Monday, March 27, 2006


I have been terrible and haven't blogged, but it's because I was back in the hospital. I am having trouble eating and drinking, so I had to be put in for some bile duct tests and IV fluids. Apparently, I am surgically okay (read that as "the surgeon has covered his ass"), but now have to see a GI for stomach problems. I freaking really give up. I am taking Nexium for the time being and trying to keep fluids in so I don't have to go back to the teensy tertiary hospital which seems to only have surgeons and general practicioners. Apparently, the gallbladder surgery was a success and my white count is finally down for the first time in years, but I have some steroid damage to my stomach. It kinds feels like the gallbladder surgery was for nothing.....but I saw the reports and the pictures, so I know it had to come out, but apparently it hasn't solved the eating problem. Damn do I hate doctors even more now. Tomorrow I see my rheumy and will try to get a referral to a GI at her "big city" hospital at a later date. I am tired of it and really am not looking forward to more testing, etc. Of course, I don't want more IV fluids either, since the six IV lines they started all blew and I have really no good veins left. My veins sucked before, but they are bad now. To get lab work I need IV fluids for 45 minutes first.

Enough about that, thank you Stacey for the Snapea Crisps-they will get eaten eventually.

Elena asked me when I was going to start back to crocheting.....hopefully once the IV lines heal up I will, another week or so. I haven't been to Crochetville, read Bloglines or anything. I'm tired, yet don't sleep well. They started me on new "happy pills", so hopefully they'll help out with that.

As you may know, things have been crazy here with Mike and Elena, trying to get everything done and get organized, hopefully I will catch up soon.

I miss you all so much!


Wendy said...

OMG! You can't catch a break. I am sorry you are still having problems, that sucks. I hope your rheumy has something hopeful to say to you and can refer you to a good GI. I have missed you. Take Care! (((HUGS)))

noricum said...


It could be some of the antibiotics you took killed off the helpful bacteria in your GI tract. I've heard eating yoghurt can help. Assuming you're not allergic to yoghurt (I am, of course), it could be worth a try.

Kathy said...

I agree about the full live culture yogurt, if dairy doesn't bother you, give it a try. I so wish I could just give you a big gentle hug, making sure not to hurt our incisions. And the can't sleep but exhausted? Same here...up all night like a hooty owl, then falling asleep all day. I know you miss the crochet so much.

Much love

Vera said...

I've been thinking about you. Hang in there, and take care

Megan said...

Sorry you're not well! I hope you feel better soon!

Marvie said...

{{{Hugs}}} I'm going to light a candle for healing right now.

Get some rest, I know it's hard when you can't sleep, but even just lying down resting is better than nothing. Even if you can't actually crochet, try crocheting in your head, I do that sometimes at night and it helps me fall asleep. You just have to get into that zen, relaxed state, hell it can't hurt to try! And do try the yogurt thing if you tolerate dairy, might help.

Sending healing thoughts your way!

Sara said...

Oh Deneen! You poor thing.

Hugs and positive mojo!

stacey said...

Hang in there! I remember how miserable my mom was after her gallbladder surgery--there were some bile duct complications and she had to have another procedure and was in a lot of pain in the meantime and couldn't eat.

I hope the docs manage to track down what's causing it for you and fix it *quick* so you can start feeling better (((hugs)))

The Shrone said...

I'm bringing out my trusty sword to help slay your Tummy Dragon! Hopefully the doctors can find the source and get you back to normal.

Hasn't anyone thought of giving you a central line since your peripheral veins are shot? That's what I always push for when my arms/hands go bad.

It sucks not being able to crochet.

Sending healing vibes & hugs!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you lots Deneen. Huge group wish to you so you can get to a "comfortable norm" and live your day to day crocheting and blogging life for you, and for Mike and Elena.
-Jewels (had to go anon here, blogger wouldn't let me sign in)

Sedie said...

Take care of yourself. We'll all be here waiting for you to return. All the best.

Faith said...

Oh Deneen I'm so sorry! Many positive thoughts for you to feel like yourself again. (((hugs)))

Wendy said...

Based upon what Andrea and Kathy said...what antibiotics did they give you? Was it tetracycline?

I am worried about you. Keep me updated. :)

Kathy said...

Deneen, I'm wondering if your poor tummy has just had too much abuse from the damn bile, and the steriods abusing it for so long that it's just going to take some time and being very very nice to it before it will be nice to you again.

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