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Saved by God and His Angels!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I have been in the hospital since Wednesday Nov. 7. That evening I was having more severe abdominal pain. I called Valerie and told her...she came right over and took me to the emergency room. They did all the normal labs and xrays for abdominal pain/discomfort. Everything (all labs and xrays) were normal so the ER doctor was going to give me something for pain and then we were going home.

At the last minute (the grace of God), he decided to do a CT scan of my abdomen. Then the real problems began. Imagine our surprise when he came back and said "you are going to emergency surgery" for a perforated bowel with an umbilical hernia repair.

After the pre ops were given and I was taken into surgery, they had a problem intubating me for the anesthesia. I ended up being transferred to Joplin by ambulance, put in ICU on a ventilator. I had tubes everywhere. My trachea was swollen so I was on the ventilator for 3 days until the swelling went down.
I was in ICU for 4 days. While in ICU, I went into atrial fib which took 2 days to resolve.

Due to another patient going bad, I was moved to a cardiac room at 3:30 Monday morning.

Now, because a med student freaked out because I had a 100.4 temp, I am here for a couple of more days because she was convinced that an infection has started. My temp has been normal every other time.

Someone ordered an ultra sound of my heart today so it was decided that I now have CHF. So here I still am.....

I am healing well without pain and am able to play "toot city" real

I have not read all the posts yet........time to close for now.........Elsie

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 11/25/2012 6:44AM

    Oh, Elsie! Yes, God was watching over you! I am so glad that you had good care even if it was by accident, or God's intervention.

Thanks for telling me about your blogs.


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NEWKATHYNOW 11/18/2012 10:16PM

    Elsie! What a terrible time you've had. Thank heavens the Dr decided to do the CAT!
What dreadful pain you must have been in before they discovered it all. I hope you are feeling better and that your throat feels better. I'm a Respiratory therapist so the ventilator is my forte. I'm really sorry you had such a bad time. I'll remember you in my prayers and wish you a speedy recovery!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/15/2012 7:14AM

    Elise I am so sorry to hear this, I hope you feel better soon!! My prayers are with you for swift healing and no complications

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DIDMIS 11/15/2012 2:52AM

    What a terrible experience Elsie.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 11/14/2012 11:33PM

    Dear Elsie so sorry! Thankful the Dr ordered the extra test! Hugs and hope you heal well and quickly!

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CHALLENGER15 11/14/2012 6:53AM

    Elsie! I had wondered why we hadn't seen you goodness! I will be praying for you...

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/14/2012 6:14AM

    God bless you!! So glad you're on the road to recovery!!! Blessings!


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DANCINCAJUN1 11/13/2012 9:14PM

    WOW you are so very lucky .... livin' right my friend, for sure .... get well soon ! Roc
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90% Human Again

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Today is a much better day with hardly any pain or soreness.

I was out all day yesterday without problems. I attended a meeting yesterday morning, did some errands, and voted. Spent the afternoon with my oldest daughter going to several casinos that we got free play at---she drove.

I was a little weak to start with since I hadn't been out since last Thursday evening but gained strength as the day wore on. It felt so good to get outside again.

Now I have a load of laundry ready to hang out and then want to put away the Halloween decorations.

A big thanks for all the well wishes.........Elsie

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EATVEGAN 11/8/2012 12:00AM

    Doesn't the fresh air feel great? I walked outside today instead of going to the gym. I felt really refreshed.

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CHALLENGER15 11/7/2012 9:09PM

    Glad you are feeling better!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/7/2012 7:27PM

    if casinos don't perk you up then I don't know what will .... tee hee .... so glad you are feeling better .... DH and I are starting to percolate a bit better ourselves .... Roc

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A Day In Bed

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Saturday, I was very very sick. It started with chills Friday and progressed to some type of intestinal tract problem or bug by Saturday.

I had severe pain all across my abdominal area that came in wave after wave (very similar to labor contractions) that almost put me in tears. I didn't eat or drink anything for over 24 hours due to feeling like my stomach would revolt. It did one time causing more pain.

This felt like maybe the beginning of a blockage.

Today I am so much better with very little residual pain, mostly soreness from all the pain yesterday.

