Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
This message will be too long for a text message so I'm sending it on Facebook. Jill was scheduled for a sigmoidoscopy for tomorrow morning to get some biopsies to test for a few viruses. They moved the procedure to this morning at 11. They went in and got some biopsies. After she woke up, the doctor thought it might be a good idea to get a few more biopsies to test for a few other things. When going in the second time, they noticed a perforation in the bowel about 1 inch in. They immediately withdrew the scope and let Jill wake back up. They x-rayed her and compared it to previous x-rays to when the perforation occurred. They found that it happened this morning the first time they went in. It was decided that it probably wouldn't heal on its own and they didn't want to risk that especially since there was a lot of stool in her intestines that could escape into her abdomen and contaminate other organs. All this happened from 11 this morning till 4 this afternoon. She went into surgery at 4:10 this afternoon (Sunday). It's expected to take 3 hours give or take 30 minutes. Her J-pouch is in such bad shape that they want to give it time to heal so she will wake up with an ileostomy bag. It's supposed to be temporary but it might be permanent if the J-pouch doesn't heal. They are going to fix the perforation with some tissue from the J-pouch. While she is in surgery, they will try to repair any of the strictures that are accessible. It's called strictureoplasty if you'd like to look it up. As the week has gone on, it's been more likely that she would have surgery on Thursday. It's unfortunate that there was a perforation but because of it, the surgery on Thursday is cancelled so we might be coming home sooner than we thought. I gave her a blessing and she gave me a smile before they wheeled her into the operating room. Hope to see everyone soon. We appreciate the prayers and all the help.
Sunday, March 25, 2012. 7:15 PM.
Monday, March 26, 2012. 1:30 PM.
Jill’s Mom and I saw Jill right after surgery last night and she was in good shape. I had never seen anyone after surgery so I didn’t know what to expect. All her doctors and nurses were very surprised at how well she was doing considering how malnourished she was. I took their word for it that she was doing good cause to me, it looked like she was hurting bad. I guess that could be expected though. They put her in the Surgical ICU because of how suppressed her immune system was and they thought she might become septic. But she’s doing great. It was hard to leave her last night but Nada and I needed some sleep. We came in again this morning and her bed was tilted up and she was watching TV. She’s been on two walks this morning. The doctors are very pleased that she is doing so good. Her small intestines are in good condition. They had to remove 30 centimeters of the end of it but the rest of it was good. She also woke up with hardly any feeling in her left arm. The doctors think it may be from laying on it during the surgery and that maybe a nerve got pinched. They think it will get better over time. Overall, she is doing better than expected. Doctors say 7 to 10 more days in the hospital for recovery.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Today’s blog post is being written by Chris, the husband. Not Jill, the wife. Jill’s blog is sacred territory to her so I hope I don’t get in trouble for hijacking it but I just want to tell you all how great she is. Jill is always saying wonderful things about me on here (most of it is untrue). I think I’ll tell everyone about her for a change.
My life has gotten better everyday since I met Jill. She makes it so easy to be married to her. She has been such a support to me. She doesn’t feel like she does a lot but she does so much. She’s actually the reason why I got accepted to Penn State for graduate school. I was so sick of filling out school applications. I got real discouraged one day a few months ago and almost didn’t finish the application for Penn State. After a few hours of moping around, I found a note on my bathroom mirror that said, “ Chris, I just want you to know I love you so much. I am so proud of you and I know you can do anything you want to. Love, Jill.” I don’t think Jill realized at the time how much that note meant to me, but I decided then that I couldn’t let her down so I got the computer back out, finished the application, interviewed on the telephone a few weeks later, then got accepted to Penn State Graduate School a few days after that. She is such an inspiration to me. I don’t know how she deals with her sickness so well. Jill has been dealt a tough hand and she’s played it well. Even with her sickness, she is a great help and support to me. I hope this wasn’t too mushy for you all, but I really wanted to make sure everyone knew how great she is.
Love you Jill.
Also, I would like to echo what Jill said in her last post. We are extremely grateful for everyone who has helped us over the last few weeks. Jill’s mom, Nada, for coming to stay with Jill so I could go to work. Jill’s aunt, Laura, for working for Nada. All of our parents for dinners, cleaning the house, doing our laundry, and for the visits. Jill’s co-workers for picking up the slack for 3 weeks. Melissa for bringing dinner. And all our family and friends for your visits and prayers. I didn’t want this to turn into an Oscar acceptance speech but we are truly blessed. So thank you all. Mostly, we are thankful for a loving Heavenly Father, who hears our prayer and often immediately answers the cries of a choice daughter when she needs relief. He has intervened numerous times and has taken over at the right moment.
