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remclave
08-26-2008, 09:42 PM
At 6:45 Sunday morning we heard a call for help from the main bathroom. Our dear friend Dawn was crying that she was throwing up blood and that she is very dizzy. My husband barely got in there before she passed out on the floor.

I called 911 and by 7:00 am she was on her way to the hospital; we followed about 15 minutes later. A quick coffee and throw on some clothes. My daughter and another friend of Dawn's went with me and I sat in Dawn's room until she was transferred to intensive care.

While in the emergency room she was given three units of blood, three bags of saline and her blood pressure kept wanting to drop out. After a unit of blood she starting throwing up more blood again so the doctor gave her a shot to stop her stomach from convulsing. She kept passing out.

The GI specialist tried to do a scope exam of her stomach but it was so full of blood that he put her on NPO for 24 hours so he could try again on Monday. She was given a lot of special drugs to coat her stomach and help get rid of the excess blood so the doctor could see.

It was really scary for awhile. Sunday night she was given another unit of blood.

After she was on ICU overnight, the GI specialist did the exam and found that she has two very significant holes from her stomach, one goes all the way to her bowels. She is scheduled for surgery on Thursday to resect parts of her stomach and bowels.

Monday night she received two more units of blood.

Today she's alert and chipper but she does have a real good idea of just how serious her situation is. She let me know that she has established a living will; also she has given me power of attorney in the event she is temporarily incapacitated and cannot make informed decisions....

When all this started, I contacted her parents on Sunday. Dawn's sister will be here tomorrow and her parents will be here on Thursday.

I just needed to let you all know what is up in my life right now.... Please pray for her; that she pulls through the surgery and gets well.

Blessings to all,
Kat

Mommyof2andangel
08-26-2008, 10:07 PM
Oh wow!! Definately sending up prayers and good thoughts for Dawn

tokmom
08-26-2008, 10:09 PM
Very scary! I'm glad you were around. I would hate to think of the outcome otherwise.
Many prayers.

Doodknitwit
08-26-2008, 11:31 PM
praying :hug: :pray:

saracidaltendencies
08-26-2008, 11:39 PM
:hug: I hope she fully recovers and everything turns out ok :hug:

auntcrafty
08-27-2008, 12:12 AM
Dawn will be in my thoughts & prayers! So thankful you were there to help her.

Know how scary that situation is as my mother had a similiar problem a year ago. Thankfully, she is doing well.

Debkcs
08-27-2008, 02:59 AM
Very scary situation. My DH went through something like that, but without the surgery, thank God.

Will be praying for her, she's already blessed, having you for a friend.

Dangles
08-27-2008, 03:24 AM
Prayers said.

jdee
08-27-2008, 04:57 AM
I'm adding my prayers for Dawn.

susi
08-27-2008, 05:16 AM
omg how scary.

sending prayers that she hasa spendy recovery and back to her old self soon.

my horse had a simular problem, she idnt have to have the opp thankfully. buti saw what it was ike with er, let alone your friend!!

remclave
08-27-2008, 07:13 AM
Much appreciated everyone.

DH and I actually realized how serious she was as we were driving over to visit her after my post last night.

IF she had any strength to crawl back to her bed, we would not have known she was so bad off.... It horrifies me to think how close it really was on Sunday.

I will keep everyone in the know as I find out....

sue in canada
08-27-2008, 07:52 AM
How scary for everyone. Sending healing thoughts to Dawn.

dustinac
08-27-2008, 08:03 AM
:hug: :heart: :hug:

I will keep her, you, and her family in my thoughts and prayers...please keep us updated

PurlyGyrl
08-27-2008, 09:08 AM
Oh my goodness:hug: Prayers going out for everyone :pray:

Sunshine's Mom
08-27-2008, 09:18 AM
Prayers for Dawn. :heart:

auburnchick
08-27-2008, 11:15 AM
I'll be praying.

