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Steve's wife in hospital

Steve Parkes 14 Mar 01 - 08:57 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 14 Mar 01 - 09:00 AM
Wesley S 14 Mar 01 - 09:10 AM
GMT 14 Mar 01 - 09:14 AM
gnu 14 Mar 01 - 09:14 AM
Noreen 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM
MMario 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM
SINSULL 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM
katlaughing 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM
GUEST,Fibula Mattock 14 Mar 01 - 09:21 AM
Big Mick 14 Mar 01 - 09:21 AM
catspaw49 14 Mar 01 - 09:25 AM
Allan C. 14 Mar 01 - 09:29 AM
wysiwyg 14 Mar 01 - 09:32 AM
mousethief 14 Mar 01 - 09:35 AM
alison 14 Mar 01 - 09:55 AM
CamiSu 14 Mar 01 - 09:58 AM
Mrrzy 14 Mar 01 - 10:24 AM
gnu 14 Mar 01 - 11:07 AM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 14 Mar 01 - 11:15 AM
Morticia 14 Mar 01 - 11:17 AM
Giac 14 Mar 01 - 11:26 AM
Steve Parkes 14 Mar 01 - 11:28 AM
wysiwyg 14 Mar 01 - 11:34 AM
Megan L 14 Mar 01 - 11:38 AM
The_one_and_only_Dai 14 Mar 01 - 11:40 AM
GUEST,Pete Peterson 14 Mar 01 - 12:11 PM
CarolC 14 Mar 01 - 12:26 PM
Rick Fielding 14 Mar 01 - 12:33 PM
SINSULL 14 Mar 01 - 12:47 PM
Hollowfox 14 Mar 01 - 01:52 PM
SINSULL 14 Mar 01 - 03:34 PM
Biskit 14 Mar 01 - 03:36 PM
Jon Freeman 14 Mar 01 - 03:45 PM
Ebbie 14 Mar 01 - 04:10 PM
Hawker 14 Mar 01 - 04:33 PM
Steve Parkes 15 Mar 01 - 04:01 AM
GUEST,Patrish 15 Mar 01 - 09:37 AM
catspaw49 15 Mar 01 - 11:18 AM
GUEST,GMT (with cookie lament|) 15 Mar 01 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,Sue 15 Mar 01 - 05:39 PM
Wesley S 15 Mar 01 - 05:50 PM
GUEST,Dancing Mom 15 Mar 01 - 07:42 PM
katlaughing 15 Mar 01 - 07:55 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 15 Mar 01 - 08:16 PM
Steve Parkes 16 Mar 01 - 04:49 PM
Hawker 16 Mar 01 - 05:01 PM
SINSULL 16 Mar 01 - 05:08 PM
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Noreen 16 Mar 01 - 05:16 PM
catspaw49 16 Mar 01 - 08:56 PM
wysiwyg 16 Mar 01 - 11:16 PM
SINSULL 16 Mar 01 - 11:25 PM
campfire 16 Mar 01 - 11:59 PM
wdyat12 17 Mar 01 - 02:06 AM
Steve Parkes 17 Mar 01 - 05:08 PM
katlaughing 17 Mar 01 - 05:58 PM
Quincy 18 Mar 01 - 06:01 AM
Morticia 18 Mar 01 - 06:39 AM
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SINSULL 19 Mar 01 - 08:28 AM
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Subject: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 08:57 AM

Sue is going into hospital on Friday (16th) for a hysterectomy. We know it's a fairly routine thing these days, but she would benefit from some Mudcat Comfort (and so would I!). Sue will be off her feet for a few weeks (I'll believe that when I see it), but after that she should start to get back to her old self, the way she used to be before she needed the op. I know it'll help her, knowing she has the support of my "other family"!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:00 AM

Bummer, Steve. Make sure she sticks to the convalescent routine, I understand from friends that have been through it that the rules on lifting etc. are IMPORTANT to aid recovery. Best wishes to both.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:10 AM

Best of luck Sue and Steve. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

PS - Steve - don't forget to pamper her when she gets home. Don't let her lift anything heavier than the remote.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GMT
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:14 AM

Sorry to hear this Sue and Steve, I'm sure all will be well, but heed RtS advice. No lifting or stretching until the Doc says so.
Sue all the best for a speedy recovery, make full use of the convalescence, and give Steve a chance to pamper you.
Gary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: gnu
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:14 AM

VERY IMPORTANT indeed. Advice they probably already know, but, on the off chance they dont't - enlist family, friends, neighbours, hired help, whatever it takes, to make sure she's got someone with her at all times during the immediate recovery period, ESPECIALLY if she'e the type, and I see she may be, given Roger's comments, that says, " No, don't bother. I'll be fine, etc, etc."

