Sunday, December 6, 2009

Emergency Rooms, Pain Meds, Surgeons....Priceless!

A week ago tonight, I doubled over in so much pain that I just about passed out. I scared hubby by demanding he take me to the emergency room. He has never heard me utter those words unless it involved one of our children.

Here is the readers digest version of my past week:
  • Sunday, November 29...10:30 pm hubby drives a whimpering in pain Debbie to the emergency room.
  • Monday, November 30...1:30 am after many lab test and scans diagnosed with Pancreatosis....infection of pancreas with enzyme levels of 5,000 instead of a mere normal 100 range
  • Monday, November 30...5:00 am admitted to St Lukes Hospital. Got to ride in an ambulance for the first time ever in my 50 years of life
  • Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 2... LOTS of PAIN MEDS, NO Food, NO liquids, not even ice chips.... only saline IV. I didn't care. I just wanted to either sleep or die at this point it hurt so bad and was uncomfortable even with the meds.
  • Thursday, December 3...Doc decided I was well enough to have Gall Bladder surgery today. Lucky me! I was asleep, I didn't care since they promised I would feel better afterwards.
  • Friday, December 4...7:30 am woke up feeling a little bit better except for the 4 new holes in my stomach from the surgery. Did I forget to mention, more pain meds ?? My mind is a little foggy at this point. Oh....and it is suppose to SNOW in Houston today.
  • Friday, December 4...9:30 am Doc says I can go home to recover...whoopee, it is started to SNOW and I get to go outside and see it in my drug induced state :)
  • Friday, December 4...2:00 pm Hubby picks up his drowsy wife from the hospital and drives home in the SNOW. He assures wife it is really snowing and she is not imagining it.
  • Saturday, December 5....took meds, slept, took more meds, slept...oh, I got to eat something too :) slept some more.
  • Sunday, December 5...feel a little better today, stomach is sore, I am soooo tired but happy to have made it through the past week. Some dear friends and family members came over and decorated my christmas tree for me while I slept this afternoon. It was a joy to see when I woke up. Will try to take a picture when I can tomorrow. Tired again...going back to bed now.....

This has undoubtedly been one of the hardest years of my life. I can hardly wait for this year to be over. With my eye cancer earlier this year and then my dad's liver cancer and now my recent medical issue, I am definitely praying for a new healthy 2010 for me and my family.

For those of you wondering, my dad is doing well after his recent liver cancer surgery but will be starting his 6 months of chemo in the next few weeks. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

At times like these, I keep reminding myself of one of my favorite sayings...."What Doesn't Kills Us, Makes Us Stronger!" Okay LORD, I think I am strong enough now!!!!


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