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!!!!


sandalloons44 said...

OMG Debbie, please take care. So very sorry this has happened to you so much! If any consulation, please note, I have been there right with you and it gets better. Life is so full of ups and downs. I always say if anything went as planned, I would faint. LOL
I have been nursing an ear infection with a lost voice.
I sure hope you are feeling better!
Prayers your way!!!!

Susan Lepore said...

Oh, Debby, what an ordeal! So sorry about all of this. Hugs to you (and your Dad). Take care! :-)

Barb Meredith said...

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear this but glad that you are on your way to recovering and feeling better. Be sure to take it easy and not try to do too much too soon. Big hugs and continued prayers for you, your Dad and your entire family.


Shannon said...

So glad that they could get it taken care of and that soon you won't have any more pain....Awesomee that your dad is doing well....take care of yourself and have a Merry Christmas

Keely said...

oh, Debbie! i am so sorry to hear about your ordeal last week. you have some wonderful friends to come and decorate your tree. here's hoping to a more uneventful 2010 for you and yours.

Karen said...

I am so thankful that they caught it early and were able to get to the root of the problem. My mother died of this 15 years ago so I know how much pain you were in.

Sounds like you have some wonderful friends in your life. That is so special that they took care of you and your family.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a healther New Year.


ShariK said...

oh my goodness Debby. You poor thing! I'm so glad to hear you are on the mend after that ordeal. Great to hear good things about your dad also. Hugs to you!


Anonymous said...

Holy cow girl...slow down on all this drama...are you trying to win an academy award??? Get better soon...wish I was there to help you through it. Take care!!!

Faye's Crafti Corner said...

OH Debbie, please take care of yourself. We were married barely 6 months when I did the pancreatitis / galbladder thing and you are right IT HURTS!!!!!
You are in my prayers

Anonymous said...

Debbie Dear,
I am so sorry to hear about your medical issues, but happy you are now doing better. With all you've been through I don't know how you keep your sense of humour. Be assured that you and your family are in my prayers. Keep the faith that 2010 will be a wonderful year.
Sue Coverdill

julie said...

oh deb sorry to hear all that health drama ,i never knew but i hear everything from jill and shes been sick ,take care, that was cute story how you told although

Peggy Houston, TX said...

WOW - those pains are the worst ever. Glad you're on the road to healing - take it s-l-o-w! And watch some HGTV.

Rochelle said...

Deb, in all this, you managed to keep notes and put up a blog post! You CANNOT KEEP THIS GIRL DOWN!!!
Stopped in to wish you a very merry Christmas. I accidentally left out one gift to you when I brought the first one to Mike Wed night... have to get that over somehow.

I too wish with all my might for your 2010 to be happy and healthy. You will still have your dad's chemo to contend with, but that is at least the better part of his ordeal... he made it through to begin it, and hopefully it will work wonders on him, though it may not feel great while he's taking it. Some folks do pretty well on it.

May the New Year be otherwise UNEVENTFUL in this regard!!!


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