Saturday, May 15, 2010

Home from Hospital

I want to Thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers while I was in the hospital. A VERY special thanks to some very special ladies who sent me the flowers, THANK YOU Shelley, Kelly, Evalina, Nancy R, Pam in IL, Pat in NM, Carolyn in NC, Debra and Marion. They really brightened my return home.

Without going into all the graphic details this is what happened to me and let it be a lesson to everyone not to wait to go to the doctor when something is not right with your health.

On Tues I started to feel a little dizzy and weak but I just ignored it. Wed it was a little worse but again I thought it would pass. On Thurs (this is the yuky part of the story)I started to have bloody diriaha and couldn't walk from the living room to the bedroom without holding on to something, later that night I got so dizzy I almost fell on my way to bed. Friday was pretty much the same. Saturday I was even weaker but the diriahria had almost stopped. Sunday was D-day for me. I was so weak I could not walk with Tracy holding me. By evening I was having trouble breathing and that scared me enough to call for a ambulance.

At the hospital ER they did all the blood work and poked and jabbed at me and when the results came back the Doctor told Tracy I was in critical condition as I had lost 2/3 of my blood volume and would be admitted to the ICU for further tests to find the source of the bleed and to received a blood transfusion.

Over the next 3 days I was scoped from every opening in my body except my ears, had to drink some really nasty stuff to have x-rays done. I received 6 units of blood. I spent 4 days and nights in ICU then my last night I got to go to a regular room where I was finally allowed out of bed and more than 3 steps away from the bedside. By Friday morning I was well enough to come home.

On top of the GI Bleed (if that wasn't enough) my diabetes went way out of control so now I have to check my blood sugar 3 times a day and have insulin to take along with oral medication when it gets too high.

I'm still a little weak but getting stronger each day and finally feel like stitching again. I'm also being very good about changing my diet and lifestyle. I will start doing more exercise and get my body in better shape and hopefully put back on a little of the weight I lost.

Now you know the whole story I hope you learn from my ordeal and go to the doctor at the first sign something is wrong. If I had I would have spared Tracy a lot of worry.

Until Next Time .... Happy stitching

20 comments:

Meari said...

Wow, it's amazing how quickly your health went downhill. :( I'm glad you're home and doing better.

htimcj said...

I am so glad that you have made it home. Did they find out why you were bleeding in the first place? Take care of yourself!
Heidi-ILCS

EvalinaMaria said...

Oh, Rene! Looks like you like doctors and hospitals same as I do... hoping for things to go away. I am so glad that you recovery is a quick one (you've got a lot of "fresh" blood). Despite this, remember to take a good care of yourself and go for checkups regularly! {{{{{hugs}}}}}

Kathryn in NZ said...

Yikes!
Stay well vibes coming your way

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Rene - how awful an ordeal for you both. Big hugs, and hoping for a quick recovery.

Blu said...

Sounds awful!
So glad to hear that you're doing better. Big hugs!

The Pegster said...

Hope you feel better soon Rene.

Kelly said...

Glad you like the flowers my friend and you take it easy now xx

Mary' SAL Site said...

WOW Rene what an ordeal. I do ignore things too but as you know lately I have been seeing the doctor. Glad you are doing better. Take all your meds and follow directions. ~Hugs and Love

Shelley said...

Oh my goodness Rene. I didn't realize how close we all were to losing you. I am so glad that you did get to the hospital when you did and you are starting to feel better now. You take care of yourself and listen to your body more closely from now on.

Hugs and Stitches,

Joy said...

I am sorry that you went through soo much. I am glad that you are doing better and getting stronger. Let Tracy spoil you a bit more!!
:-)

Emily said...

So glad you are back home again and starting to feel better. Those are very lovely flowers you received. May you be back to full strength in no time.

Carolyn NC said...

Good heavens, Rene - what a scare! So glad you are back home and recovering well. Will be praying for your full recovery ASAP. ((Hugs))

Nancy M said...

That sounds pretty serious Rene! I hope you learned a good lesson. Please take it easy as you recover too, I can see you trying to do too much before you get your strength back!

Jo said...

Thank heaven you got to the hospital in time. Take it easy and let others spoil you while you get your strength fully back. x

Jessie said...

We all tend to "oh it will be better tomorrow" ourselves... and I will think of you the next time I pull the put off thing... I have to say as someone never being a part of such a large group of people that it was very touching to read the posts in reguards to their genuine concern for your well-being. Welcome home, continue on your healing and well done for being a part of such a wonderful group of friends!!!

CameoRoze (Margaret) said...

So glad you're home and recovering. My <3 is with you.

Carol said...

My goodness Rene that's quite a drama. Hope you continue to feel better and that you will be back to your cheerful self again fairly soon.

Katrien said...

My goodness! I'm so glad you're on the mend again!

Donna said...

How did I miss this? I was just thinking I hadn't seen a post on your blog and I went here and saw what happened. Rene, oh my. You are one of my favorite online folks and to know that you were that sick and I didn't know it, I am sorry. Please take care of yourself. But you have made me appreciate what I do for a living. I work for a not-for-profit blood center and I help patients like you everyday. Also, one of my good friends is a recruiter for the blood service that provided the blood for you. I am glad she could be there for you. Please know that you are in my prayers!