Turning Pages

March 3-April 27, 2014 My truth shared: I have been dealing with chronic pain for some time now – for many months. I have felt some guilt because I still have pain after trying everything suggested by my doctors. I feel like because I have had all the surgeries, doctors may see me as the […]

Hello Again. It Has Been Awhile.

Feb. 9, 2014 Wow! It sure has been awhile…almost four months since I last updated. I guess I needed to take a little break from everything. But here I am, hello again everyone. I will try to do my best to update more often. Please forgive me if I am unable (or not well enough) […]

Last Hospital Stay for a Few Days

May 11, 2013 Was admitted to hospital May 3 for pain, high white blood cell count and fever. Looks like I had an infection somewhere. I had a good team of doctors and staff working to find answers. Thankful for always being in such good hands. After few days the infection and fever were controlled […]

For you…

Jan. 28, 2013 sending thoughts out today to all the patients and families suffering with any form of pancreatitis, SOD, cancer, recovery or illness. remember you are not alone. and there are many people who love you and who hope to see you get through this. let there be peace in your heart, hope resting […]

So They Say – Needing a Port

Jan. 13, 2012 So, when I went for my weekly fluids at my doctor office last week, I started to feel pretty bad. By the time I got to the doctor office, I was crying with every step I took, using my cane to help me stay up on my feet. I was weak, dehydrated […]

Fluids, Tests and Doctor Visits

Dec. 26, 2012 I had my gastric delayed emptying test done a few weeks ago. And I met with my GI…I lost 2 more pounds. Yikes!. So, I got my results…I have severe delayed emptying (gastroparesis). Doctor still wants to do pill cam test but says I can’t swallow it like it is normally done […]

Eventful Follow Up

Dec. 4, 2012 So had my 18 month Total Pancreatectomy and Auto-Islet Transplant follow up last week. It was an eventful few days and my doctors had a lot of good information for me. I lost a few more pounds when I showed up. I don’t have much more to lose…down about 8 pounds of […]

Hospital – Back Again

Nov. 18, 2012 I was admitted to the hospital Friday, Nov. 9 with vomiting, pain, low grade fever and a high white blood cell count of 21,000. My CT scan showed inflamed small bowels and colitis. Three days ago we were trying to get me out of the hospital by switching my pain medication to […]

The Good and the Bad

Oct. 30, 2012 I had my EGD scope 8 days ago. And to all of our surprise – it came back normal with no narrowing. This was a bit shocking since my upper GI suggested a narrowing. I was a bit sad when I was told the news. I know it is a good thing […]

Recovery, Home Sweet Home

Oct. 22, 2012 My last day in the hospital I was in good spirits and more than ready to go home. And now I’ve been home from the hospital for about a week recovering from my last surgery (adhesions/twisted colon). What should have been a simple 5-7 day hospital stay turned into 18 days. I […]