I’m also grateful for those little bottles of 5-hour energy that allow me to stay awake most of the night with Jill and then go to work the next day.
Jill is thankful for nurses who can insert an IV into a vein in one try. (They are few and far between but she loves them.)
Lastly, we are thankful to Ameriben, Jill’s health insurance company.
We are incredibly blessed and have much to look forward to.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I don't remember if it was the first or second night, but there was one night when I had some sort of anxiety attack or something. I was breathing really heavily, which concerned the nurse so she checked my oxygen but it was fine. I couldn't calm down for some reason and started crying. Chris and my mom and the nurse were all trying to help me. It took me awhile but finally I got over it. I don't know what happened. I remember apologizing and the nurse telling me I didn't need to be sorry for anything.
After a few days I finally decided I could get up and walk around a little bit. I usually could not last very long and would end up being pushed around in a wheelchair, but it was nice to get out of the room.
Chris laughs every time he sees this picture. He said I was so tired at this point that I was talking with my eyes closed. I asked him to take a picture of me and when he told me to smile, I looked up and smiled, and then went right back to having my eyes closed. Glad I could give him a laugh. :)
So basically every day we were just waiting for me to feel better. The Dr would tell me to see if I could go without the IV pain medication, and I never could. It didn't even seem like I was there for 7 days (I'm sure it did to my mom and Chris), time just went by. Looking back I wish I had been a little more with it and able to ask more questions about other things we could try, etc. While I was there one day I noticed that my throat was really sore. I looked at it with a flashlight and it looked terrible, with lots of white spots on the back (sorry if that's gross). It honestly looked like I had strep throat. My tongue also looked like it had thrush, which I have had before when I've taken antibiotics. The nurse called the Dr that night and he said he would look at it in the morning. When he did he said it was probably either strep or thrush and that the antibiotics should cover it if is strep, and he started me on another medication to help the thrush. My throat started to feel better and within a couple days looked a lot better. Ever since then I have developed some sort of cough/cold. I have been blowing my nose like crazy and had this really bad sounding cough. It has not been too fun. I think it is finally going away though. I don't know if I caught it in the hospital or what, but I guess it could have been worse.
The picture below is the PICC line after they removed it. Can you believe all this was inside of me? A PICC line basically is a line that goes to your heart and can stay there for weeks or months if need be. It can be used to draw blood and is very convenient. I was actually disappointed that they took it out. I asked the Dr. if we could leave it in just in case I needed it anytime soon and he said, "Well you don't plan on being back here in the next 6 months, do you?" Well of course I don't plan on it, but I didn't feel ready to go home in the first place. I should also point out that when I say "the Dr" I do not mean Dr. Smith. He admitted me and saw me the first day, but then the GI doctors on call took turns seeing me. I thought it would be a good thing, and maybe a different Dr would think of something that Dr. Smith hadn't. I was really surprised the day that Dr. Ward asked if I wanted to go home. I had still needed IV pain medicine during the night, but as I said earlier he was happy that I was eating better and said I could go.In the past Dr. Smith has admitted me even when he wasn't on call and seen me while I was in the hospital. Except if it was the weekend, then the on call Dr would take over for a couple days. He explained to me that things are changing in the practice and basically he doesn't have as much say or control as he would like. He said they are trying to lesson their work load, so when a patient is admitted, they should be admitted through the emergency room or their primary care physician, and then the GI Dr on call should be consulted to see the patient. So basically if he is not on call, he does not have the power to say whether I should have been discharged or not, etc, etc. I think if he would have been on call while I was there things would have gone a little differently. He said he would have given me more fluid, for one thing. They were giving me high dose steroids and antibiotics, which usually help, so I was a little surprised I was not feeling better faster.
Well sorry for the marathon post, I had more to say than I thought! Good thing I have nothing better to do than sit here on my bed on the computer! Right now I am hoping to be able to go back to work next Monday, a week from today. I don't want to go until I'm much stronger and feel better, because I don't want to get run down again. I am also probably not going to go back full time, but haven't decided how many hours I will work yet. We will have less money, but I don't think working full time is worth the effect it has had on my health. Hopefully I will do better, which will save some money on Dr bills, and come out even in the end. So we are just trying to have faith that everything will work out! I also ran out of sick time last week, so as of right now I'm not getting paid. I'm hoping to qualify for something at work called "Employees Helping Employees," which is where people donate their extra PTO, and others who need it can apply for it. I know everything will be fine and we will get through it. Things are already starting to look better. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and will never leave me alone!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The magnets were fun to make and I think they turned out cute. The blog I found it on ( http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2011/02/iphone-magnets.html#more) used something called Dimensional Modge Podge, and I just used regular. I didn't want to spend money at the time, but they would look lots cooler with that on top so maybe sometime I will get some and add to them. It just would make them stand out more. Chris thought the magnets were pretty cool and he loved the banana cream pie and giant card so I would say it was a success. We watched American Idol that night (of course) and just enjoyed being with each other. I just have to say that I am lucky to have such a great husband. He is so supportive and caring and easygoing. He makes me laugh constantly and I am so thankful for him. Here is to many more wonderful birthdays together!