All the best to them.

gnu


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Noreen
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM

Positive wishes for both of you. Without going into details, I'm sure the operation will be a great relief to Sue in the long run, despite the immediate discomfort.

Love to both,

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: MMario
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM

My Mom had a hysterectomy several decades ago - recently got the post-op report because the doctor retired. (She had never bothered getting it before becuase she figured if he hadn't called her about it it wasn't anything important.)

It turns out that Mom - mother of nine - had a tipped uterus - which according to the report should have made her getting pregnant "difficult to impossible".


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM

No stairs and no lifting. And be prepared: day three after the surgery is likely to be a teary one.

Now, Sue. Pay close attention. I have been thanked for this bit of advice before. The last few seconds before they put you under are filled with the most wonderful feelings of "everything is OK". Enjoy them.

The surgery is routine for the hospital and the doctors but NOT FOR YOU! Take care of each other.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:17 AM

Steve, I've been there and I heartily agree about the lifting rules. Also, know that it will take her body a lot of time to adjust. Will they leave her ovaries? If not, she made need hormonal replacement therapy. There are some good synthetic drugs out there for that, but I prefer the natural stuff and that is what I used when I went through premature menopause, which is basically what happens in these cases.

Funny thing, I hadn't thought about my past surgery in years, it was in 1979 at the ripe old age of 26, but last night I told Rog if I'd known then what I do now, about the emotional, pyschological effects, I would have asked the doctor to save my uterus for me and had a little privare ceremony to honour that part of me which nutured my children and given it a good send off. That might seem a little gross to some, but I wish I'd been able to do so.

At any rate, you and she have my good thoughts and wishes for a safe surgery and speedy recovery.

Love and Light,

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:21 AM

Steve, I hope everything goes smoothly and successfully.
All the best!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:21 AM

Steve, I am sorry to hear this. Would you please deliver a Big Mick Hug to your lovely wife. And be assured that we are all in your corner. You have always been one of the steady voices here, and I have the Missus in the prayers.

All the best,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:25 AM

My best thoughts to you both. Steve, I think you're already finding its a lot tougher to have someone you love going through surgeries and hospital time rougher than if it were yourself. Good for you. Take care of her and yourself and with a splash of Mudcat thoughts, you'll get through it all and back to whatever passes for normal for you........around here normal=bizarre, but that's another story. All my best........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Allan C.
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:29 AM

Best wishes to you both and to both of you I offer advice that fits in nearly all situations: Take it easy!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:32 AM

Steve, thanks for letting us know. This can't have been an easy decision, and people have given wonderful advice.

Do you want this sent around to the Prayer Chain as well?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: mousethief
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:35 AM

Prayers thoughts candles and best wishes.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: alison
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:55 AM

Prayers, good thoughts, and hugs heading your way.....

I look after hysterectomies pretty often.. so if I can offer any advice please feel free to PM me

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: CamiSu
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:58 AM

Best wishes Steve and Sue.

CamiSu


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 10:24 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery - and Kat, I kept my gall bladder when they took it out (which was a HUGE fight, I had to plead religious grounds). I keep it in its jar with my spices...


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: gnu
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:07 AM

I realize how serious this thread is - see my post above - but, Mrrzy.... must be good for deterring unwanted dinner guests from returning. Just ask for a bit of help in the kitchen and... insert just about any scenario you want here. Good one.

gnu


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:15 AM

Steve. All our best thoughts, prayers and wishes to you and Sue. The good news is, that her life will be very much improved after this surgery (the admiral aka She Who Must Be obeyed) had it done some years ago, and it gave her much relief. The bad news (for you mate)is, you are gonna have to do all the heavy lifting and housework etc, for a few weeks buddy. Good Luck Sue Mate, we are all here for you. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:17 AM

My best wishes for both of you.... and Steve, if she won't stay still, nail her to the couch.....it was about the only way with my mother!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Giac
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:26 AM

Best wishes and hugs to you both.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:28 AM

Susan - yes please!

