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Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 15, 2009, 22:43:
 
Some of you may remember my telling of Mrs Druid's remission from her kidney illness.

Well, it didn't last. Her kidneys have officially failed, and today she was admitted to hospital to be prepped for a transplant tomorrow.

This is scary.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on December 15, 2009, 23:23:
 
whoa.

We will be thinking of the Druid family over the next few days, and counting on that socialized medical system to do its best.

Get well soon Druidess [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on December 16, 2009, 00:00:
 
dito.

what can you say but; wish you both the best.
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on December 16, 2009, 00:47:
 
Scary indeed.

Here's hoping the evil socialized medical system gets Mrs Druid home safe and well in time for Christmas.

Clan Druid, including the little ones, will be in our thoughts.
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on December 16, 2009, 02:12:
 
Fingers and toes crossed hoping everything goes well.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on December 16, 2009, 03:49:
 
____ TFD, Your whole family must be afraid, I wish the Mrs and the rest of the family well.
 
Posted by geekygoddess (Member # 15702) on December 16, 2009, 04:21:
 
Man, I hate to hear news like this! You will definitely be in my thoughts...
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on December 16, 2009, 05:57:
 
Sending good thoughts from California.

Good luck and best wishes.
 
Posted by SpazGirl (Member # 4915) on December 16, 2009, 07:10:
 
My heart is with you guys today, and I wish you all the best.
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on December 16, 2009, 08:10:
 
I pray the surgery is going well today. Hope to hear good news soon.
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on December 16, 2009, 09:39:
 
Getting a transplant sucks, but not as much as the alternative. I hope everything works out well for you.
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on December 16, 2009, 19:13:
 
Wow, I'm sorry to hear that, TFD. You'll all be in my thoughts...
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on December 16, 2009, 21:04:
 
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for the Missus.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 16, 2009, 23:02:
 
How's she doing?
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 16, 2009, 23:12:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
How's she doing?

She's in the OR now, hospital staff are well trained in vague platitudes...
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on December 16, 2009, 23:26:
 
Now I want to stay up all night so I can hang out in the waiting room with Druid. Keep us posted buddy, wish I could really be there.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 17, 2009, 01:02:
 
Mrs Druid is out of the O.R. and the word is everything went fine so far.
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on December 17, 2009, 01:04:
 
Excellent! wonderful news! Here hoping it keeps going well!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on December 17, 2009, 08:25:
 
great news!
go kidney go! [thumbsup]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 17, 2009, 12:47:
 
Just talked to Mrs Druid on the phone, she sounded well, and pleased with how things have gone so far.

I'll be taking the druidlings in for a visit this afternoon.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on December 17, 2009, 12:54:
 
Sorry I am late in well-wishers line, but here I am. I hope all things go well and she (you all!) can go back to a mostly normal life soon.
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on December 17, 2009, 13:17:
 
wow TFD, them is some rough serves! Hope all goes well!
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on December 17, 2009, 16:43:
 
Yay! Continued best wishes from here.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 17, 2009, 23:56:
 
Just got back from visiting Mrs Druid.
She's looking tired, but well, and all the test results so far look good.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 18, 2009, 00:56:
 
[thumbsup]
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on December 18, 2009, 02:07:
 
____ TFD, I LIKE GOOD NEWS. Give the Mrs. a good mild hug.
 
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on December 18, 2009, 10:44:
 
I am so pleased! I hope her recovery goes smoothly and that she is peeing up a storm. [Smile]

Will you be able to meet the donor's family?
 
Posted by bull3t (Member # 852) on December 18, 2009, 12:19:
 
TFD, your family is in my prayers. Here's to a successful transplant and a speedy recovery!
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 18, 2009, 15:10:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
Will you be able to meet the donor's family?

The donor is Mrs Druid's mum, and she's doing quite well thankyou.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on December 18, 2009, 15:26:
 
Grand news...mag valour to Druid-mother-in-law and Backwards-Spinning-Drain-Land-Evil-Socialist-Medicine. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 20, 2009, 04:29:
 
Well, the weekend hasn't gone quite as well as we'd hoped.

Mrs Druid has some persistent bleeding, and she's been subjected to all manner of medical investigation while the doctors try to stop the bleed.

The quacks are confident they can fix this, and assure us there's no serious danger, but our hopes of a quiet, restful weekend have been dashed. [Frown]
 
Posted by Mr. Geek 2U (Member # 28663) on December 21, 2009, 04:49:
 
Mr. Druid.

I hope that things go well for you, your wife and family for a very long time.

Mr. Geek 2U!
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on December 21, 2009, 13:34:
 
I've been away for a while, but want to add my somewhat belated best wishes to you and yours.
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on December 21, 2009, 19:42:
 
Oh, man, that's crappy, TFD. This calls for even more good/hopeful thoughts directed Mrs. Druid's way...
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 21, 2009, 22:22:
 
Update:

They operated last night, and are confident they've fixed the bleed.

