right now im sitting at memorial hospital in marysville with my sister in law karen by my dozing mother's side, fighting back tears of course. a few nights ago my mom started complaining of some stomach pain and nausea. it progressed to the point that my dad took her to the ER monday night, at which point they admitted her, ran tests, and hooked her up to a pharmacy of drugs because "on a 0-10 pain scale she rated hers at a 12." it is beyond words how hard it is to sit here and watch her grimace and grind her teeth through this.
basically she has a gallbladder full of stones. one of those stoned made it's way into her pancreas which resulted in a raging case of pancreatitis. the stone is blocking the duct so all of that lovely, acid hot, bile is backing up into her body. and that pain? that is the equivalent of a chemical burn to her internal organs. they gave her some broad spectrum antiobiotics to help bring down her white blood count but today it is actually higher than yesterday as is her fever, though thankfully not pain. her doctor is leaving for i believe conference tomorrow morning so she is being transferred to OSU Hospital today. she's putting on a tough face but i can tell she is scared. she kept repeating words like "DIRE" and "progress into something much worse" from the speech the doctor came in and gave.
i witnessed my parents have a private moment of eye contact and it made me joyful but also scared.
also she isn't allowed to eat or drink anything until the surgery, which could be a few days? a week? no one knows. it all depends on how she responds to these antiobiotics. so far no response and it's been 24 hrs. their theory is that the blockage is causing more build up than than the antibiotics can catch up to and destroy. so she is on an ice & IV only diet until further notice.