It was a day for sure.. Completely not what I expected nor what I was physically ready for but then again, it never is....
See that photo up there? That's what my brain has felt like for past five days. Complete chaos. Thoughts going a million miles an hour with no real direction.
It all began on Monday evening. Let me back up a bit here. (no pun intended and you'll see why I say this).. Just a quick disclaimer. For those who are medically squeamish you may not want to read any further. For those brave souls reading this, carry on.
In September, during Hurricane Florence, of all times for this to happen, my husband got very sick and I had to call an ambulance on a Sunday night. It turned out he had an intestinal blockage where a small portion of his small bowel had folded over on itself. The plan was to place an NG tube and hope that the bowel would relax and unfold. If that didn't happen then the only other option was surgery. For those who don't know what an NG tube is, it's a tube that they put up your nose and feed it down your throat into your stomach. It's then hooked up to a small machine where it slowly begins to suction out all the contents that have backed up into your stomach. I know it doesn't sound pretty and believe me it wasn't but it was the only option other than surgery. My husband went through this hell for four days and by the grace of God the small bowel did in fact unfold and he was able to go home.
What can cause a small bowel obstruction? Well a few things but in my husbands case it was caused by severe constipation which he deals with on a regular basis. For those who don't know, my husband has had nine back surgeries and that doesn't count the other surgeries he's had on his neck, knee, ankle, gall bladder, heart. The last two surgeries he had done at Duke University in North Carolina and they were approximately fifty - percent spinal reconstructions.
Due to this he has a permanent nerve damage condition called "arachnoiditis". If you want to know more about that just leave a comment and I will do a post about it. Because of this, he has been on heavy pain medications for years which he needs in order to have some kind of quality of life. Along with these medications comes severe constipation.
This past Monday night he confessed he hadn't had a bowel movement in almost four days. I wanted to take him to the ER right away but men, you know men, he said no. He wanted to vote in the Primaries on Tuesday morning and then he'd go... grrrrrr(yes, that's my frustration at the stubbornness of some men my husband being one of them)....
So Tuesday morning we voted and headed to the ER. We were there all day. Finally after yet another CT scan we were told that he didn't have another obstruction he was just very severely constipated. As bad as this was it was also a tremendous blessing as well because abdominal surgery is nothing to shake a stick at. So they began with giving him a liquid laxative to drink and that didn't do much but make him nauseous. When that didn't work they sent him upstairs for the big guns. Enemas.
Finally after three of them it worked and we came home. We had been there for eight hours. I was so physically and emotionally exhausted from all the concern and stress that I fell asleep Tuesday night at eight PM and I didn't wake up until seven-thirty the next morning!.
As of today things are still 'moving' well but my husband went in and saw his MD this morning to discuss options. He will be starting that medication called "Linzess" in the morning. I am praying it works well and doesn't give him dangerous side affects.
I'd like to ask you if you pray to please keep my husband in your prayers that this medication will fix this issue for him and that God will give us both the strength we need in our minds, bodies and spirits.