had recommended and also a sick note which she had written out while we had been talking - stating 'Chronic back pain and right thumb' - and signed that she considered me 'Unfit to work' for a further two months. Very Happy ... mumbling something about how she had really put herself on the line here, going against her colleague etc ... soft etc ... and then said in her Whoopie Goldberg way ... I'm only giving you two months though, not three - that's my concession here. Smile

Took a while for it to sink in what had happened there, but when it did I just gave her a great big kiss and left there so relieved ... my whole life had changed on the strength of the wording and timing of that little sick note! It was truly a real-life "sliding doors" moment.

Still waiting to hear what happens, but at least I know that all that can be done now, has been done.
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 14:45

I have heard some awful stories about diclofenic. no-no Destroys the lining of your stomach.
Its a good thing the docs are being cautious about giving this drug long-term. Whatever the side effects of naproxen, it can't be as dangerous as all the recent worries over diclofenic.
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 28 Sep 2012, 21:48

There are side effects with any drug, and I suppose what's helpful for one person can be quite lethal for another. There's a new hierarchy now that decides on how drugs and finances are administered through the NHS. With all that's going on in the NHS, who knows what the real reason is ...
The GP's explanation to me was "We have been advised to avoid prescribing Diclofenac where possible as slightly higher risk of heart problems than the rest of anti-inflammatories."
Actually, last two days haven't been so bad. I suppose it's only natural there should be a period of adjustment when stopping something that you've been taking for such a long time, without or without a replacement. Have to say, though, if it were to continue on the same vein of those first few days, I would rather not take anything at all. "Out of the frying pan, into the fire" springs to mind.
Anyway, I'll give it till the end of next week and hopefully it'll have died down by then.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 15 Oct 2012, 13:34

Decided to discuss with GP end of this week. This Naproxen is just not working for me, and I want to stop it. Don't know what the alternative is, but rather there is no alternative than having to keep on with something that's doing not one iota of good and in fact only causing problems that weren't there in the first place.
Doesn't seem to do anything at all for the pain (which has noticeably increased since I stopped the Diclofenac) and all it seems to do is give me really bad stomach pains, constipation and heartburn (which is constant and worse at night time - all through the night).
Top of it all, the constant use of the walking stick has now brought on an extra problem with my hand, the one that uses the stick. So, between all the different pains and the heartburn I've not had a decent night's sleep since starting on the Naproxen.
Feeling rather sorry for myself today; fed up, tired and cranky.

Got the copy details of my Appeal with the DLA. Everything is just one big rejection - NO, NO, NO in reply to every section. These are the details that will be placed before the Tribunal. I have the chance to send the Tribunal anything else that I want to add myself - and now I just await the date of the hearing. Don't know yet where it's going to be, but I will be attending, along with my two oldest and bestest friends who have been wonderful through all this. I honestly don't know what I would do without either one of them.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 15 Oct 2012, 17:09

Just phoned the ESA people to see if maybe they've forgotten about me, as not heard from them since they asked for a further medical certificate.

Turns out yes! Somehow my claim has got overlooked. crybaby hairpull angry

This time they apologised. rock

They are sending me a questionnaire now which I should get by the end of the week.
Based on my replies, that will decide (if successful) to put me in one group or another (Work-related or Support) and I should get more money (back-dated? I don't know, but should be I suppose).
If unsuccessful, however, I apparently will have to appeal ... and they will still continue with same money while my appeal is going on. If unsuccessful with the appeal, then I would have to start all over again. Shocked Sad

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Post by Kitkat on Mon 29 Oct 2012, 17:20

On the morphine today. Crying or Very sad This is the first time in a long time I've had to resort to it.
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 08 Nov 2012, 12:53

Quoting myself re ESA:
They are sending me a questionnaire now which I should get by the end of the week.
2 Weeks later and I had not received said questionnaire Evil or Very Mad so I rang them again. They said would put in post and I should receive in few days. That was 1st Nov. Do I have it yet? No. angry Perhaps I am being (have become angry ) a little too impatient (?) ... but Suspect I don't think so. Will have to give them yet another ring.

