Archive for the ‘Surgery’ Category
What a great way to blow off steam! I found this hilarious but not in an offensive way. I know some people were upset by it, but I’m pretty sure that they were just having fun. I want to catch me some plastic babies, lol!
I’ve been back in the hospital since early Wednesday morning. I think that I was sick with something like the flu (high temp, body aches, tons of number three, vomiting) that tipped me over from being dehydrated to even more dehydrated. My husband was a trooper and drove me and our three children to the ER. We even got pulled over because we were going a tad bit fast, but we didn’t get a ticket. I think that I looked pretty horrid. I thought that my children, for getting pulled out of bed at 1:30 in the morning, did great in the ER under the circumstances. I felt a little bit better after some IV Zofran, Benadryl, Protonix, and a couple of liters of IV fluid. My liver is doing fine again, and I’m thankful for that. My feeding tube is clogged, though, so I had to stay in the hospital. I hate the hospital. Hate it…but it is better than dying…maybe. I think that I would welcome death at this point. We are 15 weeks and 4 days. The baby is still active. It is already grounded for life.
So, I guess that I’m supposed to have another EGD tomorrow to put in another extension tube into the small intestine. I am not looking forward to this. The last EGD was very painful afterward. I felt like I got hit in the chest and abdomen with a baseball bat and my throat hurt so bad. I actually had blisters around my throat and on my uvula. So far, they have tried papaya enzyme, warm water, coke, and creon + sodium bicarb to try to break up the osmolite that got the tube clogged up.
D1 has been very helpful around the house. He has started to get an allowance. D2 has been very sweet. D3 has been saying, “I like that” and “I love you.”
I spent the last week in the hospital again. I had an EGD where the GI doctor inserted extension tubing into my PEG tube and advanced the smaller tubing into my small intestine. I am slowly getting better since the switch. My liver enzymes are coming down, and I haven’t vomited since Sunday morning before the EGD. I have gained 0.4 lbs! Our baby is doing great from what I can tell. It is very active and strong! We are 14 weeks and 4 days today.
There was a lot of drama with this admission. My case was supposed to be discussed with hospital administration tomorrow. Someone complained about me about something; I’m not sure exactly of everything. I ended up leaving AMA. I do not want to cause trouble at my own hospital because of hyperemesis. I don’t even know the whole story, but I’m glad to get out of there. Right now, I don’t hold any bad feelings. HG is so poorly understood. I really want to help others who are in similar situations to what I am in currently.
It’s so good to be home. I missed my family a lot. D1 is still obsessed with Minecraft. D2 has been getting into trouble a bit. D3 is into babies, and she loved seeing the babies at the nursery at the hospital. She was practically drooling!
I officially cancelled my July MCAT date due to be sick.
Well, here its is. My very stretched marked, tubed pregnant belly. I don’t really know if I look 13 weeks pregnant with my fourth child yet, but I am sure that I will get a nice baby bump with time.
My feeding tube must be placed in the distal stomach from what I can tell. I talked extensively with the GI doctor about why placing a tube above the pylorus is a bad idea for women with HG since one can still and will vomit their gastric contents. I don’t think that my GI doctor listened to me since I am now vomiting my medications, water boluses, and formula. Errrrr. Is past the pylorus too much to ask for so at least I can’t vomit my food? It’s cruel to place an actual gastric tube in a person who vomits all the time. I might as well eat real food and vomit. Osmolite tastes nasty.
This is pretty much my own fault. No one went over the surgery consent with me. The surgeon is supposed to. He did not, and I was stupid enough to sign it without asking if he was going to do the “extension” past the pylorus and into the small intestine like he had talked about before. Word to the wise: Never sign a surgery consent without asking lots of questions to the surgeon. It’s not worth months of misery.
I spent the last week in the hospital, and now I am so happy to be home with my family. All my nurses were wonderful in OB, surgery, and the med/surg units. My homecare nurse is great also. Go Brittany! My doctors are super awesome, and I’m thankful to have an OB who takes HG seriously! I couldn’t be more happy. For those in the Michigan/Ohio area, if you are in need of good HG OBs, let me know. I will give you a list of physicians. It can be so hard to find understanding doctors for HG.
I have a PEG tube now, and that is how I will receive all of my water and nutrients until I can eat and drink on my own. I am still extremely weak. I was only strong enough to ambulate around the med-surg unit once yesterday before I had to call it quits. Compare this with six years ago when I used to walk six miles a shift on that same unit going back and forth between patient rooms!
The nausea is still something horrendous. I use a spit rag for all of my saliva. I’m really worn out from the feeling so sick all the time. I think that my official weight loss for this pregnancy is 20 pounds since now I shouldn’t really loose any more weight because of the tube feedings (Osmolite 1.5 at 65 mL/hr). The PEG tube site is still sore. I suspect it will be painful for at least another week before things can heal up a little more. I’m just thankful that now I have the means to feed myself and my growing peanut! The baby is doing great. I can feel it move, and it is very active. I will count myself lucky. We are 13 weeks pregnant! All in all, things are looking up for our family.
I’m still thinking about everyone who is soon taking the MCAT in July. I wish that I could have been one of you. I’m so excited, though, to see how awesome you guys do and the great places that you get into medical school. How cool! Oh, and get back to studying! That goes for those midwifery and nursing students out there, too!
I thought that maybe you were getting sick of women’s breasts. So, here is a man’s breast being excised.