Another Hospital Stay
Well, I had another brief layover in the hospital. Tuesday morning I awoke feeling normal as usual. After breakfast the abdominal cramps began, coming in waves and progressively increasing in intensity. I knew right away what it was . . . another small bowel obstruction (I had one in March which landed me in the hospital for four days).
Wishfully thinking, I went to work, hoping the obstruction would resolve itself and I would be fine. Wishful thinking. Halfway through the day the cramps were so bad I couldn’t stand up straight. I went home and told Jen we had to go to the hospital. The girls (who are homeschooled) immediately got anxious.
“Daddy has to go to the hospital again?”
“Is your cancer back, daddy?”
I assured them I was going to be okay and off we went. After five hours in the ER I finally got some pain medication which helped tremendously. Then I got the word, yes it was a bowel obstruction (duh!) and yes I would need an nasogastric tube placed to decompress the bowel (in layman’s terms, that’s up your nose with a rubber hose to pump your stomach).
The good news was, I was only in for less than 48 hours this time. The bad news, that nasogastric tube is akin to some barbaric torture used to extract information out of a mortal enemy.
I meet with the surgeon today to discuss options on how to proceed from here. Since it’s happened two times now (it’s caused by scar tissue in my abdomen from my previous surgeries) the chances of it repeatedly happening are very good. There is the possibility of laproscopic surgery to cut away the scar tissue in there but as the surgeon said before, “Your curing a problem caused by surgery by doing another surgery.” Hmmm.
Anyway, I’m home now and feeling much better and really, really hoping and praying this doesn’t happen again.