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We are finally home!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We are finally home! Dh spent over 25 days in the hospital for a rotting gall bladder! They had to do an open gall bladder last monday, the surgeon attempted the laprascopic for over 2 hours. The whole operation took 3.5 hours which is almost crazy since open heart surgerys take less time. He had 200+ stones and the gb and the ducts were full of pus. This in turn was infecting his liver and causing his enzymes to rise thinking he had liver failure. He still has a fatty liver which we need to turn around. I talked with several nutritionists and one told me he needs a cholinergic free diet paired with the glycemic foods for his insulin. Guess what that basically is "the south beach diet" ! Which I have been doing pretty much since last november. We are taking low glycemic index foods with multigrains to turn his fatty liver and diabetes to normal or close to normal ranges. Dh is down 32 lbs, his nutrition needs stepped up so I bought some whey protein to make him some milk shakes once a day. The good thing is we found his heart is having trouble and really if this never happened my hubby probally would have died similar to billy may hays. He is on coreg which will definitely help his ejection fraction(heart function ) with diet and exercise over time. His liver could still be transplant down the road but as of right now his enzymes are close to normal and I take that as a saving grace and prayers I've been saying has been answered. He will need to be on Iv antibiotics for the next 30 days so I am able to do that at home.
Financially we are okay dh's boss has been awesome and has been paying him anyways even though his consulting company does not have sick time for him. He is one of the head guys for bank of ny in ny city and the man has a heart of gold. My daughter is going to go to school at home at pitt. She is not happy with the situation but I told her either get a job that will pay for your tuition, she never applied for loans til it was too late or go to school locally and I will pay for your tuition and you can live at home. I don't think pitt university is a mediocre. I love her dearly but she is spoiled by her father and got a little used to not having to do for herself, so it is a good learning experience for her. My youngest was not sure what she wanted to do. She graduated from hs this year but has decided to go into nursing after her dad's experience and watching the nurses and me at work she thinks it something she really wants to do. I've complained alot about nursing but honestly am so glad for the knowledge I have and my skills that I have a renewed faith in my profession. Dh was all out for me to get out of nursing til he got sick and he said when he was observing me how I took care of him, one of our cardiologists told him how he respected me as a nurse and a person he realized this was my gift. So for now decided to stay in my profession and at my facility, though this experience with one or two of the other docs has infuriated me. Enough rambling. I haven't got on the scale for awhile, I'm sure I gained a few lbs back after eating hospital food for the last 2 weeks. When he was very ill, I had no appetite but once he was getting better I got hungry and started eating crap again. I plan on starting a phase 1 on monday. Thanks for all the prayers to everyone because I think it was a major factor in his getting well.
melodie

  
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MAGICSMOM 7/14/2009 6:34PM

    Glad you are home and things are getting better!

Kim

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ASHARON 7/13/2009 12:20PM

    So glad that everything worked out. Hang in their with your own health.
Sharon

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gall bladder out on monday!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. My dh has been having some serious medical problems and they have found the gallbladder is the root of most of the problems he has been having, thank goodness it will be coming out on monday. They would have took it out on friday it it wasn't for the holdiday so poor baby had to suffer through the weekend. Hopefully he will be on the mend soon. He is also being treated for endocarditis so he will be on iv antibiotics at home for a month.

  
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ESHRALAIN 8/30/2009 10:44AM

    On Monday, I'm seeing a doctor to discuss my issues. It might be my gallbladder. I hope they schedule tests soon...they like to drag their feet and get extra visits/co-pays before actually performing diagnostic medicine. Jerks.

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ESHRALAIN 8/30/2009 10:44AM

    On Monday, I'm seeing a doctor to discuss my issues. It might be my gallbladder. I hope they schedule tests soon...they like to drag their feet and get extra visits/co-pays before actually performing diagnostic medicine. Jerks.

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ESHRALAIN 8/30/2009 10:43AM

    On Monday, I'm seeing a doctor to discuss my issues. It might be my gallbladder. I hope they schedule tests soon...they like to drag their feet and get extra visits/co-pays before actually performing diagnostic medicine. Jerks.

Both my parents had theirs removed, and they did very well. I hope your hubby does well, too.

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JUNIEB84 7/6/2009 3:30PM

    Hope he is doing well now. emoticon

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HANNAHV 7/6/2009 9:19AM

    Best out, all his problems will be over in no time....just got to watch those fatty/spicy foods from now on. Good luck!

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MAGICSMOM 7/5/2009 5:46PM

    Glad to hear that the gallbladder will be coming out! Hang in there... Hoping and praying that your DH will be well very soon.

Kim

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/4/2009 9:26PM

    i pray that all goes well. he will do good because he has you in his corner. but while you are taking care of him remember take care of you. eat right and exercise and spend some alone time so you can recharge. let us know how he does. emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 7/4/2009 9:09PM

    I pray all goes well with your DH on his surgery. I know when I had my gallbladder out I felt so much better! i pray the same goes for him!