Physio later today. Regarding the new problem which arose with my hand (because of the constant use of the walking stick).
Today they are going to try acupuncture on it! Will be 3 sessions.
Said I have to have eaten well when I attend, as some people may feel faint or sick afterwards or maybe some kind of allergy.
And have to have someone with afterwards to go home with. Normally, if it's in a hospital you are given time to lie for a while and relax before leaving, but as this is just a small place and time is limited (about 20 mins - then next patient is waiting for physio), they can't do that.

Oh well ... let's see what the day brings ..........
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 07 Dec 2012, 07:26

Another night of no sleep ... literally, not even a wink. So, soooo tired but pain is so severe. rock
Can't lie, can't sit, can't stand. crybaby Been up all night.
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 07 Dec 2012, 20:46

ETA: (I'm not wallowing - honest! Just recording this for posterity or something.)

just had the the worst EVER 45 mins or so. last night was in bed for about an hour before i had to get up. could not sleep. couldn't lie down, couldnt stand couldnt sit. got out of bed. walked (hobbled) around very slowly in a straight line just up and down hall for while where the walls served as a prop. then came and sat very uncomfortably on my memory foam cushion chair by the computer for distraction (thank goodness for the computer eh?). was so tired but sat there as still as possible - literally the whole night without going to bed at all. went to go lie down at 6.30 this evening to try to sleep. had just got perched on the edge of the mattress when it hit. the next 15 or 20 mins all i could do was grip onto the bar of the headboard levering myself up and hover at a point just a hair's breadth above the mattress, trying to stay perfectly still as possible as the tiniest little movement was hell and felt as if i moved that tiny bit where that gripping pain was waiting to take hold i might never come out of it - ever. i couldn't let myself touch the mattress as the smallest pressure would do it also. it was frightening. the worst time so far (before this) was the time i was standing in the kitchen when it hit like that (when i had bent down to pick up a chocolate peanut in case pepsi though it might be a treat and it hit before my hand reached the peanut. that time the slightest movement - even breathing was sending excruciating shudders climing like a ladder all the way up my spine and i had not even been able to move - to breathe even, and could not even reach to get my phone out of my pocket - which was on me! I took the morphine that day - when I could eventually move to reach it. Hadn't been far away from me at the time but no way could i reach it or attempt to get the lid off.
This time was same sort of thing only in a different position. stuck basically suspended off the headboard. I so felt like crying but when the first cry went to come out the pain was excruciating, the movement would make me go into the locked pain that i was trying so hard to ward off by hanging there (half afraid i was going to fall off the edge of the mattress where i was ever so preciariously perched above .
Eventually the pain reduced in its severity although didn't go away altogether but i managed to get myself out and up into the kitchen - where the morphine is (only if absolutely needed - and not been used since that last time). It was only then that I discovered that I had somehow managed to miss taking my tablets this morning. Well night had run into day and my body clock was all out of sync - obviously the major factor which led up to this awful situation. sitting at comp now. it's 20 to 8 (was when I started this).

The pain has died down now (it's actually an hour later now), meds setting in nicely, so I will leave it a while and then off to hopefully get some much needed sleep.
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Strange thing happened yesterday. I'm going to my cousin's house on Christmas Day. The lights on his tree not working this year, so he asked me if I had any. As I not bothering with putting up tree or anything here (just a few bits of tinsel - AND I've decorated my walking stick with tinsel!) Anyway, searched all last week high and low for these lights (that had never been used - I had won them one Christmas at Bingo). Yesterday was wrapping the pressies for the lads (cousins) when I thought I'll just have one more look. Looked - in a place I'd looked 3 or 4 times before - and found them. Not yer usual kind of Xmas lights - these are a string of angels (lol) quite bulky, with fluffy white feathers for wings (I've warned cousin that they're a bit ... um ... unconventional! Took them out of the box and underneath in the box was one Christmas card. Didn't even say Christmas or anything on it - just a picture of a tree and the word 'tree' ... and underneath it a picture of just a string of Christmas tree lights. Inside she had written 'To Richard and Cathy with all my love xxx '. (Richard is my ex). It was the last Christmas card (2005) from Richard's Nan to both of us before she died in 2006 - AND inside the card was the leaflet for her funeral service - with her photo on front, big smile on her face. Underneath that the words from the Reading which was read at the funeral ... ALL IS WELL (same one as read at my Mum's).
"ALL IS WELL"
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

