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Happy New Year and Potassium/AFib

Hello friends, hope everyone is having a good 2019. I seem to stumble from one disaster to the next at the moment. Was just recovering from my bladder operation when my hernia got strangled. Off I was taken to the John Radcliffe. They saved me once again. Had to wait before they operated because of the Apixaban. But all behind me now. Hernia fixed with open surgery. My potassium level went very low and I had the feeling as if I was going into A Fib. Heart kept flip flopping. After 3 bottles potassium level out of danger and heart settled. Just wondering if that is the cause of my A Fib. My husband has been placed into a care home for a couple of weeks. I am in so much pain, can barely look after myself. But I miss him, at least he could make a drink. For me. Please send me some healing thoughts can really do with that. Love Rienij xx

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You've really had far more than your share in the last few months and I hope the page is well and truly turned now. May the pain recede and your strength gather over the next few days - and AFib behave itself.

I'm not going to mention bananas but do keep the potassium levels up. And your chin. And we are here to cheer you up whenever things seem difficult.

xx

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Thank you about to have something to eat, xx

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Really feel for you Rienij. Is there any way you could spend a week in the same care home as your husband while you recuperate. You'd need to call your GP, get him to visit and then cry and say you can't cope (I know the system).

If you lived near me I'd be around to help you, unfortunately I'm too far away.

Always here for verbal support when you need it.

Big healing hug, my friend.

Jean x

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The cost is £ 1350.00 per week. I don’t think I would like to be in a dementia care home. I will be fine, taking strong codeine and paracetamol every 5/6 hours must try to get better soon. I will be fine. Xx

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That's good to hear that you feel you can cope on your own Rienij.

Now listen to one who used to help run a nursing home. If you are ever really poorly, can't cope on your own and genuinely need temporary help, you can get a placement in one short term, free of charge via your GP who will contact social services - no matter how much savings you have. To be honest I'm quite surprised that you weren't offered that as a matter of course after all you've been through. My guess is that you're one of those people who put on a brave face, no matter how bad they're feeling and people think you are feeling a lot better than you are.

Healing thoughts being sent your way, lovely lady.

Jean x

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Oh no, Rienij, poor you, one thing after another and so hard for you to cope alone until you've healed. It sounds as if you too could do with a couple of weeks in a care home, convalescing - could you join your husband?

Thinking of you x

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Not at 1350 per week I can’t. I will be all right. Pain killers are good once they kick in. Thank you xx

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So sorry to hear you are having a continued harsh time. Without going into details I have been having a similar seemingly never ending poor health period of two and a half years plus. It is debilitating scary and makes us feel desperate. The impact on emotional health too is beyond coping with at times. Please know people here are in your corner and wish you the strength and support to move on towards a normal life again because what you are going through now is far from normal life and it's easy to forget what normal looks like.

However you will get back on track and you never know you may be closer to things settling again than you realise. As my mum used to say, 'nothing goes on forever'. You will find good times again.

The additional upset of your husband being in care albeit short term is an additional stress and you must feel lonely without his presence. If all our combined good thoughts can reach out to you please grab them and let them wash over you and bring you some calm in a troubled time.

Thinking of you and please boost your potassium it troubles my heart when it's low too as it does many is us. X

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Thank you, you made me cry must be getting soft. Xxxxx

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I hope it will be a Happy New Year, you surely deserve it 💞 At least the hernia operation is behind you now but I don't think you should be putting up with the pain, Jeannie's idea is a good one, you might at least get some decent pain relief out of it.

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Thank you xx

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Big, big hugs Rienij - you’ve gone through so much recently that I hope the new year will be better for you and your health. Of course you miss your husband and I like jeanjeannie50 ’s suggestion to try to join him for a short period whilst you are recovering.

Please let us know how you are - another few hugs on their way. xxx

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Thank you xxx

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Oh dear! Poor you again.Is there anyone else who could be with you? Did social security arrange the respite care for your husband,I was wondering if they could offer some assistance for you for a week or so.My aunty lives alone and has had several spells in hospital,very frail and unsteady,and has people going in 3 times a day for tea making,general help etc.She says she appreciates the company as much as anything.

Heres hoping that this is the last health issue,they say things go in threes....

Sending a cyber hug xxxx

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My daughter arranged the care for my husband. I will be all right when the pills are working I can move and make a drink etc. Got some ready meals in freezer which my daughter bought last night. Thank you for the nice cyber hug, much appreciated Xxx

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Ps Aunty pays for the carers. They also bring milk bread etc if she asks them.Its a private company,but you always ask for local authority ones through your GP.I agree,care homes are very expensive,my dad was self funding in one.xxx

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The care system is absolutely none existing. First question is do you own your own property and any cash in the bank. So you start paying for everything. They not even help to find help. You are on your own. Just get tired to fight anything. Hope my husband has settled in. He probably has. Xx

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Oh I know! They took everything off dad,house,savings,pension.Its very sad.Hope you able to visit him soon. Take care xxxx

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Thank you. Xx

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Big hugs coming your way Rienij . Am currently having potassium top ups in the form of soluble tablets. I have gotten used to the foul taste, I have been on and off them for so long. The trouble is they put you on diaretics to rid you of the fluid but you lose goodness too !

A comforting bowl of banana and custard may help. Keep strong x

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Thank you sounds good xx

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Becksagogo....i used to have a big slug of orange squash with my soluble potassium(in case you haven't tried it!) And drink through a straw !!

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Sounds like a plan. Xx

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Hello Yatsura. I will try the orange squash and straw! There are days when I just think yeuk not again!

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Oh you poor thing. You have so much to cope with. Thinking of you and hope your pain gets more manageable.

Spoil yourself if you can.....the banana and custard mentioned by Becksagogo sounds a good start !

Sandra x

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Thank you xx

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Hello Friends. I have had a PM from Rienij as follows:

back in hospital again this time little stroke. Very tired

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Thank you for letting us know Rellim xx

Rienij, So sorry to hear this ... I'm sending you a massive hug. Get well soon, lots of people will be rooting for you - I know I am.

With love

Hilly xx

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Sorry to hear you're back in hospital Rienij. Wishing you a speedy recovery and sending a healing hug. X

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Very sorry to hear that, I hope they are looking after you well. Big hug, 😘, 💐🌻🌞 💛wish I could visit but too far away. Don't try to be brave, I know it's horrible being in hospital but hopefully you are safe, warm and some meals are edible, so cry loudly if you don't feel ready to go home ! Seriously, I hope you do get better soon Xxx

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Thank you xx

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Rienij - I’m so sorry to hear you are back in hospital again. In N Ireland people always say ‘you’re in the best place’. I don’t know if that is a comforting thought or not, but there is some sense in it.

Anyway, let others look after you and I wish you a speedy recovery. Sending hugs and some cyber flowers. xxx 💕🌹🌼💐🥀

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Thank you xx

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So sorry for your dilemma Rienij, at least your getting proper care and attention now .Sending Love and Healing Prayers too you . Godbless for a speedy recovery .xxx

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So sorry to hear yiur further troubles, thinking of you and hoping yiu soon feelingbetter. M

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Hope things are improving for you now, makes me realise always someone worse than us. You take care.x🌷

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Thank you. Slowly getting there. It is hard work, and frustrating but must persevere. My target is to get as mobile as I possibly can before 21th of March. Have to have another cystoscopy and hopefully start the BCG treatment which was postponed because of the CVA. Love from Rienij xx

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Remember the frustration when I was in hospital for a long time many years ago. You can make it I’m sure but take care. Love to you.xx

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All of us rooting and praying for you.xx

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Thank you xx

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How are things with you now, getting better I hope.Mary

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