Where the heck have I been since Monday? Oh my lovely readers I wish I could tell you that I was in Hawaii, drinking cocktails and letting the ocean waves splash at me feet. Instead I spent 3 days in the hospital from unexpected complications!
The entire week prior to this ER trip I spent days on and off throwing up at night. Miserable stomach pain and feeling nauseas all darn day. I even jotted off to Target one day to take a pregnancy test. I was convinced with the nausea and the random throwing up that I was pregnant. Last Wednesday I spent 8 hours puking and curled up in a ball from pain. I went to my internal medicine doctor and she gave me Zofran + Pepto Bismol to control everything so Dan and the kids and I could go to Columbus to see friends for the weekend.
In short, the weekend was fabulous. I was nauseas, and thankfully had my medicine on hand to help. Fast forward to Monday night — I found myself in worse shape than ever. I tried to fight it off for hours, trying to avoid a doctors visit, but I literally thought I was going to black out.
It took only minutes in the ER and a quick cat scan later for them to find that I had a bowel obstruction. Yep — Oh joy. They told me I needed my stomach pumped, another cat scan and potential surgery. Of course I cried, not because of surgery but because of the stomach pump. I’ve never seen it done before, and whether it lasted 3 minutes or 20 I was dreading the entire process.
Surprise, the stomach pump was the stay in for DAYS potentially! AH. They told me that after I was a brave champ and had an easy time with the tube going down my nose to my stomach. It hurt so bad to move my neck and trying to talk just led to puking and gagging. Sweet Danny – he was a tough sport seeing his wife be so sick + nasty looking.
I had the pump in until the following afternoon when they looked at my scans again and thought we could clear this obstruction through medicine, not surgery. Thank goodness!! So multiple enemas, and trips to the bathroom later here I am, Thursday afternoon happy to say that I am home. Finally!
I am still in recovery mode. Trying to move around, walk as much as I can. Eat what my stomach will allow, but it does make me a bit weary I’ll get sick all over again. SO happy to be home with my family. SO sorry that my posts did not go up this week, I was busy making other stuff come up and out 😉
Thankful that I listened to myself — got my butt to the ER when I did before it got way worse. Sometimes as a mom you put your pain/sickness on the back burner just trying to truck through your day. I did that for an entire week second guessing myself and thinking I was over analyzing what I was feeling. Fact of the matter is, trust yourself, and just ask for help.
Holy cow, am I glad I did!!