Another -itis

It’s autumn, and time for harvest.  My plan for today involved trees, apples, and lots of canning jars.  Once again, though, medical issues have interfered with my plans.

I’d been working with the assumption that since my doctor hadn’t phoned about my test results, that things were okay.  Instead, when I arrived for my appointment to discuss the test results, they couldn’t find the report.  The radiologist couldn’t find it, either.  Only after I gave them the date and time of my test were they able to find the results.  Results that say a biopsy is recommended.

My stomach started aching, and it surprised me.  I thought it was a strange time for nerves to be making an appearance.  The biopsy was scheduled for Friday, and I told myself to suck it up and deal with it.

Things got worse, though, and after I got home I started vomiting blood.  That isn’t nerves, just coincidental timing.  A phone call to my doctor’s office led to instructions that I should lay down and rest, and if I continued to vomit blood, should go to the ER.  After two hours, I arranged for my husband to come home early.  He drove me to the hospital, pulled up to emergency, and I was quickly put in a room.

I can now tell you from personal experience that an NG tube hurts going in.  It is not at all comfortable having a tube up your nose and running down your throat to your stomach.

Lavage is the process by which they inject water through that tube, then suck it back out until the contents are relatively clear and the stomach is empty.  They then hooked a vacuum to the tubing in order to keep my stomach empty.

Once again I found myself thinking that all this would be really cool if I wasn’t learning about it first-hand.  I got an x-ray and an EKG and a CT scan.  The CT scan showed that I have pancreatitis.  This is very painful, and I don’t recommend it.

Other things I don’t recommend are expecting to get any sleep if you’re admitted to the hospital, and trying to think clearly when you’re taking morphine.

Thanks for reading.  I hope you are doing well.

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17 thoughts on “Another -itis

  1. Some days you’d rather not repeat. Sorry Warmsocks, hope you are doing better and can go home sooner than later. Hospitals are not my favorite place to get well either. Be a good patient, so you can exit, ASAP!

  2. Oh geez that is terrible. I’m really sorry you are going through this and hope it resolves quickly. I’m keeping a good thought for you. Hang in there socks.

  3. How incredibly frightening! Socks, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Please know that I’m thinking of you and your family and sending all the comfort, care, courage and hope I can your way.

  4. Thank you. The endoscope showed no ulcer (whew!) They kept waking me up and saying “BREATH!!”

    My IV alarm keeps going off and it takes thenm foerver 2 fix it. Everyone says, :call if you need anything” but they never answer the call bell so I’ve given up on that. My pain meds r supposed 2 b every 2 hrs but they come check every 3-4. I am fairly unhappy about this.

    Sorry 4 typos. They left the pulse-ox thing attached 2 my finger. and the shades are not adjusted right so the sun is in my eyes and I can’t c the screen, Maybe 2morrow i will b more coherent

  5. Oh, WarmSocks, this is awful… and bad nurse care to boot. And a biopsy on the horizon. How awful… I am so, so sorry you have to deal with all of this. :( And you are still blogging. How I love you and your commitment. You are in my prayers, as is your husband and children. Thank you for keeping us posted.

  6. My care tech chewed me out. I’ve been putting the call bell on and waiting five minutes, then using the bathroom on my own (which I’m not supposed to do). There’s a little bucket in there so they can measure my “output” but I didn’t know that and I’ve been emptying it, so their records are all wrong. The tech was not happy. I’m supposed to wait for help, and I’m supposed to leave their measuring device in place. I told her that I’ll leave it there, but since they never answer the call bell, I’ve given up on that and won’t wait any more. I didn’t tell her that I’ve even tried putting a kink in my IV line to make the alarm go off, but they ignore that, too, so it just means that I’m not getting nearly as many fluids as I should. My husband saw that and just goes to get help if the alarm gors off when he’s here

    Tonight I got three hours of sleep and they only woke me twice. Maybe I should try to be awake at night, and sleep during the day when patients are ignored!

  7. Oh Socks!

    I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. I can only say I’m thinking of you and mentally lighting fires — and maybe a firecracker or two — under the butts of those sorry-ass nurses and tech staff!!!

    Take care and I’m thinking of you!
    :) L

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