So there has been a lot going on. I actually had to go back and see my last post to see what I had told you guys. I will have to I apologize in advance for all the information but it is necessary to explain the issues I have been having. So in the the first of December I rushed to the hospital. I had noticed that the toilet bowel was full of blood. When I got there we found that my INR, the time it takes for your blood to clot, was too high. The average value that would be considered normal is 1-2. Mine however was 7. YIKES! They gave me lots of plasma which would help fix that. Unfortunately during all the labs that were drawn we found that the sodium levels were dangerously low. Normal levels would be 135-145. You can guess that mine were nowhere near those! Mine was 18. This was causing damage to my kidneys. I believe that God was working very hard and eventually everything started to return to a better level. My INR is back to normal and slowly my sodium is normal again. My kidneys took a very hard hit in that they are functioning at 47%. While that doesn’t sound good, a person who has donated a liver is only functioning at 50% and that is considered normal. Kinda makes me feel a little better.
Merry late Christmas!!! We had a wonderful Christmas!! We made it all about me and the kids. I think their favorite gift was the fleece quilt that I (well actually Walgreen did the printing- Very cool) had printed a huge collage of me and that specific child on. Each quilt had about 20 or so pictures of me and that child. Of course I cried which left John in tears. (Actually crying right now) Anyway I told the kids that whenever they needed a hug from mommy they could snuggle with their blankets. They all loved that idea! Hopefully I can remember to post a picture of one of the blankets. I really just enjoyed having them around laughing and playing with all of their new toys and showing me each one. It was great uninterrupted time without all the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the kids!
But of course like all good things it ends. Reality rears it’s ugly head! So I had been noticing that my stool was getting really dark. Not sure everyone has studied up on their liver but usually when your stool turns dark tar and tar like there is a problem. Then on Christmas morning I woke up to some blood in my stool. It wasn’t as much as the first time so I decided that I would wait and see if the blood would increase. Sure enough later that day the blood returned big time. I called the doctor and he said to go to the ER. Off we went. Now I don’t know about you but the ER is the last place in the world I want to be. They ran some labs and sure enough my INR once again was too high(blood clotting)They got that under control and I was sent to CDU which is the holding tank. This is where they bring everyone to figure out what is wrong and wait for a bed. I was moved into this room on Thursday and they finally found a room on Friday at midnight. Through all this I felt as though God was blessing us. WHAT I can hear you ask. We were blessed to be moved into the CDU (holding tank) because if not I would have still been in the ER until Friday. Also when we moved into our room my mom was blessed with a couch to sleep on which was much better than the fold out chair which she was sleeping in CDU (holding tank).
So I also was having some bleeding in the esophagus. Let me just say that it is very technical and even after all the information the doctors gave me I am not sure I can explain it or really wrap my head around it. Needless to say it is very serious. I have some important decisions to make regarding the treatment of this condition. I am asking everyone to pray that I make the decision needed to fix this issue. I have decided to share the decisions so that you ask God specifically to guide me with the different solutions in mind.
The first option is to treat this with different chemicals. While this sounds like a no-brainer there are some things I have to keep in mind. First this is really just a band-aid that will fix the problem right now. It will keep happening until they can figure out the root of the problem. Also you can only do this so many times before you end up on the operating table and the doctor will be able to do nothing to keep you alive.
The second option is to have him go in ASAP and stick a tube down your throat and take a look and fix the issue right then and there. Hopefully they can increase the time between now and the next time this happens. It also allows to continue to use the scope in the future and still leaves the chemical route to go. Okay so no this sounds like the better plan. As of right now I am going with plan two but please continue to pray that this is the path I need to go down.
Thank you for all your prayers an continued support!