As many of you have noticed, I have been MIA for the last few days. My mom had outpatient gall bladder surgery two Monday's ago. She came home, and was up and about to her normal self the next day. Wednesday was no different. However, Wednesday night she began vomiting and was afraid that it was a reaction to her pain medication. The next morning the pharmacist advised her to discontinue their use. She continued to vomit, and she was losing more liquids than she was putting in. Dad took her back to the hospital via the emergency room on Friday where she was admitted for dehydration and testing. The tests concluded that mom's kidneys were shutting down due to the extreme dehydration, and they sent her for a CT scan to make sure there were no other problems with her internal organs. The scan revealed a bowel obstruction caused by a small hernia near her belly button.
Surgery was scheduled and performed last Sunday morning where the doctor removed over two feet of her small intestines (this included the section that was in the hernia and scar tissue from previous surgeries). Things were looking up as far as her recovery was concerned until yesterday. She was taken off of her NG tube, and she was allowed to eat/drink clear liquids in hopes that the bowels would kick-start again without any problems. She began vomiting again late last night and was placed back on the NG machine. X-rays were ordered first thing this morning, and there is another blockage somewhere. We haven't spoken to the doctor to find out where the exact location of the blockage is yet, but he should come back in tomorrow morning. I will be with her for another five to seven days while she remains in the hospital.
Please pray for the doctors' wisdom, my mother's recovery, my father's understanding and strength, my family's unity, and my strength to care for her. I will try to keep you posted as much as possible.