Friday, November 6, 2020

A Little Update

 On September 28th, Mr. Moosebay insisted on taking me to the ER. A week later, I woke to find that my entire colon had been removed, I had lost 20 pounds, was now diabetic, and had an ileostomy . They told me I had been in an induced coma as I "coded" and intubated during the first part of the surgery that was done to remove necrotic tissue. The rest of the surgery was finished the following day. I also had a dangerous C. Diff infection. Thankfully, I don't remember anything that happened before, during and for quite a while afterwards. The surgeon told me that he had done my particular surgery only five times before and he had only two survivors. I was one of them. I had been feeling a little angry that he had taken my whole colon, but realized what a miracle it was that I was even alive and so grateful for all of the efforts taken to make that happen.  I developed hospital-acquired and aspirational pneumonia. I became malnourished and had a feeding tube put in causing me to lose my voice and ability to swallow. 

Finally, after three weeks flat on my back, I was sent to a nursing/rehab center. I worked very hard to get back on my feet and had an awesome team working with me. I was told I would probably be there for up to six weeks, but I am home now after only two weeks. I have nursing care coming in to help with my ileostomy, but I can dress  and shower myself.   

The only time I cried during this ordeal was when I was gathering my things to go home.... 


I was so overwhelmed by how many wonderful cards, email, texts and messages I got with words of encouragement. You will never know how much they all meant to me--that you took the time to think of me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

I'm not sure when I will be up to working in my sewing  room again--hopefully soon. 
In the meantime I will be working on getting  stronger with some help from my new wheels!


49 comments:

  1. Hard to hear all you have been through. It really takes perspective to be grateful with such challenges but it makes all the difference as you recover and get your strength back. I will pray for your continued courage to do just what you have set your mind and heart to and for the best healing to continue. You are an inspiration for all of us to remember to keep thankful hearts. Hugs and prayers!

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  2. Omg I am so pleased to hear you are OK. It's been a long road but you are so lucky your still alive. Lucky hubby took you to the hospital...... Take care and let your self heal and get stronger...... 💙💙💙🤗🤗🤗

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  3. OMG. How did that even happen?? I can't even imagine what that must have been like. How lucky that Mr. Moosebay brought you into the ER. How terrific that you're up and moving. I hope you continue to feel better. You're amazing!

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  4. Oh Karen how happy to hear that you were able to come through all of this...you are one strong lady!! Hang in there kiddo...I really hope you continue to get better...
    hugs, and many prayers for your recovery Julierose

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  5. Wow Karen that’s quite an ordeal! I’m so glad you’re ok and to be home again must feel wonderful. Praying for a steady recovery.

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  6. OMG how awful but glad you came through. I'm sure it will take awhile to gain your strength and accept all that was done to save your life. Wishing you well

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  7. Oh my, what a trauma! I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. Wonderful that you are home and on the mend, and sounds like you had excellent medical care. Hope your further recovery is smooth!

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  8. You have really had a rough go of it, Karen. That you are still with us seems to me an indication of your stamina and willingness to endure difficulties. I wish you all the best as you heal and grow stronger.

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  9. Karen, I'm so glad you took the time to share with all of us what has happened. I'm so sorry you have gone through all of this, but equal glad that you are making a recovery and healing. I'm happy that you are home and I pray each day finds you a little bit better. Stay positive.

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  10. My goodness Karen, what an ordeal you have been through. I am so glad that you are starting to feel stronger and I hope that you continue to do so. Being positive in situations like this really helps and you sound as though you are being very positive in your outlook. I wish you well and may you continue to grow in strength. It is hard sometimes to hear the words 'stay positive' when I know you must have days of despair but, on those days, remember how far you have come rather than on how far there is to go. Hugs Christine xx

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  11. I am so, so sorry to hear about all of your ordeals. I had no idea. I can't imagine what you must be going through. Thankfully, you are not alone and hopefully, if you take it one day at a time, things will most likely improve. You will definitely be in my thoughts. If there is anything that I can do to help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. Take care. Sharon at purrfection8@gmail.com

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  12. Oh my, you have had a journey, haven't you? In some ways it is a blessing that you were not conscious for most of it. It sounds like you got absolutely fantastic treatment and is more than wonderful to know that you are back home, and in record time. Take your time getting your feet under you; be well.

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  13. Wow, what a shocker to go through. I'm glad you are on the mend

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  14. I can't imagine what you have gone through. You will be in my thoughts and prayers while you go through your recovery. Hugs

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  15. Wishing you the very best recovery!

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  16. Omg Karen, I had no idea. I’m glad to know you made it through, and are continuing to recover.

