So you know Neil has crohns and he’s been on medication now since October or something. He’s been feeling much better than he was but definitely hasn’t been feeling great yet. Still lots of sick days, just not as intense as before, thankfully.
Anyway this morning I woke up to the telltale signs of Neil tossing and turning in pain. Oh great, here we go. I told him to go to the hospital but he said that he had to get some quotes out at work so he eventually dragged himself to work. Why, man?
He texted me a couple hours later saying he was going to the hospital. A co-worker drove him there when his boss threatened to call an ambulance.
I made my way over there to be with him. Thankfully I already had a babysitter today. Unfortunately it was because IT’S MY BIRTHDAY not because I was planning to spend the afternoon in the emergency department. Oh well what can you do. Thankfully we did presents and cake yesterday so I’m not feeling ripped off or anything.
Anyway Neil eventually got admitted and they started the usual routine of IV fluids, steroids, and narcotics. They ordered an x-ray and ct scan. Once Neil was happily morphined up I went home to relieve the babysitter (who had made me cupcakes! Aw!) and wait for the next sitter- grandma.
A couple hours later Neil informed me that he has a volvulus, which is a twisted loop of bowel, and would be transferred to another hospital (the farthest possible one from our home) for SURGERY.
What the what? By the way, guess what, a volvulus IS NOT RELATED TO CROHNS.
Neil’s just that kind of lucky I guess.
So now we’re at the other hospital, where Neil’s been seen by a surgeon and will be going for surgery in the next few minutes. (I’m just blogging here while they hook up his IV and do those pre-op things, no big deal.)
If all they have to do is untwist his intestine, it’ll be a quick surgery, but there’s a chance that parts of his intestines have DIED from being cut-off from the blood supply, and in that case they have to remove the dead parts and reattach it. That will take longer. The surgeon said either way Neil will be here anywhere from 3-10 days depending on how long it takes his guts to pull their act together after surgery.
The worst part of all of this is that Neil’s roommate keeps farting. Like it’s seriously horrible.
Anyway please keep Neil in your thoughts and prayers and I’ll keep you posted too.