Greetings, sports fans!
Okay, maybe not sports fans, but at the very least people who are interested in what’s going on with me. Thanks for caring. Sorry I’ve been slow in updating here.
I did, in fact, get out of the hospital this past Friday and I’m comfortably ensconced on the sofa for most of the daylight hours. My sister arrived on Sunday and has been taking wonderful care of me. She’s a fantastic cook, gives wonderful massages, and is just such a comfort to have here.
Overall, I’m doing okay. I had kind of a rough morning today — lots of cramping and gut pain with nausea. It’s because my intestines are starting to work more, which is good. Happily, I’ve got good pain drugs. Hurray for phenergan and morphine!
I don’t remember how much information I’ve given you about my fistula. I’ve actually got two things going on. A small leak from my navel that’s probably connected subdermally to the main fistula. I’ve got a “wound vac” on that. Then I’ve got the fistula itself, which is maybe an inch and a half long and is about an inch below my navel. The fistula is from my colon to the outside world, so it’s being treated like a really badly placed colostomy. I’ve got a pouch system on that. It’s draining less and less, so that’s a good sign that it is (we hope) healing. My doctor said that colon fistulas usually heal on their own, so… fingers crossed.
What else? Not much… this is the time of just gradually healing and gradually getting stronger. Not too exciting. We’ve been watching lots of streaming NetFlix during the day — Ancient Aliens! — to pass the time.