Tuesday – April 20, 2010

April 23, 2010 joycepsouth

Doctors repeated CT scan of abdomen on Tuesday. There was something in the abdominal area but they was unable to tell what it was. Only option was to go back in for some exploratory surgery to see what they were seeing on the CT scan. So back to surgery we go around 2:45 on Tuesday afternoon. Five plus hours later she is finished with surgery. The doctor came up to talk with us and he explained for 30 minutes what he found and what he had done. Short version of what he said was — there was a pocket of infection in her abdomen. No understanding of why – on paper she looked okay – no elevation in white blood count, no temp for three days —vitals good– the pocket of infection was blocked off with scar tissue. She was a time bomb ready to go off — He said in 25 years he had never seen anything like this before – even called another surgeon in to assist to help decide what the best route would be — Finally removed more of colon and some of small intestines – flushed her insides out to try to get rid of some of the corruption he discovered. He had to put an ileostomy in – so she will have a bag- it is reversible. She will have 6 months of chemo when she gets stronger. Maybe the reversal after the chemo. Spent two nights in ICU. Hopefully she is now on the slow road to recovery. Sent the stuff removed to the path lab and we might know more as to the cause from it — who knows – we may never know why – other than it is all in God’s plans and we are trusting in his plans and we are in his hands.

We are now back in a regular room and looking forward to small steps to recovery each day

Thanks for your love and concern!!!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tony and kathy  |  April 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Glad to hear progress. Bowel surgery can be tricky and infections are one of those. Give her a hug.
    tony and kathy

  • 2. Hanni Cordes  |  April 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    To all of you – what a roller coaster of a ride! I know everybody must be exhausted from worry and knowing that there is nothing you can do except place your faith in God. Maybe these doctors’ experience with Ruth will help them save somebody else one day. I continue to believe in the power of positive energy and the strength of who your mother is as a person. It has been a long road, and will be one for a while, but she will make it. I told our friend Eman about Ruth, and she is very concerned as well. She has such fond memories of our trip for Ruth’s 75th birthday. She in turn has told her mother, who told the sisters and brothers, and the Muslim prayer chain has swung into action. It never hurts to have as many people praying as possible.

    • 3. joycepsouth  |  April 24, 2010 at 8:23 am

      It has been a roller coaster. I am thankful for good doctors, good hospital, but most thankful for a gracious heavenly Father and wonderful family and friends. Take care and we will keep you posted of progress. I am thankful that Ron suggested this – hopefully it will be a good way to communicate. Love to all —

  • 4. Mamie  |  April 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Tell your Mom I love her. I’m keeping her in my prayers daily.My prayers are also with you and the whole family.Please give me a call when you have a chance also .
    Give Ruth a hug for me,and Mother has her on the prayer chain at her church in Tenn as well.
    Love you all..
    Mamie


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