November 15, 2005

Little bit of a family emergency thing going on (updated)

First: Robyn and Rachael, if you call, call Mom's cell phone between 12:45 and 1:15 and I'll give you details. Any other time, you'll just get voice mail.

Gist: My wife Liz was taken to the hospital for severe abdominal pain yesterday morning (luckily, she works next door in a medical practice). When things weren't moving quickly enough, then shuffled her to the ER and called me.

Lots of tests and scans and rays later, they've ruled out some things and have plenty of supporting data for their primary diagnosis, but no solid confirmation. It was looking likely that she'd be having surgery last night, but as test after test came back that option was eliminated. They sent us home last night around 1am and I made a followup appointment with her doctor for this morning.

If this turns out to be what Liz and I both thought it was from the beginning, then she's going to be very tender and in pain for a few days. Bottom line is, she had a rough yesterday, but it looks like everything is going to be ok.

Good thoughts and prayers never hurt. Thanks.

I read somewhere once that you should never end a letter on a downer, so I'll mention now that I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.

Update: Liz has had eight abdominal surgeries over the last twenty years, which tends to build up a lot of scar tissue. The doctor is assuming (and this is what we first suspected) that Liz ripped loose a big chunk of the adhesions. That means that it's time for another laboroscopy (might not be spelled right), which is where they go in through her belly button with a fiber optic camera and a laser and just cut away all the spidery webby scarring that's built up inside. She sees a surgeon Monday to set it up. In the meantime, as long as she doesn't overdo she'll feel a bit better every day.

Thanks for the good thoughts and kind words, everyone.

Posted by: Ted at 07:47 AM | category: Square Pegs
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1 Please know that I, and my family will hold you, Liz, and your family in our prayers. Hang in there Liz! (and family!)

Posted by: SilverBlue at November 15, 2005 12:19 PM (GuDvW)

2 I certainly hope things improve for her.

Posted by: Derek at November 15, 2005 12:36 PM (FloaD)

3 Best to Liz (and you and the kids), and you know you can call us if you guys need anything at all.

Posted by: nic at November 15, 2005 12:41 PM (JijW0)

4 Ted,

My best to you and Liz. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at November 15, 2005 01:14 PM (UquFN)

5 Christina and I are sending you our VIBES!

... and that car insurance line hit me out of nowhere, I actually read the post to Chrissy out loud, and she too went from a scrunched-up worry-face to out-loud-slightly-awkward-laughter.

We hope Liz feels well soon!

Posted by: BLUE at November 15, 2005 02:02 PM (hDMsP)

6 My prayers and thoughts are with you and Liz...

Posted by: Cindy at November 15, 2005 03:40 PM (vg5qz)

7 Hope that everything works out o.k. Ted and that it turns out to be nothing much.

Posted by: Russ at November 15, 2005 06:40 PM (ObxzR)

8 Sending good thoughts your way.

Posted by: dogette at November 15, 2005 07:15 PM (C2txd)

9 I too hope everything will be okay.

Posted by: Maelstrom at November 15, 2005 09:11 PM (UFHUa)

10 Here's to swimmin' with pain-free women. Sounds like she's gonna make it just fine. Hope the news only gets better and better!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 15, 2005 09:59 PM (ANfwC)

11 Ouchie! From all I've heard, tearing adhesions can be excruciatingly painful. It's good that they can do something about it these days. Hope it all goes okay.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 16, 2005 12:51 AM (RbYVY)

12 I hope everything works out for all of you.
Hang in there Ted, and especially Liz.
Wish you a speedy recovery!!!

Posted by: Blogeline at November 16, 2005 09:25 AM (YMz4J)

13 Hope Liz is doing some better -- I've had numerous abddominal surgeries and have the adhesions issue also. Will be sending good thoughts and prayers in your direction.

Posted by: cookie at November 18, 2005 07:08 PM (K2IvG)

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