Sunday, April 03, 2005


Judy posting:
Yesterday, Jim's intractable nausea became problematic at about 4 a.m. At 7, we called the surgeon on call, at 8 Ed took Jim to the hospital, he was admitted around 10, and we saw the gastroenterologist on call at about 3. When Jim saw the surgeon on Thursday, Dr. Parker scheduled a procedure called an endoscopic dilitation, which stretches the joins between the stomach and the esophagus and the small intestine. Dr. Parker's assessment of Jim was that there was scar tissue causing a blockage at one of these points. Dr. Keate, the GI man, did this procedure yesterday afternoon. He did not find an obstruction, but did dilate the upper join. He also found an infection in the throat, which could be causing much of the nausea.

Jim woke this morning feeling well for the first time in days, and promptly felt ill again after consuming the clear liquid provided for his breakfast. Sundays in the hospital are pretty much time for hanging on until Monday, so that is what we will do.

Tomorrow, he is supposed to have a barium swallow and upper GI, and depending on the information from that, perhaps a lower dilitation.

Tonight's fond hope is that Jim can rest.

More as it becomes available.


Blogger Kita28 said...

Judy sweetheart,

I am so sorry you and Jim are going through all this. I hope that they can find the cause of Jim's discomfort. Hopefully it could just be that infection and clear up easily?

Sometimes it must feel like you're in one of those songs from Tunnel of Love we used to listen to so often. But hopefully, contrary to what the Boss might say, it's TWO steps forward and ONE step back.

As always, you're in our constant thoughts and prayers.

Love and love,


9:28 AM  
Blogger vkenny said...

HI Judy, Thank you for the update I know it's probably hard to find the time so I appreciate it very much. Please let Jimmy know Ed & I will continue to pray and we know better days are ahead for both of you. Stay strong & keep fighting the good fight.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hope everything gets lots better really quickly. Hang in there...we're thinking of you.

12:48 PM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

Judy & Jim,

I'm sorry to hear that Jim is back in the hospital. I'm hoping that the surgeons have something in their bag of tricks to alleviate Jim's nausea, and that in the best case that it is as simple as resolving the infection. Maybe that will address the depression a bit too? (I always struggle with my perspective when I'm sick or not well rested, although that's not really 'depression').

My prayers are with you all for a speedy and painless solution to all that keeps Jim from getting back to himself.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

So Sorry to hear of this setback, and pray that it will be brief. It's very discouraging, but I hope you will try like hell not to get too discouraged. We're pulling for you. Love, Tom

6:18 PM  

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