I attempted to drink a cup of peppermint tea but after consuming half a cup, my stomach started to revolt so i stopped. So far it had stayed down. I did get half a can of nutritional drink down yesterday.

The up side is that this morning I was down 6 if only I can keep it

I sure hope no one gets this bug as it is so painful.


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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/12/2012 7:45PM

    ewww. doesn't sound like fun. But I find olive oil works great for helping with blockages - it's not addictive, it doesn't have effects that "wear out" the way herbs like senna do. I will rub it on my abdomen and backsides as well, as it passes through skin and helps soften up the blockages.. It's real easy for me to forget to drink all my water in the winter when it's dry!! I had a bit of that going this past week although the symptoms didn't manifest quite the way you did..

Hope you get to feeling better soon!!


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EATVEGAN 11/6/2012 12:38AM

    Even with a 6-pound loss, it wouldn't be worth the pain. I sure hope you're better soon.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/4/2012 6:40PM

    hugs and hope you feel better soon

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/4/2012 6:01PM

    DH and I have both been down most of the week but nothing like that .... Ours is upper respiratory type .... I'm getting better but he has a low immune system so takes him longer ... Roc

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EILEEN828 11/4/2012 12:35PM

    Hang in there! If it truly does not get better soon, go see the doc. One time when I was a teenager I got really sick too. My mom was away, so when I didn't feel like eating nobody really noticed that I wasn't eating. I went about 5 days with only water and huddling in bed. I lost about 10 lbs. Good news was it did succeed in putting a hold on a ravenous appetite and I was able to use that to my advantage and subsequently to continue to lose a lot of weight back then. It changed my set point. Try to see if this might work for you for a least awhile. Don't expect it to last forever, just use it while you can.

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11TERRY20 11/4/2012 11:49AM

    Oh my, Saintbernard6,

You have been through the ringer. I hope you feel better today. My husband was feeling poorly too a few days ago, but nothing so severe as what you describe here.
Glad you're trying to get good nutrition in spite of it all.

lots of prayers and good healing thoughts are coming your way,


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ALICIA214 11/4/2012 11:48AM


A nasty way to lose weight ...I hope you are feeling much better today......

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Great Grandma's Princess

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Kira will be 2 in December

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/4/2012 6:41PM

    she is so adoreable

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SAINTBERNARD6 11/4/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks everyone.......we think she's so cute too and of course we ARE NOT THE LEAST BIT BIASED!!! hehehe emoticon

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LABRATIAM 11/3/2012 7:49AM

    Too Cute!

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CHALLENGER15 11/2/2012 4:14PM

    How sweet! Thank you for posting.

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LJCANNON 11/2/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon That is My Favorite Part of Halloween!! Tiny Princesses & Fairys!!

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JUSTA123 11/2/2012 10:12AM

    Oh My she's beautiful!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/1/2012 11:44PM

    just adorable !! emoticon

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A Bad Case of The "I Don't Wannas"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's 11:15 AM and all I wanna do is crawl back into the bed. I have things to do and just don't have the gumption to do them. I really need to get dressed and hang out the load of clothes then wash another one. I should (key word is "should) go into town and do some errands---again no gumption...

Would someone please send me a boot in the hiney to get me moving before I just set and raid the chocolate bowl-----forgetting that tomorrow is weigh in day at TOPS...........hehehe

guess I'll jst drag this old body up and around.......besides DJ need to get outside for a while........LOL.....not ME!!.....I don't need the exercise----no I don't.........NO I DON'T!!!............yes, I do.........YES, I do..........YES I DO!!!!!!!!


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CHALLENGER15 11/1/2012 8:46AM

    looks like you got some kicks... emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 11/1/2012 8:22AM

    Yes, you do!!! So, here's a gentle little kick to get you motivated. Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!!

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CASTIRONLADY 10/31/2012 10:52PM

    Yup, some days are worse than others especially if your tired. But you are determined and persistent and will to what you need to do to be a better you.


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EATVEGAN 10/31/2012 10:14PM

    I'll bet you went out with DJ and got your exercise and did your errands and came back feeling much better and satisfied with yourself that you did it.

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