Sunday, March 16, 2008

Big Scare!!

Where do I begin.......? We were headed to Jeremy and Lisa's for a funfilled weekend in New Orleans on Friday evening, when we received a phone call from my dad. Mom was in the ER with severe abdominal pain, vomiting and passing out, even after receiving 10mg. of morphin and 2 mg. of diladid( That is an ungodly amount of narcotics). After a ct scan they found pockets of air in her abdomen, which indicates that somewhere in the GI system there was a perferation. At this point we were about 2 hours from home and turned around and headed to Dallas. Mom was rushed into emergency exploritory surgery to find the source. They opened her from her sternum to her pelvis( what they call a zipper). The find... a perferated colon...extremely dangerous and serious(deadly if nothing is done quickly). They removed 6 inches of her colon and flushed her entire abdominal cavity. She was taken to ICU after surgery. We arrived at the hospital at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Mom was a serious shape. I went up for awhile with Dad and then went to their house to sleep a few hours, while Dad stayed at the hospital. After a few hours of sleep I went back to the hospital and let Dad come home to sleep.
In the mean time Jay went to the airport to pick up Jeremy who flew in from New Orleans. Jeremy and I spent the day with her while Dad rested. She looked so much better by yesterday evening and was a little more alert.
Today about 1 p.m. they transfered her to the surgical floor where she will be for 5-7 days before she can go home. Today while I stayed with her, she sat on the side of the bed while I combed her hair and she brushed her teeth. She was then able to slowly move herself back into bed. The doctors and nurses are very impressed with how well she is moving around. It has been good to see her making progress and slowly becoming herself. You just never know when these types of things will happen and it sure was very touch and go for awhile. So scary!! :( On our way home this evening I was finally starting to let down and with it came a terrible headache. I know I have been running on adrenaline since Friday evening. Knowing that she is going to be alright, I can let down!! :)
Dad is going to work from the hospital this week and my Spring break begins this Friday and I will go back with the boys then to help once she is at home. I'll let this be all for tonight and I'll post new updates through the week. I am so ready for a good night's sleep!!:)

7 comments:

BJKK said...

Wow, that sounds like a rough weekend for everyone. We'll be thinking of her!

Renita said...

Wow, we had no idea. We'll be sending "get well thoughts" her way!! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We're probably only 45 minutes away, or so.
Scott and Renita

Benjamin's Mom said...

Oh my - what a weekend for you. We're thinking of your Mom and hope she continues to improve every day.

DSBRansom said...

Oh no, that's too bad. Glad she's improving so quickly!

Life in Midlothian said...

Sorry to hear about your mom and am glad she is doing much better. If their is any way I can help with the boys next week let me know. I would come and get them for a day or whatever would be of help. Nathan and Alison

Benjamin's Mom said...

I hope it was okay - I copied & pasted this post in an email to my mom & Jeanie Q as they would definitely want the details & don't know if they read blogs. Both were glad to get details. Could we get the hospital name & room number for flowers please?
email me privately -
r.a.harris@sbcglobal.net
Thanks!

Kristen said...

Oh my...thanks for letting us know. So sorry you've all had to face this cery scary situation. We'll be thinking about all of you.