The Hospital! I was admitted last Friday after a series of tests and my 10th ct scan for the month. Here's the scoop. Saturday marked two weeks of me being home from the hospital in Spokane. Usually in that time I should have been able to start healing and gaining strength. The opposite had been happening with me. I got the flu that first week which was torture (imagine vomiting over 50 times with hundreds of fresh stiches in your stomach!!) It HURT...but also brough on a fever and increased pain. The fever continued over a week and the pain got to a point to where I was unable to get out of my bed except when necessary. Out of desperation, I went to the ER and got a full battery of tests run and another ct. It revealed that I had a large abcess below my incision from the last surgery. I had been on antiobiotics but they aren't able to penetrate the abcess, so the infection was making me very sick.
I was sent to a radiologist in the hosital who was supposed to insert a catether drain into the abcess under the guidance of another live ct. Well...HE MISSED and sent the catheter straight into my bowel. So...I ended up being admitted into the hospital and had to have emergency surgery to fix my newly perforated bowel.
Well, now I have had 7 surgeries since Jan of this year...plus chemo and everything else. Needless to say, the surgeon wasn't able to stich me up because my skin, muscles, and tissues were so compromised from all of the other trauma and wouldn't hold. So, right now I have an open wound in the center of my stomach (my core...that gets used constantly!!!). They put a "wound vac" on it which is a pretty amazing technology that keeps my wound tissues fresh and slowly suctions them closed in hopes that they will heal closed. It looks disgusting and requires a ton of home health care once I get released. I will have to wear it for at least a few weeks and will have to have the dressings changed every other day at my house. They have told me that it is very painful and I am dreading it. The first time for me will be tomorrow. The Dr. also had to repair my bowel where the drain was "accidentally" inserted...and it was also pretty compromised. I am in a high risk catagory for more complications, so please continue to keep me in your prayers.
I can't believe I am writing this... Actually, let me take that back. I can't belive I am living this. I pray that I can heal from this and that life will start to return to normal. I don't know if I even remember what normal for my family is anymore...