Friday, March 27, 2009

How About a Real Update?

Well, still in the craptastic hospital. I was totally hoping they’d let me bounce today, but no deal. Probably sometime tomorrow or Sunday. Bonus though, at least I have now procured my laptop so I’ve got at least something to do other than watch crappy TV and listen to the old lady next door to me hack.

Official diagnosis:
Local Peritonitis. I’ve had it before. Remember that? Totally icky and totally almost like killed me but fortunately they caught it way fast enough for something like that to happen this time around. I KNEW something was wrong, I could feel it. I'm glad I got it checked out pronto because things could be really bad right now if I had ignored it...

Still in a great deal of pain, though I can now go about two hours without either Percocet or Morphine. My blood pressure is getting better too, which is good. For the past few days it’s hung out at or around 80/50, which made doing anything but lying down, trying to not pass out, pretty impossible. My potassium and sodium was off too for a few days, and I was extremely dehydrated, but they’re thinking that after my last bag of fluids they just started, I hopefully won’t need anymore. I’m having pee issues too – like, it’s totally hard to go. And it’s brown. I manage to squirt a little out every now and again though, which leaves me about as impressed with myself as parents are with their honor students.
Shutup I’m so amazing!

Can’t yet start feedings with the PEG – not until the pain is better managed and I’m tolerating food more. As soon as I do in a few days, I’ll have to get my electrolytes checked every other day to make sure I’m not dealing with re-feeding again, especially as I’ve been so dehydrated and screwed up lately. I’ll be starting EXTREMELY SLOW - 10 mL/hour which is seriously like nothing…but within a couple weeks I’m sure I’ll joyously be getting aplenty, no kidding. I’ve been on a mostly liquid-sipping diet, seeing as when I was admitted I had bright red vomit all over me. I find it highly ironic that this place is like turning me anorexic again. I know I’ve lost weight (who wouldn’t after not eating or drinking anything for 3 days?) and I’m moaning and grumping that I’M FREAKING HUNGRY but that apparently isn’t like the “priority” right now. Seriously, so weird! Eating is supposed to ALWAYS be the priority with me, I mean am I right?

And, just for a little fun, I thought I’d post this pic Bran took of me when I was in recovery from the surgery. I look so sad! Haha. If only I knew what horrors lied ahead…

Lotsa thanks to my fam and friends throughout all this. Both Brandon and Whit have been rock stars, and each braved a night on the taco-shaped cot right next to me. I know I’m like a big girl or whatever, but it was still so comforting to have someone with me. Mom, Alana…my sisters…all of you who have emailed and texted your love and concern, thanks so much! It means a lot.

Peace out sluts. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll blow this joint. And I will, of course, keep you updated. The morphine’s wheee ooooh wow totally kicking in, I betsa be going.

18 comments:

Tanya said...

Oh hun it sounds like you are having the pain response like I did when I had mine put it. It totally sucks and I am sorry you have to deal with it too. Ugh...no food...yea they did that to me too...I was in the hospital for a week...Hugs. I hope you don't need to be in there that long. Huggles...I really hope things get better for you soon.

Lisa said...

Oh no. What an awful thing to have to go through. I hope you get back home to your husband and little one soon.

Zena said...

Oh Brie,
I am so sorry you have to go through this..doesnt it make complete ass's of hospital staff when they wont feed an anorexic..I went through the same crap last weekend...no food no drink...nada...til I was released..they are all so crazy...I am sending you all the positive vibes I got!!! ((( Brie)))

Love, Z

tawny said...

Girl! we love you and are so sorry you are going through this..I can't believe how crazy this all is when it was supposed to be so simple and help you...your sis's love you and we are all praying for you. lots of love always xoxo

jana bananas said...

Oh wow, thank god you went to the hospital when you did! That sounds AWFUL. I have been thinking about you lots and am wishing you well!

Standing in the Rain said...

wow. yeah. isn't it amazing how quickly the iv drugs hit the system?

anyways, i'm glad you are ok. or at least somewhat. i know what you mean about eating being a "priority". one time during the fall when i was in i was on "clear liquids" and i was, like, STAAARVVVING, and they didn't get that i literally had to eat or i'd become anorexic again. i was like i'm hungry. and the nurse was like oh. well. you're on liquids. sorry. funny? not so much.

hang in there tough chiquita. glad you have lovers around you keeping you company and the internet. always a plus! ;)

cheers to 10 ml/hr and moving on up!

Pattie Cordova said...

hey girl, glad to hear that you're doing much better. I've been updated by Rachel - much thanks for keeping her updated so she can spread the word. thinking of you and praying for a speedy recovery (yes, it sounds cheesy but I totally mean it)

Kerri said...

Yuck- that's sounds terrible! You sound pretty good given the circumstances, but I guess good drugs do that too, don't they? Well get out of there soon and feel better!

HAFC said...

You're in my prayers Brie!!!

kristin said...

I hope that you start feeling better, Brie. I'm thinking of you and sending you lots of love, hugs, and good thoughts. Feel better!

Hang in there!

love, kristin

Standing in the Rain said...

hope today is better and they are finding ways to manage your pain better.

thinking of you :)

Brooke said...

Hey...I'm glad my note on your white-board came true. You got better and came home the next day! I know it's not rocket science or anything..but still...it's something!

Feel better and I'll come to see you soon!

Savannah said...

Hey hun! I just wanted to send my love and caring thoughts your way. Take care hun. Love ya!!!

Jade said...

I'm glad they're managing your pain, at least. I hope you start feeling better soon. In the meantime, if you're bored, I suggest the Neopets website as a delightfully ridiculous time-waster.

All the best!

Jackie said...

I hope you are home and feeling better honey. Sorry about your nightmarish week. Let me know if I can do anything to help. xoxo

Zena said...

Brie,
are you home yet?? Im worried about you. Hope you are feeling better and getting back on your feet soon..and hope you are out of the craptastic hospital!!

Love, Z

Standing in the Rain said...

is the briester ok?

i'm getting worried...

lucky said...

Ugh!! I hope you are feeling better soon. All this shit, on top of not being able to pee. Ick. But really, I hope you feel better soon