(It was after Nan died that weird stuff started happening. Soon after she died (2006) her touch lamp (which I had given her and R's mum gave back to me after she had died) started going berserk ... sort of "talking to us". All sorts of other weird things happening too - like going out feeling perfectly fine and getting on a bus, going into supermarket or just walking down the street, all these fleeting ailments happening to me - (sudden shooting pains, shortness of breath, banging in my head, tight chest ... - I much later found out that I was too "open" , I had been picking up on people's ailments and illnesses as they passed & would end up sometimes going home with a multitude of "symptoms" because I didn't know at that time how to "close down", stay grounded) All my senses seemed to be heightened to a massive degree; sitting on a bus was deafening .. the chatter and the noise, I could literally hear a pin drop with a loud crashing sound! Smell ... sometimes to nauseating suffocating pitch - on some days I could smell a grain of coffee on the floor over in the far corner of the room - perfumes, sweaty bodies, greasy hair or a single leaf on a tree. Those same days I would be able to single out every individual ingredient of what I was eating - again often to the stage of nausea - for instance the amount of salt that was in my slice of bread I would find myself unable to eat it - could even taste the chemicals in water). All of this went on for about 6 months.)
At work one day I was talking to my friend that I shared the office with - telling her about Nan's funeral and about the weird things with the lamp etc - when the long light above us went off - then very solidly 3 times came on - off - on - off - on - off. No flickering or anything like that. It was so definite you could have sworn somebody had turned the switch on-off repeating in that way. We both stopped talking and just sat there with our mouths open. Then I said to Marie ... what were we talking about just now? She said .. R's nan's funeral and her lamp that keeps flicking on-off- (it was a touch lamp that has 3 strengths - and it had been going really fast through all the levels) and I had just been saying to Marie how I felt his Nan was unhappy about Richard and I splitting up (as we had done not long before that).

Anyway, got in touch with Richard yesterday about finding the card and the way it had happened (we've not been in communication for ages) and said I had no doubt that this was a special message from her. Said I would scan it and the funeral leaflet and email to him. He then told me something that makes it even stranger still - her great and bestest friend Mary Dooley just died this week, aged 95.
(Richard has lost both his mum and dad since we split - In fact this will be his first Christmas without any of them - his dad died early this year).

My ex never had time for this kind of thing before, he would pooh-pooh any kind of notion of life after death etc ... hardened skeptic in every way - until his Nan died and he saw for himself the things that went on following her passing; he simply couldn't deny it anymore. He is now a firm believer.
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 02 Jan 2013, 12:37

Another synchronistic happening, KitKat. cat
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 03 Feb 2013, 15:29

Just a year on, and my situation has finally been accepted as worthy of DLA consideration.

My Appeal was heard yesterday in the Tribunal Court (yes, they do sit on Saturdays). I attended myself as my hoped for representative (Angie) had long since disappeared off the face of the earth.

I WON!!! woohoo
Okay, I've just been awarded the lowest bracket - which is the Care Component, but at least some justice has at last been seen to be done, and all the harrowing torments and anguishes of this year gone past have not been totally in vain. It's a step in the door and there's no turning back from now on.

Next thing now is my ATOS Medical Assessment for ESA - which is on this coming Wednesday. (This is actually a separate parallel campaign that I have been struggling with over the same length of time). A separate issue but just as many hurdles and blocks (if not more) along the way.