Thanks for all the kind messages -- it's a bit hard to type with my eyes stinging -- I'll get in touch with Sue tonight and pass them on; I'll be back with her from tomorrow to pass on the hugs in person.

Steve, with love


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:34 AM

Let them flow, sweetie. Best medicine sometimes.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Megan L
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:38 AM

Will be thinking and praying for you both, it just as hard to be the one left waiting.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:40 AM

Sorry i came a bit late here matey, please pass on my thoughts and best wishes too. Drag her along to the Blancmange Arms when it's all over.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 12:11 PM

All of comments above seconded. Catspaw said it very well-- it's harder to go through it for those you care about than for yourself. Hope and pray all will be well.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: CarolC
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 12:26 PM

My best thoughts and wishes go to you and your wife, Steve. Hoping for a speedy and easy recovery for Sue. Good luck to both of you.

Carol


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 12:33 PM

We're thinking of you.

Rick and Heather


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 12:47 PM

Steve - sounds like you need a hug too. Honest it will be better than OK. If I had known how much better I would feel, I would have had it done years earlier. As for saving it - only to beat it to death for causing so much grief. ((((X))) I think that's a virtual hug or something close to it anyway.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Hollowfox
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 01:52 PM

Sue and Steve, good thoughts to you now, and a candle when I get home from work. Sue, listen to all those postings about lifting, etc. You're not being lazy, even if you think you can do it. Think of it as waiting for the glue to fully set. *g*


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 03:34 PM

SIX WEEKS! Don't cut corners.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Biskit
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 03:36 PM

Heart Felt Wishes for a speedy recovery Sue,...and Steve, I hope those lower back muscles are in good shape. DON'T LET HER LIFT ANYTHING!Love, Donnie...er...-Biskit-


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 03:45 PM

Kindest thoughts and wishes to you both.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 04:10 PM

Best wishes to both of you.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Hawker
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 04:33 PM

Steve,
Give my love and kind thoughts to your wife
Sounds like all the good advice has already been dished out
I had the same op 2 years ago, it was there one minute and 2 weeks later it was gone! (no need to go into the whys & wherefores) For me it was the best thing I ever had done! I am a whole lot better for it.
The only thing that i can say that really surprised me about the op was how VERY VERY tired I was, I have had several operations and 2 ceasareans, and though the pain was not excessive in relation to them, the fatigue was HUGE her body will need lots of TLC in the first 6+ weeks
I am thinking of you both and hope that her op has the same positive outcome as mine!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 04:01 AM

I spoke to Sue on the phone last night, and she was really happy to hear of your support. When I go home tonight I'll call up the 'Cat and she can read them all for herself (she's still a complete innocent when it comes to the Internet!). Meanwhile, she's asked me to pass on her thanks.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Patrish
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 09:37 AM

Positive thoughts and warm wishes from Yorkshire.
love Patrish x


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 11:18 AM

Steve, I am not hijacking this thread, but I can't help but notice that a few of us seem to have wanted keep our removed parts. I don't think I want to attend the ceremony kat refers to and I am positive that I won't be eating anything coming out of Mrrzy's kitchen. I would find this all a bit strange were Karen not a histologist........that's a person who does the processing of "removed parts" and makes slides for pathologists to diagnose, like those pretty cellular pix in textbooks....she makes those slides.

I have become used to "odd" conversations about the day's work and am no longer on the verge of nausea as we talk. At times, its funny. We were at a party once and people were telling of their problems on the job (none were in the medical field except Karen) and she piped in with, "We had a 4 pound uterus today." This was a conversation stopper to say the least.

What has really amazed me though is the number of people wanting their "old parts." I'm sure that some are strictly for entertainment value ("Hey, want to see my gallstones?"), but others are just plain weird. The most notable I remember in this category was the man who wanted the placenta from his wife's childbirth to turn it into an "art piece." I have this image of a visitor at his home asking, "Is that a Picasso?".............."No, its just the leftovers from little Jimmy!"

