Saturday, January 2, 2010

Boniva Disaster/Order Delays/Jack

So far not a good start into the New Year!
I had to go get a "BONIVA" shot last Tuesday and it didn't turn out so well.
Since i can't use my left arm for that (no no 'cause of the lymph notes i had taken out ) only my right arm is available .Unfortunately over the last 5 years I've been stuck so many times that I'm running out on veins.
I also made the mistake not drinking enough that day so i was a little dehydrated by the time i got to the doc's office.
I'll spare you all the gruesome details of the many tries by the nurse (who is usually a good sticker) to hit a vein.
Finally after the third try at different places (blew one vein on the side of my elbow) she hit one at the left side of my wrist. It hurt like hell when she squeezed the medication in but i just sucked it up 'cause i wasn't going to be stuck again. By the time i got home my thumb was totally numb.ODD! Next morning i was in somewhat of a little pain and my arm had swelled up around the injection site.I put warm wrap around it, took some Motrin and hoped for the best. Wrong!!
By next morning, more swelling, more pain and my arm felt hot to the touch; more Motrin and warm wraps. By Thursday afternoon i got scared,my arm and hand had swelled to more than twice the size was tight as a drum ,red ,very painful and hot to the touch.
normal hand:
not so normal hand:
of course by now the doc's office is closed until Monday .Great!
couldn't use my hand/arm at all. John did the cooking, washing dishes and everything else. On top of that we had both grandbabys over new years .Fortunately they are good babys and it worked out all right.John helped out a lot.
I was debating Friday morning to go to the emergency room at the hospital. I called both local hospitals for an estimated waiting time and was told between 4-6 hours!! No way!!!
So i just took some more pain pills and laid on the couch all day because by now i didn't feel so good all around.By Friday night i felt a little better and it seemed that the heat in my arm had gone down some.By this morning it's a lot better but i think it'll take about another week for it to go all the way back to normal, my thumb is still numb.I'm supposed to get one of these shots every three month. Guess what?! It's not going to happen!!! Doc 's gonna have to think of something else or i just have to live with my brittle bones!!! (can't take the Boniva pills since I've already got a bad tummy and the pills are very bad for that).I googled about those kind of problems and found a lot of people have severe sideffect on this stuff.So if your doc mentions this to you as an IV 'beware'.
At least i can hold a knitting needle again today and i apologise to my customers who have orders waiting, I'll get them done as fast as possible.
On the good news side, Jack the bottle puppy is doing great. he weighs 1#3 oz, and has his eyes open:
he'll be three weeks old by next monday.He still sleeps most of the time. can't wait until he gets more active. Theire great fun when they get to be about 5-6 weeks old.


Lynnette said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about your medication disaster! I send my very best wishes for your recovery. This aging thing gets old really fast doesn't it? Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better! Jack is a sweetheart, I love to see his little fat tummy, you are doing a great job with him. He is a pirate all right, he stole your heart! Looking forward to more pictures of Cap' Jack!
Happy Weaving, Martha

bspinner said...

This is the first I've heard of Boniva injection. I can't take the pills either and last summer had a Reclast injection. It's suppose to last for a year but I haven't decided if I'm going to do it again. I'm still fighting with our insurance about the payment which was $150. for the drug itself, $220. for a doctor visit and $2,000 for the procedure. Personally I think that's a lot of money and can't see why it would cost that much or for that matter why the insurance company is fighting it.

I sure do hope you're feeling better!!!!!!

bala said...

Nice Info.

licateringhalls said...

I advise you to consult good doctor who is aware of stages of vein diseases and be away from boniva.

OMDS said...

Never heard about this disease. Let me know what are the precautions to prevent it. Hope you had a speedy recovery.