Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Technical Difficulties--Or, Why I Haven't Made anything cool in ages.

On Friday, June 3rd, 2011, I went out to Karaoke with my family and a good time was had by all.  Life was normal.  On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, I was awakened by crushing chest pains that radiated into my shoulders, back, and abdomen.  I thought I was gonna die of a heart attack on the spot.  Never one to leap into untried waters, I called my hubby who was working Saturday and had him look up symptoms of female heart attacks on the internet for me.  He called an ambulance for me since I was far from lucid by then. 

The rest is mostly a blur.  I remember a little about the paramedics, a bit about the ambulance ride, my ex-Catholic guilt coming up because I wanted to stay still for the CT scan but couldn't stop my body from moaning in turned out I had an abdominal rupture from a stomach surgery two years ago.  Thankful for the news that it was not a heart attack, I was happy though still in pain, until I found out what the treatment woud be.  Total "rest" of my stomach, meaning I couldn't eat or drink anything for at least a month.  Also an aggressive drug treatment protocol of IV antibiotics and antifungals was started.  After a few days they started feeding me through the IV.  I spent 2 weeks in the hospital, some of it in ICU, and now I'm home learning from a home nurse how to manage my own IV treatments and feedings.  Right now it feels like a full-time job, but I'm sure as I get a few more days under my belt, it will seem more manageable.  Unfortunately I will still be starving and coveting food and drink with an intensity I couldn't have anticipated.  I am so emotionally addicted to food!  This will be a learning experience, that is for sure.  So far, all I have had energy for is managing all the IV meds, sleeping, and reading.  Hopefully I can make some jewelry soon. 

I want to say a big sappy thank-you to all my hospital nurses at Skyridge,  in ICU and unit 6, who were wonderful, and to Dawn, who is my visiting nurse and who has the patience of a saint.  Nurses rock!  They work so hard and take such good care of  What a noble, hard job, and how admirably it is being done!

Sorry for the boring post, but I thought I should explain my absence recently