Anyway, you are both still in our thoughts and we expect the best. Good advice from many here......So SUE, take it easy and let Steve do the work! And Steve...DO THE WORK!!!! Best as always,

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,GMT (with cookie lament|)
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 03:11 PM

I'm away from tomorrow for most of the week; so just to say good luck Sue.

Cheers Gary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Sue
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 05:39 PM

Steve has made me read your posts to make me sit down and stop tearing round the house doing all the things that I think need doing! Many thanks for all your well-wishing and advice. I'm not the sort of person to stay still for long, but I'll have to learn! I'll get in touch again when I come out.

Love, Sue


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Wesley S
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 05:50 PM

Sue - Just think - you'll have a chance to catch up on your reading !!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Dancing Mom
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 07:42 PM

Best Wishes to you both. Don't be afraid to ask for help;you'll find that people are eager to do so.Hugs from Virginia. Sharon


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 07:55 PM

a little more creeping thread vine ala Spaw...in my midwifery books, Spaw, it is not unusual at all to save the placenta and involve the whole fmaily, that is if there are other children, in making an art print using the placenta like you would a sponge in painting. It can also be dried and pounded into a powder which is full of vitamins and such! When birthing wasn't so far removed and usually confined to hospitals and people had to conserve all they had,these things were not so uncommon.:-)

Sadly, I won't have the ceremony I mentioned as my uterus has been long gone lo, these 20 odd years.*BG*

Sue, good to hear from you...looking forward to your psoting after.

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 08:16 PM

Take care, Steve and Sue- and know that the Mudcat family is beaming rays of love and healing your way!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 04:49 PM

Post-op bulletin #1:
Sue is feeling rough but otherwise OK after the op this afternoon. She's in quite a bit of pain at the moment, but she has a DIY morphine IV which is helping a lot. Son Tim & d-in-law elect Kate came to see her too; we all agreed we'd never seen her so still or quiet! Sadly, no more hugs for a while, only virtual ones, but these are very welcome (and have been very effective so far).

I suddenly thought on the way home, Sue should have got people to sponsor her to raise money for Comic Relief, this being Red Nose day and all. That would cheer her up, since she's missed all the fun.

More news tomorrow,
Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Hawker
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 05:01 PM

Thinking of you all,
From personal experience, I felt better once I had ditched the iv morphine in favour of Recta Voltarol
Morphine makes me very sick!
Day 2 gets better
Kind wishes to you both
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 05:08 PM

Every day gets better. But for some reason we had an afternoon of snivelling on Day 3. I had to laugh at Wesley's suggestion of catching up on reading. For weeks, I couldn't even watch TV without sleeping. The anesthesia (SP?)does a job on you.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for letting us know how she is doing, Steve. All the best still beaming your way.

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Noreen
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for the update, Steve, and glad things are going to plan.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 08:56 PM

Good news Steve and continue to keep us posted.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 11:16 PM

Take some time now to rest too, Steve... in relief that she's OK and in prep for home care. And keep telling us how you and she are doing long after you feel like a silly bother-all. We want to know... lean on us, OK?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 11:25 PM

and don't have her come home to a sink full of dirty dishes and houseful unmade beds. She'll be too tired to notice but she will remember.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: campfire
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 11:59 PM

I'm late on this one, but my wishes as well for a speedy recovery. I had my hysterectomy a year and a half ago and I can't say I miss my uterus.

Remind your wife (as my doctor reminded me) that, even when she thinks she's feeling up to it, a loaded laundry basket is over the weight limit!

I fortunately had a very quick recovery as far as pain and such, so it was very difficult for me not to do yardwork when it was a beautiful fall day. And I couldn't even go grocery shopping alone because even a gallon of milk is over the weight limit.

Again, best wishes for you ad your wife.

campfire


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: wdyat12
Date: 17 Mar 01 - 02:06 AM

Steve, Love Sue and keep her happy.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 17 Mar 01 - 05:08 PM

Bulletin #2
Well, you'll be happy to know Sue's much better today. She got a reasonable night's sleep; she's off the morphine; she can sit up; but most of all she can talk again! This is a big relief to all of us, because it's just not natural for Sue to stay quiet this long!

