Continuing Pancreatic Saga
December 20, 2010
The specialist (at hospital downtown) does the ERCP and the pressure is high which means it is my Pancreas (YES, finally a diagnosis). He opens up the Pancreatic Duct and puts in a stent. I wake up in a LOT of pain. Now the Specialist's assistant doctor takes over my care. I'm in a lot of pain, but she wants me to go home. Finally she asks if I want to stay and I say yes.
That night was horrible. I was in a lot of pain and puking and the pain meds were not helping at all. I can't sleep. My test are coming back negative for Pancreatitis and the X-ray is normal. After 2 days of pain, the assistant wants to send me home. I question whether I should leave. She says I should NOT be in so much pain so it's time to go home??? WTF??? I ask her to do another test because maybe the fact that I am in pain is a sign that something is wrong.
December 22, 2010
She refuses and I finally just give in figuring I can go back to my regular Gastro Doc. I leave the hospital on December 22, 2010. I have another horrible night in pain and not sleeping.
December 23, 2010
The next day, Jason takes me to our local ER. They do a CT scan and discover I have an illeus, blockage in my intestines which is caused by my Pancreatic Duct surgery. If the other doctor had done a CT as I asked, she would have discovered why I was in so much pain.
December 24 – 25, 2010
I have to rest my system so I'm on an IV and pain meds. I'm hoping to be home for Christmas, but it doesn't happen. It sucks!! Every time I eat, I get sick.
See the date on the clock in my room? Lovely, huh?!
Finally on Christmas, they start me on a liquid diet and my system is tolerating it. I graduate to soft foods on December 26 and that is what I need to be able to go home.
The present my kids gave me so I'm not alone on Christmas.
December 26, 2010
I go home!! I recover in bed eating crackers and taking my pain meds. I feel more optimistic now. Something I haven't felt in a long time. I end the year feeling like we may have figured this out. Just having an official diagnosis really helps. No more wondering if I'm insane or a wimp for the pain.
Beyond the Pancreatic Story Looking Forward….