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Old 01-12-2016, 10:04 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Read it right before I went in, S.

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Have my copy of Seamus Heaney too.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:10 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:45 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:49 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Hope you are recovering well, Potamus, and that Mr Potamus is spoiling you rotten!
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:51 AM   #86 (permalink)
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Disappearing Fathers

By Faith Shearan

Sometime after I turned forty the fathers from my childhood
began disappearing; they had heart attacks
during business dinners or while digging their shovels
into a late April snow. Some fathers began forgetting things:
their phone numbers, which neighborhoods belonged
to them, which houses. They had a shortness of breath,
the world’s air suddenly too thin, as if it came
from some other altitude. They were gone:
the fathers I had seen dissecting cars
in garages, the fathers with suits
and briefcases, the fathers who slipped down
rivers on fishing boats and the ones
who drank television and beer. Most of my friends
still had mothers but the fathers
were endangered, then extinct.
I was surprised, though I had always known
the ladies lasted longer; the fathers fooled me
with their toughness; I had been duped
by their jogging and heavy lifting, misled
by their strength when they slapped
me on the back or shook my hand. I kept imagining
I would see them again: out walking their dogs
on the roads near my childhood house,
lighting cigars on their porches, waving to me
from their canoes while I waited on shore.

“Disappearing Fathers” by Faith Shearin from*Telling the Bees. Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2015.
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:54 AM   #87 (permalink)
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TS, he is trying in his own way to help me.

I think I'm ok. Have him and ex both helping. It's not been easy. I hope the worst has passed.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:54 AM   #88 (permalink)
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Oh gosh :- ( I'm glad you are being taken care of. I imagine the worst will be over...I hope so.

Was the doctor right? Discomfort rather than pain?
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Old 01-15-2016, 06:14 AM   #89 (permalink)
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Soberp, I hope you're out of the woods after the surgery. I know 2 people who've had pretty radical oral surgery & know it's no walk in the park, and the pain killers cause some people considerable problems -- my husband hallucinates on percoset, which is not fun to be around!

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It's been mostly discomfort with some breakthrough pain on 2nd and 3rd day. Bad swelling and unable to eat yet. Still very hard to rinse out mouth.
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I think the painkillers made me scared and paranoid. But it also might be normal fear following surgery. Not sure.
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:59 AM   #92 (permalink)
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I had surgery a little over a year ago. The first three or four days were an absolute nightmare. By the end of one week the worst of it was well and truly over. The body really does have the most remarkable ability to heal itself. The main thing is you've done it, you got through it, you're okay, and you're on the mend. Oh yes, and you're a brave and fabulous person :-)
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:42 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Ts, I think I'm at day 3 or 4 now. Woke up to worst pain this morning. Took meds. Just trying to relax now. Next dose at 10 a.m.
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Looked at calendar. It's definitely day 4.
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I've never had major surgery, but it was day 4 of quitting drinking that knocked me down, over & over again. Wishing you better & better days ahead!
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Having a bit of anxiety about mouth infection, though I show no signs of it. Since I can only rinse out my mouth, and considering there are two incisions with stitches somewhere in the sides of my mouth (haven't felt them yet), I guess it's easy to see why I'm nervous. I am rinsing with water often, and using Peridex, a prescription mouth rinse, and still on antibiotics.

Also anxiety over Tuesday doc appt. Will have to wash hair, get dressed, and go in public again with this embarrassingly swollen face. It looks awful.

Need words of encouragement.
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Okay, this I can totally relate to. This is what freaked me out after my op....the possibility of infection. You should have seen the state I was in, but honestly Potamus, if you are rinsing and on antibiotics the chances of infection are so remote. Even if - an it's a big if - you did develop an infection, in actual fact it is still no biggie. They just give you a different type of antibiotic, or up the dose, and there are still intravenous options for a big gunned approach. Seriously, I totally understand the fear. I remember literally wailing to Mr TS about it, but if I didn't get one in the state I was in then all I can say is that the body is good at fighting any bacteria *particularly* when aided by good hygiene and antibiotics. Truly xxx

With the appointment...some kind of head covering? It's not unusual :-)

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Soberp, from what I read in your posts, the anxiety aside, you're doing just as well as you could be. It's great that you're tolerating the antibiotics -- my husband is sick when he's on antibiotics, and has had a palate graft and some other oral surgeries where he's had vomiting post-surgery -- you can imagine! I know it's hard to imagine, but you will get better!

As for a Tuesday appointment, consider the lessons learned in early recovery: one day at a time.

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Feels like I'm turning into Howard Hughes with the germs
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Yes, that's only natural. How are you today/tonight? There is always a 'corner' that gets turned in the recovery phase, and it's heavenly when it happens. I'm sure if it hasn't happened yet it will sometime soon :-)
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