She's still quite tired, and tends to nod off every now and then. She suffers from labyrinthitis (inner ear), which can cause nausea, and she's had to skip her tablets for the last couple of days; so that's been a bit of a problem today. Also, she can't easily sit up or lie down without help, and can't lie on her side, so she gets uncomfortable fairly quickly.

Tomorrow she should be getting out of bed again, and I think that will perk her up a lot.

Well, it's been a long day. See you tomorrow,
Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Mar 01 - 05:58 PM

Great, Steve! Thanks, again, for keeping us posted. Sounds as though she is progressing well. That's what we like to hear! Rest well,

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Quincy
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 06:01 AM

still more love, prayers and good wishes heading your way!

lots of love, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 06:39 AM

When is she likely to be home,Steve?That's always the very best medicine in my book.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 03:44 AM

Oh dear ... I posted this last night from home, but it's disappeared ...
Well, Sue should be out on Wednesday, all being well. She's lots better; she's on her feet, she's off the painkillers, and (best of all, she thinks) she's had the catheter out so she's got her knickers back on!

She's very slow on her feet, and getting in and out of bed is quite a job, but I could see an improvement between the afternoon and the evening. The HRT patches are due today, and I think Sue's expecting to be running around like a teenager when she has them. (Maybe that's what I need?)

I'm back at work today (no work, no pay), but I'll take some weeks off when I bring Sue home again. (For those that don't know, I live in Lichfield but work in Milton Keynes, about 75 miles away, and I stay in MK on weeknights.) Meanwhile, there are plenty of friends and family to visit. And of course, friends who can't visit but send messages ... it struck me yesterday that the Mudcat gives a whole new meaning to the expression "perfect strangers"!

Sue will be along to thank you in person when she gets home.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Gervase
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:59 AM

Good luck to you both - and Steve, take that time off; as much as you can. It'll do you both a power of good. All the very best.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 08:28 AM

OUCH. Just had painful flashbacks to "five o'clock shadow" and creeping down the hall with pole in tow. Every day in every way you are getting better and better. Hang in there, Sue.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 05:16 PM

Sue came out of hospital yesterday (Tuesday) -- she got time off for good behaviour! She was too tired to do much except lie down, so I couldn't get her to the computer. Today was a bit more adventurous; back to hospital through the snow (typical first day of spring!) to have the staples removed; they're on display at Parkes Towers for anyone who feels like dropping by to see them. I promised her a lollipop for being a brave girl, but she said it didn't hurt anyway, so I think I may have been diddled.

Sue was going to get online tonight to tell you what an improvement today had been, but about half an hour ago (it's 10 past 10 at night here now) she got indigestion and then started throwing up. She feels much better now it's finished; we think the fromage frais at tea-time was maybe a bit too frais! It's left her very tired again though, so she's off to bed. Ah well, it's early days yet.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 05:20 PM

Good that she is home, Steve. Please do not worry about her getting to the computer. Sitting up can aggravate all that gravity does and her bod probably needs to stay horizontal as much as is tolerable, or at least reclinging in a chair.:-) Thanks, though, for keeping us posted. It is good to know how she is progressing and it sounds as though you are doing a good job, too.

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 09:09 AM

Glad to hear that everything is on the road back. Don't force recovery time as it can make it a lot longer if you press too hard. So Sue, get a bit of walking and exercise in, but kick back and get some rest too. Steve, get to work!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 09:27 AM

Honest Steve. Just walking from my bedroom to the living room wore me out the first week. Rest, sleep, and rest some more.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: jeffp
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 09:36 AM

Glad to hear Sue is doing well. Hang in there, the both of you and everything will be back to "normal" before you realize it. My best to you both.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 12:34 PM

Glad to hear about the recovery... hope it keeps going well. Barfing after abdominal surgery is the pits - been there, no fun.