We will keep him in our prayers. Please keep us updated!

Barbara

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MAZACK 7/4/2009 9:03PM

    I had mine taken out 10 years ago. I can empathise with you husband because I had some bad problems before I finally had surgery.

I wish him an uneventful recovery.

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The prayers are working!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Prayers are amazing! Today while we were waiting for dh to have his heart catherization and I felt at my wits end, an old priest arrived that was visiting another patient. He stopped in our room when he saw me in tears and asked what had troubled me so. I told him our story and he said something told him to come in our room. So he prayed and annointed my husband and me for inner peace for me and healing for him. He prayed for over 40 minutes with us and I felt such a calming almost as though as crazy as it sounds god sent him to us to heal our wounds. Well the heart catherization we had great news, dh was totally clean of blockages, the heart still has a poor output but if he needed heart surgery it would have been really bad. The docs are going to try the meds for 3 months before they try putting a low output defibrillator in. Dh will be getting his gall bladder out possibly this weekend or monday then will be on iv antibiotics for the next month at home. We really had a wonderful time believe it or not realizing what we mean to each other, hopefully soon he will be home with us so he can recuperate.


  
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MAGICSMOM 7/3/2009 8:19PM

    Praise the Lord!

Kim

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JUNIEB84 7/3/2009 12:12PM

    That is great news.
The Lord's peace is wonderful, let Him worry about the stresses.

Continued prayers for you & Hubby emoticon

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MERMAID1983 7/3/2009 10:22AM

    That's awesome news! God does work miracles EVERYDAY!!!
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FLEQUUS 7/2/2009 11:52PM

    Glad to hear things are looking up. I will continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

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MEME102 7/2/2009 9:47PM

    Wow, that's a great testimony -- God IS good!!! Hope he gets along well and am very glad to see that you've become a BREAKER -- good job!! Keep it up and don't let the stress of the day break your resolve! YOU are worth this journey
PL
Co-leader Break200team

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LACEEJO11 7/2/2009 8:38PM

    Praise GOD!! Yes, I have no doubt GOD sent that man to your room. I will post a praise report, on the team forum, as the ones who have been praying will want to rejoice with you!! We will keep on praying, and I am sure, so will that old priest!! You all will come through this, and you will be a whole lot stronger. Keep on trusting in GOD, and don't believe any of satans lies!! LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11

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roller coaster week

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I really appreciate all your kind thoughts and prayers, please keep them coming. I stayed with dh in the hospital since last sunday, it really has been a rollercoaster of a week. Dh is feeling a little better but very tired. He still has a blood infection which they though was endocarditis(infection of the heart), we did a tee(transesophageal echo) and at least it ruled out endocarditis and his heart valves were fine. The bad news is that he has a weak heart, an ejection fraction of 35%(normal is 55-60%) This is the amount of blood your heart puts out with each heart beat. They believe it is due to a virus that attacked his heart at sometime in his life, so they put him on some heart meds to increase it hopefully over time. This has always been my worst nightmare, because just the thought of losing him is too traumatic for me to bear. I want him to go on disability but he is refusing, he will be out of work for sometime and right now they are letting him work from home. I know eventually they will have to replace him, he thinks nothing will change but in reality our life has just been turned upside down. I'm contemplating selling the farm, just going back to pittsburgh and getting a small house, just don't know. I had to tell my daughter in college that i can't pay her tuition this year and she should think about coming home and attending here where we might be able to manage. I hate disappointing my children but I have to think on downsizing my expenses to make things work. I'm not worried about the mortgage, I can cover that and the bills on my salary. I offered to sell the horses but dh is refusing that right now, just might keep sweetheart and chloe. Sorry to rant and ramble but I am trying to think practically.

  
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JUNIEB84 7/2/2009 2:12AM

    Many more prayers for you & your family.
Can your daughter look into financial aid for herself. Under the changed circumstances, she may qualify for a grant or they may have some good ideas for her.

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MAGICSMOM 7/1/2009 6:36PM

    I wish you the best. It sounds like you have a very good head on your shoulders. I will keep you in my prayers.

Kim

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SLENDERELLA2010 6/30/2009 8:59PM

   

God bless you all, I hope everything turns out just fine.