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  17. When something threatens your life, it changes it but you choose how it changes you. I am glad that you are looking forward to choosing to see the gifts you do have. I had a car accident many years ago and have recovered but I still remember turning to the light and celebrating the support and love of family and friends. It won't be a path without sadness and loss but it will be a life arrirming life. Even though I don't know you personally, I appreciate your blog and your presence in my life. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me to look with gratitude on all things in life. Choose life!! (It is one of the mottos I have co-opted for my own interpretation.)

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  18. Things change for us all, sometimes in the blink of an eye! None of us have a promise of anything, it is all a gift. Carry on and move forward, be of the moment and work for the better. I believe in your strength!!! Martha Mumaw

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  19. Oh my word! You certainly have had an unbelievably rough go of it these past months! You are such an amazing, strong woman to have recovered to where you are today. I love your positivity and know that you will continue to heal and get well. Sending you many, many Hugs!

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  20. I am floored. What a living hell you've been through. Maybe it is better if you don't remember all of it. It doesn't sound like a nice story anyway. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Sending prayers your way so that your recovery continues on rapidly. ♥ ;^)

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  21. I'm so glad you are on the other side of this. Prayers for continued healing.

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  22. I am so very truly for what you have had to go thru, but at the same time I'm glad you pulled thru. I'm glad Mr. Moosebay took you to ER when he did. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for your body and mind to continue to heal and you soon feel a re-energized new you with all the joy and happiness in everyday forward.

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  23. Oh, my goodness, Karen. I had no idea! This is so scary. I am glad to know you have pulled through and are now fighting hard to recover. You will definitely be in my prayers!

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  24. You are an amazing lady. To have gone through all of that and have come back so well is quite amazing. I think your positive attitude has come through and shown how strong you are. Best wishes with all that is ahead.

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  25. Oh Karen I'm so sorry to read that.... Oh I'm very sorry...
    I wish you a quick recovery ...
    I'm sending you a million of hugs of encouragement !

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  26. Oh my goodness, what a scary time for you and your family. So thankful your husband took you to the hospital. So thankful the surgeon was gifted. So thankful nursing, dietary, respiratory, PT and OT and housekeeping and more, were there to support you and to get you home with your family again. God Bless and continued recovery.

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  27. So glad that you are coming back from Hell! Thoughts have been with you for a long time. Take care and will be so happy to see you again! Hugs

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  28. Love the seat on your new wheels. I am very impressed with how hard you have worked to get back to your new normal. Look forward to anything you sew in the future.

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  29. So glad that you are a survivor! Love your new wheels, and a seat for when you get tired. So much better than the basic walker for sure! Give yourself time to recover, impatience may want to take over. Patience and you WILL be better. Love and hugs!

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  30. Oh Karen. I am so so happy that you are alive to tell the story! What an ordeal. And how fortunate that all the stars lined up so you are able to tell about the story.
    I wish you a recovery that restores as much of your old life as possible.
    Stay strong and positive!
    Know that you are cared about and loved!!

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  31. I'm so happy to hear you're on the mend! Be good to yourself as you recover!! Sending strong vibes for healing and strength - and don't forget that laughter is the best medicine! Hugs help too, so I'm sending virtual ones!

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  32. Wow! That's quite a "little" update! Glad you are back and on the mend!

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  33. Oh Karen! I had no idea you were going through such a medical emergency. I'm so grateful you have survived and done so well on getting stronger. What lovely cards you recieved.
    God Bless You

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  34. Oh Karen, I am so sorry you had to go through all this. I guess I have been more out of touch than I realized. I am so thankful that you are on the mend. Hope you will be back to doing the things you love very soon. Hugs!

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  35. Oh, my!!! What a blessing that you pulled through all of that. I am sure you were shocked when you realized what had happened. My prayers will be with you as you continue to recover.

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  36. Oh my! What a lot you have been through. I hope your recovery goes well.
    My father-in-law had an illeostomy for many, many years. He kept doing the things he enjoyed during that time I know you will too.

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  37. I just read your post. Wow! You have been through a lot. I'm so glad you are on the mend. Hope things 2 weeks later are even better than before.

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  38. Oh my goodness, It saddens me to hear all that you have endured, but then what a blessing that your sweet husband insisted on getting you in when he did. The fact that you have sprung back so soon and are now home is a wonderful sigh. I'm praying for a full and speedy recovery. God bless you and your dear husband.
    Connie :)

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  39. Prayers for you and your husband. 2020 has been a bad year.

    Charlotte

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  40. Prayers for you and your husband,Wishing you the very best recovery! Thanks for the share.
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  41. Lordy..How scary!!! Life as we know it changes in a second...TBTG you survived...puts some perspective on things..xo

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  42. Wow! What a scary set of happenings that you went through!!! So glad you made it and are on the mend!! My daughter had CDIF 3 or 4 times and has some residual effects from it, so I know that your circumstances were quite serious!! You'll be in my prayers, and good work on getting out of the nursing facility so quickly!! Bless you!! Hugs, H

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