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Yesterday I started having some pain but didn't think much of it. 2 am hit and I knew something was wrong. I tried everything I could think of but nothing made it better, walking and changing positions made it worse. So I finally called the on call surgeon and he said to head to the ER.

They did labs, EKG since my heart rate was high, and a CT scan with 2 types of contrast. Turns out the site where my small intestine is hooked up to my stomach is swollen shut. There's some other concerning thing that showed up on the scan also that will need to be addressed.

So I'm back in the hospital, on the same wing I was in earlier. I have a lovely NG tube from my nose to stomach. This thing sucks!!!! Literally and figuratively. Every time I move it moves too. I can't eat or drink anything.

I have the same night nurses I had one night right after surgery. They rock so it's good!

The ER nurse was awesome as well. She told me that lately they've been having to ship people out due to lack of beds. Part of the reason for bed shortage is they converted all rooms into single occupancy. The surgeon I saw in the ER was the one who placed the NG tube, he was nice about it but man it was horrible!!! The ER doc and on call surgeon both talked toy surgeon and she agreed with their plan. I'll probably see her Monday. I have no idea how long I'll be here.IMG_20220305_164019.jpg

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I’m sorry you are having so much trouble. I pray everything get figured out soon!

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Hope you get it s orted and feel better soon

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Oh no. Hope they figure this out for you soon and get you well and back home again!

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You're in the best place for this, with the surgeon who knows you and knows what they're doing so you'll be well taken care of and they'll figure this out and have you home promptly and in a week this will all be a memory. Keep us updated, and wishing you good humour through this tough time.

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So very sorry to hear this. I hope they get things figured out for you soon and you make a full recovery with no further issues.

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I'm still at the hospital. This blasted NG tube is kinked and may have to come out and a new one put in. I'm having another fancy swallow test in a few hours. I can tell the obstruction is still there.

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So sorry you are going through this. Glad you are in a good place with a great team to get you through it all.

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So sorry about the complications. You are in the right place though, where they can figure out a plan to get you on the mend! Thinking of you!

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Good news, this morning I got the tube out. Then I got to have Clear Liquids and oh man did they taste and feel so darn good! This evening I had a bowel movement, which was a very welcomed surprise.

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Wonderful news!

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I almost called the on call surgeon again a couple days ago because I hadn't pooped since the hospital despite 2 times a day colace and a couple doses of milk of magnesia. BUT it's like there was a plug that got unplugged then BAM the poop damn was broken and I lost 5+ pounds. Since then my gut has been making all kinds of fun sounds (a good thing).

I read through the ER and CT scan reports. Uh, yeah, scary stuff, my gut was seriously messed up!! My surgeon did say that the long term damage of the acid on my esophagus is going to take 6+ months to heal. Right now it either spasms or doesn't contract at all.

I see my surgery team Tuesday afternoon and then my dietitian Wednesday. I had a small serving of mashed potatoes tonight and YUMMMMMMM. I feel comfortably full.

Wednesday morning I have some follow up testing for another medical issue discovered around 6 months ago. I had an abnormal mammogram and some abnormal lymph nodes. The CT scan I had showed multiple enlarged lymph nodes but nothing that looks worrisome. My surgeon took out a funny looking lymph node during surgery that was enlarged but benign. My primary doc thinks enlarged lymph nodes may just be my normal. Lord knows I don't need more crud to deal with.

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Well done, got there in the end!

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