Another Update

Hey guys. I’m pretty exhausted and delirious writing this now, but I’ll try my best to make sense. 😉

I am still in the hospital right now. It has been about a week and a half now. I was finally moved from a clear liquid diet to a somewhat normal diet to see how my body would respond. With a banana, a potato and some puréed foods over 48 hours, that was enough to set me off again resulting in severe abdominal pain. My doctor was hoping to release me Tuesday, but with how bad I was feeling, he wanted to keep me in patient.

I have finished the C diff medication and now they are thinking it is just a small bowel partial blockage. Since things are moving through my system, they do not want to operate. While this is good news, it is also pretty defeating since they can’t figure out what has caused this blockage. The plan is to get stable enough to go home and then complete a new endoscopy and colonoscopy in the next week. So far they haven’t been able to keep my comfortable and out of pain for very long. While I hate being in the hospital, going home scares me more. I am nervous to have another flare up and end up back in the ER for the 4th time. So the doctors are being extra careful this time around. They did put the NG tube back in Tuesday night to help relieve some of the stomach pains. So for now the plan is to hopefully get off the tube tomorrow and back onto a clear liquid diet and stay on that even while I am home because my stomach can’t handle much else. We think liquids are getting through, but the food (even bland soft and puréed foods) is not passing through my system which results in it building up and causing so much pain and nausea.

So basically we are back at square one. We are in the process of getting more opinions from different specialists so we will see how that goes.

Thank you all so so so much for all the thoughts and prayers. I really need them right now.

Me with all the baby food. Lol.

My husband brought my puppies to see me yesterday morning. I’m the last couple weeks, they haven’t seen me much. They both went crazy.

Sweet little Riley climbed out the window and just clung onto me. It was the sweetest reunion ever.

I hope you guys have a great day. I’ll keep you updated when there are more answers. Until then I’m just trying now to go crazy in the hospital. Love you all.

Back in the Hospital

Hi friends! I thought I should update here as I updated my Facebook account last week. During a routine follow up with a GI doctor at Vanderbilt last week, I was re-admitted to the hospital. I was already not feeling well before going in (after being on soft foods since Saturday when I got discharged from the hospital) and my stomach pain just got worse and I began the whole process of dry heaving and screaming bloody murder with the most intense stomach pains ever. They took me down to the ER and honestly the next two days are just a huge blur. I was in so much pain. They put the NG tube back in and kept me off all foods and drinks. Thursday was the worst day. They put this dye in my tube and took X-rays every couple of hours to see how far it went in my system. The whole time my tube wasn’t pumping my stomach so I was in extreme pain. It was horrible. The last test was at 3am so that whole day was really really rough. My mother in law came in town to help, my best friends have been by my side, my dad and little brother have come to entertain me, and my husband and mom have been by my side the entire time. I can honestly say this experience has been the most emotionally taxing experience of my life. It has been extremely physically painful, but being cooped up for two weeks in a hospital room is so very emotionally draining.

The doctors are stumped. They are working hard to figure this out, but truly can’t figure out what is wrong…. which is kinda scary. I am still being treated for the C diff, but like I previously mentioned, they don’t think this is the only issue. I get very nauseated after just eating jello, which is annoying because I am hungry!!! I have been living off of veggie broth and jello since Friday when they gave me the okay to have food and drinks. I am still only allowed to have those few things. It is hard when you are hungry, but get very sick after eating. I still have the NG tube in which gives me a lot of relief on top of nausea meds and pain medication.

I still am amazed by the outpouring of love I have received. From the cards to the flowers to the visits to the texts to the prayers, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sincerely grateful. My work has been so amazing and understanding through this whole process, which is a huge relief because I love (and miss) my job. I know I will beat this and it will get figured out soon. I am staying tough and fighting hard. Thank you guys so much for yours thoughts and prayers. I love you guys! I will be back soon. Xoxoxo

Happy Birthday To My Person

Good morning!!!  I am still so overwhelmed by everyone who has reached out and keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.  I can’t thank you all enough.  I am so blessed.

Before all the craziness began, we got to celebrate my sweet husband’s 31st birthday with close friends! We have been wanting to go to City Winery for a while now so we decided this was a great occasion!  

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We met some of our friends there for an early dinner.  We had a blast chatting away and sipping drinks (none for me while I am sick).  We got a bunch of appetizers and everyone really loved their food.  

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I made little treat bags for everyone too so some goodies were consumed as well.  Homemade cookies and chocolate covered pretzels!  (Clearly, I need to have a child as I am making goodie bags for my 31 year old husband’s birthday. ;)).  

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Then we sang to this sweet boy!!  He is a special one!  

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The whole gang!!  We sure did get lucky in the friend department!!!  

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My love. 🙂

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We got photobombed!!  

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My girls!!! 

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Three sweet boys at the bar. 🙂 

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I’m still doing well and getting lots of snuggles from these two. 🙂 

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I hope you all have a fantastic day!!!  

