Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NOT A GOOD THING

A week ago, Thursday, Tyler came down with what I thought was the flu. He had a fever, was vomiting and had a stomach ache. He stayed home Thursday, decided to go to school on Friday and was home sick until Wednesday, when he decided to go to school again. On Thursday he couldn't get out of bed because his side hurt so badly.

It finally hit me. It could be his appendix. I called the clinic for a 220 appointment on Thursday. After the clinic visit, his doctor suggested we go to North Suburban Imagining in Coon Rapids for CT Scan to look at his appendix at 730 PM. While Tyler consumed a large amount of barium, I went for a run with Topaz. I was worried about his appendix. I kept wracking my brain, trying to figure out when the side pain began. It was the Saturday before. Shit.

We went to NSI and sure enough, his appendix had already burst. The doctor there couldn't reach our Elk River doctor so she told us she would call Mercy Hospital and we needed to get our butts to ER as soon as possible. On the way to ER I had Tyler call Steve, Mom and Dad and Laurie.

The ER doctor met us at the door. They ushered Tyler off to ER and began to give him sedatives for surgery. NSI gave me a CD of his CT Scan. The surgeon came in and looked at it, saw that the appendix was already burst and decided to hold off the surgery. He felt that because it already burst the infection had been moving throughout for some time, that his colon, liver and intestines were already compromised. He felt that by going in and performing surgery they could do more damage to the tissue, having to reconstruct it; and if they would drain the infection, let the tissue heal, and complete the removal of whatever is left of the appendix at a later date (3-5 months), Tyler could be better off.

Now, Tyler's primary surgeon is not a pediatric surgeon. Tyler is 6'2", 180 pounds. Not really a child, but not an adult. He has a pediatric surgeon on his team, along with his primary and they are calling the shots together. For now, he has a nasty tube that is cut into his back, set near where his appendix was. It is draining foul things out of him. The hope is that the infection and guk drains well, he gets stronger each day, he can be released and the appendix or what remains of it can be removed, or not, at a later date.

It's been tough. I hate hospitals. Well, who doesn't? It breaks me, seeing my young, tough, otherwise always healthy son laying in the hospital bed. I finally came home for a few hours yesterday to shower and today for a few hours to shower and get Troy and Steve some groceries. With Steve not being able to drive because of the DWI it's really been a bitch. I have spent the last 5 nights sleeping in the room with Ty. He's getting better each day. His fevers are lessening, he began to eat a bit of solid food today, a few things are improving.

Tyler had another CT Scan today but his surgeon was called to an emergency so I haven't heard the result. Tonight when I return I hope to know what our next step is.

Say a prayer. Wish us strength. I sure appreciate it.

20 comments:

keith said...

julie,

best wishes to you and your family. you're in my prayers.

Jamie said...

Thinking good thoughts for you and yours. I can only imagine how tough that must be. Really hope your son gets well soon.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers our with you!! Keep us updated!

Tonya

Rooster said...

Wow, hang in there. I don't know if there is much worse than seeing your child suffer. It certainly puts things in perspective.

Take care!

Julie said...

Julie
The mom in me is crying for you. How frustrating and scary it can be to have a sick child. My prayers are with you!
Julie A.

Carilyn said...

Julie, we're all praying for Tyler, you, and the rest of your family. What a scare! There is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer. Please keep us posted.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

my thoughts are with you and your son!

The Bunny said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

My eyes are burning with tears and my heart aches. My son went through a bad bout with Lymes last winter, it is a feeling you can not describe. I feel for him more too, what a brave (little, don't care if he is 6'2", always our babies) man. Hopefully he is comfortable and I will be thinking of him and you.

Londell said...

I keep adding you and your family in my prayers... You are a dear friend to many and an inspiration to many more than you can imagine... Continue being strong and we are all praying for the best!

Anonymous said...

I had wondered if you were distracted with something. Best wishes with all of that Julie. Sounds like he's doing better...keep the positive vibes, I'll send some from New Mexico..Zoey

Bev said...

More prayers from me Julie. If your son is anything like you, he is a tough one and will kick that infection in the can.

Randy said...

Julie-
Such a scary thing! Thoughts and prayers are with you and Tyler.
Randy Snyder

Mark H. said...

My prayers are with you and your family, Julie.

Karen said...

So sorry you have to go through this. My thoughts and prayers are out to you.
Karen G

olga said...

Sending good thoughts and keeping fingers crossed. Sucks to relay on doctors and not have one in a family...Alex had appendisitis and I forced ER folks to diagnose it. Be well, young bodies are recovering well!

Anonymous said...

Julie-

Hope the positive progress continues for your son. I am sending my best wishes your way.

Kel said...

Hang in there Julie, Tyler, and family. Hope all is well very soon!

Steve said...

This certainly puts my personal grief concerning my unemployment situation in perspective. At least my family and I are all in good health. My thoughts and best wishes go out to you and yours during this difficult time. I know I may be facing a similar situation as my aunt is battling leukemia and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant.

Take care,

Steve G.

Emma said...

Oh my gosh! You are going through so much. I'll keep you in my prayers Julie! Hang in there.