Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oh, how a day can change

****warning**** this is a post about my health.  If you don't like reading things like that, just skip on by today.

Usually, I would have already written a post re-capping my weekend by now.  

And in fact, my weekend was a really good one - went to First Friday, helped at our church's clothing giveaway, finished putting together the kids' birthday present, shopped for birthday supplies, went to church, and cooked food for the coming week.

Sunday evening after dinner, I started having abdominal pain.  Now, I'm no stranger to abdominal pain.  I've had my appendix removed, I'm lactose intolerant, and I have IBS. I just assumed it was related to stress or IBS.  

But, it just kept getting worse.  I could not sleep AT ALL.  Around 2 am, I vomited.  And then every 20 minutes after that I vomited. All.night.long.  By the time morning came, I thought I had cancer and was dying.

I waited until Tim took the kids to school and then he took me to the ER.  It took over an hour and a half, but we finally got to a room to check me out.  Based on my symptoms and abdominal tenderness, they ordered a CT scan. 

The best moment was when they finally gave me morphine and Zofran.  Oh sweet relief from the pain and nausea.

The dr came in after the CT to let us know what they had found - a partial small intestine obstruction 0_0

That was certainly not on my radar of what could have been wrong with me, and truthfully, it really freaked me out.

THEN, the nurses come in to inform me that it will be treated with a NG tube and had I ever had one before?

Oh yes, I remember the dreaded NG tube.  I had one after my appendectomy and I still hate the memories of it.

Soooo, I was not very excited about this news. And just like I remembered, it was still as unpleasant.
I was not allowed food or drink and the purpose of the tube was to keep everything out of my intestines so that they could work the obstruction out.
I was miserable.  (good grief, why am I posting this picture?!)

Tim brought the kids by after school and they were terrified to see me, especially C Girlie.  She always worries about things hurting and she was worried about me hurting.

Yesterday morning, they did an xray and it showed that the obstruction had gotten smaller.  They began to introduce liquids back to my diet. Hallelujah! 
After I kept that down, they let me eat regular food.  It is extremely difficult to eat real food with a tube going down your throat. But, I kept it down!

They decided that I could go home last night since I was keeping food down. I don't feel like I'm 100% better, but I do feel a lot better.

The kids' birthday party is on Saturday.  A couple of family members asked if I was still having the party. Well, of course!  I had surgery in 2009 two days before Christmas and we still made that work.  I can do this....maybe with a little help!  B Boy was only concerned if he was still going to get cake! HA!

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who texted, emailed, called, came by, sent flowers, etc.  Your prayers and offers to help our family have meant so much to me.  I truly felt loved by everyone.  I pray that I learn to be a better friend by the examples I was shown this week. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


  1. I'm so glad you're home now! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  2. I'm so glad you're doing better and home now! Enjoy the party this weekend, but don't overdo it! If you need anything, let me know!

    1. thank you Adrienne, I really appreciate it!


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