Aug 6, 2018

Change of plans of course

Greetings folks.  I got my Barrick charts today.  Wow.  So nice to have full size quality paper and print.  I plan to start one tonight.  If I can get the chocolate off my fingers. 
 
First off I want to thank everyone once again for support and concern and helpful suggestions.  There are several reasons we are staying here in this Steward facility, the first being Carole will not go out of town.  She has one son that works shifts and also volunteers (fireman).  He is lucky to catch a few hours sleep without interruption.  She has one sister (who is brilliant... well..  used to be) and one brother (obsessive personality is putting it mildly) and one brother in law.  To be alone a few hours away is very scary to her and with her health condition, does not want to be in a position that her son or we could not get to her if an emergency situation arose.  We are all only 15 minutes away here and that is comforting to her.  And us.  Dr. Sachdeva and Dr. Vallabh are very fine surgeons with excellent reputations that have treated family previously.  We are very lucky to have them both.  Her family doctor has been a Godsend to her and other family members for almost 40 years and treats us like his own family.  The mix ups and errors and rudeness are not as important as the people actually saving your life.  I found out that there is a nationwide shortage of Ativan!  It's not just the hospital, no one around here has any.  So I took her some of mine which they allowed.  The gallbladder removal is Wednesday, nothing tomorrow, because that surgeon is on vacation as we thought, but were told otherwise for days.  The process will be backward, gallbladder first, stones the next week, but that is what it must be.  Good.  She will have a week between anesthesias.  Hopefully the organ will not burst or disintegrate upon removal and that will go smoothly, and she will be monitored and dosed to wake from the surgery.  After the PCP, cardiologist, gastro, and pulmonary people said they are at a loss to understand the shortness of breath, I did my own research.  It seems a diseased/inflamed/enlarged gallbladder and complicated by blocked ducts can cause gastritis, which bloats the abdomen, puts pressure on the diaphragm, and can cause this.  It's the best I got!   Forums with other patients have shown this is common and many have claimed to develop breathing issues, not realizing it could be the gallbladder (or other abdominal issues).  She is hoping this is her case and the scary breathlessness will cease.  Dr. Vallabh said people Carole's age rarely have pain indicating there is a problem (she has NONE), but a younger person would.   Her antibiotics for the sepsis have created a real problem "digestively" and also a yeast infection in her mouth and throat.  But her fever is down and they are pleased.  So there you have it!   Wednesday is the surgery and we are praying all will go well and her heart can handle it.  I will update then, maybe even have a little stitching to show.
 
Thanks everyone.  Bless you all!
 
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21 comments:

Penny said...

Many, many prayers.

Truus said...

Gods Bless and may there be many guardian angels around you all but aspecially for Carole.
Still praying...
Greetings,Truus of Holland

rosek1870 said...

Praying all goes well. I took my stitching to the hospital when my daughter had her cancer surgery. It was the only thing that kept me calm [well as calm as possible ]
Hugs
Rose

Barb said...

All of you are in my prayers.

kelley said...

hugs and love all ...I completely understand the need to be by family...and with Drs you know...Carole has the best sister ever...

Terri Patillo said...

Continues prayers!

Heritage Hall said...

Sounds like a plan.... just praying for the very
best outcome for Carole and peace of mind for the
whole Family... Listen Chocolate fingers, with the
stress you are enduring you are entitled... If it
would not contribute to your urges, I would send a
case of frozen Doves...never thought of them as a
substitute for your other tranquilizer, but it makes
sense to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Rugs and Pugs said...

It boggles my mind that hospitals don't have the meds they need.
Prayers for your sister and big hugs for you.

Margaret said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date on Carole's situation. I'm still shaking my head -- ativan shortage. Wow. You're so right -- the surgeons and doctors are the ones who really matter in all this. continued prayers that all goes well. Try to take it easy if you can.

debbie haggard said...

Understand still very much risk and concerns but good to hear some positives. Continued good thoughts and prayers to you all.

Sandra said...

As Carole is on antibiotics, she should also have some probiotics (like Yakult) to replace the good bacteria in her gut. A nurse once told me that this is vital if you take antibiotics as they also kill good bacteria as well as nasty bugs. Hope all goes well tomorrow.

C M Designs said...

Oh, to have the family members that you mentioned. What a blessing.
Praying that ALL will go well for Carole tomorrow and for the surgery to follow next week.
Take some time, do some stitching, relax, chill, eat some chocolate and know that many thoughts and prayers are with you and Carole.
Hugs,
Charlotte in Va.

celkalee said...

Having family close is often as important for the good prognosis as other factors. Blessings to all and prayers for a good outcome. Glad you have received a reasonable explanation for her issues.

Vickie said...

I am continuing to pray. ((Hugs))

jhm said...

Keep up the great work as an advocate for your sister. She is lucky to have you in her corner. Take some stitching for during surgery. It got me thru all of my Dad's surgeries as well as my mother's. Also take a bag of chocolate, just not too melty. Perhaps a night in the fridge or a few hours in the freezer before leaving.

Praying for you and family.

Jackie

Leslie Alexander said...

Praying for a very safe removal of an intact gall bladder.
And praying that Carole will have great peace.
I would feel comforted and safe, too, if you were my sister.
Probably need lots of stitches because of all the laughing we would do, though.
God bless you, Marley.
I just love clicking that "I'm not a robot" box everytime I comment.
What a great reminder!

Mary said...

Sending all my good thoughts your way..take care of you too.

Denise Brown said...

I do hope Carole will improve and feel better soon.
You are both in my prayers. The caregiver is also
in great need of prayer!

Maryann Olsaver said...

Sending many many prayers for all...

Lisa B. said...

Prayers heading your way. I've been following your journey with Carole. You are so amazing.

An Ativan shortage? Yikes. Ativan carried me through my chemotherapy treatments.

Keep the faith.

Lisa Buick

Kim Ezman said...

Please let Carole know we are praying for her speedy recovery. You and your families are also in our prayers. God bless.

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