Here is just a small idea of what I am up against with this: ESA Medical Test Chaos Has Begun
Just take a gander at the "LTB" section. surprised angry

Typical! (Bad timing ... story of my life). rock
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 27 Feb 2013, 02:16

It happened last Monday (18th Feb). I had a doctor's appointment in the morning. From there I went over to visit a friend who has just had tests in preparation for a long-awaited lung transplant operation at Harefield Hospital. The tests unfortunately showed that they are not prepared to let him have this operation because (1) his blood sugar needs to be kept under control (he also has diabetes); and (2) and this is the most important one ... his heart has recently become weakened because of all the coughing and this is where they feel he is not fit enough to undergo this operation. He is pretty down on hearing this result, as he had been placing all his hopes on having this operation and looking forward to hopes of leading a normal life.
English is not his first language (he is Egyptian), and although his spoken English is impeccable, when it comes to filling in official forms etc, he needs help .. and this was the main reason for my visit, to help with some forms and to make some phonecalls and speak to various professionals concerned.

On the estate where he lives there is private parking only, and a few spaces for visitors. He had pre-arranged with the estate office to have a visitors permit ready for me so I could park in one of the visitors spaces. He lives on the 5th floor and has been virtually housebound for the past few months, so when I arrived and found a parking space, he was directing me on the phone where to go to get to the estate office and collect my permit for the car. I have Call Waiting on my phone. As I was walking and following his directions, the words 'CANCER NURSE' came up on my phone screen. I have a number in my phone for the Macmillan Nurse who was assigned to me when I had my second diagnosis for breast cancer, back in 2009. This number is listed as CANCER NURSE. I have never rung that number and they only rang me once, back at the time of my diagnosis, checking to see if I was okay and telling me I could phone that number any time if I experiencing any problems at all.

When I got up to my friend's flat I went to ring the number to find out why they had rung me. My first thought was that maybe I had missed an appointment. Up until recently I have had to have mammagrams and check-ups every 3 months, but when I last saw the consultant he said I would not be needing another check-up until September.

The strangest thing was that on checking my phone to get the number, it did not show up anywhere in the log - which records every call I make, receive, miss etc. Nothing in the texting part either.
Anyway, I phoned the number listed under 'Cancer Nurse' in my phone and the nurse answered. She was with a patient at the time. Told her I'm returning her call. She said she had not made any calls to anyone all morning and asked the name of my consultant. She did not even recognise his name (he is actually based at another hospital, but visits my nearest hospital for consultancy visits). It's a mystery, and of course I can't help imagining all sorts now. Try as I may, I cannot see any rational, logical explanation for how this can have happened. Question

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Support,KitKat. Giving you support. Letting you know that a nurse is there,if you need support.

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Post by Kitkat on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 15:31

@Aussiepom wrote:Support,KitKat. Giving you support. Letting you know that a nurse is there,if you need support.

Yes, I'm needing it ... and how. Sad Took my cat Pepsi to vet yesterday to have his annual vaccination. They could not give him his vaccination as on initial examination they have a suspicion that he may have cancer! Instead now I have to bring him back on Tuesday with a urine sample and for them to do blood tests on him.
Feeling totally numb about it at the moment. Same thing happened to his sister, Poppy, just 2 years ago.
My niece and her bf coming from Holland to stay for the few days over Paddy's weekend. A needed distraction. They go back on Tuesday.

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Post by Aussiepom on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 17:24

There you are,you see,KK.
Something or someone turned up when you needed them..... :thumb:

Sorry about your furry friends. Know what that feels like.
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 04 Apr 2013, 14:14

Telephone call from DWP this morning to tell me - based on my ATOS medical report, I have not been successful with my application for ESA. (It's only been a YEAR since I first applied!) "Not to worry", she says .... "you can always appeal" ... "you should do this as soon as possible and most importantly get a letter from your GP stating in detail how my condition affects my everyday mobility, i.e. walking, seating, standing etc etc"

Precisely what the medical examiner had said ... "If not successful, you can always appeal, and if that is not successful you just appeal again"

And said with such matter-of-factness that it's almost as though it's to be expected anyway ... as though there are perhaps only a certain number of "passes" that will be allowed on any one day - and mine isn't going to be one, no matter what the content of my application is.

