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Offline Norton

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O.P. « 2011-Feb-11, 04:05 PM »
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Offline Norton

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« 2011-Feb-11, 04:37 PM Reply #1 »
Will start at today and work back from here.

Big issue of the week is the foot.  The vet did some tenotomy work Monday whilst I slept peacefully under the care of a nice man who said he was an anaesthestist  :love: .  He took a while finding a decent vein to cannulate so we had time for a chat.  I knew a bit about anasethetics as I had spent time in the last few years on a project replacing the anaesthetic machines and monitors in Qld hospitals.  I asked him his preferred brand and he was keen as mustard on one.  Turns out I had put another model in the theatres and the debate got a little heated.  Bit like trying to tell a Holden fan he should drive a Ford. 

Suddenly he missed that vein and tried for another, then another.  It quickly dawned on me this bloke would be in charge of my life in a few seconds and I had probably pissed him off.  So I tried to change the topic.  Too late, whack, out I went  :sleep: and later woke with a huge bruise on the hand where he had been trying for a vein.

How bright am I? But life is like that, you learn from experience.  Lesson One...never start a fight with someone in control of your life  :sad: .

The foot has been a real pain since Monday and it will be a while before I get shod by a farrier, but even worse than that I have discovered one of the side effects of Fentanyl.  Those with a memory of doping in the racing game might know the drug as Elephant Juice.  It is a XXXX strength pain killer they use in an operation where they don't want the patient to be squirming about on the table whilst the surgeon goes about his work.   Because mine was an orthopaedic procedure, they pumped in plenty.  About the same dose I fear they gave that horse of Lauwrie Connells in the Perth Cup in the 1990's.  It won the 2 mile race then went another lap then dropped dead.  Fentanyl was also rumoured to have been used by a Brissie trainer in the 1980's to bring off some huge plunges with horses with form reversals off duck egg form.  They didn't test for it then and it makes pain irrelevant.

Well the Fentanyl sure kept me still, but it also paralysed the guts big time and this poor little forumite has enjoyed the benefit of zero peristalsis from Monday until today  :shutup: .   I was almost thinking of opening some threads in here that I usually steer clear of just to let me get the sxxts.  I even thought of reading some of Phils best articles on JR.  Anyway, it finally looks as if I am on the road to recovery.  Dressings come off next week.  Any advice Racehorses?

Note in the pic, they mark an arrow on the leg with texta pen so they don't cut the wrong one.  Pretty clever eh   emthup  .



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« 2011-Feb-11, 05:53 PM Reply #2 »
Good luck and hope you are on your feet and running hard soon.
I did only see one leg in the pic. Are ya sure the other one is there?

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« 2011-Feb-11, 05:56 PM Reply #3 »
You're becoming a good-for-nothin' layabout, Norton.

I s'pose the kids are working now, eh?

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« 2011-Feb-11, 09:11 PM Reply #4 »
Well done Norton......... laughter is the best medicine  :thumbsup:


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« 2011-Feb-12, 09:32 AM Reply #5 »
A speedy recovery norton

At least we know it wasn't foot in mouth syndrome.    :lol:

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« 2011-Feb-12, 10:13 AM Reply #6 »
Don't laugh mono.  I nearly tried eating the good foot to see if it would cure the constipation.  You have no idea what living the experience of having your own garbage disposal unit broken feels like  :sick: .

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« 2011-Feb-12, 10:15 AM Reply #7 »
A couple of winners will fix that feeling norton....at worst you may get to eat the tickets. :)

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« 2011-Feb-20, 02:47 PM Reply #8 »
Gawd, just got a message from an exhausted surgeon at a large Brisbane hospital:

A patient closely resembling Norton is lying in recovery after a 2-hour op to remove a bullet (old war wound) from abdominal wall in the vicinity of the umbilicus.  Currently trying to use an iPhone to place bets.

Get well soon, Norton. :beer:

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« 2011-Feb-20, 03:45 PM Reply #9 »
dd are you sure norton norton is spending all this time in hospital because of medical problems or has he got some nurse in there as a mistress.?

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« 2011-Feb-20, 07:16 PM Reply #10 »
Well if he didn't have one before he went in, he'll have one by the time he gets out. :yes:

I bet he's dirty that he gets no sick leave as a retiree.  Welcome to real world, Norton.  :lol:

Seriously, hope ya out and causing trouble again real soon. :beer:

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« 2011-Feb-20, 07:31 PM Reply #11 »
Onya Norton,

Stall it as long as possible---good things happen and at least you are having a good rest.

Hope the net access is OK.

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« 2011-Feb-20, 09:12 PM Reply #12 »
Norton
Do they give the nurse a tool stool to sit on while pumping the veins or are / were you in the Mater.     :biggrin:   Jokes aside sincerely hope you are up and bopping.

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« 2011-Feb-21, 01:25 PM Reply #13 »
He'll need no advice from you, westie. :nowink:

Not in the Mater.  The bullet was coming through and about to explode, so went somewhere nearer home.