Mrs Druid was looking much better when i saw her today.

Mrs Druids mum went home from hospital today, and is being fussed over by Clan McDruid-in-law.

I'm knackered. I'm off for a quick afternoon nap before the druidlings return from their day out with friends.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on December 21, 2009, 22:35:
 
[thumbsup] great news. Nice about the nap too!
 
Posted by Armydillo (Member # 29872) on December 21, 2009, 22:39:
 
This, my friend, is good.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on December 22, 2009, 03:02:
 
____ TFD, Again I am going to ask you to give her a gentler hug. The pressures on the family must be huge, be strong. The chillens need it.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on December 22, 2009, 16:47:
 
Glad to hear things are getting better.

Keep it up, evil socialist health care system, keep it up!
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on December 22, 2009, 20:20:
 
Go, quacks, go!
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 23, 2009, 02:51:
 
Mrs Druid looked much better today.

Now that they're not poking and prodding and scanning to find the mystery bleed, she got her first proper nights sleep since the op. It's worked wonders.
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on December 23, 2009, 16:55:
 
There's no arguing with the benefits of a good night's sleep. I'm glad things are looking up.
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on December 24, 2009, 07:49:
 
TFD - Great news!

Let's hope that Mrs Druid's recovery will be swift and you can all get back to some kind of normal life.
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on December 24, 2009, 07:59:
 
Here's to a now trouble-free recovery.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 25, 2009, 04:43:
 
Mrs Druid continues to improve visibly each day, she was quite bright and chirpy today, and coped well with the hordes of Clan McDruid and Clan McDruid-in-law visitors who dropped by to wish her Solstice Greetings.

I'm declaring this round a win - on points - to Clan McDruid and the Evil Socialized Health System.

 -
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on December 25, 2009, 17:21:
 
____ TFD, What ah fine bunch, now wheres your Sporin and shield.
 
Posted by bull3t (Member # 852) on December 26, 2009, 09:45:
 
TFD, I am very happy to hear that your wife is doing good. I am praying for a swift recovery.

Happy Solstice, BTW
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 26, 2009, 18:15:
 
Mrs Druid just had a talk with the doctors, who reviewed with her the latest test results.

They're very pleased.

She's showing zero protein in her urine, for the first time in 8 years, and all the other test results are very good. It looks like the new kidney is doing very well.
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on December 26, 2009, 21:53:
 
most excellent news druid!!!
 
Posted by kydruid (Member # 1928) on December 27, 2009, 08:55:
 
fan-frakkin'-tastic... missed this until this morning. I'm glad it's going well.

Blessings to Clan McDruid and Clan McDruid-inlaws, and health to all!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on December 27, 2009, 09:44:
 
Awesome, glad to hear the good news. [Smile]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 29, 2009, 16:45:
 
/me is off to the hospital to bring Mrs Druid home.
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on December 29, 2009, 21:28:
 
Very good news indeed!!!
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 29, 2009, 22:38:
 
Mrs Druid is home, and tearing through a large gift basket of gourmet snacks after 2 weeks of bland hospital food.

btw - on checkout from the hospital I stopped off to pay the bill, 2 weeks in hospital, including 4 days in the Intensive Care Unit, and a large take-home bag of 12 different prescription meds, total cost: $68.90

You've gotta love that Evil Socialized Health System.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 30, 2009, 12:12:
 
Woohoo!!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on December 30, 2009, 15:47:
 
Fantastic! [Smile]

FSM-bless socialized medicine!
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on December 30, 2009, 17:54:
 
Congratulations!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on December 30, 2009, 21:41:
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
[other good things elided]...and a large take-home bag of 12 different prescription meds, total cost: $68.90

You've gotta love that Evil Socialized Health System.

Kinda off-topic, but I just realized a handy benefit of such a system -- you'd never get a 'take-home bag' of meds here. Instead, you'd get a mess of prescriptions, and have to fill them at your pharamacy, in no small part because you might not have a prescription plan, and the hospital doesn't want to get involved in that mess.

Of course, you might have conveniently skipped over the 'going to the pharmacy' part, but if not, that's so awesome! Personally, when I'm sick, I'm total crap at remembering all the details of what my doc says, and the idea of just getting the necessary things then and there sounds brilliant. Here, you're lucky if you get an extra dose to stay alive briefly after getting out of the hospital and then you're on your own. (Which really sucks if you don't have insurance and went to the hospital ER/A&E because things got that bad...)
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on December 31, 2009, 01:52:
 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
you'd never get a 'take-home bag' of meds here. Instead, you'd get a mess of prescriptions, and have to fill them at your pharamacy

That's how things are often done here, but these anti-rejection drugs are fairly esoteric, not the kind of thing every corner pharmacy carries.

