I don’t think I can imagine things being much more nuts than they have been this month.
So where did we leave off? Chris was feeling better Wednesday night and they discharged him Thursday, and his parents brought him home. His sister came and stayed with him, while I drove Janet down to catch transport back to the city.
Thursday night, the pain started again. His sister said she would stay up with him so I could get some sleep. He spent all night pacing and groaning and finally fell asleep about 5 a.m. in the recliner. The pain continued to escalate through the morning and she finally took him back to Markdale – one more time.
The doctor in emergency determined he was dehydrated, and started IV, while arranging for a CT scan and consult in Owen Sound. Now here comes the only moderately humourous part of all this (to me….not to Chris!!). As a result of all this, and not eating enough fibre or drinking enough water Chris had…how shall we say it… a “blockage”. It took a $3 million machine to say he was full of it…**I** could have told them that for nothing!!!
So they sent him home Friday night with a cure for the “blockage” – CitroMag. If anyone else has ever needed to take this stuff to prepare for a colonoscopy you know its power. Lets just say don’t stray more than 30 seconds from a bathroom.
It started working Friday night and Saturday morning he was once again throwing up blood. I wanted to take him back to the hospital, but we reached a compromise. He would take his prescribed proton pump inhibitor (stops the acid production) and if he threw up blood again would agree to go to the hospital.
He seemed to be getting better yesterday, and this morning once again threw up blood, so we headed up to Owen Sound one more time. Once again he was dehydrated, and his hemoglobin levels had dropped since Friday so they performed another EDG to determine the source of the bleeding. When I left he was resting semi-comfortably at the hospital.
Add to this – the person I hired to come and look after the dogs called to tell me she fell 10 minutes after we talked this afternoon to confirm our arrangements, and she broke 3 ribs so can’t do the work.
Perhaps it was destiny that I chose to bring Robin Sharma’s “The Greatness Guide” to read at the hospital today, because I’m not as stressed about all this as I might otherwise be. I left off reading when they brought Chris back to the room after surgery with a chapter where he states – “Challenge serves beautifully to introduce you to your best – and most brilliant – self.”
I needed those words today.