Category Archives: Recovery

Flirting with Fever (or, Ugh)

I’ve been running a fever since about 1pm today. It’s bounced around between the mid-99s to low-101s, depending on the thermometer I use or particular time of day. I haven’t had a temperature since the day after my surgery, and … Continue reading

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How to be a Patient

After three extended hospital stays in four months, I thought it might be helpful to share a few things I’ve learned that I believe can make a hospital stay not only more comfortable, but more likely to result in a … Continue reading

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Another Day

I was just thinking of that one time I had a 5-hour emergency intestinal surgery in the middle of the freaking night. That was f**king crazy. Post-Op Day 3 or 4 (depending on how you count) and my progress may … Continue reading

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On Track (updated)

Yesterday was largely uneventful, which is a good thing when you’re in the hospital. As I mentioned yesterday morning, my pain had improved somewhat. The improvement stalled out a bit, but persisted, before spiking again in the evening. Nonetheless, I’m … Continue reading

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Staying Positive

My fever and nausea resolved last night, so I no longer feel sick, which is a remarkable improvement. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much sleep as either the dilaudid or steroids (or some combination) only wanted to let me sleep in … Continue reading

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Square One (updated)

Note: I’m in a fair amount of pain, haven’t slept, and am on a lot pain meds, so apologies in advance if this post makes no sense. My surgeon stopped by to discuss last night’s operation and the plan going … Continue reading

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Another CT

Going in for another CT Scan (with rectal contrast this time) for a (hopefully) better look. If it confirms the original findings, they’re talking about surgery tonight. I will be meeting with my surgeon after the scan. This is pretty … Continue reading

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Waiting on Results

My fever has come down a bit. They drew some blood for testing. And after three nurses and five painful sticks, they finally got an IV started, allowing me to go in for a contrast CT Scan. Unfortunately, they didn’t … Continue reading

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Direct admission to Acute Care Unit, it is.

On our way now. Fever spiked at 103.6, now 102.2. Wish UCSF was closer.

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Hospital? (updated)

With my fever now approaching 102 topping out at 103.6, and sharp pain radiating up from my right rib cage every time I breathe deeply, they are most likely going to admit me to the hospital. Could be pouch complications, … Continue reading

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