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Up Front: Smut-Clog Part 2: This Time It’s Surgical

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  • Megan Wegan,

    I feel like I should have hugged you harder on Saturday.

    But, as the other Megan said, no one is better equipped to cope than you.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Best of luck, Emma, and may I second the remarks about Chch public - all my experiences of it have made me feel very warm and fuzzy about our healthcare system.

    Yep.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    All the best Emma.
    Recently my aunty had her brain tumour removed after 15yrs. I don't think hers was caused by porn, but who knows?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    This informed consent stuff goes way too far, I reckon. They should just tell you what their intention is, give you the relative risks and consequences, and then if you'd really love to hear all about the butchery that's involved you could, you know, ask them

    Yeah. I'm a Mac user, in this as in other things. Don't bug me with how it works, just make it go, and make it look reasonably nice.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Yep, what pretty much everyone said. Good luck.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Stevens,

    I hope all goes well for you. Glad you got the ink!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 230 posts Report Reply

  • octopusgrrl,

    Good luck, Emma - we're thinking of you!

    Dunedin • Since May 2009 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Roger,

    This informed consent stuff goes way too far, I reckon

    If on the other hand you want to go further, there is an internet site that teaches children how to do brain surgery as well as hip and knee replacement. It's my 8 yo boy's favourite!

    Edheads surgery


    Good luck and best wishes Emma!

    Hamilton • Since Jun 2007 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Lara,

    Good luck Emma, you'll be sweet. Feel free to post nice things about Chch public-Mum works there (ward 29) and good stuff makes her day.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2009 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Brislen,

    I recommend the FULL head shave.

    My wife did that for her haemangeoblastoma (aka The Little Bastard) and not only did she look great but she didn't have that crappy "I've just had my skull opened up (and not in a good way) and now can't wash my hair" thing going on.

    Remember: Tramadol is your friend (but makes it very hard to sleep when you come off it - factor in an entire night of awake time); John Key is the prime minister and HDU nurses have no sense of humour when it comes to remembering what day/week/month/who's in charge when they're doing your obs chart so don't even try.

    Report back soonest. Photos a must.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    All the best, Emma.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    Well he had to be written out some time... for the record I think you are strong enough to carry the show on your own, so no more brain side kick tumors eh..

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Heal thee well Emma. Waiting and hoping for reports of success if you feel like providing them...

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Wilson,

    All the very best Emma.

    Nth Canty • Since Dec 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Emma
    I think Jackie with her "gush" hit quite the right note
    Stand tall

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    All the best Emma, you have all of PAS cheering you and thinking death ray vibes to Adric, whose tendrils will be toast once you and the surgeon are finished with him/it. Heal well and keep writing brilliant things to make us laugh.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Leopold,

    Kia manawanui
    Best wishes

    Since Jan 2007 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Rebecca Williams,

    i mostly lurk but just really wanted to say thinking of you emma, everything crossed that it goes as well as possible and for a swift recovery. be nice to the nurses, i believe they make the joint run.

    btw, tramadol can be your friend, as someone else said, but it can also be your dissociating, boomy-eared pain in the ass. that said, i'm not sure that there are so many options.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Anne M,

    All the best! I'm another fan of the public system too

    I'm a fan of morphine on a you-controlled drip. Demand it.

    And can someone post any updates for those of us who aren't Twits or Tweeters or whatever it is?

    Since Nov 2006 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    btw, tramadol can be your friend, as someone else said, but it can also be your dissociating, boomy-eared pain in the ass. that said, i'm not sure that there are so many options.

    With sort of procedure Emma is having is that there is usually only mild post op discomfort, and there is also no need for a general anesthetic.

    Understanding Neurosurgery: Post op pain

    Pain management is usually not a problem for most Brain Surgery patients. While a "headache" and or incision pain is common, relatively mild analgesics (pain relieving medication) are all that is usually required.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Brislen,

    Just hearing the "shave the head so the scar won't be visible/drilling/shrinking/radiation" I was in mild discomfort. Brr.

    Take the drugs, Emma. Take them and run with them (and remember to share: partners need a bit of help too)!

    And if any bastard comes near you with a staple gun to seal up the wound, hit them as hard as you can (even while being unconscious). Get them to promise No Staples ahead of time.

    Not sure if they still do it but they're a bastard of a thing. Just trust me on that one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Take the drugs, Emma. Take them and run with them (and remember to share: partners need a bit of help too)!

    There was some small compensation in having a partner who got the post-op painkillers but didn't take them. It can be useful to have something more effective than Panadol.

    Although, of course, I'd cheerfully have swapped that for no breast cancer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    hit them as hard as you can (even while being unconscious). Get them to promise No Staples ahead of time.
    Not sure if they still do it but they're a bastard of a thing. Just trust me on that one.

    My Dad got the nurse to save my staples and I have mentioned before but I'll say it again, he presented me with a necklace made from the staples and hospital personal id tag.Very post modern. So they can have more than one purpose. I had no problem with the staples.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Sargent,

    Good luck Emma .

    Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Sayana,

    Emma's partner has just posted an update at LJ

    Emma's out of surgery, and will be spending the next 24 hours under constant supervision (as is normal after this type of surgery). She gets to be woken up every hour and tested to make sure all the appropriate bits of her brain are still working, so she's pretty knackered.

    Wayne (one of the surgeons) tells us it has been a successful operation, and they're pretty confident they got all of Adric's little tentacles.

    Since Sep 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

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