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Re: Brain Death [Jun. 1st, 2008|05:21 am]
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[mood |scaredscared]

My husband was declared brain dead 3 weeks ago fron a Class 5 brain aneurysm and was an organ doner. Is there anyway that he could have survived? I've read, recently, that the "apnea test" used to declare brain death actually causes more damage to the brain, then those patients who are allowed to remain on life support.

My biggest fear is that I killed my husband, inadvertantly, because I allowed them to harvest his organs. I also read that brain dead people actually twitch and move when cut open by a scalpel. Must like a normal person would if they hadn't had enough anethesia.

I cannot bear the thought of him suffering through that. While we were waiting for his fever to go down (he had pneumonia), He still got goosebumps when I touched his skin, and he twitched a few times right before we had to say goodbye. We WATCHED him move. Did I screw up? I am haunted by this everyday. I don't think I could forgive myself if there was a chance that he could have survived.

I need to know if goosebumps are involuntary, simply by adrenaline, and if his twitching meant nothing. From what I've read, brain dead people don't even move.

I appreciate it.
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GI expertise needed [Jan. 5th, 2008|05:39 pm]
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[mood |anxiousanxious]

intussusception of the jejunum
 about two weeks ago i had a reoccurance of a gi virus from 2 months ago that hadnt completely resolved.  the symptoms were similiar to dumping syndrome.  prior to this never had any type of gi problems.  when i went to the nurse practioner at work and she ordered a CT of the abd that showed a possible lesion of the jejunum and the final note or diagnosis on the ct of the abd was jejunal intussusception.  a condition where the jejunum folds in or telescopes in o itself.  it is ormally found in infants or children.   im told less than 1% of all diagnosed with this condition is attributed to adults.  i am to follow up with a Gi doctor.  but i was wondering if anyone has any first hand knowledge or any knowledge regarding this condition.   any  info would be greatly appreciated as what i have found on the net is a bit disconcerting.   thanks  dea

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(no subject) [Nov. 25th, 2007|02:36 pm]
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[mood |annoyedannoyed]
[music |Austin Powers 3]

Hello Doctor, I has a little hand problem.

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(no subject) [Oct. 6th, 2007|11:05 pm]
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This is probably not the sort of question usually asked here, but I didn't know where else to go. I'm trying to find a terrifying (and maybe a little funny) medical-sounding name for writer's block. The best I can come up with is 'noncongenital museopathy'. Noncongenital means it wasn't always present, I think, and I guess museopathy would mean some sort of disease or abnormality of the muse.

So my question is twofold. Is what I came up with half decent, and can you do any better? What about the suggestions I've received from other places?

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(cross posted here and there)
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eye drops [Dec. 14th, 2006|10:27 pm]
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[mood |worriedworried]

Well, for starters I'm 26 weeks pregnant and starting to get an eye infection. I get them frequent and have a prescription for eye drops. I wasnt sure if it would be okay to use them or not. Thanks for any advice!
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(no subject) [Sep. 19th, 2006|08:38 am]
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Paging Doctor Eljay!

Someone needs your advice.....


Oh and a list of all her preggo "symptoms"

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(no subject) [Sep. 16th, 2006|09:59 am]
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Dear Dr. LJ,

Lately I get the worst taste in my mouth when I burp. And it's been happening more and more frequently. What's wrong with me?
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