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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-18 18:59
Subject: [cancer] Department of weird sensations I'd never have thought to experience
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
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Music:Jet Li in The Enforcer on DVD
Tags:cancer, funny, health, personal
Weird sensation #1: Feeling my pulse in the seam of my surgical wound as I sprawl on the couch this afternoon.

Weird sensation #2: The bizarre spasm in my surgical wound as I briefly coughed this evening.
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J Erwine - writer/editor
User: jerwine
Date: 2008-05-19 02:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The pulse in the incision was always one that made me squeamish after my surgery.
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scarlettina: Cancer
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-05-19 02:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cancer
Okay, that is weird.
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: Flashing Tink
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2008-05-19 02:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Flashing Tink
The weird feelings at the incision area are common. That's why when you cough they say Hold a Pillow to your stomach.
Remember they just cut a bunch of muscles to get into your belly. It is still a weak point there and the body will let you know about it.
And there are weird pulse points all over your body, you just never noticed them before. The Belly Button one is sort of hard to find, which is why they never use it medically, but think about it, a major artery used to go from there to your mom. It's still there, just harder to find normally.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-05-19 03:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The weird sensations go on for years: it's the nerves growing back. I had abdominal surgery in 1991 (I think -- hard to remember), and for years I had little zaps of "energy" like a mild zap from an electric fence (yes I do have a farm). I rarely have them now, eighteen years later, but sometimes it happens.

I was in a business meeting making a presentation and I had one of those episodes. My incision left a bikini scar, and I just did not think would be right to grab anywhere near my crotch (that would leave a different impression than the one I was aiming for), so I wrapped up as fast as I could and sat down and rubbed the spot under the table.

Enjoy the sensations, at least you're having them.
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farmgirl1146
User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-05-19 03:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The weird sensations go on for years: it's the nerves growing back. I had abdominal surgery in 1991 (I think -- hard to remember), and for years I had little zaps of "energy" like a mild zap from an electric fence (yes I do have a farm). I rarely have them now, eighteen years later, but sometimes it happens.

I was in a business meeting making a presentation and I had one of those episodes. My incision left a bikini scar, and I just did not think would be right to grab anywhere near my crotch (that would leave a different impression than the one I was aiming for), so I wrapped up as fast as I could and sat down and rubbed the spot under the table.

Enjoy the sensations, at least you're having them.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-05-19 03:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Amen. I had a numb spot the size of my hand for some years, it stopped twinging when it was mostly gone.
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Dan/Дмитрий
User: icedrake
Date: 2008-05-19 04:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*pokes at own scar*
Years, huh? Great, just bloody great.
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Dave Bara: pic#74912888
User: dbara
Date: 2008-05-19 04:06 (UTC)
Subject: Pain!!!
Keyword:pic#74912888
Look on the bright side, Jay. My last surgery was on my right ass cheek. Now transfer the sensations.

I still get a tweak now and then.
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calendula_witch: Macabre
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-05-19 04:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Macabre
Yeah, the numbness/sensations go on a long time, as the body readjusts to major trauma done to it. Funny, just tonight at dinner (with a recent laparascopic-surgery veteran) we were dicussing same...two things: 1) you're never entirely the same; 2) sooner or later, it's really no big deal.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-05-19 05:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
you can now compare scarification with the other surgery suvivors..

Pooping is such fun at this point, you feel like a barely pottytrained child, announcing for all sundry to your talent and skill, but you dont really get the same rewards.. sigh.

and if you have to wear clothes over your incision, an easy way to cushion it is to put a sanitary pad cotton side towards it, and stick it to the inside of your clothing. That also prevents staining and the incision from catching on things.
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dinogrl: rogue women lyon sprague de camp
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-05-19 07:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:rogue women lyon sprague de camp
Yup, that is the primary reason why they have them in first aid kits. The obvious reason ranks second. Funny that. You just have to remember to replace them unless you really want a bloodbath, urm...so to speak.
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lauriemann
User: lauriemann
Date: 2008-05-19 11:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And also...incisions can ooze odd things. And it doesn't necessarily mean you have an infection.

Mine oozed...well, it turned out to be fat! So I had kind of an instant liposuction!
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c_hereticus: post-op
User: c_hereticus
Date: 2008-05-19 17:25 (UTC)
Subject: Welcome Home!
Keyword:post-op
You seem to be doing well. Hang in there. I still get the odd synesthesia in the scar on my hip, and it's been 10 months now. A couple of areas near the scar seem to have crossed wires, so to speak, too (scratch _here_ and feel it _there_) and there are a couple of small areas that don't have much sensation at all, unless it's fairly sharp. Support your abs when you cough, and you MUST cough and do your deep breathing exercises.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-05-19 19:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is hardly TMI. :D On the other hand, I'm willing to bet these are FAR nicer sensations than the Fingernail Snag incident.
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User: ellameena
Date: 2008-05-19 20:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OMG, you have obviously never had a baby. Git over it, whiner!
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