Monday, February 20, 2012

Report on Yesterday's Consultations

Yesterday (Monday) when I arrived at the hospital at 1.50pm for my radiotherpay, the doctor I had seen previously noticed me and came over. He expressed concern at the size and (after questioning) the firmness of my bloated tummy. We then adjourned to a small consultation room. There were lots of questions and answers about bowel movements and what I had eaten over the weekend. He drew a diagram of the bowel and the potential for 'kinking' which causes blockage. He poked and examined and sent me for an xray, the results of which were on his computer screen by the time I returned from the xray department downstairs. I was very impressed with that.

But I was not impressed with the outcome of the xray! It showed a great deal of gas, fluids and faecal matter sitting in my bowel. This is what's causing the bloating. It's not possible to see the 'kink' in the bowel, but it's there.

Preferred treatment, in this order, is:
  1. hospitalisation with drain from stomach and drip through vein to keep hydrated
  2. gastroscopy and colonoscopy
  3. surgery to remove damaged bowel
This discussion was with the registrar. He then consulted the radiotherapist, who arrived to talk with me. We went over the same ground.  He could tell that I wasn't keen on the hospitalsation option.  His preference (and mine) is to wait a little longer, staying on fluids only, to see if the bowel will 'unkink' itself and I can excrete everything inside that is causing the bloated tummy.

So.... I came home via the supermarket laden with a variety of juices and energy drinks to keep me going until Wednesday morning. At 9.30am on Wednesday I will have another xray and see the registrar again.

It's now Noon on Tuesday 21 February and it's my grandson's 9th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Zeke.

Will report again when there is some more news.


Vivien Twyford said...

Hi Terrie, so sorry to hear you have been dealing with problems - perhaps the nausea and vomiting over night was as a result of the kink in the bowel. Delighted to see you on Wednesday at Harold's party. He really enjoyed himself and everything his family did for him. However your comments sent me to your blog this morning where I caught up. I will walk and coffee tomorrow before heading back to NZ on Sunday morning early. Will keep my fingers crossed that your bowel unkinks quickly and everything sorts out. V

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