How was your weekend??

Tuesday Talks and The Biggest Thank You Ever

Hi friends!  I hadn’t planned on posting today, but I just couldn’t help myself after the response to yesterday’s post.  To put it simply, I am completely blown away.  I know I have a great support system around me, but wow.  I cannot say thank you enough for all the sweet messages, thoughts, and prayers from all of you.  I am beyond grateful.

I am still at home resting this week and have been feeling mostly good with a few stomach pains and some nausea at night.  I have another doctor appointment today with a GI specialist so I am hoping for more answers.  

In the mean time, I’ve been staring at all these beautiful flowers.  Fresh flowers just make me smile.  

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My sweet sister left this morning and I’m already missing her.  She is such a good caretaker and was by my side all weekend.  I was so happy she was able to go to the Preds game with my dad on Sunday so she could enjoy her visit a bit.  And the bonus is that they won in double overtime!  Can’t wait to watch the next game tonight! Go Preds!!

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I happily watched from my bed. 🙂 

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You know the honey I mentioned in my last post?  Well my momma brought me a jar!!  It is the best honey I have ever tasted.  

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Monday morning I woke up feeling pretty good so my mom, sister, and I walked to grab a coffee.  It is one of the few things I can drink/eat right now.  It tasted heavenly. 

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When my mom comes over, there is ALWAYS pingpong involved.  Who will be her next competitor? 😉 

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It has been very difficult for me to rest at home.  I can always think of things that need to be done.  Monday I mopped, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned mirrors, etc.  Today I am relaxing per my doctor’s orders.  On Monday afternoon my sister and I went to my dad’s to relax in the hot tub for a bit before heading to my little brother’s hockey game.  He was really excited to see my sister and see me out of the hospital.  He told me he was SO glad I was laying down in the hospital anymore. 😉  Sweetest boy ever. 

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Now it is time to go rest up before my doctor appointment today.  I will keep you all updated.  And once again, I am just so thankful for all my friends (internet blogging friends too!) and family.  Have a great day, friends!!

Home and Happy

Hi friends!! I sure have missed you!! Thank you so much for all the calls, messages, thoughts and prayers!  

If you haven’t heard, last Sunday night I ended up in the ER.  It is a long story so get comfy, but if you have a queasy tummy, you may just want to skip over this part. 🙂 

Last Saturday night we went out with some friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  When I got home I started throwing up and it didn’t stop until Monday morning.  Sunday afternoon I told my husband we had to go to the ER.  I puked out the car window all the way there.  We got straight to the front of the line because I was puking and screaming bloody murder.  It felt like someone was stabbing me with a knife in my stomach.  It was so scary and so so so painful.  It was the worst day of my life thus far (and hopefully ever).

After a TON of anti nausea and pain medication, they finally got me stable on Monday morning.  My mom and dad rushed to be by my side.  I was transferred to observation some time that night.  I had a panic attack and couldn’t feel my fingers so that whole time was just a big blur.  On Monday morning they put in a NG tube and once it was in right (the first nurse did it wrong), it suctioned out the contents of my stomach and I finally got some relief.  

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On Monday afternoon I got a call from my GI doctor who I saw the previous Friday and she let me know that my test results showed I had C diff.  I wasn’t happy with this diagnosis, but grateful to have something to treat with medicine.  My mom taught my dad and husband how to play bridge and I watched.  It was a much needed distraction. 🙂

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It was a VERY long week.  My mom, dad, husband, and friends took turns spending time with me so I was never alone.  I think they all slept less than I did last week.  My parents kept saying, “YOU are supposed to be taking care of US in the hospital!!!”

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I got every test imaginable done while I was in the hospital.  The doctors were all pretty perplexed by my case as I didn’t have a lot of the typical symptoms of C diff.  I even had to drink barium for a special CT scan so they could see my intestines and what was going on down there.  I saw every doctor possible too from Infectious Disease to General Medicine to Gastroenterology to Surgeons.  I know I had the best team working on my case.  All the doctors and nurses at Vandy were truly amazing.  I could never do what they do.  

My sweet bestie, Lissa, stayed with me Thursday night and even braided my hair.  

Sneaking a popsicle. 🙂 

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I have never seen my husband cry more than I did last week.  He and my parents were all so concerned.  He couldn’t stand seeing me in pain, which made me so so so emotional.  If this isn’t true love, I don’t know what is.  

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The best part of my week was a surprise visitor in the hospital on Friday evening.  My sister flew all the way from Dallas to be by my side (despite having law school finals next week!).  I am seriously the luckiest person in the world. It was all caught on video Here!

I was clearly a little emotional ;).  My sweet girls.  Love them so so so much.  

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Saturday was the best day ever.  After a few more tests that started showing some improvement in my blockages (the doctors knew it wasn’t just C diff… I have 2 blockages in my intestines and they are slowly healing), I got discharged.  Besides surgery, the best way to get rid of blockages is to rest the bowel (aka no eating or drinking) so I didn’t even have a sip of water until Wednesday.  It was rough.  I am slowly improving, but it will be a LONG healing process with a very strict diet and lots of rest.  I had never been more excited to see the sun shine.  It was a REALLY good day.  