The girl on the other end of the phone was actually quite pleasant and helpful - and it almost felt as though she was making this phonecall to warn me; (1) to break the shock and disappointment for when the official notification arrives, and (2) to inform me ... (insisting almost) ... about what I must do now ... i.e. the GP's letter emphasizing the everyday problems that I have - to go with my APPEAL.

Although I haven't yet had sight of the ATOS report, she did mention on the phone that it apparently states that I could possibly benefit from using a wheelchair. She said to me as an example - my reply should state that my condition indicates that I would not be capable of using a self-propelled wheelchair.

I mentioned to her also that I have just recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic (in other words - just one point below) and that because of that I have now been prescribed an additional cocktail of medicines
Her response to that was 'GOOD!' Get the GP to put that in the report!

(This additional prognosis(?) means that if I am to take all the prescribed medicines now, it would be a minimum of 11 tablets a day). This is not counting what would have been the daily dosage of chemo tablets if I had agreed to taking them, and neither is it counting the liquid morphine set aside on hand to be taken 'if and when needed'.


She did say to me she was aware that I had now been awarded DLA on Appeal - and actually seemed quite surprised on knowing that - that the ESA decision had produced such a negative result.
I also mentioned to her about just having received the Blue Badge award - and that of course had been based on a mobility assessment requiring strict criteria for eligibility.

(I really do think she's as perplexed about the ESA result as I am, under the circumstances)
Kept repeating about the importance of getting this GP letter - with up-to-date information.
I already have a GP appointment booked (from way back) for 11th April (lucky - cos hell of a job trying to get an appt slot with them in anything short of 2 weeks) , so hopefully confirmation of that phonecall will have arrived in writing by then (said posting 1st class today) - and I can take it along to the doc ... and basically got to be prepared to be uncharacteristically dogged and demanding - and not leave there until I have this all-important GP letter to send to DWP. Not looking forward to this as GP will (I am absolutely certain of this) huff and puff and moan about how stressed out she is, rail about the "hundreds of similar reports" she has waiting and has to tackle ... etc etc ... Well, you know what ... I don't CARE! I'm here to talk about ME - and this is YOUR JOB! At least you've GOT a job to moan about and physically (whatever about mentally ...) capable of doing it. I am NOT! and I need PROOF of that and I need it from YOU.


Top of all this, have to take Pepsi tomorrow morning to vet for his ultrasound - as they are testing now to rule out possible cancer. They think the scan may discover a tumour. I think this will be the result too, and I'm prepared for the worst. Just don't know what happens after that - and whatever it is, I'm not too sure if I'm properly prepared for it.

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Post by Aussiepom on Thu 04 Apr 2013, 20:32

Rooting for you,KK.....don't give up. Push for what you think you may need.....

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Post by Kitkat on Fri 05 Apr 2013, 10:15

Just come back from the animal hospital. Pepsi will be anaesthetised for his ultrasound and so stay there all day. They will phone me at end of day to come and pick him up. Different vet this morning. She examined him while I was there and said she could feel a definite "thickening" around his stomach area, said 99% ultrasound will show a tumour there and said she must warn me to be prepared that most likely result will mean palliative care from now on, basically keeping him as comfortable and pain-free as possible, something to keep him hungry etc.

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ETA: Vet has just phoned. Said as he was such a "good boy" he didn't need any sedation for his examination. Everywhere else working fine, just the tumour in his stomach area which causing problem. Where this tumour is situated (very active area) means surgery not possible, so tumour will inevitably grow.
He is still getting hungry and eating, so now it is basically a case of lots of food, lots of drink, and lots of love and attention ....
They will check up on him in two weeks' time.
If/when it gets to the stage where he is no longer able to eat, then we have to think about putting him to sleep ... but ... that when it happens ...

For now ... I can go and bring him home now.