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« 2011-Feb-23, 10:59 AM Reply #14 »
Ohhhh Norten I'm sorry for you! Some one suggested I read ya blog, which I just did,  ya not having a good run, re side effects of fentanyl drink a glass of pear juice daily and a glass of benefibre, keep ya water intake up, no straining, take coloxyl & senna short term if needed. All else fails a fleet enema will do the job for you  :)

 re the wound leave it alone no fiddling, do as ya told for once! :yes:  Hopefully ya all better by now.

PS don't bet while ya on fentanyl some other side effects are confusion and anxiety you don't want that when having a bet  :no:

Most important buy Mrs N a big fat prezzie for putting up with you while ya laid up  :)

I hope you are feeling much better now,  ())=(

 

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« 2011-Feb-23, 01:03 PM Reply #15 »
Norton is ALIVE.  You should all be very frightened.  Will post the graphic photos soon.  I blame DD's tips because it all went wrong after his first loser. 

Thanks for the nursing tips Racehorses.  I nuked the garbage disposal unit on Tuesday and it is not game to misbehave again.  Sad news is the bikini line is completely wrecked  and Mrs Norton has already thrown the Speedos out.  Tony will just have to go it alone.

 

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« 2011-Feb-23, 05:26 PM Reply #16 »
Welcome back to the wide world, Norton.  emthup

Did they let ya take that big pencil into the theatre?

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« 2011-Feb-24, 01:46 PM Reply #17 »
Might have been like the constipated mathematician . . .

He needed a pencil to work it out  :embarrassed:

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« 2011-Feb-24, 02:25 PM Reply #18 »
Might have been like the constipated mathematician . . .

He needed a pencil to work it out  :embarrassed:

  :lol:  :clap2:

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« 2011-Feb-24, 05:04 PM Reply #19 »
No, no the constipation is well under control.  You just have to learn to let the disposal unit who is the boss.  I recommend Movicol.  This is what they call a mini bowel prep, not unlike what you take for your colonoscopy (all had one, have we?  You should if you are over 50yo).  Very easy to take and the trick is is in the planning.  Like setting a fuse for a relatively safe delivery with a 2hr fuse.  No nuclear explosions to worry about.




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« 2011-Feb-24, 05:11 PM Reply #20 »
Now, just make sure you are not eating.  This was Norton's belly button last Sat.  I was on the way to my monthly wax treatment and we found this.  It is called an umbilical hernia.  Seems that Norton's inside bits were trying to escape.  I blame DD's tips, but it could have been my rising bile regarding RQL coming to a head.   I certainly get angry about what is happening with the industry.



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« 2011-Feb-24, 05:36 PM Reply #21 »
This was my first experience being the patient in an emergency unit, although I am used to working in one and not being the patient.  So it was interesting to observe the difference in private hospital EM by comparison.  

My doc was full Prof of Med at UQ and he set up a medical imaging then a theatre plan in minutes.  The ability of the doctors to devote time to your case was extraordinary, and pretty simple to explain.......unlimited high quality resources.  Confirmed my own experience on the public side that Governments do, sadly, underfund our public hospitals.  I know I would have been stuck in the public hospital nearby for many more hours.  Private Med insurance picked up the tab for most of my costs.  

Probably Governments want most of us in the private system and paying for ourselves.  The alternative would be to raise taxes, I suppose.  You get what you pay for.  We really kid ourselves expecting 5 star care and no wait times for free.



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« 2011-Feb-24, 07:22 PM Reply #22 »
Crikey Norton all that high living........see what it does to you. :beer:

Pleased to see you're looking as well as can be expected..........at your age. :thumbsup:

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« 2011-Feb-24, 07:29 PM Reply #23 »
I reckon that hernia is the result of carrying around your wallet in your back pocket.

Open it up and let some of the moths out and you won't have a problem.

I hope there feeding you your usual diet of Black Caviar and Moet.

Get well soon Norton..we miss you stalking around the track with your camera at the ready.

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« 2011-Feb-24, 10:08 PM Reply #24 »
This was my first experience being the patient in an emergency unit, although I am used to working in one and not being the patient.  So it was interesting to observe the difference in private hospital EM by comparison.  

My doc was full Prof of Med at UQ and he set up a medical imaging then a theatre plan in minutes.  The ability of the doctors to devote time to your case was extraordinary, and pretty simple to explain.......unlimited high quality resources.  Confirmed my own experience on the public side that Governments do, sadly, underfund our public hospitals.  I know I would have been stuck in the public hospital nearby for many more hours.  Private Med insurance picked up the tab for most of my costs.  

Probably Governments want most of us in the private system and paying for ourselves.  The alternative would be to raise taxes, I suppose.  You get what you pay for.  We really kid ourselves expecting 5 star care and no wait times for free.



Christ. is that a private room? A tacky skinny bed, a platic jug of water and a foam cup to drink from, all beautifully statiioned on an old laminex tea trolley. Is that a rat running up the leg of the table?

I reckon you should have upgraded your private health plan from "slag" to "pig iron"

Get well soon and hope the roaches let you sleep at night.


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