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Well, I'm alive. . .

Which is a good thing.  I suffered a massive GI bleed on Tuesday evening due to (they think) diverticulitis.  I lost, as one ICU nurse put it, "about a half a person's worth of blood."  Then spent the next 48 hours getting that blood put back in.  For a while it was a race between pumping blood in faster than it leaked out.  Then they were able to find the source of the leak and fuse the blood vessels.  Fun.  

Home now.  Have to go back on Tuesday for investigative colonoscopy to make sure I'm not still leaking somewhere.  Feel like an overfilled balloon - they pumped me so full of fluids that even though I was on no food, no liquids prep for colonoscopy, I gained 12 lbs overnight.  Now I'm just supposed to wait while the fluid and pressure levels equalize naturally.  Whee fun. 

Send happy thoughts!


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Mar. 29th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! Oh dear! That's awful!

Is there anything I can do? Bring you anything? Divert you? Oh dear.
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
No, dear, I'm fine, now. My little sister took me grocery shopping, and I'm recovering at home.

Mostly sleeping a lot, still. I'm overstuffed with liquid and my body is still equalizing, so I can't walk very far or stand very long. Joints are overstuffed with liquid, you see. So I sit at the computer and watch TV and sleep. Mostly the same as the hospital, but still much better for being home.
Mar. 29th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear! I hope you are feeling better. Let us know if you need anything!
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm good, dear - thanks!
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That sounds like a wholly bad week. I'm glad you're okay, but you must be quite miserable. Good thoughts!
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Recovering isn't fun, but at least now I have my computer!
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
Seriously insane. I'm so sorry!!! Yucko!!! Be sure to let me know if you need/want anything, including company. Ugh.
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