Tuesday, July 15, 2008


One day I will reclaim this blog to be about me. However, today's not the day. Sorry!

By the way, what follows might be a little TMI.

Mike had an emergency surgery today. It turns out that during his surgery the other day to remove most of his colon, he wasn't sewn up quite well enough. All this intense pain he's been in in the last few days wasn't all from the surgical pain. He's literally had fecal matter leaking into his body since last Wednesday. Max has had such a rough time getting the nurses to help his brother. There seemed to be a much larger amount of pain/psychotic behavior over the last few days than really should have been expected. It turns out there was an actual reason for the severity of the situation.

Mike is out of the surgery -- cleaned up, sewn up, etc. Things are very touch and go. They've induced a coma so he can get some rest and hopefully not feel too much pain. As you can imagine, Max and his mom are beside themselves. He could still die in the next few days -- infection, fever, etc. Max is also convinced that they're not receiving good enough care and enough attention from the nurse staff. I'm not there to watch the goings-on, so I can only listen and report his side of the story.

I think I'll be going out to California at some point before week's end. As Mike was in surgery, I packed a bag of nice (funeral) clothes for Max to take with me. I hope he doesn't need to use them.

I'm exhausted and a little stir-crazy. I had to get out of the house today. So, for the first time in days, I showered, shaved, and headed to the grocery store and to return some library books. As lame of errands as those were, two hours out of the house were great.

I finally called my gynecologist's office today. They told me if I didn't hear the results of my biopsy within 2 weeks to call. I left a message and no one has called me back yet. I pray it's nothing serious. We can't deal with anything else right now, thank you very much.

I'm going to try to go to bed now. That hasn't been so easy lately. The bed just seems so big to sleep in alone. :(


Chris H said...

So sad about Mike... and tell me about incompetent nurses not doing their jobs right! I am awaiting the outcome of my official complaint to the hospital I was in recently about just that! As for your biopsy results, I reckon if it was 'bad' news you would have heard by now! Bad news spreads faster than good eh?

Kate said...

So very sad about Mike. In my thoughts and prayers.

And I can't imagine being off work, and having to deal with something like this, I am one of those people who need work to distract myself in crisis....so I can totally understand needed to get out!

JODI said...

god, how awful! but good to hear they found out what was wrong (even if it was their fault!)... hospitals just scare me - no wonder my friend had her babies delivered by a mid-wife! :-o

i didn't buy the hungry girl cookbook - so cool that you got to meet her! i tend to find recipes online - it's easier and cheaper! ;o)

Kim said...

I'm so sorry to hear that this ordeal continues. :( Please take care of yourself Kim.

Slyde said...

wow, that sucks. I'll say a prayer that everything turns out ok.