Rollercoaster Ride

squog master
By squog master Latest Reply 2012-04-05 08:21:11 -0500
Started 2012-04-01 22:03:51 -0500

As many of you know I had to have some more surgery on 2/6. I wanted to give you an update as I know many of you have be praying for me & are probably wondering if I fell off the face of the earth since I was only suppose to be in the hospital for 3-4 days with a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. Well, those of you who know my medical rollercoaster know that "Abbey" is my middle name. Short for abnormal.

I went in on 2/6 & had the surgery. Due to an infection I ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks. I came home with a belly full of stitches & staples all the way from left to right & a set up to my naval. I was home for 2 weeks when part of the incision started to open. This is what we were being alert for as it happened back in 2009. The whole incision was also red & inflamed. Sure sign of infection. So on 3/4 back to the hospital I went. I was put on IV antibotics & the part of the incision that started to open had to be debrieded (sp?)(cleaned out) & reclosed. This time I was in for 3 1/2 weeks. I just got out on 3/28. Half the stitches & staples are out but 1/2 still remain. I'm also on an oral antibiotic for 3 months. Slowly but surely the rest of the stitches will come out. We're being very careful on how that is being done. On the left side of my incision my surgeon took out every other stitch & staple to ensure that that area would not start to spread open like the right side did. Then a week later he took out the rest of the left side. So far so good.

While in the hosptil my protein level was low again like in 2009. I had a hard time understanding why as I have been following a high protein diet since 2009. Well, I finally got my answer. The body uses it's protein in healing & in fighting off infection. So since my body was doing both it was using up any protein I was eating & then using my stored protein. While at home I'm still following a high protein diet. In the hospital I was given a protein rich health shake & a new protein rich jello 2x a day. At home if I feel that maybe I didn't get enough protein on a given day I have a protein shake w/my bedtime snack.

So that is where things stand at this time. I want to thank all the people who kept me in their prayers. I surely needed them. As I said, "Abbey" is my middle name as I can't seem to do these procedures normally.


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squog master
squog master 2012-04-05 01:09:20 -0500 Report

Here's a quick update. I go back to the surgeon in 11hrs. The home care nurse that has been coming to clean the incision & change the bandage has said that she thinks the rest of the stitches & staples will come out then. She said that there is no open wound anymore & that I really don't need the bandages anymore. They are cleaning it everyday with "Hibiclens". It's hard for me to see some of the wound/incision/scar because of where it is located on my body. Most of it is across my belly but very low near the top of my thighs. Then there is a section that goes from the part of the incision above my right thigh up to my navel. I'll let you know what happens at the surgeon's today.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-04-02 10:09:53 -0500 Report

Welcome Home!
Next time we will have to send out the "Search and Rescue Team" if you go missing again!
Take care of yourself and know that you were missed, and most of all "Loved!"

cavie2
cavie2 2012-04-02 03:12:42 -0500 Report

So glad you have managed to get through all that, well you don't do things in halves do you. Caroltoo it's amazing what some people will do for attention!!
Seriously B I hope everything goes well from now on and you heal quickly and safely. I was worried about you, as time went by and you never got back to me I was beginning to imagine all kinds of things. Will certainly keep up the prayers for you as it is apparent that you have been through the wars. Here's to a speedy recovery and a healthy future. Take it easy and build your strength up slowly. LOL XXX

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-01 22:28:01 -0500 Report

Well, Ms Abbey-normal, I'm sure glad to hear you are finally doing better. That was a tough, tough time you had. Thanks for the information on protein also. I'm another one who uses a lot.

squog master
squog master 2012-04-01 23:01:43 -0500 Report

Always glad to pass alomg any helpful knowledge.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-01 23:50:17 -0500 Report

What was the new protein rich jello? That sounds really unusual.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-02 14:42:09 -0500 Report

That would make sense in the context for her, but not for me. I was wondering about a different type of high protein snack.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-04-02 15:04:32 -0500 Report

The stuff wasn't bad if you were on a clear diet, but boring for more than a few days. We did frequently add protein powder to stuff like sugar free pudding if that helps. Or we'd add it to pureed fruit for smoothies.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-02 15:33:08 -0500 Report

Light bulb: whey in a pudding cup would be an excellent snack for Wayne. He seems to want nothing but pastry and cereal these days. I put whey in his morning coffee (15 gm protein), but lunch is a mystery. Yesterday I fixed a delicious lamb stew which he set aside saying I don't like it (hadn't tasted it and I hadn't told him what it was, so it wasn't a taste issue). This morning we talked about sandwiches which he seemed open to, but again its lots of carbs with a little meat. He's 88 and takes 2 multivitamins, so I'm struggling but not fighting about it.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-04-02 16:20:09 -0500 Report

The whey is pretty good in yogurt and if you put any type of spread on Wayne's sandwiches try adding a tbsp or 2 to it as well.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-04-02 15:50:43 -0500 Report

Absolutely! If he's bent on cereal too, mix the whey in with the milk.
I've made rice pudding with it, added it to mashed potatoes, cream soups, and you can add it to jello if you don't mind the cloudy appearance (which the hi-pro jello looks like anyway). The unflavored ones don't taint flavor as much as you'd think.
There are some high protein breads out there as well like P28.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-02 16:16:09 -0500 Report

He does still love potatoes and clam chowder.

Never thought about high protein bread, am so conditioned to looking for multigrain for him and g-free for me. Thanks.