At last I have some answers. I’ve been dealing with this for so long but the corner has finally been turned and now I can truly begin to heal, or so I surely hope I can!
My initial surgery was over a month ago and I’ve been so terribly ill since then. Many trips back and forth to the hospital as well as Pablo, the drain placed 26 days ago. Pablo was initially working well, but started malfunctioning. I began flushing him a bit more frequently. I continued having fevers and feeling terribly lightheaded and detached from the world. I tried my best to eat and not I felt the same.hing had flavor. I had 3 antibiotics. My labs still looked the same and still showed the abscess was much smaller but remained. From a 7 cm to a 3 cm abscessed area which is an improvement for sure, but finding out that I can help this to go away faster? What a golden opportunity to be proactive in my healthcare.
I have never in my life felt so sick. I have never felt like I would never get my energy back or be able to once again go for a walk without passing out. I have made one walk since my surgery. It was a the only day I felt good. I walked 4 houses up the street and back again. It was to my dad’s house. He didn’t answer the door either. Hubs and I didn’t have our mobile phones either to give him a call, so we walked back down. The next day, I felt just as terrible as I had previously and remained that way until yesterday. I do listen and I do everything I’m told to do. I’m a very good patient. I know what I have to do and I do it.
After being in the nursing field for 29 years, I should know a thing or two about how to get better, but this has been the absolute lowest point of my existence. Honestly, I was ready to seek healthcare elsewhere if it weren’t for Dr. Burke finally giving me the answers I was seeking on Thursday. Hubs took me to my sinogram, where dye is placed into the drain and then x-rayed for drain placement and to see how much fluid is still present. It’s really very cool. What we were shown is that although my abscess is much smaller, the abscess is made up of pancreatic enzymes which is trying to eat my body instead of processing food because of where it has leaked to. There is a small pathway which has formed which we need to help seal up. We can do this by flushing and creating the proper pressure in there, a neutral pressure, allowing the nasty, thick drainage from the pancreas to drain. If I gavage it with the saline 5 or 6 times a day, it will allow the thick drainage to flow more freely and therefore, it will be released more easily.
Guess what! It’s been working great! No more fevers, and I feel much improved. I sure won’t be running any marathons. In fact, I’ll have to work up to walking any great length again, but I’m getting there. And I’m planning on more writing. I’m able to focus a little more clearly already. Just think, maybe, just maybe, I might get a little bit of my summer after all! Wouldn’t that just be awesome! I know the Hubs, the kids and I would be so thrilled. Thank you for all the prayers and good wishes. Keep them coming. You have no idea how much they mean to me. Your kind thoughts are so wonderful. They truly mean so much to me. I can’t thank you enough for caring about little old me!