Friday, January 27, 2006

Mom Update

The doctor had bad news for us this morning...Mom has developed another fistula or hole. She just had surgery to repair a fistula that persistently drained for almost five straight months. The first fistula developed after an operation to remove and repair diseased tissue in her stomach and intestine. The fistula occurred when the internal stitches ripped open from the tissue they were to hold together. Years of Crohn's Disease and steroid and immunosuppressant therapy caused the surrounding tissue to weaken.

Mom had to wait for her body to heal and become healthy enough to endure another operation. Even though she couldn't eat she gained a few pounds from IV feedings every day. The doctor stapled, sutured and glued the old fistula closed and surrounded it with healthy and scar tissue to sort of cushion the area and aid in healing...and PREVENT further opening.

The doctor doubts the new opening is the old fistula that has opened (and if it is...what a persistent little booger!!!!!), but maybe a new one close by. The differences in this fistula and the "old" fistula:
*not as much drainage (even though it's a lot and requires a drainage bag)
*different color of drainage
*her body is healthier
*she's been off her steroids and immunosuppressants for months (compared with just days before)
*My daddy's been a superb nurse and, unfortunately, has had a lot of practice with the IV feedings and wound care over the past several months.
*GOD WON'T ALLOW HER TO BEAR A BURDEN THAT IS TOO LARGE FOR HER TO CARRY!!!!!!!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes and encouragement. Your support is getting me through this! I'll try to update as often as I can. (The computer in the hospital/hotel is nice and handy, but it's getting on my nerves a little bit)

8 Comments:

Blogger LadyBugCrossing said...

Oh dear!

Keep your chin up! We are thinking about you and praying for you.

xo
LadyBug

7:46 PM  
Blogger monica said...

I'm praying for you now. Sorry you are hurting and your family is hurting :(

Karen

9:44 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

I am sorry to hear this,keep positive !!

1:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Continued prayers being said for you mom.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

My prayers continue.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Good luck. so sorry to hear she has another fistula.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Oh no! She will continue to be in my prayers.

2:22 PM  
Blogger The Movie Monkey said...

Hey Kimmy, Jacob, and Snickers,

My heart's with you guys right now. Sorry about the lack of communication lately -- bad computer mojo going on over here, plus a lot of work, etc. Still, I did see this the other day and said a prayer for you, your mom, and the rest of your family. Keep your chin up.

And my favorite inspiration line lately, provided by Dory in "Finding Nemo":

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."

We're with you!

The Movie Monkey

1:24 PM  

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