Mike, Ibuprofen, and Bleeding Ulcers

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Hi Daisey...Nac600 stands for N-Acetyl Cysteine 600mg, it's definitely not a niacin. I tried niacin once and it didn't react well for me.  At 79 years I wouldn't mess with perfection...that's impressive. Whatever you're doing it must be right.
For me the tylenol is working better than aspirin or tramadol for the pain.
 
Made a mistake on the name of my meds.  It was NOT omeneprozole.  It was protonix.  Only took it about 3 months, time for the ulcer to heal and my only blood to replenish the transfused blood.  I take nothing more for it or for any other type of stomach problem, as for now I don't have any other.

And to bucks2, the aspirin I took for that long period of time was coated.  I thought that was pretty safe.  As I said to John, one never knows until it happens to you. 

I am not putting this out here to scare everyone off from meds they take, but only to let you all know, that what we all think is a very innocent drug, can be lethal without warning.  And to also let Mike know that someone else has been through it also, and has lots and lots of empathy for him at this point. 

Daisy
 
I guess each of us has as much variety in tolerance of certain medications as we have in our ailments.

I've taken (doctor prescribed) an 81mg aspirin every day for 21 years, along with 5mg of Warfarin for my atrial fibrilation, arterial disease (two quad by-passes) and CHF.  I also will occasionally use non-prescription strength Ibuprofen for inflamed joints, Acetaminophin PM in event of severe pain and diphenhydramine or NyQuil as an antihistimine and sleep aid.

I've always said; ....getting old has been a blast, being old, sucks. ;)
 
Mike is doing fine. He's on omeprozole high dose for a month to heal the ulcer. We'll probably try Tylenol for the ankle pain. Be interesting to see what VA gives him now for pain since they're the ones who gave him the Ibuprofen. And I'm cutting way back on the Ibuprofen,too, so I don't end up like him.
R
I'm glad to hear reports from others who had this problem. Mike was lucky not to need a transfusion, although they were talking about it for awhile. Now to get his blood count back up.

The worst part of this whole thing is dealing with VA. We have to go back to Long Beach on Tuesday to see a PCP. He tried calling Loma Linda, which is closer to where we are but it seems they can't do that. And their record system which is sopposedly accessible at any VA in the country, isn't. Don't get me wrong, the care he received has been great but the scheduling while traveling sucks. So if you get sick while traveling, go to the VA but stay in one place until they're done with you.

Wendy
 
Daisy said:
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I am not putting this out here to scare everyone off from meds they take, but only to let you all know, that what we all think is a very innocent drug, can be lethal without warning.  And to also let Mike know that someone else has been through it also, and has lots and lots of empathy for him at this point. 

Daisy

Or, as my doctor once told me (talking about diabetes and cholesterol meds, but meaning most meds), all these pills are poisons that we need to try to minimize (paraphrased, as I can't recall the exact quote).
 
Wendy, it is great to hear that Mike is doing well.  I will remember him in my prayers.

As a veterinarian let me address some of the medication problems. The anatomy and physiology of dogs and humans are mostly the same. Every dog (person) is different. A drug that works on one may not work on the next dog (person) or may cause damage to one and not the other. If a little medication works more medication will work better is not true.  As we get older we do not feel pain in our stomach like we would have if we were younger. If you have stomach pain or pass blood... go to your doctor asap.

Most pain medication can cause kidney and/or liver damage. One should have a liver/kidney profile run before one starts these medications and at least every 3-6 months while on these medications. Always follow your doctors advise.  I have a kidney/liver profile run every 3 months.

Frank
 
Hi Wendy & Mike,

Glad to hear that Mike is back in the RV and being a general PITA. I know from my experiences 2 years ago and Laurie's comments that the change in diet and reduced activities while recovering tend to really effect a person. But remember, "This too, shall pass."

We're looking forward to seeing you guys on the road again in the (near, we hope) future.

Chet & Laurie
 
Hi all I would like to thank everyone for the get wells and good wishes.
We are now sitting at Fantasy Springs Casino and in the morning we leave for Borrego Springs. Hope to be set up in the Campground by 3pm. Be there until just after Christmas.
Mike :)
 
Did you remember to clean out the bank at the Casino before you left? (Well, at least pick up some spare pocket change?)

For some reason Judy and I often did "ok" at casinos when we were in vegas.. not by any means "Get rich" but we usually walked out with enough to pay for breakfast.
 
Lou Schneider said:
Yes, but the question is how much did you walk IN with?  ;)

Sometimes ya just hit it BIG!!

Kinda like the fella who went to Vegas in his old (paid for) 2012 Pickup truck, and came home in a huge $700,000 vehicle.  A Greyhound Bus............... 
 
Hi Mike,

Glad you're feeling better.  Where are you going to be in Borrego Springs?  We're at the K of A Co op in Yuma.  Heading toward San Diego in a few days and we've thought that Borrego Springs might be a good spot to spend a few nights.  Last time we were in the area we hiked to Hell Hole Canyon.  An oasis in the middle of the dessert.  If  you guys like hiking, I highly recommend it.  Fairly easy until you get close to the waterfalls.  Then there's a bit of  rock climbing which really isn't too difficult. 
 
We are staying at the State Park Palm Canyon Campground. Site 47
May be here without the VW to get around. As we we getting really to head here I went to move the VW to the back of the motorhome to hook it up for towing and the FUN continued it would not start. I think it may be the Ignition switch. Will check it out tomorrow and if it is the switch I will need to order one and have it shipped here.
Mike
 
Mike, if we go to Borrego Springs, we'll stop by and likely stay a spell.  I'll sent you a heads up if we do.  Sorry to hear the VW is on strike.  I imagine it's not easy to get parts for it.  Nothing available at a retail auto supply?  Maybe we could pick something up in Yuma and bring it over. 

Gary 

 
 
Wendy,

My husband and I live about 1 hour from your camp ground. If you or Mike need any help at all, please feel free
to email me at [email protected] We wont have a problem at all.
Brenda
 
Will check it out tomorrow and if it is the switch I will need to order one and have it shipped here.

In the meantime, take the plug off of the back of the switch and insert a pair of paperclips.  One for the ignition, a second one to activate the starter.

No use walking if you don't have to.
 
On ignition switches..........

There are two common types. column mounted and dash mounted.. Column mounted this is not often teh case as they often are slide switches operated by a rack and pinion gear system (the lock cylinder is the pinion) and less you break somethign, they usually work.

But the dash types the switch is often physically connected to the latch body (This may also be the case on some column) and if you have a key ring, as I do, this can cause wear on the switch and bad things happen.. Sometimes removing the key from the ring will be a temporary cure.

Sources: 1: Gus Wilson's Model Garage (Serial used to appear as I recall in Popular Mechanics)  And assorted mechanics who have seen MY key ring for the Workhorse...I wind up telling them the key on the ring is a back up, the key  use is in the ignition, They believe me too once they drive the rig into the shop to work on it.
 
Mike/Wendy, are you guys at Borrego Springs yet?  If not, we're going to head to San Diego.  We've been sucking up brown dust in AZ for 3 weeks and are looking forward to blue and green. 
 
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