Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Home of the Hospital (and other stuff)

I am officially home from the hosptial.
After seven days, million of tests, and a bunch of different drugs I am home. With the same pain... But with four drugs to take and try. (they can take awhile to kick in). So I have to try to get my life back in order, make some money, manage some new dietary restrictions and manage the pain. Ah, easy stuff right? lol.

The official diagnosis is Sphincter of the Oddi Dysfunction (SOD), Type III. You can google it if you want to know more. Also I have a back-up of Bile in my stomach, so on acid reducers for that (caused by the SOD issue).

But at least we have a name for the disease and so now can try starting to treat it. No magically solution sadly, it's trial and error. But that's the best we can do right now.

I have so many other things to update you on...
Terri visited me in the hospital on Friday and brought these lovely flowers, along with many hugs:

I was out on day pass on Saturday and Sunday (had to sleep at the hospital). On Saturday my B/F took me to my stitching store to spend some of my birthday money. I picked up two things. Halloween Quaker by Cherished Stitches:
Here's a better look at the colours I picked. (all silks):
And I also got one of two new Sue Hillis Designs "Shiver me Timbers":



As I had no IV at the hospital since Friday I worked a bit on Stitch or Die. Here is where it stands now:


My current plan now is get my life back in order... and stitch on my poor neglected Dragons. I do have to start work immediately tomorrow so we can pay some bills and stuff (and so I don't loose my job). Here's hoping I can manage.

Thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers. We are not at the end of the road yet, it may be a long one, but at least we have some progress

24 comments:

Vicki in CO said...

Trying to catch up on reading blogs. I can't believe all you've been through recently! So glad you're home and hopefully the meds will get you feeling better real soon. Please take care my friend!

Shelley said...

I am so glad that you are out of the hospital and able to sleep in your own bed tonight. I hope that all of these trial and error treatments find you some relief very soon. You've been on my mind ever since the first mention of you not being well. I am still sending you healing thoughts and many, many cyber hugs. Take care of yourself and even though you have to go back to work so soon make sure you don't overdue it.

Cindy in MA said...

Mel,
I'm so glad you are home.Hopefully you will start feeling better soon.
I will be starting Quaker Halloween next week. Iam doing mine in orange. You can see the threads on my blog. I thought orange was a better color for Halloween.
htt://flossjunkie.blogspot.com

EvalinaMaria said...

It's good to have you back. Hopefully medication will work and you'll be back to normal. Congrats on your new stash and WIP. All looks good!

Terri said...

WOOOT My Friend is home lol.. Glad you are home hun and glad I got to meet you :)

Ineke said...

I do hope the medication will work and you will feel better soon.
Your new stash is beautiful. Lovely coloured silk threads you choose.

Fee, UK said...

Hi Mel,
I have been reading your lovely, happy, bouncy blog for a few months and I feel like I 'know' you, so..... massive hugs, chin up, as you say diagnosis is a leap forward, and you will get through this. Sending healing wishes. Your stitching is amazing, epic is a good word, love it, you inspire me to speed up!
Take care, I will try to comment more!!
Fee.x

Emily said...

Glad you are back home and can start to get the pain under control. Like you new stash, it's great to go shopping with birthday money.

Katrien said...

I'm glad you're back home, I hope the meds kick in soon so you'll be relieved of your pain.
Great new stash!

silentsgirl said...

I hope that you feel better very soon, and I'm so sorry that you have to go back to work before you've had a chance to rest and heal.

Kathy said...

Ouch. But I am so glad the doctors found out what the problem was. Take it slow I am sure you will be exhausted after only half a day of work. Being in the hospital is not the best place to get any rest.

Good luck with the meds and new diet. I hope you find the right regimin quickly so you can stop dealing with the pain.

Feel better soon.

Meari said...

Glad to hear you're outta the hospital, Mel. *fingers crossed* that you'll be able to get back into the swing of things relatively easily and ((hugs)) just because :)

You're making good progress on Stitch-or-Die. Can't wait to see your progress on the quaker piece.

Sea said...

Am happy to hear they have put a name to what is wrong, and there is treatment. Hope all goes well. [As a side comment...have just purchased the chart for the largest project I think I will ever tackle, it's a fractal, and will measure 36" by 26" when finished. The threads alone will cost a small fortune, so all I hhave right now is the chart.]

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are out of the hospital now and hope the meds work for you. Lovely charts and floss.

Marl

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Glad that at least you're out of the hospital. Lovely new designs.

Siobhan said...

I'm glad that you have a diagnosis... now hopefully you can find the right way to treat things! Lovely stitching & new stash!

Frishawn said...

I am so glad that you are home and that you managed to keep your spirits and stitching mojo up in the process. I hope the mads work for you soon and am so glad to see that you were able to get so stitchy goodness with the new charts.
Love ya!!!!

Carolyn NC said...

Glad to hear you have a firm diagnosis, but wish it were easier to deal with. Hope these new drugs help. You have some lovely new stash and S or D (hmmm - same initials...weird) looks great!

Brigitte said...

Good to hear that you do not have to be in the hospital any longer and that you have a diagnosis. Going with that the doctors will hopefully find somthing that helps with your pain. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
The buying-stash-therapy was certainly doing you good. And you bought some great new stash that will cheer you up.

Rocky Mountain Stitcher said...

Glad to hear you are back home and I pray you will soon be feeling better.

htimcj said...

I am glad that you are home from teh hospital and at least have a name for what is wrong if not a great remedy. I hope some these meds does the trick for you. I love all the new stash and stitching.
Heidi-ILCS

Lisa said...

Glad you're home, fingers crossed one of the meds does the job. Happy stitching x

Wanda said...

"Stitch or Die" is just too cute. What a fun piece. Did you buy that at the LNS in Cochrane? Wanda in Edmonton

Nancy M said...

Still catching up myself. I know a few people doing this Quaker piece. I don't usually like them, but this one interests me for some reason. I'll be watching your progress with these colors!