Friday, April 9, 2010

This Is IT.

This is where I stopped stitching on March 10.  For some time now I have been having digestive problems, but that week it came to a sharp (and unpleasant) pain, so I made an appointment to see a doctor.  On Friday, after a few blood tests she confirmed that I was dehydrated, anemic and running a raging infection.  To find out what was going on, I went into the hospital for a CT scan . . . and didn't leave for six days.  During that time they filled me up with blood transfusions and IV antibiotics.  They also continued scanning and testing, but the results were inconclusive.  Unlike the television medical shows where the doctors love to dive right in to exploratory surgery, no one wanted to open me up unless they knew exactly what they would find.  Eventually they scheduled surgery with two surgeons (general and ob/gyn) for Tuesday, March 23.  I went home for the weekend and came back Tuesday morning. 

The surgery went well, but they did find colorectal cancer.  It was not the cancer that was making me ill, but the fact that it perforated my bowel which resulted in peritonitis (infection).  After another six days in the hospital with more IV antibiotics and TPN (nutrition from a tube) I was released; wobbly, groggy, and with painful staples that made my abdomen look like something attacked by an axe murderer.  I would never have made it through without the constant care of my beloved husband, who certainly went beyond the traditional marriage vows of love and cherish.  Two and a half weeks after surgery, I am walking around and starting to resume some of my family duties, especially tech support.  I installed a new color printer/scanner and fixed the wonky DSL.  Now I just have to setup the new computer I ordered before all this happened.

I thought that all this hospital time would make for plenty of stitching, but when you have IVs in both arms/hands attached to a seven foot tall silver pole with four drip monitors, holding the needle, Q-snap, and chart was a little beyond me.  I did stitch one thread of gray on the pie plate for Easy As Pie, but that was it.  Mostly I watched bad television or slept.  I couldn't even concentrate on reading.  I am starting to THINK about stitching.  Maybe not today, but maybe tomorrow.

106 comments:

Jane said...

Hi Kathryn, I've been wondering how you were doing! I'm sorry about the bad news about your illness, and I hope you will be feeling better soon. I had a burst appendix last summer, and I know the feeling, not enough energy to stitch. I was fortunate to have the minimal surgery, but still... I hope your further treatment won't be too arduous. (Been there too, 15 years ago.)
Thinking of you!
Jane
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♥ Sari ♥ said...

Oh my, you've really had rough time lately! Get well soon!

Xeyedmary said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Kat said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Pumpkin said...

OMG Kathryn! What a shock that must have been. I'm glad they were able to find out what your problem was and fix it. Will you have to have chemo or radiation? ((((HUGS))))

Stitcher said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Julianne said...

Best wishes in your recovery. How wonderful to have such a loving and caring husband.

Nadine said...

Thoughts for good recovery. Thinking of you and hoping to see you sometime this year.

mainely stitching said...

OMG, Kathryn, I'm just shocked! I'd noticed you'd been quiet, but I assumed you were traveling. Wow, I don't know what to say, other than I'm so glad you're home and that you have such a wonderful DH. Will you please keep us posted on your ongoing health concerns? LMK if I can do anything ... please!

Reika said...

Kathryn,I'm glad to hear that you're feeling good enough to think about stitching again. ((hugs))

Thank goodness for a loving, caring DH.

Donna said...

***hugs*** Not a good adventure. Glad to hear things are returning to normal. Take care and rest and let DH continue to be wonderful.

Daffycat said...

OMG Kathryn! What a rough shake. Heal quickly, dear. How are they going to treat your cancer? Let us know...we will be here to support you. *hugs*

Melody said...

Sorry to hear of your health issues. I hope things will be improving for you.

Thinking of you.

Front Range Stitcher said...

Best wishes for a thorough recovery are headed your way. I'm very sorry you're having to go through this ordeal and hope this will soon be behind you and you can move forward with your life. Take care.

jcbemis said...

ouch

Tony had peritonitis about 15? years ago - turned out to be a leaky appendix located more to the middle of the body than the drs expected, which had caused a hole in the bowel

Coni said...

Oh, Holey Schmoley! Please know that we are sending you our happy thoughts from Hoosierville and that we're praying for your speedy and complete recovery!

Coni, Aunt Chrissy, Stewey, and Bosco too!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oh my gosh! I'm just checking in on you for the first time in a long time and you have been through so much!!!!

I hope they got the cancer and that its all uphill from here! Take care of yourself and let us know how you're doing!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Just wanted to let you know you're being thought of daily. Get well soon.

Meari said...

I hope you're feeling better by now (I just read your entry today).

Sharon said...

Finally I am catching up on some blog reading. I am sorry to hear about your surgery and diagnosis-I hope your upcoming chemo and radiation will go well. Lovely stitching as always. I think I need your tech support at my house-LOL

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