Second Meeting with Surgeon


Posted by coleen dennis , Oct 15,2001,20:43   Archive
Hi!

Just wanted to let you know that I had my second meeting with the surgeon last Friday. He is satisfied with my blood clotting results and will go ahead and do surgery for the drooping eyebrows, excess tissue on the lids as well as removing muscle for the Apraxia. He and my Neuro-Ophal agreed that until I have the excess weight off of the eyelids from the brows and extra eyelid skin removed that the Botox for the spasms will not be very effective. While he is doing surgery, they both feel that the Apraxia should be deal with as well. He is doing the paperwork for the insurance company and hopes to have an okay in about a month. Before that he is scheduling time at the one hospital that my insurance will cover in that area. He did not think it would be before Thanksgiving so probably sometime in December. My insurance goes up next year so hope to do it before then.

The ocularplastic surgeon that will be doing the surgery is out in Utah with Dr. Anderson as we speak. I suggested he take me with him, but he didn't think my insurance company would cover that.

I know that some of you have said that Dr. Anderson recommends waiting until you have tried the botox longer but both doctors consider my drooping brows to be a good part of the problem and the botox isn't going to take that away. He said surgery will be about 3 - 3 1/2 hours. I'm not really looking forward to this but can not continue to operate as I am. Ran into the same mailroom guy at work today for the second time and he doesn't find it very funny.

Since I can't have anymore Botox because it has been three months already, I guess I'll have to wait until after the surgery. Everyone is looking at me as I hold up the corner of my brow. One of the girls even got the giggles when I did it in a meeting this morning. The meeting was on benefit changes. It would have certainly livened up the meeting a little.

If any of you that have had surgery want to give me any pointers on being in the dark for a few days and how much pain and swelling I might expect I would really appreciate it.

Coleen who doesn't post as often as she would like to and who is sorry for being so long winded when she does. Take care all!




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Re : Second Meeting with Surgeon --- coleen dennis
Posted by Dee in OR , Oct 16,2001,16:51 Top of Thread Archive
Coleen,

Good luck with your surgery whenever it will be. Watch out with the long windedness or you might get put in BB jail like Shirley did!!

Dee in OR




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Re: In jail with Shirley....

Re : Re: Second Meeting with Surgeon --- Dee in OR
Posted by coleen dennis , Oct 16,2001,19:37 Top of Thread Archive
Thanks Dee I'll remember that. Of course, I think I would have a great time in jail with Shirley. Don't you? Anyone want to join us?

Coleen whose Botox is wearing off and my neck is getting tired going backwards to allow me to see out of the bottom of my eyes.




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Re: In jail with Shirley....

Re : Re: In jail with Shirley.... --- coleen dennis
Posted by Joann Humphrey , Oct 16,2001,20:00 Top of Thread Archive
I'll join you, In BB jail with Shirley & all of you could be quite a great support group. We'll have another pity party with cookies this time.
Joann, who had botox the 4th & no spss now, only apraxia. Still cant drive.



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Re: In jail with Shirley....

Re : Re: In jail with Shirley.... --- Joann Humphrey
Posted by Christel-California , Oct 18,2001,13:44 Top of Thread Archive
I ended up in BB jail all by my lonesome when everybody was in Arizona at the conference. I was quite shocked to find myself banned.
I will go to BB jail with Shirley anytime and anyone else who cares to join in. We could either have a somber support group meeting there or a wild party.

Christel in Ca.




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Re: You, too?

Re : Re: In jail with Shirley.... --- Christel-California
Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Oct 18,2001,15:41 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Christel. I had no idea that you were thrown into BB jail while we were at the conference. And you were doing such a great job of taking care of everything. The problem with BB Jail is that no one tells you when your "time" is up. Sure, it is going to be within 24 hours but when one is addicted to the BB, that can seem like an awfully long time. It is probably less time than that but with not knowing, it can make withdrawal symptoms worse.
What I find amusing is the thought of when this was set up and somebody probably was having to fill in a slot that asked "how many posts are you going to allow someone per day?". Someone probably just said "20" off the top of their head thinking that no one would ever use that many anyway but you do have to set a limit somewhere. Surprise, surprise!

Shirley in AR. Blepharospasm, Apraxia and CRS :-)

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Re : Second Meeting with Surgeon --- coleen dennis
Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Oct 16,2001,22:05 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Coleen.
I did not have very much pain with my surgery. I took maybe one or two pain pills the first day or so. The itching was quite intense and the Benadryl relieved that some. I assume that you will be at home so won't have to get used to an unfamiliar environment. Just have things handy and pathways clear of things that you could trip over. Have numerous gel-paks frozen as you will need to use them over your bandages for the swelling. I can't really make a whole lot of suggestions as doctors do things differently and therefore your post-op will also be different. Your surgeon should give you information regarding your post-op period.

Let us know when you schedule your surgery and how things go. Does the surgeon not want you to have anymore botox before your surgery?

Shirley in AR.




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Re : Re: Second Meeting with Surgeon --- Shirley-Arkansas-USA
Posted by coleen dennis , Oct 18,2001,20:56 Top of Thread Archive
Shirley,

Yes, I am not able to have anymore Botox before my surgery. The surgeon said I have to wait three months after Botox for surgery. It was 3 months of middle of this month and it is wearing off. His scheduler for surgery told me today that she will check with him when he comes back back his visit with Dr. Anderson and he will draft the letter to the insurance company. She said it takes about 6 weeks for the approval and that it looks like it may be either the 12th or 19th of December. I would rather have 12/19 right before Christmas because my family has more time off to help me. I should look really bruised for the holidays but that is okay because it will be cold and I probably won't feel like going out side anyway.

Thanks for the advise about the house. Your support is always greatly appreciated....Coleen




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Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Oct 18,2001,21:08 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Coleen,
It just shows how doctors are different. Dr. Anderson didn't want me to have had botox within two weeks of the surgery. I was a little surprised at that. I thought that he would want me to be botox free but that was not the case. My surgery wound up being about 5 weeks post botox and then I went another 5 weeks before getting more botox. I still had quite a bit of swelling at that point and my movement disorder doc would rather not have given them to me as you don't know where the botox is going to go when you have swelling in that area. It tends to seep into unwanted areas.

Having it done that close to Christmas won't ruin your Christmas. You'll be able to get up and around and let your kids help you out. They can fetch ice paks for you. Think finger foods while you are bandaged. I know your kids will hate it :-) but pizza, chicken nuggets or chicken fingers, hamburgers-anything that you can pick up with your hands to eat will work out better than trying to eat with a fork or spoon.

Bruising differs, too. Some people have a lot, others have very little. Cover stick makeup works fairly well and just wear those dark glasses and hide behind them.

Shirley in AR.




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Posted by Virginia , Oct 18,2001,21:56 Top of Thread Archive
My surgeon wanted me 3 months past botox, too. And then I went three months after surgery before having it again and by that time I was healed enough that the botox stayed where he put it. I was only bandaged over one night, which I spent in the hospital in extended recovery because Dr. Patrinely likes to put drains in for one day - to keep down the swelling. If you are going to be bandaged longer, you might want to do some practice getting around your home with your eyes closed (you may already be adept at that).

Virginia in AL, hoping you get your wish for Christmas.




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