But guys, my kitchen is safe, I don't have any nuocmam so there is nothing to confuse the formaldehyde with, so I've never had an accident. I'm not hijacking, really I'm not, but it is interesting to me what people want back. In novels they are always giving people back the shotgun pellets they remove... placentas are good for you if you can get past the Not In My Mouth part... in my case it was prompted by sheer cussedness - when I asked as a joke if I could have it back, the answer was No, it doesn't belong to you, it belongs to the hospital, and I took umbrage at the idea that just because they were taking it out made it theirs, so I had a huge fight with the surgeon and DEMANDED they give me MY body part, and they wouldn't, so I claimed that I needed it to be whole in the afterlife, and they shut up. I forgot all about it till they handed me the little jar with the little thing with clamps at either end on it... it's the only thing I've ever claimed religion for, but I thought it was ridiculous (and I still do) that they would claim ownership of my excised portions.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 23 Mar 01 - 03:37 AM

Continued good wishes (in haste, off to a day of meetings).
RtS


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 01:16 PM

Dear friends, many thanks for all the messsages, which were very supportive in my time of need.

I'm feeling much better as each day passes, but I'm not able to do a lot at the moment. We have resurrected some board games to join the books and videos which help the days pass. Hospital was an enlightening experience, mainly positive, although sleep was in short supply due to some loud patients and televisions!

The staples have now come out and are now kept in a glass bottle. The first activity every day is to check the colour and shape of my bruises! (The map of Australia is no more, sadly.)

I'll keep in touch,
love Sue.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Noreen
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 01:48 PM

Good news, Sue. Keep taking it easy!

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for lett ing us know how you're doing, Sue. Take it easy and I'll bet you're having killer games of monopoly by now!

Fare well,

kat


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 02:44 AM

Good news, Sue, hope you're keeping Beckie (did I spell it right?) and Steve (the Sage of Stonall) running around pampering you!
TAKE IT EASY! Enjoy the rest! Don't rush it!
RtS (aka barmy from Brum)


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:50 AM

Sue

Good Luck with the rest. Enjoy it while you can.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Bedridden Barry on Sis's laptop
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 11:06 AM

Hi Sue, glad to hear your well & on the road to a good recovery, I do hope at home you'll get all the sleep & good rest, good food & attention for a lot longer than you'll be needing it(hey, if they can stretch out the bad might as well stretch out the good). Best of luck Barry


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GMT
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 03:29 AM

Sue, glad the recovery is going so well. Remember to work hard at not doing anything for a while and then a little longer.

best wishes Gary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 05:07 PM

Steve have you taking out the trash yet? Hope all is well.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 08:29 AM

Positively the last word on the subject!
Yesterday was our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. Sue and I walked to the Post Office, about 400 yards; if it proved too much I was to go back for the car, but ij the event, she got there and back with no trouble (but at a very leisurely pace).

Last night we celebrated properly at the village pub, the Old Swan, by treating Tim & Beckie and their other halves to a slap-up meal (by car, this time). We are all persuaded--especially Sue--that she's well on the way to recovery, and we're looking forward to the next twenty-four years. Thanks again for all the love and good wishes, which we're glad to return.

Sue & Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Gervase
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 09:24 AM

Good luck and good health to the both of you for at least another 20 years.


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: DancingMom
Date: 10 Apr 01 - 06:12 PM

Happy Anniversary! Glad things are going well. Take care


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GMT
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 03:25 AM

I've been waiting for news then missed it completely.

Happy aniversary and speedy recovery.

Gary


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 04:01 AM

You didn't really think we'd let you have the last word did you Steve?
All the best to you both.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 09:30 AM

No Roger! Thanks, Roger and Gary.

Actually, Sue is off to sunny Weston-Super-Mare for a fortnight's convalescence on Monday, courtesy of the Birmingham Hospitals Saturday Fund. Maybe she'll get time off for good behaviour ...

Steve


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,anny
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 09:44 AM

hello how are you? so do you have fun there. me yes so have a good day!!!! anny


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 10:10 AM

Sue made it to the pub. That settles it. She's fine! Now to get Barry home and Spaw in and out quickly. Then no more hospital visits for anyone!


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 10:14 AM

Weston? I hope you gave her some binoculars to see the sea when the tide's out! Haven't been there since I were a snotty nosed urchin!
RtS (snotty nosed fogey)


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Subject: RE: Steve's wife in hospital
From: GUEST,Cresby
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 12:32 PM

Weston super Myre
Hey thats where my name comes from, well it was invented there, sort of written in the clouds so my Mother's friend reckoned.
incedentally the mud comes in as the tide goes out. & Sand Bay is no better.


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