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Is there a Doctor in the House? [Aug. 9th, 2007|08:08 am]

I went into the hospital on July 3rd (the surgeon was optomistic that this would be a short visit of a few days... finally they got at the root of a problem...err well) I was released on August 2nd. So, OK , it ended up being a bit more intense of a stay then we had first thought..
some days in ICU, a Jackson Pratt tube (a fun little gadget that sticks out of your body to collect bile fluid gone astray), a wound vac the size of Vermont, and yadadayada..

Finally, the wound vac and the annoying little J Pratt tube are gone - so I'm home hoping that this is it for hospital visits.

Ha! I spoke too soon - I'm home for a few days and when I take a trip to the restroom, I felt
my feeding tube caught in my pants - quite a painful tug later, I see my feeding tube dislodged a bit, with an inch of tube dangling that I never saw before. Leigh calls my surgeon, and he said it should be OK, just press the feeding tube back in.

OK Fine. Then when it's time for me to get ready for bed - I sit down to take off my pants and
that entire feeding tube comes shooting out of my body ! >.o~! Gah! Again a call to the surgeon, who tells Leigh that he has a choice...
1. wash off the tube and put it back in (it's about 12 inches long) - then go to the ER
in the morning
2. Go to the ER immediately.

Always up for a challenge, Leigh washes off the tube and sticks it back into my intestine.
My only sedative was The Musher which I held quite tightly.

We meet my surgeon the next morning in the ER - and Xrays proved that Leigh put it back in correctly!!

My Dr. offered Leigh a job if "that mechanical engineering thing doesn't work out"

Since that incident, I've not used my feeding tube at all - and I'm feeling so much better!

Wishing you a wonderful day

[User Picture]From: doap
2007-08-09 01:47 pm (UTC)
yay i'm first comment & long distance hug *chu*
i'm glad you're feeling better, i hope it will last!

my gosh, having a tube going out from your stomach has to be so scary... i've never pictured it even in my worst nightmares. you're so brave(!)

Leigh and Musher are the best team, i feel so relieved knowing they're watching over you... but then again, it's unfair that wonderful people like you have to go through so much pain >_< hang on!
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[User Picture]From: hkoneko
2007-08-09 02:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight* I'm so happy to read you are doing better! ^_________^ I hope you recover quite fast, and are soon able to happily hang out with us again!

Much much much love from my... zoo (XDD) and me ♥ ♥
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[User Picture]From: dream_berry
2007-08-09 04:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds incredibly painful! I can't even imagine. I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better!! *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: whatafatcats
2007-08-09 07:15 pm (UTC)
Erb! That sounds like fun when I read. But if it was me instead of Leigh I would probably be very panic and don't dare to put it back for sure. That's a brave move. It must be very pain!!! MY GOCH!!!

Finally found the root cause! That's great! Hope you get better and better soon~~~
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[User Picture]From: oneeyedcat
2007-08-09 07:20 pm (UTC)
that's such a long haul and we hope you get better and better and better. Mom and I are thinking of you.
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[User Picture]From: faded_poetry
2007-08-09 10:23 pm (UTC)
that sounded painful! having the tube inserted in again! *cuddle*

Since that incident, I've not used my feeding tube at all - and I'm feeling so much better!
this sounds like a good start, i hope this marks your route to a full recovery!
^^ Leigh and Musher have been a very good team!
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[User Picture]From: pyjama_llama
2007-08-09 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ooof >.< You really get put through it, don't you! You take an incredibly down-to-earth approach to the whole thing, it's beyond commendable.

Glad you're feeling so much better, hope this indicates you being on the up, up, up!

*uses her Squirrel-Banjo icon to cheer you*
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[User Picture]From: eightnoon
2007-08-09 10:56 pm (UTC)
wow what at adventure! i'm sorry it's so crazy in your world, but it sounds like it just might be getting better. praying for ya! :D lots of hugs to you and leigh!
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[User Picture]From: endless_aoi
2007-08-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
Oh sweet relief! I hope that it's for you. You've been through enough. Thank God for Musher. Hope you're feeling better and recovering nicely now. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: ohfreckle
2007-08-10 12:27 am (UTC)
I really hope that things will look up for you now, it's been long enough. Thankfully you're feeling better, it's a start. Take care!
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[User Picture]From: tmsj
2007-08-10 03:16 am (UTC)
>>and I'm feeling so much better!

That's the best news of all! :)
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[User Picture]From: reeshya
2007-08-11 08:53 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: violetcloud
2007-08-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
D8;;; i'm speechless... you're so brave! (i would have ran crying to the ER x_x;;)
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[User Picture]From: momoiro_chan
2007-08-15 02:19 am (UTC)
Helayne~~ I'm glad that you're out of the hospital now! ^^; My little trip to the hospital is nothing compared to yours but.. I still don't like being there. :(
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[User Picture]From: hydeist_wannabe
2007-08-15 06:25 pm (UTC)
i'm glad to hear you've been feeling good for a bit :) but ack...having the feeding tube fall out :S (i guess it was the mechanical engineering training that allowed leigh to get it back in properly? XD)
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