A week ago, in my post ‘Daily Struggles‘, I concluded with the following –
I wake each morning knowing what the new day will bring and go to sleep each night knowing the struggles I face.
I continue the current treatment in hopes there is some good to come out of what is very bad right now.
Honestly, I feel my days are numbered and with each passing day my death will arrive much sooner than much later.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Last Tuesday I entered the hospital and today I remain. Most likely several more days this week I remain here with hopes of feeling much better when I leave. So, why did Dr. C. decide I needed to be in the hospital? And what is taking so long to keep me here before I can leave?
A couple of weeks ago when my lymphedema was increasing with fluid in my legs and trying to push up and out of my body, my abdominal region began to increase and bloat. This was about the weekend my mom, sister and brother were here visiting. At that time, it was assumed the bloating was a result of the lymphedema fluid being pushed into this area and not properly exiting my body. The bloating never really reduced and instead became worse over the weeks with finally causing issues the weekend immediately prior to entering the hospital.
Over the past weeks of experiencing the abdominal bloating, my appetite decreased as did my activity level; with the pain level increasing. This was the main reason for my appointment with Dr. C.; the abdominal bloating and the review of my pain management.
Let’s go back to Saturday a week ago and I was feeling horrible that evening and I was losing at the tiredness war and losing at the trying to eat conflict. Gary indicated I needed something in me and suggested I try drinking Gatorade to replenish my electrolytes and other nutrients I had been losing for the previous weeks.
One small sip and I was then hit with nausea. The nausea was then following by large amounts of vomiting that proceeded off and on for the next 3 days. I entered the hospital on Tuesday at which time a tube was inserted through my nose to start reducing the fluid that had built up the previous weeks. I thought this would never end and was amazed how much fluid was in my stomach, small and large intestines.
What caused this fluid buildup?
After a scan had taken place, it was determined I have a blockage between my small and larger intestines. It is believed the blockage is caused by my cancer. It is certain it will have to be dealt with before going back home.
7 days later and I continue to be in the hospital and be treated well enough I hope to go home soon.
But what about fixing the blockage?
I should know more today concerning what is next with this blockage issue. I should be able to let you know later this week with better, up-to-date information.
But for now, I appreciate you allowing me this past weekend to rest and take some time to catch-up on me.