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

11 thoughts on “Back in the Hospital

  1. This must be absolutely terrifying. I honestly saw your last post and I was concerned as you looked like you’d lost a LOT of weight. I then caught up on your posts and realized that you’ve been very sick. Are the doctors thinking that the best approach might be to stop food and just provide nutrition through the ng tube? I mean you must be absolutely exhausted at this point. Would definitely be interested in providing support if at all possible. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay. I have lost a lot a weight due to this infection. They are still trying to figure out what’s going on. I am concerned about my nutrition too as I’m not able to keep down much at all. They have me meeting with a dietitian so that is good but it’s still hard because I get sick when I eat. They are monitoring me closely though.

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      1. Keep strong. I know that right now you probably want to give up BUT I am sure that once you get things sorted you will be able to restore your weight and regain your nutrition. Please keep us updated. 🙂

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  2. My heart is absolutely breaking over here in Southern California. It is amazing how these blogs/ being a blog reader can have this profound of an affect on how one cares for another human being. I am so very sorry Taylor to hear of all the pain and discomfort you are going through. I am happy though that you have so many loved ones there taking such good care of you. I pray they find an answer to what is truly causing all of this and SOON.

    Sending hugs from across the U.S. to you.

    Donna
    XOXO

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I’m so lucky to have blog friends who care. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. I can’t wait to be healthy again and hope it is sooner rather than later. I know I can get through this, I just have to have patience.

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  3. 😦 I am so sad to hear this, Taylor. my heart is breaking for you. I pray God gives the doctors wisdom and that He gives you rest through this emotionally trying time. Thank you, thank you for your transparency. I have been thinking about you a ton and praying for you often. ❤ Sending you so much love and massive hugs.

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