Unstitched

Posted on April 21st, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Still feeling ok today, aside from a little stomach cramping and being very tired.

As nice as I like to be in regards to the job the anesthetist did inserting the central line, I conceded today that I could have done a better job and wish I had of taken over mid-procedure. When you have a tube pushed through your neck, you expect there to be a little discomfort. I was experiencing more discomfort than what I though was fair, kind of like the tube was pulling the skin even when my head was still. When I went to the hospital this morning, the nurse took the dressing off and revealed the problem. When the poor lass was stitching the tube to my neck, she had tightly tied the tube to a stitch in the skin a fair way away from the tube itself, resulting in the skin being constantly stretched.

Uncomfortable. The nurse got straight to it, cut the stitches out and immediately relieved a stress that was consuming my entire upper body. So liberating. She fixed it up very nicely and now I am a lot more comfortable.

The rest of the day was given over to resting and recovering. All my bloods seem to be good so I am happy with that. I am beginning to wonder if they gave me the chemo at all.

9 comments.

Cuz Adam

Comment on April 21st, 2008.

I wholeheartily agree with you when you suggest taking over mid procedure. Lifes tough enough already. Once that 4″ pvc pipe has been bored into your neck and that “shakin’ stevens” of a nurse lunges at you with her 1.5″ long heavy duty upholstery needle, you just dismiss her with a “she’ll be right love” and then proceed to liquid nail/ duct tape that sucker on.
If you want a job right, do it yourself.

Nurse Big Rob

Comment on April 21st, 2008.

I wish I could say “gee, I’ve never seen that before”, eh Libs?

Nurse Big Rob

Comment on April 21st, 2008.

ps. Yay nurses!

Tracey,Jordon ,Harry Steele-John

Comment on April 21st, 2008.

Dear Cam and Elizabeth;we are just back from a bit of a nosey around our new ‘home to be ‘ Tasmania .Sourced some fine potential holiday accom.for you both and some correspondingly suitable housing for us three.Great place,wonderful people I think we have made the right choice.Just got to sell the mansion in Sherwood now !!.We thought about you a lot whilst we were there;remembering that it was close to D’day and beyond.Hope you recieved all of the love and various good bits we sent from Tas.Now its all coming from Perth again .You are both always close to our hearts and we send you and your lovely family much love and strength.Keep up the good work folks ,take care of each other.Tracey,Jordon,Harry,Len and Jean xxxxx

Jamie Leatherman-Worman

Comment on April 22nd, 2008.

Cam-e-o,
Your story is inspirational and I appreciate you sharing it with your Camp Greenville familiy. Those family ties run deep and no matter how long or how far away…you are a part of that family. After days of just reading and being unsure how to make a connection, I feel the need to say, “I’m here…I’m reading…and I’m praying for you”
In His name,
Jamie

cons

Comment on April 22nd, 2008.

Next time you go in for a procedure of any kind, make sure you take along your Uncle Cavan. Just give him the nod and he will take over, with his army knife and horse tranquilizer. Recently he tried to heal his sore throat by blasting it out of him by drinking cider vinegar. Dad thought he was supposed to swallow a cup, when he was only supposed to have a tablespoon diluted in a glass of water. After swallowing the cup, his whole throat siezed, and he couldn’t breathe and for a moment thought it was it. Cam hope you are still in good spirits, and that you are still not feeling ‘too’ sick. xxx

Toddy

Comment on April 22nd, 2008.

Cam, being a muso, you must know that gaffer tape is a far better adhesive than stitches, medical tape, fencing wire and even makes tectonic plates look shifty!

It would be worth taking a roll with you next time…

Glad that pain in your neck is feeling better!

Guy in the white suit

Comment on April 22nd, 2008.

Given the context, it sounds like things are going well.

You’re a brave man Cameron. Just reflecting on the upcoming ANZAC day, I often wonder what I would be like in the middle of a war. Would I run like a ferret or show some guts? I try not to think for too long because I suspect the answer might not be too flash. As for you, there’s no doubt. You’re the mad patriot in the front line carrying the flag. You’re an inspiration Cam.

Cam

Comment on April 22nd, 2008.

Thanks GITWS, I think that’s largely to do with the fact I can’t find a ferret hole for this battle. Dammit.

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