The breakdown of why my sister is still in the hospital
Friday, August 31, 2012
My sister went in for stomach pains and they told her that her gallbladder was infected.
They removed the galbladder.
After my sister is sent home she starts feeling enough pain that she's passing out. She has a disease that mimics fibromyalgia so it takes a lot of pain to make her pass out.
When they go back to the hospital she's told she's just constipated and they tell her she has to stay at the hospital till it passes. They make her walk for 3 days before they start to think its something else.
Meanwhile her stomach is getting bigger and bigger.
They finally get a new doctor who says the burning and bloating isn't backed up gas, it's bile that's leaking from the liver. He thinks one of the clamps (that keeps the bile from going to where the galbladder used to be) has shifted.
Ultrasounds show that's not it. They go in and put in a stent in the duct that they say is leaking.
Then they use her gal bladder incisions to pull out 3.5 liters of fluid from her stomach. (I would like to find the idiot who told her that she was just constipated and strangle him.)
The next day her stomach is still extremely swollen and tests show she's still leaking.
They go in and put in a different stent to fix it.
But now some of that fluid has been in there so long that a bacterial fungus is in it and it's too thick to pull out the rest of the fluid the same way they did the first time.
So they put what my brother in law called valves in and it slowly leaked some of that fluid into a container next to her. But that wasn't working.
So on Tuesday they did an open stomach surgery where they cut her open almost like a c-section to get out the fluid and see what was actually causing the problem.
It was a clip that had moved just like the first doctor had said it was.
Now she's going to be in ICU for a few days and hopefully she's home next week which will make it a whole month including the initial gallbladder surgery.
It seems to me that they just did a lot of guessing. If ultrasounds and other tests aren't showing what you want to see and this person has been in constant pain for over three weeks... why are you not opening them up to actually see what's going on? We have these cameras and tiny mechanical hands but this isn't open heart surgery, it's less of a risk.
But my brother in law said she's feeling much better this morning. She can't feel the burning and she's not leaking air into her shoulders (it was going up from her stomach and settling into her shoulders) and she's not leaking fluid.
I'm back in Oregon. I had to leave Cali yesterday to get my job stuff signed and ready to go. Just venting some frustration.