Taking medicine into my own hands

12 Dec

This blog post is a bit delayed, but I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on recent progress.  I came home from the hospital this past Tuesday evening (December 7th), but my release was due in no part to modern medicine, in my humble opinion.  A week ago today, last Sunday, my morning started out with receiving news that I would need to be in the hospital another 5-6 days.  I didn’t take this well, considering I had already been in the hospital a week.  Basically they had found a pocket of bacteria near the surgery site and needed to determine the right medication to to fight this infection.  In order to do this, the lab was growing samples of the bacteria culture and then treating them with various antibiotics to find the appropriate medicine. In another life I may have seen this as a fun science experiment, but now that it was requiring 5-6 more days in the hospital it was another story.

At this point, a switch inside me turned on.  If I was going to be in the hospital that much longer, I was going to own this place, make it my own.  I immediately informed my nurse that my dogs would be coming in to spend the day with me.  Then I called up Nick and told him to pack up the kids and a travel bag and bring them on down.  After all, sometimes the best cure doesn’t come from a pharmaceutical company or from someone licensed to practice medicine.

To be able to spend the day with the family...priceless

The dogs behaved wonderfully and were a big hit with the nurses!  Later in the afternoon, Jane came by armed with Christmas decorations, holiday ornaments to decorate, a movie to watch, cookies and hot cocoa.  For a day that started with gloomy news, it certainly finished on a positive note.  But it didn’t end there.  On Tuesday afternoon I was informed they had finally landed on the right concoction of antibiotics and that I could go home – four days ahead of schedule!  I’m a firm believer that it was a positive attitude and some answered prayers from the big guy upstairs that allowed for this change in plans…and I was certainly thankful for it.

Holiday cheer - hospital style

Since arriving home on Tuesday night, I’ve spent the past few days slowly recovering and gaining my strength back.  Laying in a hospital bed for over a week definitely takes its own toll on your body.  I began working half days from home on Wednesday and will aim to start work full time tomorrow (from home, to begin with).

I was originally scheduled to have my ileostomy reversed (bag removed and small bowel put back inside me) this coming Friday, however a test showed there is still a small leak at the new connection point, signifying it is not completely healed yet.  This surgery will now be pushed back until 2011.  While I was looking forward to spending the holidays bag- and cord-free, it looks like that will not happen.  I also still have a catheter strategically placed in my upper right butt cheek that is continuing to drain the infection.  I have my fingers crossed that this fun apparatus will be removed in the coming week.

In the mean time, I hope everyone is managing to enjoy the holiday season that seems to just be flying by.  It appears we won’t be getting Christmas cards out this year so we wanted to make sure and wish everybody a happy holidays and say that we are forever grateful for the continued well wishes!

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8 Responses to “Taking medicine into my own hands”

  1. Rita Hartert December 12, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Speaking of making lemonade from lemons, you put the right squeeze on it, again!! So proud of you and your attitude. Your blog makes me smile. Love, Rita

  2. Stephanie December 13, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    You are so inspirational, Emily! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas at home. We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. Lots of love! XOX, Stephanie Monzon

  3. Tara Cem December 13, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Emily you are as radiant as ever. I hope you are recovering well with all of the love from Nick and the assistants. I miss you all dearly. Hope you have all have a wonderful holiday at home. Keep blogging. I look so forward to reading all of your wonderful posts.
    Love, Tara

  4. Toni Sandler December 13, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Em, you are so funny. After getting pics of your “ring bearers,” I’m kind of hoping you have a shot of all three of you in the hospital bed…although I don’t think you’d all fit. Can’t wait for you to get back to work, but we want you back AND healthy. All’s well at work — at least in the seminar business. There will probably be changes because of our “short-timer,” but your idea of my plowing ahead and getting the seminars set-up first has been working out really well. And I think Manexa is behaving itself, too. The only down side — During a phone meeting, Kim turned down my request for a personal masseuse. The nerve! All the best.
    Toni

  5. Fabs December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Em,
    I am so glad the kids were able to be with u at the hospital. I know that not only made your day better but their too. Sending positive energy your way!!!I will be in vegas on the 24th and I cant wait to give u a BIG hug and a kiss :) Love Fabs

  6. Mary Nakaki December 14, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Go, Fight, Win! You are staying creative and that is obviously keeping you on top. Hope you can remember through all of this frustration that you have lots of blessings and many more to come. Merry Christmas to both you and Nick. Love, Mary

  7. Mike Ihrke & Amy MacLean December 14, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Hang in there Em, it will get better soon. You have much support from family and friends. Also, have a happy holiday season and give our best to Nick as well.

    Amy & Mike

  8. RYAN December 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I’M SO HAPPY SPECIALIST DR. DENALI & NURSE NAYA CLEARED THEIR SCHEDULE FOR A CHANCE TO VISIT YOU. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU AND NIKO ARE PULLING THE RIGHT STRINGS AS USUAL. WE WILL BE MISSING YOU THIS CHRISTMAS. I HOPE D & N’s BEDSIDE MANOR IS AS GOOD WITH YOU THERE AS IT WAS WHILE YOU WERE HERE. KEEP FOCUSED, STRONG & PERSISTANT. – “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” I CANT WAIT FOR YOU TO BEAT THIS! I KNOW YOUR WILL AND THAT YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES! WE LOVE YOU M…

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