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Apr 15, 2019 - 5:18:56 PM

mander

USA

3011 posts since 10/7/2007

My honey bunny injured his knee. Doctor tells him to keep his leg elevated. I can think of all kinds of ways to keep him occupied in the position, but no, he's outside splitting firewood while he's balancing on one leg. He's compulsive. There's no talking sense into that man.

What type of patient are you? Follow doctor's orders, or go out of your way to blatantly ignore them?

Edited by - mander on 04/15/2019 17:32:20

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:50:09 PM
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2316 posts since 2/16/2017

The kind who hates needles!

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:10:47 PM
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3744 posts since 10/18/2007

My wife asked her gynecologist why he had switched from being a general practicioner. He said the reason was simple: Men never followed his directions.

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:38:13 PM

470 posts since 11/17/2018

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:27:23 PM
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14 posts since 4/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.


I hope that you get well really soon. Stay strong Jim. 

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:04:15 PM
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438 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.


Thoughts and best wishes Jim, you do what your doctor tells you.   

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:08:40 PM

438 posts since 4/22/2018

I usually do what I'm told, fortunately I'm not at the docs all,that often but in your husband's case, I'd rather sit still for a few weeks and heal up rather than hop around doing to much and prolong the injury.

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:37:40 PM

rwshade

USA

58 posts since 4/4/2010

A few decades back I had a Lisfranc fracture (by the way, that was the only time I ever passed out from pain). Dr casted my foot and told me not to put any weight on it.

I knew better. I was walking in 3 days. When I saw the Doc a week later, I bragged about how well it was healing. Doc's face went white. A flurry of X-rays. Surgery. Industrial quality drugs.

By the time they were done with me, I was casted above the knee and had a metal rig outside the cast with screws that went through the plaster into my foot. Stayed away from lightning storms for a few weeks.

After the cast came off, I had 6 of what looked like turkey skewers coming out the side of my foot. Another 8 weeks in bed.

Finally he yanked out the pins and sent me home in a wheelchair. I could stand with the help of a cane, but could not walk - that took 6 months of some "interesting" rehab. All my ligaments had been replaced with scar tissue which I had to stretch out before I could learn how to walk. But I wasn't really walking, I was hobbling - with a cane.

Actual walking (like nothing hurt) took 3 years.

I wish your hubby good luck, Mander.

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:35:06 AM
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Paul R

Canada

11065 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.


I hope everything will be under control. Wishing you all the best.

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:46:13 AM

Paul R

Canada

11065 posts since 1/28/2010

I've been really lucky in that, at my age, I really haven't needed drugs. I don't like taking anything, and so far all I'm supposed to take is Tylenol arthritis. I was prescribed oxycodone one time and took one. My comment was, "These don't kill the pain; they just make you feel real good about it." Then I was given a Percoset pill at the hospital a few years ago, for acute sciatic pain. It did nothing, so they gave me an injection of the stuff. Still nothing. I was given a prescription for it, took three total, and ended up giving them to my doctor. He knows I don't like pills - I'd rather be as drug-free as possible.

I had two hernia operations in three days last September. They get you up and moving almost right away. At some point my prostate will require some form of intervention that will be dealt with as it comes. I'll be sure to follow orders then.

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:48:24 AM
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slammer

USA

2700 posts since 12/30/2008

This too shall pass Jim!!! Attitude and finding a Oncologist you like and trust is 99 % of the battle. God speed and please keep us posted.
Prayers from da U.P. sent!!! And yeah, Do what they tell ya !!!
Slammer!!!

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:57:55 AM
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OM45GE

USA

84136 posts since 11/7/2007

I’m a very compliant patient. I follow doctors and physical therapy instructions faithfully. I’m a veteran of multiple orthopedic surgeries, the most recent being total knee replacement 9 weeks ago. I do two hours of exercises every day and PT twice a week. I’m back to walking 5 miles a day but don’t have full range of motion and still have some stiffness and a few aches and pains. My physical therapist says I’m an anomaly because my swelling is almost gone. She attributes it to the walking and exercises.

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:46:42 AM
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raharris (Moderator)

USA

3569 posts since 1/11/2009

I've had four major operations in the last ten years so I may have some insights on this matter. Overall, as others have said, following the doctors instructions are a good idea. Doctors don't pull these things out of a hat. They have maybe ten years of education and training and bog knows how many years of practice with real patients.  After my first two operations my first two operations I followed the surgeons instructions to the letter. During that time I discovered things that just didn't work for me (wearing the same leggings night and day for a month is, well, grody) and asked surgeons 3 and 4 for their advice. Surgeon three acknowledged that four weeks is a bit much and suggested a week. At my hospital bedside surgeon 4 picked the leggings out of my go-home box and threw them in the waste bin. "There," he said "problem solved." 

The points being 1) follow the doctors orders to the letter and 2) don't be afraid to ask questions. Hope your husband feels better.

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:05:50 AM

figmo59

USA

28675 posts since 3/5/2008

I'm still gatherin info on the subject.................................

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:07:43 AM
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figmo59

USA

28675 posts since 3/5/2008

Dose a thankyou card from the Hospitol staff ..count fer annathin....?

