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General Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this
« Last post by Pleeb on February 05, 2020, 03:53:08 am »
sarahruth, welcome, if you haven't been welcome already.

You have tough issues also.

General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« Last post by Pleeb on February 05, 2020, 03:51:10 am »
Thanks, Paul.  It's not painful, thank goodness.

General Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this
« Last post by sarahruth on February 04, 2020, 09:57:47 am »
Wow tough issues.
My 22 year old is type 1 diabetic too.
Its so hard to step aside as a parent when they get old.
His dad has mental illness and I am stressed so he has learned to take care of himself.
Take care.
General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« Last post by paulm on February 03, 2020, 09:25:24 pm »
Sorry to hear about that. I hope everything goes well for you. Take Care. paul m
General Discussion / heart ailment...
« Last post by Pleeb on February 03, 2020, 03:31:58 am »
Found out I have atrial fibrillation a while ago. 

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

My nurse practitioner found out accidentally when she was checking my chest.  She then sent me to Emergency (St. Mikes - 5 minutes away)

This isn't something I noticed myself - I noticed a rapid heartbeat the odd time....didn't think anything of it.

An "ablation" cures this, and 99% effective.  You can do it with local anesthetic  :o or general, whereby you're out like a light.

The ablation is a few weeks down the road.

Heart ailments don't run in my family.


I have to learn to take my own pulse ::) -  I never have, and I don't know what's normal or not.
General Discussion / Re: Christmas/Vacation plans?
« Last post by Pleeb on February 03, 2020, 02:49:53 am »
Saw my brother the other day, and he was using a walker for the first time!  :(  He uses the plain aluminum one, not the one with brakes, and a tray to hold stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this
« Last post by Pleeb on February 03, 2020, 02:45:59 am »
Mom, I wish you luck on this too.  Must be difficult!

Take care.....  Peter
General Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this
« Last post by momfellinglost on January 29, 2020, 08:46:54 am »
 Thanks for the reply. We got his meds to him and he is now home with one less toe and they are still watching two other toes. I can only hope that the care after will be ok. No home care he has to go to them but we are working on the positive side he is home yah.
General Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this
« Last post by paulm on January 21, 2020, 10:31:00 pm »
Hello Momfeelinglost. I don't have any good suggestions. You can try looking up patient relations for that hospital and how to make a complaint. I haven't had much luck complaining about treatment that I have received. I have had some small victories). I can only hope that my complaints will make a difference in the future. Plus sometimes it just feels good to write  a carefully worded letter even if it doesn't resolve the problem. 

 Having a doctor judge people is unfair and doesn't help anyone. I wish your son and you the best of luck, Take Care. paul m
General Discussion / Thoughts on this
« Last post by momfellinglost on January 20, 2020, 08:52:38 pm »

 My oldest son is in hospital with an infection in his foot from a blister. He is diabetic(insulin dependant). He is bi-polar and has spent 24 hrs in the ER. He didn't think he would be there that long so didn't take all his meds with him. The attending canceled his meds for his bi-polar and the hospital told him to get them from home after they admitted him. I could live with that if they had someone who could bring them down. I live out of town and currently don't have a way to get to him. His girlfriend dosen't drive and buses in the city they live in stop at 11. So it was after his gf left to go home and as they are poor there is no money to take taxi back to the hospital. His gf found someone who could do it after searching. He has been stable for years on his meds and takes them on time everytime. It might not be such a big deal as they did find someone but my problem is what about someone who has no one who could do this? The nerve of an attending to just say nope we will not give you the meds find a way to get yours from home seems  cruel and makes a joke of telling people that meds can help them if they have a mental illness and excessive stress while already sick and being in the hospital.  Wondering if he should report this to the hospital? He knows I will advocate for him if he needs it but wants at his age 39 to look after himself and advocate for himself. I am angry that he is being treated this way by a health team who is supposed to look after his well being and treating him with less respect because they know he is on ODSP (doc ask) not sure why it mattered. He has worked hard to look after himself his health both physical and mental and to get treated like a second class of person hurts both him and me as well. Thoughts suggestions on dealing with this.
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