Chris and I at the baptism
It was so fun to be there with Taylor as he was baptized!
Back in January Chris and I took a trip to Boise so Chris could meet with someone from the grad school program he applied to there. It turned out to be a little disappointing because they told him their program won't help him find a job in the area he wants, but other than that we had a good time. (More in a future post about Grad School and future plans-we haven't made any definite decisions so I don't want to go much into it yet). We left on a Monday after work and went and stayed with my brother Chad and his family that night. We had so much fun playing with my nephews. I lived with them when I did my internship, and I have to say that those little boys sure do love me. :) And Chris too. haha. We sure appreciated them letting us stay. The next morning we went to the interview and then I talked Chris into taking me to the Discovery Center there in Boise. I went there on a field trip once in 4th grade and loved it. It is a hands on science museum, and it was pretty fascinating. I'm pretty sure I have a picture of me in this same chair in 4th grade-haha! You sit in the chair and pull on the rope to pull yourself to the top. When you let go of the rope, you expect to come plunging down really fast, but you just float down really slow. Anyway, we had a lot of fun and I know I'm lucky to have a husband who would humor me with that.
We also have gone and watched Chris' little sister dance and my nieces cheer a couple of times. This is Courtney with her parents on senior night.
This is Kelsi with her parents (my sister) and my mom on Senior night. It's weird that both Chris' youngest sister and my oldest niece are both graduating!
I always enjoy watching them dance and cheer...brings back memories!
President's Day weekend we went to Pomerelle with my sister Tysi and her family, my brother Kelby and his family, and my brother Kyler. I had not been in a couple years and Chris and I had never been together. We had a lot of fun and I think I kept up pretty good! You can't tell but we are smiling. :)
The little boys hanging out in the lodge...they are all quite the little skiiers and Kade even started snowboarding this trip.
This is a video of first Kyler and then Chris going off of a jump they had set up. I don't know if the video will work, but if you can watch it it's pretty cool. It's hard to tell but you had to get up quite a bit of speed to even get to the part of the hill that I was standing on to take the video, and then the jump was even higher. We had lots of fun. Chris and I bought 2 day passes for Pomerelle for the price of one that we need to use soon too, so hopefully I can start feeling well enough to go again!
He got me these 12 in x 12 in storage containers for me to keep all my scrapbook paper and craft stuff in. I had a big long flat plastic container that I had been using, but it was getting too small and way too messy in there. I thought it was really sweet of him to think of something like this. I told him he got me way too much though.
For dinner we ended up going and picking up some food and bringing it home and watching a movie. Neither of us had to work the next day so we got to stay up late and enjoy being with each other. It was such a great day and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful Valentine!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Card I made for a little girl in my primary class (who is sister to the boy in Chris' class)
Here is a little banner for a decoration for the shower.
Happy Birtthday card for Chris' mom
Another Happy Birthday card-I'm kind of hooked on making cards like this, but I need to come up with some other ideas too.
This a Valentine's Day wreath that I saw on pinterest here: http://www.sheskindacrafty.com/2011/01/valentine-ribbon-wreath.html
Home blocks my mom's ward made in Relief Society last year and she had some kits leftover so she gave me one.
They also made these Joy blocks in my mom's Relief Society. I am going to put something on the back of these sometime as well. My sister suggested USA which I think would be fun!
We made these Christmas Countdown blocks in my ward for a Super Saturday. Mine turned out a bit wrinkly, but I am getting much better at modge podging wrinkle free!
My sister actually sent me the link to this blog with this wreath, which I copied and made. I was super fun and easy and a great place to put our Christmas cards from all the wonderful people out there who cared enough to send us one!
Well that shows a little bit of what I've been up to lately. I am also working on sewing a quilt right now-I've had the material for 2 years now. It's finally all cut out (thanks a TON to my mom), and I am excited to get sewing on it! Chris always asks me where I learned to make stuff like this, and my answer is always "from my momma!" For several years when I was growing up my mom was what was then called "Homemaking Leader" in our ward, and she put together a huge project or craft every month which I always helped her with. Sometimes she would even sit down with me and let me make whatever they were making. She taught me 4H and how to paint and sew and cook. I am so thankful for her and everything she taught me!