quote:
Of course, you might have conveniently skipped over the 'going to the pharmacy' part, but if not, that's so awesome!
No skipping involved. The nice young lass from the hospital pharmacy delivered them to Mrs Druid's room the morning she was discharged, along with an insulated drugs bag, with cute little compartments that remind you what to take and when, and a little water bottle so you have something to wash the tablets down with. Very neat.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on December 31, 2009, 02:05:
 
____ The reason we Americans (Merkins) are dumb founded is. That the Health Interests here paid out SIX HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to make sure that, that does not not happen in the USA. Not one patient was made better, with that money. Six Hundred Million Dollars, the cost of doing business the old way. I am sure that the Health Interests will figure out a way to write off those costs and get a tax deduction on that money. Business expenses......
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on December 31, 2009, 22:49:
 
dman, a lot of hospitals have their own pharmacy to start you with, but they still make you or someone else appear in person to get it filled. Getting refills from your local pharmacy might be tough, depending on the drug. And sometimes not even the hospital has what you need - when L's been sick they've had to order in her drug special.
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on January 01, 2010, 08:21:
 
In all fairness, I should mention that someone getting a kidney transplant in the US will most likely have Medicare. Coverage doesn't start until you've been through four months of dialysis treatments, which is kind of dumb, but it does pay for the majority of the cost of dialysis and a transplant after that.

Three years after the transplant, however, coverage ends and you're on your own. If you haven't got a job that provides health and prescription insurance at that point, you're left begging for Medicaid, state assistance and/or prescription assistance from drug companies (which is more effective than you might think since they get a tax write off for the full retail value, not production cost, of any drugs they provide... it winds up being profitable for them).

Anyway.

I'm glad the transplant is working for Mrs. Druid and that she's through the roughest parts of the recovery. Life is definitely better with a working renal system.
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on January 01, 2010, 18:37:
 
GrumpySteen

I read your last post in this thread several times -

You are clearly a rational and intelligent contributor...but your comments worried me.

No matter how many times I read your post I could not avoid this conclusion - the healthcare system in the USA is fucked up, and badly.

God (whichever one you choose) bless Nye Bevan and all those others who gave us our evil socialist medical system in the 1950's.

I wouldn't swap it for anyone else's.
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on January 01, 2010, 20:02:
 
If you only knew how much I've ranted about the US healthcare system elsewhere. It is very messed up and unfair and tens of thousands of people die every year because it's optimized for corporate profit and not the good of society.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 02, 2010, 02:15:
 
_____ GrumpySteen, Your last post fits perfectly with my thoughts on the 535 Elected idiots we send to Washington.

____ Kst. a Street in Washington where most of the firms that actually do the Lobbying are located. This past year, in a recession THREE BILLION DOLLARS, changed hands. Every one of these donors thought that the return on their money was worth it or they would not have done it.

____ Military/Industrial Complex BS. PAPER HOUSES ie Banks, Brokerage firms, Insurance firms. Companies that do not make a single product, just issue paper, Control the USA.
 
Posted by ewomack (Member # 3225) on January 03, 2010, 10:01:
 
This was a dramatic thread!! But luckily it had a happy ending.... whoof!! Incredible!!
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on January 04, 2010, 17:48:
 
I fell off the grid for a while, but so glad to hear everything is going so well for Mrs. Druid!
 
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on January 24, 2010, 13:34:
 
Any news? How are things going?
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on January 24, 2010, 17:00:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
Any news? How are things going?

Very well, thank you.

The new kidney is going well, the doctors are very pleased with how well it's functioning, and how quickly they've been able to ease off on some of the nastier drugs. There's been a few minor glitches as they fine tune the drug dosage, but that's to be expected.

I've been mostly working from home, and Mrs Druid and I have been walking a few blocks to local eateries for lunch. Since the transplant, her dietary restrictions have been substantially relaxed, so she's been really enjoying catching up on some favourite foods she hasn't been allowed since 2002.

Mrs Druid was cleared to drive last week, and as of an hour ago, the fracture specialist has cleared me to drive as well, so life is slowly returning to normality in Casa del Druid.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 25, 2010, 02:22:
 
____ Good on you and Yours. [Applause]
 
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on January 25, 2010, 09:10:
 
Yea! Does little happy dance!

What did she crave most? [Smile]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on January 25, 2010, 13:39:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
What did she crave most? [Smile]

Before she'd even left hospital, she sent me to the deli for a variety of cheeses.
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on January 25, 2010, 14:18:
 
Cheese was one of the first things I wanted the most after years without too. Having to restrict potassium and phosphorus was no fun.

Cantaloupe, bananas, hot chocolate, milk shakes, baked potatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, orange juice... there's a lot of tasty stuff that she'll be able to have again.
 
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on January 28, 2010, 10:22:
 
Glad she got to indulge. Think chocolate or tea would be hardest for me to give up.
 


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