Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hospital Stay

My colitis situation has worsened, going into full blown
colitis rather than just the last 6-8 inches of the colon.
I was admitted through the emergency room last Sunday
after almost fainting several times following an extended
stretch of very little food, chronic intestinal issues and
dehydration.  I was down 25 lbs in 5 weeks.

After initial blood work they discovered that my potassium
level tanked, which was causing me to pass out, and my 
hemoglobin level was low so into a room I went with both
arms hooked to IVs with 5-6 different things going into me.
One of the IVs worked itself out and gave me this nice bruise.

I had to have another colonoscopy where they did several 
biopsies to determine the full colitis. I was in for 4 days and
allowed to start a soft gastric diet on the 3rd day, 
continuing on as I add a little bit more here and there.

I started out taking only 1 little thyroid pill daily and now
have 8-10 additional pills in the morning and one at night.
Three of them are steriods, one a pepcid, iron, vitiman C,
and four are the same pill for colitis.
I should mention, ever since I was a kid, I can't swallow pills.
This is a huge struggle for me.

They intend to move me off steriods and onto a program
of tier 2 drugs that, in combination,  have shown a 50%
cure rate, otherwise there is nothing but cramping, blood loss and
diarrhea, particularly in the morning.  

I am watching my diet.
No soda, no coffee, no processed foods if possible,
more fish, soft meat and no cookies, cake, etc.
No milk, ice cream or sherbet, although they say 
cheese, butter and things cooked with milk is OK.

I'm keeping
a diary to see my symptoms vs what I ate.
Since this is autoimmune, I am going to start having some
local honey for its anti-inflammatory properties.

I have to get back to work tomorrow and I'm concerned with 
the drive in.  I am up for hours with symptoms, how will I drive
45 min into work?  The Dr said I could take an Imodium
so I may do that to get there, afternoons are better.

So that is why I have been missing for awhile.
I'm hoping to get back into a normal routine once
I figure out the right food, the right time.  



Kathy I sure hope you are feeling better and have that under control soon. Thinking of and praying for you.

Unknown said...

Kathy, the only thing I can think to say is that you are in our prayers. I have put you in our Book of Prayer Intentions at Church. Will pray every day for you. Love you always.

Ann and Arnold

Lisa said...

Bless your heart and body! I will be praying for a complete recovery. Please try and get some rest too. I am so sorry to hear you have been dealing with this. Take care!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh Kathy!
I sure hate that for you. I've had similar situations with my health. Take a step forward and then two steps back. I'm glad there is hope in a cure for you... maybe the meds and dietary changes will help you.
Saying some prayers for you my friend.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That is really rough, lucky you are young and can bounce back fairly well. The diary is a real good idea.

LindaG said...

Praying for you, Kathy. Your well being comes first. Hoping and praying you heal quickly. God bless. ♥

Gorges Smythe said...

I'll be praying for you, Kathy.

Unknown said...

oh no! I'm so sorry you are going through this. Prayers that you will be better soon!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you all so much! If I can get the mornings managed I can get through the day I think.

Faith said...

Praying that your morning goes smoothly, and you can find a routine which makes you feel much better. God Bless.

Powell River Books said...

Hope things turn around for you soon. That has to be challenging getting to work and being at work and getting home again. - Margy

Lady Locust said...

Oh dear. Take care of yourself and will certainly include you in my prayers. Hope you are feeling better soon.

noexcuses said...

Sending prayers for your comfort! I've had a few colonoscopies, but I have been spared the colitis symptoms. I'm so sorry. Praying for better days ahead.

Manny said...

OMG, Kathy, I didn't realize how serious this was. You will be in all my prayers. God give you strength.

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

I will say a prayer right now. Recovery is in the bag because, you know, I'm God's favorite. :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That sounds really difficult. My youngest has an autoimmune condition. After trying numerous steroids and specialists and such with no results we ended up doing something very different following a bunch of research I had done. It ended up making a huge difference. His doctor's jaw dropped when he saw him this week. He pulled in a couple of other doctors to show them. If you're interested you can email me. I don't know if it would help your situation or not but I do not it wouldn't hurt.