Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Putting the 'cute' in Acute Diverticulitis

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you had a pleasant Fourth of July weekend.
Sorry for my absence, but I was unexpectedly in the hospital for a few days last week and I'm just getting back into the swing of things. 

Here's the Reader's Digest version....or at least an attempt at it.  :-)

Last Monday (6/27) I had the day off and spent it at home with Jim and Zachary…wasn’t feeling ‘right’.

Woke up Tuesday, not feeling any better, came to work for a 9 o’clock call, went to doctor’s at 1pm

Doctor sends me to the local hospital for a cat scan of my lower abdomen.

Cat scan tech sends me to the Emergency Room

Doctors in the ER tell me I’m being admitted because I have acute diverticulitis with a micro-perforation (because, apparently I’m 80)

They bring me to my room on Tuesday night on IV fluids and two heavy-duty antibiotics, also via IV (PS – at this point, I haven’t eaten all day)

On Wednesday I was still on IV fluids and antibiotics and allowed to have clear liquids starting at noon (chicken broth, apple juice, ginger ale, Italian Ice, and Jell-O.....delish)

Thursday – 3 meals of clear liquids and still on antibiotics (yes, I had chicken broth for breakfast) but feeling a lot better.  Still not 100% - but a lot less pain.

Friday – French toast and scrambled eggs for breakfast, it all went OK, so I made it home by 3pm!!!!

So, now I’m on crazy-strong antibiotics for 2 weeks and will have to change my diet. Again, because apparently I’m a senior citizen. No more eating nuts, seeds, or any other indigestible foods, unless I want to have another ‘incident’.

Thankfully, I was home in time and feeling OK enough to enjoy the weekend! We went to the see fireworks on Saturday night, spend the day/evening at the Cape on Sunday with Jim's family, went to a 4th of July parade and a cookout yesterday, and I'm back to work today.

I'll write something a bit more exciting once I get caught up on all I missed at work, but I thought I'd let you all know what the heck was happening with me.  :-)

PS - While  I was in the hospital, Jim sent this to me....and yes, it made me a bit teary.  


Breenlantern said...

I'm really glad you're better and back home. I am very familiar with the ... discomfort...you must have felt during this. I hope you stay healthy and have no further complications. Restricted diets suck, but the alternative is much worse :-(

Nik_TheGreek said...

I'm glad you're feeling better! Try to take it slowly and listen to the doctors! :-)
take care of yourself

Cubby said...

I'm really sorry about your diverticulitis, and I'm glad you're feeling better.

Erik Rubright said...

No more nuts? What!? (I know, I'm 12.)

But I am glad you are feeling more human!

Ur-spo said...

you will do anything to get out of posting !

I too am blithe to hear you are mending !

Amy said...

oh. my. gawd. that expression!

glad you're feeling better-ish!

Blobby said...

OMG - that sucks, but totally worth it for the pic of Scooter.

I kid....I kid.

I think Doug and Wendy Whiner had diverticulitis. Maybe you're too young for that SNL skit way back when.

Feel better soon!d

AJohnP said...

@Blobby - you are correct. In fact I just talking about that skit at a BBQ on Monday...VERY funny. All they'd eat was macaroni & cheese.

RG said...

So I guess that gift of "Nuts Around the World" I was going to get you for Xmas is out the question huh? LOL You can still eat nuts that come in a sack though right? LOL

Glad you're feeling better.

BosGuy said...

Oh brother... I'm so sorry to read this, but glad you feel better now.

I know what you mean about feeling like a senior citizen. I had my annual physical today and I had a laundry list of issues; nothing major but definitely made me feel like an old curmudgeon.


cb said...

Yeah, I feel your pain with the whole abdomen stuff.

Glad you are doing better!