Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Under Re-Construction

My computer has decided to go Walkabout, so entries may be few and far between until it is fixed. Please bear with me.

Also, there is another reason I may not be blogging much in the near future:

All summer long my poor Hired-Hand-With-Benefits had been having intestinal problems. We'd try this or that OTC medication, or eliminating one food or another to see if that helped - all to no avail. This past month I finally put my foot down and made him go to our doctor. All sorts of tests were run from blood test to cultures to CAT Scans (as if he doesn't get scanned by the cats enough around here!) to rule out any growth or obstruction.
Last week, while he was out of town naturally, the Dr.'s office called to ask if we could come in as soon as he got back. Sure thing...I made the appointment without even asking him. I remember the doctor mentioning diverticulitis, but in the same breath she mentioned an aneurysm had been found on the artery to the spleen. We immediately got an appointment to see a thoracic surgeon who looked at the CAT films and decided the aneurysm was not in immediate danger of rupture. Still, my DH is not allowed to lift anything over 20 lbs. or strain. That meant not to do anything, at least where I'm concerned.
We saw the surgeon this week to determine what to do. At first he recommended a "Wait and See" plan of action...until I asked about flying long distances to visit relatives. When he heard that he changed to doing a spleenectomy as the aneurysm is right where the artery goes into the spleen. He'll be fine until the surgery date (Jan. 5th) as the aneurysm had started to calcify - a sign he's had it a while and the body was trying to "repair" it.

So, now we're doing pre-surgery stuff like another more in-depth CAT scan, ultrasound of arteries in the neck, banking blood and a stress test as it's been a while since anyone got a good look "under the hood".
Naturally, I'm bouncing off the walls. I try to keep busy and DH even goes in to work (OK'd by the Thoracic
Surgeon) as he realizes he needs to keep himself occupied so he doesn't dwell on up-coming events.
I can't help but think that all the plans we made such as going to New Zealand to be there for the birth of our granddaughter, etc., even not going to Black Sheep Gathering to save money to go to NZ...well, all plans we had made, were not fulfilled for a reason. had there been no stomach problems, this might have gone undetected or worse, burst flying way above the Earth somewhere over the Pacific. Some One has been watching out and watching over us.
.....Thank You!

And should I be slow in answering any emails you send it's just all this computer business. I really do believe my computer has been chatting with my car....They must all be incahoots with each other, darn it! Let's hope the sheep don't get wind of all of this or they may start to mutiny for lack of their shepherdess' attentions.


Sharrie said...

Sorry to read that news. It is a bummer, but better to find out and have it fixed. Best of luck to both of you.

Claire said...

Miserable news, but good that you found out and now it will all be fixed and then all your plans will proceed. Wishing you both the best.

Tammy said...

Hey Kathy,
You all will be in my prayers. Things like this are so scary, and exhausting with all the tests and 'waiting'. I too believe that you were guided on this path, to keep him safe until the surgery. I'm hoping it won't be a major surgery where they have to do a large incision, so that he will heal quickly. Let us know when you can, how things are going, and take care of yourself too!

Cowgirl said...

Hi. I just recently discovered your blog and I like your style. The post about your hens had me crying as I love it when I meet someone who feels for animals as a lot of us do. Sorry for you computer problems (just got over a big one as well) and sorry about your husbands health problem -- sounds like it is being handled very well and better to know about it than not. I had just such a situation occur (did not know I had it) and it was not pleasant. Good luck.

Wrensong Farm said...

I'm so glad you found out about it before you left on your trip! It will give you peace of mind to have it taken care of....I would be doing the same thing as your husband....try to stay busy to not think about it. Hoping it's quick recovery!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Hang in there... we're thinking of you...

Sharon said...

No email reply needed. I'm back on Bloglines so will be able to keep track of happenings. My mother had a bumper sticker, "Old age is not for sissies." We have a new set of rules in our lives to live by these days. I may not be old, but I'm not young anymore either. I can see your events becoming my events and if your events were my events, January 6th would feel like July 6th. So glad you followed your intuitions.

Leigh said...

No email reply needed for me either, but I did want to leave a comment in support of everything you all are dealing with at the moment. Surgery is always serious, but happily it sounds like this is timely. My prayers are with you.

Nancy K. said...

I don't know how I missed this post. I was just going through my blog roll and saw the caption.

I'm glad your Hubby's main symptoms were intestinal upset and not something more serious! Good Job getting his butt to the doctor!

I'm reminded of the time I had passed a kidney stone (that I was totally oblivious of) on the morning before I was to leave for Italy with my Beautiful Baby Girl! An ambulance ride to the hospital (40 miles away), an emergency room visit, CAT scan and $2000 later, I still made the trip. I little earlier notice would have been nice but ~ like you, I was mighty grateful that it happened while I was at home, not somewhere in the the sky!!!

Hugs to you both and I hope you have a blessed and Happy Holiday Season!!!