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Pepsi? I love the name..... Laughing
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 07 Apr 2013, 23:00

Just heart-wrenching to see my little Pepsi fading away at such a rapid pace before my very eyes. He is due back at the vet on the 19th to check on how he is doing but I truly feel he may not last till then. I will phone them 1st thing - in the hope that they can give him something to ease his suffering - something to make him feel hungry perhaps, or at least to ease his what is now obvious pain. He seemed quite perky when he left the vet's and obviously hungry after having to fast overnight for the ultrasound - but he has not eaten or even able to sip water now for over 24 hrs and is now in obvious pain & discomfort. He is now also vomiting frequently, but there is nothing to come up; it is actual retching where his whole little body shudders and contorts and all that comes out is a clear liquid. I cant let him suffer any more.
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Post by Feather on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 11:04

Put him to sleep now, kk. He is suffering and so are you. Don't prolong it. Be kind to him and end it. Then you can begin to heal. The longer it goes on, the worse it will be for both of you. I know how much courage it takes, believe me, but love dictates what you must do for Pepsi now. Let him go to find Poppet. Much love, Feather. xxx.


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Post by Whiskers on Wed 10 Apr 2013, 22:35

Yes KitKat. It would be kinder to him to stop his suffering now. It must be so hard for you. So sad. I am so sorry to read this, and on top of all your other troubles. Sending love and hugs for you and Pepsi. catlick

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Post by Aussiepom on Thu 11 Apr 2013, 13:08

I go along with Feather. Honestly,Kk they just drop off to sleep. No pain at all.
My little yorkie just looked at me and slept away....That evening we were watching telly,feeling very sad. Something caught my eye,there was the tip of her tail disappearing through the bedroom door.
9pm on the dot! The time she used to take herself to bed......before that,Ken saw her disappearing round the back of his chair.

She was still with us......

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Post by Kitkat on Thu 11 Apr 2013, 23:15

That's really sweet, AP

but sad .....




I know it's going to have to be done .. eventually (Pepsi) .. but ...................

I really did think that Sunday was going to be his last day, he was that bad - but he's perked up somewhat since then. Eaten well(ish) today and chatting away to me today. Even got a purr out of him.
Been giving him lots of hot towel massages .. which he loves.

So .................

No, the vet made the appointment for 2 weeks away (one week now). She obviously had her reasons for doing so - without having to spell it out too harshly. I respect her for that. I intend to fill what may well be his last week now .. with lots of love and attention. If he has another day like Sunday , then I think will have to bring him in before then. It's a matter of day to day now.
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Post by Feather on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 08:31

I respect the fact that it's your decision, kk. If you feel sure that Pepsi is not suffering, then enjoy your time together. BTW--cats also purr when in distress. It's a false belief that it always means they are happy.


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Lots of hugs for him,KK. ....and it does have to happen,listen and watch for him.

We had big black cat years ago called Fudge. Always kept a bell on his collar so the birds would hear him.

That evening afterwards,we heard his bell tinkling in the spare bedroom....Always small signs that they are around.

I don't know whether you dream a lot but if you do,and it is a very clear dream,look for him in your dreams.

I often dream of Pippin,clear as a bell. Where I met a new guide. I dream of walking Pippin and somehow in the dreams,I lose her. She runs off. This guide called Brian,finds her and brings her back.

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Post by Kitkat on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 23:36

@Aussiepom wrote:
I don't know whether you dream a lot

Fat chance of that! I can't remember the last time I managed a decent night's sleep, let alone chance to dream. crybaby
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 12 Apr 2013, 23:39

@Feather wrote:BTW--cats also purr when in distress. It's a false belief that it always means they are happy.

Yes, I know. Poppy purred non-stop in her last few pain-ridden days. She most definitely was not purring from happiness.

