Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Warning: Man Looking Good In Hospital Gown!

9:45 p.m. update

We are home. MLH has been preliminarily diagnosed with diverticulitis, and an appointment with a gastroenterologist has been scheduled. The E.R. doctor wanted to hospitalize him, since he was still in pain, but MLH talked them out of it. Thanks so much for your prayers, please continue.

Though we are tired, and MLH is still in considerable pain, we are thankful. The first radiology report, where they were supposed to be checking his appendix, etc., came back showing a mass on the kidney! The doctor talked to us about treatment options, percentages of complete removal, etc. , then left the room. He was great, the way he told us, really. And as soon as he left the room, yeah – I cratered – I had a hard time breathing, tears rolling down my face. I’ve been here before, with our big brother, Tony, whom we lost to cancer at age 39. MLH had to remind me of some things… things the Lord’s promised us…and I started to breathe again. And he said, “Whose report are we going to believe?”

Oh, yeah. I forgot for a second. We’re going to believe the report of the Lord!!

The tests then began in earnest : contrast CAT scans, with die via IV, oral, and otherwise – and thankfully, the reports revealed that the “mass” was nothing more than a cyst on MLH’s kidney. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about – no cancer after all. And that is the report of the Lord, people.

Sweet.
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I need to quit saying “It’s never boring around here.” Last night, MLH got home from the well he’s working on, and we met for supper.

This morning around 6:45 a.m., he was on the phone taking reports from the wellsite, and started experiencing intense abdominal pain. It worsens, so he suffers a quick shower (you know, because Momma always wants you to have clean underwear in case you have to go to the hospital), and we head to the emergency room. Thankfully, they put him in a room right away. It’s almost noon now. They’ve drawn blood, taken vitals, and taken x-rays. Now they’re doing some type of contrast cat scan. They did give him a pain pill, so everything’s rosy now on the pain scale.

Snooty, MLH and I have had so much fun with the Man Cold youtube video—thanks so much for sharing! This morning, during all the tests, i.v.’s, needle sticks, MLH said, “I just want to tell you – this is Man Pain.” And we cracked up.

Here he comes back from Radiology – more later!

22 comments:

thisisme said...

Janie, my thoughts are with you both. I hope MLH turns out to be OK.

Rob said...

Hope everything is okay! Keep us updated as you learn more!

In_spired said...

Good Grief, Janie!! I'm glad I had a few minutes of blog reading time. Now I'll be haunting your blog for an update! Get back to us as soon as possible...

Karen said...

Wishing a speedy recovery for the hubs, Janie.

Eric said...

Prayers going up...

Janie said...

Thisisme - thanks so much.

Rob - thanks, I will.

In_spired, I know, I know. Thanks for your prayers, chica!

Karen - thanks, so much, girlfriend.

Eric - thanks, friend.

I appreciate all of you and consider you friends. Thanks for everything.

In_spired said...

re: update

MLH: “Whose report are we going to believe?”

Janie, I don't even know MLH but that one statement tells me he's my brother!! I just hope that in my time of need, I'll remember what he said!!

Bless you all!!

Eric said...

Janie, I'm glad to hear the relatively good news, although I understand that diverticulitis is still a pain - literally - to deal with! But God is and will continue to honor your faith, and we'll continue to lift you guys up to Him.

Gwynne said...

Janie, I'm glad I arrived after the update was up...what a scare! God bless you both. I will be praying for you both. Will he need to have the cyst removed?

Karen said...

Terrific update news! Hang in there.

Janie said...

In_spired - he's definitely a keeper. And that's how he rolls!

Eric - no doubt, and he is still in much pain...but he seems to be improving.

Gwynne - it was scary, girlfriend! The doctor said the cyst may have been there when he was born, and that it will not have to be removed. Thank God!

Karen - thanks, sweetie!!

i beati said...

That is soooooo painful Wishing him well!!

SpookyRach said...

Glad things seem to be working out ok. Good luck!!! And thank God for pain pills! (laughing about the clean underwear thing...)

doozie said...

I am sorry you are having to go through all this!! I think he will be fine but with diverticulitis, (one of my fears) he can't eat popcorn anymore. That would be horrible for Walter since thats all he eats

sending good wishes MLH's way!!

Janie said...

Sandy - thanks so much!

Rach - he's doing much better, thanks so much!

Doozie - I guess we'll have to take fiber pills into the movie to sub for popcorn.

Rach said...

Granted, I'm late into the piece by a few days...
I hope he's much improved (or totally healed). How's he going?

Snooty Primadona said...

Janie, so sorry to hear about MLH's scare. However, you just have to believe the Lord had you both in the palm of his hands. Thanks goodness it wasn't diverticulitis... that would have been a nightmare.

So, why are they not going to remove it if he's in pain from it? Am I missing something?

Janie said...

Rach - thanks fo ryour prayers. He's a lot better!

Snooty - he does have diverticulitis. Not. Fun. At. All. The weekend, he was up and down, (more up than down) so things are improving quickly. We're going to get on top of this thing, hopefully soon.

catd264 said...

I hope he's doing better. Been there done that with Dale. Twice.
2 surgeries later and he's fine.
Once was his appendix and the other was a hernia.

Janie said...

Thanks, Cat. He's healing up, and we have a followup appt next Tuesday.

GymBrat said...

Janie! I hope that things go well and he gets well soon! I'm gonna have to google the condition- cause I honestly have NO idea what in the world you are talking about- and I was a pre-nursing student not that long ago! thank goodness for Google, huh? :) love ya and hope you all are doing GREAT

Janie said...

Mel, thanks! Appreciate your prayers, girl. I've been reading your blog and keeping up. You go, sweetie!