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I am at home now and so happy.  I am feeling better each day and taking it very easy.  I am hoping to be back to a somewhat normal life and schedule soon.  I can’t wait to get back to work (I know, I may be a little crazy).  

Backing up a bit to end this post on a positive note.  The Saturday before all the madness began, I headed to my mom’s pool with my little brother.  This is what this infection has done to my body.  I have lost 20lbs, but my stomach is super distended and bloated.  It has gone down a LOT since then, but we still have a ways to go.  (I promise there is not a baby in there.)

My sweet brother catching some rays. 

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Then we put him to work. 😉

Such a great view. 

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My mom and stepdad have a ton of beehives and make their own honey.  I got to see the process and how it is all done.  It was so neat!!

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Their honey is like no other and it was cool to see it made!!!

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That’s all I have for today!!! I love you guys so much!!! 

 

Looking Forward to Summer

Hey guys!!  I hope you all are having a fantastic day so far!  I am feeling pretty good today, but I have more doctors appointments this week to hopefully figure out what the heck is going on!  

I want to switch gears a bit today because like most of you, I am seriously looking forward to summer (or at least spring!!!) with all the teases of warm weather we have gotten recently.  I have really been enjoying the short lived glimpses of nice weather so today I wanted to share a list of things that I am looking forward to at the weather heats up a bit! 

  1. Long walks with my pups.  Don’t get me wrong, I do walk my pups every day, but it is brutal when it is cold.  If it is raining, you can forget it… Riley refuses to go outside in the rain. 😉 I don’t blame him one bit!  We live near a park and I love the days when we get to take a long walk at the park.  It is good for my pups, but equally as good for me.  
  2. Reading outside.  I have been getting back into the habit of reading again lately and I just love reading a good book outside in the sunshine!  
  3. Lake trips.  Between my parents and in-laws, we have quite a few lakehouses to visit this summer and I can’t wait.  There is just something about being on the water in the heat of summer that I just contain my excitement!  I have some of the best memories fro our lake weekends with friends and family and I can’t wait to make more this year!
  4. Fresh flowers.  My mom and step-dad have a ton of hydrangea bushes and I love taking home fresh cute flowers for my kitchen table.  Fresh flowers make me so happy!!
  5. The pool! My mom and step-dad have a pool that I frequently take over in the summer.  Give me a float and a book and I am good to go for hours. 
  6. A tan.  Don’t judge me… I do wear a lot of sunscreen, but I can’t help but love a really nice summer tan.  I currently look like a ghost. 🙂 
  7. County concerts. There is just something about country music concerts in the summer.  It is so not the same when they are indoors.  We bought our Taylor Swift tickets what now feels like forever ago and I can’t wait!  I have been wanting to go to one of her concerts for a long time now and it is finally happening.  Fun fact: I got to go on Taylor Swift’s tourbus and meet her in a Walmart parking lot before she was super famous.  This is back when I was in high school.  It is really neat to see how far she has come.  
  8. Cocktails on the porch with my hubby.  After a long day at work, my husband and I love to kick back on our back deck with a drink.  It is a good time for us to catch up (sans electronics) and play cards or darts.  
  9. Music in the park.  At a local park near us, every Friday night in the summer they have different bands playing and food trucks lined up to feed people.  We grab a blanket, our pups, a bottle of wine and spending the night relaxing and chatting while listening to some great music.  It is always a great time.  
  10. Smoothies.  I used to be a big smoothie fan, but when the weather is cold, I am all about warm oatmeal.  I am excited to get back into the habit of making a cold smoothie each morning.  🙂 

That’s all I have for now!  Please fill me in on what you are most looking forward to this summer!! I want to know what your favorite activities or traditions are!! Share in the comments!!

A Hopeful Update

Hi friends!  I really appreciate all the sweet get well soon messages.  You guys are so sweet.  I just wanted to pop in again to let you all know that I am still here and haven’t gone anywhere, but yes I am still sick.  

I have been fighting this this for over a month now and it has been hard.  I have missed a ton of work and just feel out of touch with most people in my life.  My mom, husband, and dad have been taking really good care of me.  I seriously don’t know what I would do without them.  My mom has taken me to doctor appointments and procedures non stop this last week so my husband wouldn’t have to miss work.  She truly is an angel.  As of now, I am home and SLOWLY getting better.  I had a lot of tests done last week including another CT scan, an x-ray, and two scopes and the doctors can’t figure out why I am still sick.  They have put me on a few new medications so we are taking it day by day at this point.  My stomach is still very unsettled, but I have been able to keep food down the last couple days, which is a big step from earlier this week.  

So there ya have it.  That is where I am at now.  I really appreciate all the thoughts and prayers and I promise I will be back to regular posting once I am healthy again.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!