Topic: Hubby had surgery, now I have some worries.....

My question today is that Dave's white count is high, as well as his heart rate.  They are taking him to have a CT scan today to rule out infection.  They also said his tummy was distened.  Anyone have this experience?? Surgery was 04/02/09 with 80% of his liver resected.

I lost my incredible husband Dave to CC February 13th, 2011 after a 2 year battle.  He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten..I will miss you forever.

Re: Hubby had surgery, now I have some worries.....

It's me, Ladybug again,  I just heard from the Doc, and it seems that Dave has a small bowel obstruction, most likely caused from the scar tissue.  He said that it was bowel that was not able to pass through, and that he needed decompressed.  They are putting the NG tube back down his throat into his abdomen to relieve him.  They stated this can cause the fast heart rate, distended abdomen, and the high white count, but it sets him back, tube will be there for 2-3 days, and then back to ice chips and water.  Anyone have this problem too?

I lost my incredible husband Dave to CC February 13th, 2011 after a 2 year battle.  He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten..I will miss you forever.

Re: Hubby had surgery, now I have some worries.....

Kris (devoncat) had a bowel obstruction that was successfully treated a couple of months ago.

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Yep.
They rerouted my digestive tract. I was vomitting everything, including water and now I am a happy little eater and pooper. If I could only get rid of the tumor....:)

Best of luck on the procedure. It is so hard being on no food or drink. I remember waiting for the pain pills so I could get a sip of water! How pathic. I hope the tube thing offers relief

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

Re: Hubby had surgery, now I have some worries.....

Hello everyone, I wanted to give a quick update on my husband Dave.  It seemed that he did have the bowel obstruction, and they placed the NG tube back in last Thursday.  His white count was still very high, so back in for a CT, and found that he had an infection, and a leak from the small intestine.  The MD thinks that the leak will heal itself, however, the bowel backed up into it and caused the infection.  They had to open up several staples to drain the infection, as it had "pooled" just underneath the wound.  WOW, what a roller coaster!!  He has been on high dose of antibiotics, and has lost so much weight from not eating for a week due to the NG tube.  The good news is today, the NG tube is out, and it looks to like that the bowel obstruction is clear!  He has a wound vac on him, to seal back the wound. He has developed a cough, they took him down for chest ex-rays, and it seems all is ok.  MD thinks cough from NG tube irritation, or post nasal drip.  Cough concerns me....he can't talk without coughing.  His surgery was 04/02, and he is still in Barnes Hospital in St Louis, no news of discharge, day at a time......Thanks for all the words of encouragement!

I lost my incredible husband Dave to CC February 13th, 2011 after a 2 year battle.  He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten..I will miss you forever.

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Try not to worry too much. I was in the hospital for several weeks after my surgery...I was constipated and they said I had to poop before I went home. it took ages.

How is he handling the cough. I know that after my surgery, I coughed so much and it was so painful. Finally after over a week of misery, I nurse told me about holding a pillow against the incision when I coughed. It did wonders for the coughing pain.

Sending good vibes to get that husband of yours home!

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Lot's of caughing for my husband also, post surgery.  The pillow helped tremendously.

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