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.
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.
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.
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.
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