Sue

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My dh needs your prayers!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hi guys I haven't been on here much, had a few minor things going on at home and the horses and the farm has kept me busy.
This week though has been the worse week of my life. My dh came down with the flu or so we thought last saturday, nausea vomitting ect. It wasn't getting better so on monday I urged him to see the doc, he refused being the stubborn man he is... Weds day I came home from work and he was jaundice(yellow) and looking very ill. We ended up admitting him and he was diagnosed with a fatty liver after multitude tests. I know it does not sound so bad, the liver is fat. Well dh had4 of the risk factors; diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity and high triglycerides. We thought it might have been cancer but thank god it is not. He does need a liver transplant in the next 3-5 years, so he really needs every prayer you can give him. I know I don't know any of you but you always have been supportive of me through this weight loss journey and right now that seems so superficial. I will post when I can, I'm spending day and night at the hospital, my daughters and neighbors have been caring for the animals and my friends at the hospital have been so amazing with their love and support I will never forget it. So if you can think of him when you get down on your knees tonight or when you go to your church services I will be so grateful.
melodie

  
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PAINTEDBLISS 6/30/2009 8:22PM

    thanks everyone, I'm just taking this day by day.

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JAHOSAPHAT3 6/24/2009 10:26AM

  You poor thing, you must be so scared. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and KNOW that GOD in all is grace is with you both right now and is doing what needs to be done for both of you. It will be ok the liver is an awesome organ. Until you can get that transplant and you will, have your husband consult a natural doctor and get on milk thistle if his doctors ok it... And God willing he may never even need a transplant. emoticon

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MAGICSMOM 6/23/2009 5:29PM

    Prayers going up!

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AIRYELLE 6/22/2009 9:44AM

    I'm so sorry for what you are going through. My well wishes and positive healing thoughts are coming your way. Keep us posted when you can.

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JPHOWARD 6/22/2009 8:20AM

    Said a prayer for you and your husband. Keep your Chin up!

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SLIMDREAM4 6/22/2009 1:16AM

    I'm sending you all my love and hugs to you both!!!!! Hang in there and be strong... keep us posted!!! If you need to rant or cry i'm here!
Take care of eachother,
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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2009 12:44AM

    Melodie- many prayers coming out to you and your hysband as you go through this difficult time!

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ROSEMARY_HAMM 6/22/2009 12:15AM

    I thank God for all that he has already done for us all. I am asking God for a miracle for your dh. I pray he is a christian as this is the most important thing. God Bless dh as well as you Paintedbliss.

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ANITABREAK2 6/21/2009 11:58PM

    Your both in my prayers and thoughts. emoticon

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FLEQUUS 6/21/2009 10:42PM

    Prayers sent your way. Let us know how he is doing.

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THEBIGFARM 6/21/2009 10:29PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Just this week my DH was diagnosed with cancer of the prostate and will need radiation. I know what you are going through and I will certainly have your DH in my prayers too.

Sue

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JUNIEB84 6/21/2009 9:14PM

    Many prayers for you & Hubby emoticon

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MELINA3582 6/21/2009 8:53PM

  i will include you and your dh in my thoughts and prayers. sorry to hear about how ill he is. thanks so much for sharing and you take as much time as you need. your dh and your family need you now. have a wonderful day!

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LACEEJO11 6/21/2009 8:52PM

    He is going right on my prayer list. You should go by the team and place this need on that thread. I will be back in the saddle tomorrow. I just needed a SPARKBREAK. LOVE & HUGS, Remember, our GOD is a big GOD, and a GOD of miracles!!! emoticon

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SKINSLVRGRL 6/21/2009 6:14PM

    So sorry to hear about your husband's troubles.You and he are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and as BLACKDYMOND01 said....HE will heal him!This is just a test that you and he will make it through if you just have faith and look to Him. No matter we know each other like best friends or are strangers......it is our job to help all people out there who might need us. Thank you for sharing and reaching out. I know the weight loss has taken a back seat for now but please DO NOT forget to take care of YOU too. GOD BLESS! emoticon emoticon

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SOUPGAL 6/21/2009 6:13PM

    I will pray for you and your dh. I pray for God to give you a spirit of calmness that only He can provide in these difficult time. I pray for healing of the liver and that a transplant will be available when needed. May the Lord of healing bring the best doctors and nurses at your side in this situation.

In Jesus Name Amen

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CUTTINABBY 6/21/2009 5:52PM

    Melodie, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's health problems Sometimes life sends us that curve ball when we are least expecting it . Even though we are miles and miles apart please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers tonight.I wish I was there in person to give you these hugs , emoticon emoticon.Please keep in touch when you can.
Holding you and yours in my heart, Tracy

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BLACKDYMOND01 6/21/2009 5:42PM

    YOUR DH IS IN MY PRAYERS. GOD WILL HEAL HIM!! GOD IS TESTING YOU, DON'T FAIL.

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MAMAGOSS 6/21/2009 5:35PM

    I will keep him in my prayers for health now and a transplant when he needs it. You will be there too for the strength to deal with this now.

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PLANSEEKER 6/21/2009 5:35PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your DH's illness. I have added you both to my prayer list. You will need prayers as much as he will. Remember to take care of your own health through all of this. I know that's hard to do...I've been there. Being the caregiver is harder than being the patient.

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