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Paul update....it's a big one.

Apparently, yesterday, the surgeons all looked at his x-rays/cat scans and found that he had a perforated bowel. If we hadn't brought him in when we did he would have likely have gone into sepsis and died. He thanked me for nagging him into going back to the hospital.

Today, they are going to be operating on him (we don't know a time yet). He will be under for about four hours they tell us. It's going to be a fairly complicated surgery primarily because of where the trouble is located and the fact that they need to go slowly to prevent from cutting anything else in that neighborhood.

He will be moved to ICU tonight and the surgeon said it should be about four or five days recovery before he is released from the hospital. The bad part is that this will leave Paul with a colostomy bag for about four months. Sometime after the new year, he will return to have that reversed.

Paul says that will "keep him out of commission" for that time. I reminded him that he will still be able to work on his strip and on his novels/plays. Hopefully most of our friends will be able to make time to visit us at our home since he won't be up for going out to socialize for a while and I don't want him turning into a hermit just out of shame/embarrassment over the colostomy bag. I've told him it may be icky, but I'd prefer it to his death. This, too, we will get through.

Of course, we've never yet gotten off the ground with our wedding plans and this is a likely snag in that. We may just have to "elope" in the new year.

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wildcelticrose
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'll be thinking good thoughts and wishing the best for you guys.
lucindalunacy
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Paul is going that route. My friend refused and later died because of his problem because he didn't want to deal with the bag.

Thanks for the update! Good luck!
brchase
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. Thank goodness you're there to keep an eye on him. You and Paul are in my thoughts.
evilmoonpie
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Both of you are in my thoughts and prayers



thumpermarni
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
My poor Paul! Of course we'll visit him!

On to the colostomy stuff...

So my step mother has had one since 1975, was a NYC teacher and a traveler so he can go out. And after being at the medical supply place and talking to a LOT of ostomy patients and having in-services and all my own research, I'm a pretty good resource. You'll probably have an ET nurse to at least talk to him and any other help you need, you can always talk to me or to United Ostomy Association (www.uoaa.org). Also, I can give you the numbers for Coloplast, Hollister and Convatec because they will send you out free samples (yay free samples!). Does he have insurance? If he happens to have Aetna, you can always call my place because we are Aetna preferred.

So you at least have me as a good resource! :)
savidge
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
OMG!

I'm just getting around to checking my friends list.

Tell Paul the Savidge Clan is sending him healing vibes.
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