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:09:26 AM

751 posts since 12/30/2008

quote:
Originally posted by mander

...but no, he's outside splitting firewood while he's balancing on one leg. He's compulsive. There's no talking sense into that man.

What type of patient are you? Follow doctor's orders, or go out of your way to blatantly ignore them?


That's me, 100%. And yep... I'm a man. I'm worthless when I'm sick with the flu; but breaks, strains, lacerations, sutures, etc.,... I just keep on tickin'. Always have.

I wouldn't say it was because I was trying to blatantly go out of my way though. More because I often had to... especially when I farmed. I will admit that it's partly too because I feel the need to prove to myself that I'm too tough to be held down. But if it's activity I don't feel I can handle, or that will truly jeopardize my recovery, I feel I do know when to refrain. My body lets me know what I can handle or not.

As a side note, doctors' advice I have always felt is intentionally and necessarily intended to restrict patients during recovery. To prescribe otherwise might be irresponsible.

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13:25 AM
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figmo59

USA

28675 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.


I am sorry to read this..

I have not delt with that one..yet..

Please keep us updated..

N keep yer chin up...

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:30:07 AM
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wizofos

USA

4959 posts since 8/19/2012

I pretty much do as I am told, have to or she has a cast iron frying pan that reminds me. I have had 3 full joint replacements and followed the docs directions although I have negotiated with the doc on occasion.

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:55:47 AM

751 posts since 12/30/2008

I once had a scaphoid bone wrist fracture from a bike accident... wouldn't mate tight enough to begin healing on it's own. So my orthopedic surgeon put a titanium screw through it to draw the crack together. I was racing bicycles fairly seriously at the time and it was right in the early spring as the race season was starting, so I expressed my concerns regarding how that my impede my ability to continue to race.

He was a pretty cool and adventurous surgeon... raced cars competitively himself. So he suggested that when he casted it with fiberglass, that I bring in my bike or just a set of handlebars with grips, and I grip them lightly as the resin set-up. Saved my race season. I actually did quite well that year. But had to quit in August when the cast came off. Without movement my wrist was far too stiff and weak to race on. I knew a crash without the protection of the cast might be disaster. So I finished my season riding recreationally.

Edited by - championofnorthhuron on 04/16/2019 06:57:01

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:08:20 AM
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stevel

USA

3812 posts since 4/7/2009
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quote:
Originally posted by OldNavyGuy

I was diagnosed with cancer last week, so I'll be following doctors' orders to the letter.


Following your doctor's advice is strongly encouraged, but make sure you know all of your options.  My GF's Oncologist in Maine wanted to give her 8 separate doses of Chemo (once a week for 8 weeks).  But she had learned from a previous visit at the Lahey clinic in MA that she could have just 2 "super doses" if her body could support it.

The Maine oncologist was okay with this, but it wasn't something he would have suggested on his own.

Good luck.

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:57:54 AM

68731 posts since 5/9/2007

Doctors have saved my life a bunch of times.I do exactly as they say since they know more about this stuff than I do.
Everything's going swimmingly because of that adherence to their advice.

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:49:54 AM

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Stevel, I’m in the same situation. My oncologist asked/wanted to give me 2 of those super doses to cover 6 injections over 3 years. I opted for the 6 month dose. I can’t imagine the side effects from a superdose! They must be horrible

Bruce

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:53:21 AM
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68 posts since 3/25/2016

Back when I was an outfitter, I punched a mule (yeah, I know!) and shattered the bones in my right hand. Turns out broken bones grind together when you walk ... I rode a bronc thirty miles into the wilderness, set up camp, saddled horses, packed mules. Balancing 50-pound panniers was the worst, and then the doctor laughed out loud when he X-rayed it three days later. Rode in a rodeo the next day on the theory "it's already in a cast."

Now, MUCH older and after twelve vertebral fractures, I ignore some of the advice (the only way to keep moving on) but am extremely disciplined with the vast array of medicines I am forced to take.

By the way, best of luck, Jim! Be good to yourself when you can.

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:03:40 PM

Owen

Canada

3248 posts since 6/5/2011
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Originally posted by mander


What type of patient are you? Follow doctor's orders, or go out of your way to blatantly ignore them?


.... takes in the whole spectrum from follow closely to disregard, although more of the former than the latter.  Even though the doc [hopefully] knows more about medicine than I do, it's still gotta make some sense to me.  I suppose it's like the application of the BHO rules ..."it depends."

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:07:31 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15213 posts since 6/5/2008

Don't ever try to con me. Explain what is happening. Or I'll go back and change your grades.
I cannot stomach the incoherent MedDrs. And, I'm happy to say that I've told them so.

"Now. I plan to sit here until you explain what you have learned about me from the tests."

Edited by - Brian T on 04/16/2019 14:08:24

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:16:44 PM
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heavy5

USA

759 posts since 11/3/2016
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I gotta medically behave ---- my wife is an RN --- (& the best thing that ever happened to me :0)

Edited by - heavy5 on 04/16/2019 14:18:05

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