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crazychester
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2009-05-05, 03:00

<Bullwinkle>Nuthin' up my sleeve!</Bullwinkle>
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drewprops
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2009-06-02, 13:51

Okay ladies, the window is closing for photos of your hindquarters... I'll be going in for the DaVinci procedure in the wee early hours on Thursday morning.

If everything looks good they release you to go home the very next day, but we'll see if I'm in any mood to get online on Friday, as I may be in some discomfort... not from the incisions, but from the gas.

You see, part of the laparoscopic surgery requires that they inflate your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas, to provide more working room... sort of "raising the roof". Most of the gas escapes from the body during/after the surgery but upwards of 10 percent of that gas is absorbed by the body and must be purged.

There is apparently a 72-hour period after the surgery in which the "processing/outgassing" of the CO2 causes pain in the diaphragm, which is mirrored to the shoulders since their nerves share the same "board" going into the spinal column.

It turns out that a colleague from the film industry had this same surgery a year ago, by the same surgeon, and he gave me his thoughts about the healing period and it'll just be annoying, not painful... not very painful anyway.

So get's to taking pictures of your end-bits, or your refrigerators, or your ceiling fans... I'll need something to look at while I'm puttering about the house....


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pscates2.0
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2009-06-02, 13:55

Best of luck with it all, Drew. Eleventy zillion good wishes headed your way from 90 minutes north of Atlanta.
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thegelding
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2009-06-02, 14:00

Best Wishes Cap't...

You get to be a gassie lassie (or laddie, but that don't rhyme) for a day or two...

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Maciej
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2009-06-02, 14:06

Hope all goes well, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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murbot
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2009-06-02, 14:07

Good luck big guy. We're all pulling for you.
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Mugge
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2009-06-02, 14:18

Best of luck, drew. And remember that no matter how carbonated you might get, you haven't suddenly acquired the ability to urinate orange juice. soda.


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curiousuburb
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2009-06-02, 14:48

Keep your pecker up, dude!
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Kickaha
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2009-06-02, 14:52

Does this mean the poo log is taking a hiatus to be replaced by the poot log?

Best of luck, man. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
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zsummers
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2009-06-02, 16:17

I smell a blockbuster.

This summer...

Capt'n Drew is...



DaVinci Man.
This film not yet rated.


Best wishes!

"How could you falter / when you're the Rock of Gibralter? / I had to get off the boat so I could walk on water. / This ain't no tall order. / This is nothing to me. / Difficult takes a day. / Impossible takes a week."
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Mac+
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2009-06-02, 16:27

Best of luck Drew. I hope the procedure is a complete success for you.
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Moogs
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2009-06-02, 16:50

Good luck, Cap'n and may the good fortunes of slugs and salt shakers everywhere be with you.
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Brad
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2009-06-02, 17:03

Aye! Best of luck, Captain Drew, ye' salty sea slug!
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alcimedes
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2009-06-02, 17:27

good luck man.
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billybobsky
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2009-06-02, 17:36

thar be a drink raise'd to ya tonight!
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adamb
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2009-06-02, 20:38

Best of luck
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MBHockey
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2009-06-02, 22:42

Good luck man. I'll grad me a big bottle of apple juice and I can guarantee I will be able to outgass you. At least over an 8 hour period.
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2009-06-02, 23:00

Have a speedy recovery and hope all goes well for you.
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2009-06-02, 23:06

Best wishes. I hope everything goes as well as it can.
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ime_NY
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2009-06-03, 00:18

Best of luck and a speedy recovery
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2009-06-03, 01:13

What's your pain level?
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drewprops
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2009-06-03, 07:57

My pain level?

I'm not sure how to answer that... you may mean after I'm back from surgery. If you mean my general tolerance for pain, I can handle it pretty well. I think that Kickaha and I discussed the oddity of pain and sensation for redheads in a thread many moons ago. Basically, the way I understand it, redheads tend to be more aware, more "sensitive" to pain, due to having a physically higher count of nerves, but are also able to "handle/deal-with" pain better as we can dull it down.... somehow.

This explanation is probably ENTIRELY INCORRECT, but it's the only way I can remember it right now... it would be great to have a reference paper to consult.... or a dissertation from Kick.

Or something.

Anyway, I feel fine today, day-before-surgery.
Have a slight worry-sore on the side of my tongue, from stress... haven't had one of those in years~



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Bryson
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2009-06-03, 11:44

Have a lucky bum surgery, Captain. *salutes*
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Dorian Gray
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2009-06-03, 12:07

All the best for the surgery, drewprops. I'm sure you won't need that red-headed pain tolerance. 'Tis no longer the sixteenth century: they have anaesthetics and stuff now, at least for landlubbers.
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Kickaha
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2009-06-03, 13:01

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This explanation is probably ENTIRELY INCORRECT, but it's the only way I can remember it right now... it would be great to have a reference paper to consult.... or a dissertation from Kick.
The theory is: Hyper-active nerve endings giving us a lower pain threshold, (and why local anaesthesia works almost too well - it binds more tightly to the nerve endings), and a difficult to suppress central nervous system, which leads to a higher pain tolerance (and a legendary alcohol consumption ability).

Redheads are basically tough whiners.

My other brain is hung like a horse too.
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curiousuburb
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2009-06-03, 14:11

Back from my lung biopsy with no major complications, so I'm sending residual good hospital mojo your way, Cap'n.
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Moogs
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2009-06-03, 15:41

Did I miss something... Burb I had no idea you were going in for a biopsy. Hope you're doing OK / keep us posted on the results.
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curiousuburb
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2009-06-03, 16:08

Haven't wanted to hijack threads or jinx things in advance.

Still leery of posting too much med info in publicly searchable pages, but thought I'd ship some fresh Irish luck to Drew.

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.
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Moogs
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2009-06-03, 17:38

Roger that, matey. Argggh! Cap'n Drew surely appreciates it.
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2009-06-03, 19:00

Got this bum sketch done by a local artist just for you... Do you recognize me?!?! (I tried to strike a sexy pose for you!)

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