Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 25, 2009

I am having difficulty typing so this will be short.

I had surgery at 7 p.m. Saturday night and what the docs found stunned them. An over 6 cm across ball of pus, called a tuboovarian cyst, was quickly taking over my pelvis. It had adhered to everything near it, much like putting your tongue on cold metal in the winter time. It had pushed most of my bowel to one side. I guess the surgery ended up being quite complicated as my pressure dropped several times during it. When the abscess was removed, the follopian tube and the right ovary had to be as well. They flushed my pelvis with several gallons of saline. When they pulled the bowel off the abscess, it tore, so a general surgeon had to come in to repair that. They had hoped to do this surgery laproscopically, but had to open me up with a 7 inch incision along with three others.

But the fun was just beginning.

Since then, I've developed pneumonia and kidney failure. My oxygen saturations were 82 percent, so I've been on 4 liters of oxygen since the surgery with breathing treatments every 4 hours. I couldn't stop puking. There was talk of my moving to ICU; dozens of docs were rounding on me from internal medicine to ICU, to nephrology.

I still haven't eaten since Saturday morning.

I've never been so sick or felt so helpless in my whole life.

1 comment:

  1. Shannon! I am so sorry. What a horrifying experience you must be going through. You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly since I heard you were in the hospital again...

    Hang in there, Shannon. If there is anything you need... please feel free to email.


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