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Post by Aussiepom on Sat 13 Apr 2013, 12:16

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I don't know whether you dream a lot

Fat chance of that! I can't remember the last time I managed a decent night's sleep, let alone chance to dream. crybaby

God bless you,KK. I should have thought of that..... thumbdown

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Post by Kitkat on Fri 19 Apr 2013, 18:46

Pepsi's check-back appointment was this morning. In this last week he has hardly eaten anything at all, and vomiting and retching all the time. Obviously in an awful lot of discomfort - some days much worse than others. He obviously associates eating with something bad now, vomiting to follow and all the discomfort that goes with it - and just doesn't seem hungry anyway. Past week I have had to coax him, putting him in front of his dish, talking to him softly and stroking him and massaging him with hot towel - so that eating actually feels good and something nice to do. Even with that he will take one tiny little mouthful and that's it.

The vet weighed him this morning. He has lost a pound in that 2 weeks and the tumour has grown considerably. I was actually prepared on going there this morning for him not coming back with me, but when it came to it I realised I wasn't as prepared as I thought. They said they could put him to sleep today if I so wished. I asked if there was something they could give him to make him hungry and stop the vomiting and ease his discomfort - basically give him (and me) a few days of borrowed time, but days that he can actually enjoy and just be spoiled rotten for his last few days with us.

His final appointment there is next Friday - at 12:40.

The vet gave him an injection (to stop the vomiting) and he has steroid tablets - 3 to be taken every day. Hell of a job to get them down him - but the medicine really does work!
From the time we got back from the vets, he has been eating non-stop - well, only stops to purr (something he hasn't done much over last few weeks). Eating loads and then goes up on his chair to purr, realises that he's not going to be retching, looks back at his puss-puss dish and jumps back down again to eat more. This has been going on ever since we got back in the door. You can actually see him fattening up before your eyes.

I'm so glad he's got this week of borrowed time and I know it was the right decision. Instead of his last days being full of suffering, weak and lethargic, he is now a happy, hungry, chatty cat - enjoying life as it should be. I would hate to have to remember him as he was last week.
I am totally prepared for Friday now. I know it has to be done, but at least he'll be going to sleep happy - and that makes me happy too.

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Post by Aussiepom on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 12:10

I was always told that when our time comes,we go regardless of what is happening in our lives,KK.
So I would say you are being granted extra time with your Pepsi.
God bless you both,enjoy.... happyheart

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Post by Kitkat on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 15:55

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@Feather wrote:BTW--cats also purr when in distress. It's a false belief that it always means they are happy.

Yes, I know. Poppy purred non-stop in her last few pain-ridden days. She most definitely was not purring from happiness.

Cats do have many different kinds of "purr", meaning different things, as they do with "miaows".

I read somewhere recently that "purring" by a cat can be a form of self-healing/protection.

Pepsi is doing a different kind of constant purr now ... I'm pretty sure that's the one that he's expressing.

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Post by Aussiepom on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 17:06

How's he doing KK?

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Post by Kitkat on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 18:27

Well, the tablets didn't seem to be working (steroids - 3 times a day). He started getting weaker and weaker and not even looking at his food - and that "healing purring" all the time. Had such a problem trying to get the tabs down him - and then I realised just how crafty he had been ... kept finding them in strange places long after he had taken them and I thought eventually digested them.

He was obviously keeping them in his mouth until thought I wasn't looking and going off and spitting 'em out, so he thought I wouldn't know!

So, only last night I had a brainwave. Crushed the tablet and used a piece of cardboard as a funnel. It worked! Straight in and down, no problem. Now he's eating like a horse again, fattened up and washing himself and purring (happy purr) and chatting away again.
I have the exact amount of these tablets to last until Friday morning, so he'll be going to his last appointment happy and feeling good. Very Happy

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Post by Aussiepom on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 21:33

We just do the same as you,KK. Or wrapped in a small piece of cheese. Pippin loved cheese.
Then she got wise,,,,spit the pill out and ate the cheese.....We used to find the pill buried under the hearth rug.
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Spoil him rotten,KK......but better than that,give him big,big hugs.

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Post by Kitkat on Sun 28 Apr 2013, 02:30

Pepsi's gone. Sad

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Post by Aussiepom on Sun 28 Apr 2013, 18:57

Watch out for him,KK......Watch for the tail and maybe a little purrrrr.

Sorry to hear that,KK.

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