Wanda Witch
08-27-2008, 12:06 PM
Prayers and positive thoughts for Dawn. Thankfully, you were there. :pray:

mks22300
08-27-2008, 07:13 PM
I will be keeping her in my thoughts :hug:

Spikey
08-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Sending healing thoughts her way. Thank goodness you were there to save her.

Jan in CA
08-27-2008, 09:08 PM
Oh my! My thoughts are with her and all of you!

remclave
08-27-2008, 09:48 PM
Dawn's sister, Cassie, and a friend of hers from work were visiting her when I went to visit her today. She's a bit cranky at being stuck in the hospital. She has not been allowed out of bed at all. She still has a great sense of humor despite what's still ahead of her. Oh, and Cassie let slip that their parents will be in town tomorrow. She didn't know it was supposed to be a surprise. lol! :) It was good to see her smile at the news that her parents were going to be coming here! She really doesn't need the shock of them showing up suddenly, even if it would have been a good kind of surprise.... :)

At least Dawn was able to convince the staff to let folks stay longer than 20 minutes every four hours!

InterNette
08-27-2008, 09:55 PM
You sound like an exceptional friend. I do hope she recovers and all turns out well and a safe journey for her family.

evona
08-27-2008, 10:10 PM
I am sending get well wishes to your friend. What a blessing that you were there! :hug: :hug: :hug: :heart: It sounds like she's a tough cookie and has a good spirit. That is a very good sign. I will be thinking about her :)

A similar thing happened to my father. My DS was in kindergarten and he always got picked up by his papa after school while I was at work. This day was no different except that papa didn't really feel well so they didn't go on their usual walk to the park. I don't know exactly what happened, I think my father passed out - but my DS knew just what to do and dialed 911. My father had a bad ulcer and received 3 units of blood and the doctor's said that if it weren't for my DS's quick thinking he might have passed away that day.

On my way to the after school program to pick up my DD later I got 911 pages frantically from the school (back when pagers were more common than cell phones). I didn't know whether to stop and find a phone to call the school or keep going since that was my destination and not stopping would of course get me there quicker - I chose the latter and found 2 policemen and my son in the office along with my daughter, who was paged from her after school care program when the policemen showed up with my son. Imagine my shock!!!!! I got a cell phone - damn the expense- the very next day.

Hygiene Mama
08-28-2008, 06:48 AM
How scary! I hope she's on the road to recovery!

remclave
08-28-2008, 05:49 PM
I am sending get well wishes to your friend. What a blessing that you were there! :hug: :hug: :hug: :heart: It sounds like she's a tough cookie and has a good spirit. That is a very good sign. I will be thinking about her :)

A similar thing happened to my father. My DS was in kindergarten and he always got picked up by his papa after school while I was at work. This day was no different except that papa didn't really feel well so they didn't go on their usual walk to the park. I don't know exactly what happened, I think my father passed out - but my DS knew just what to do and dialed 911. My father had a bad ulcer and received 3 units of blood and the doctor's said that if it weren't for my DS's quick thinking he might have passed away that day.

On my way to the after school program to pick up my DD later I got 911 pages frantically from the school (back when pagers were more common than cell phones). I didn't know whether to stop and find a phone to call the school or keep going since that was my destination and not stopping would of course get me there quicker - I chose the latter and found 2 policemen and my son in the office along with my daughter, who was paged from her after school care program when the policemen showed up with my son. Imagine my shock!!!!! I got a cell phone - damn the expense- the very next day.
Evona, that's downright terrifying! I'm very happy that everything turned out okay (um, I really hope so....)

Dawn called me at work today. Her surgery has been delayed. I am going to visit her; leaving here in a few minutes in fact. The only reason I can think of that might delay the surgery is her blood work. Yesterday, her blood sugar started going a little haywire. Or possibly the infections that I've been worried about may have made their bad selves a nuisance. After all, she has a hole in her stomach that goes straight to the wrong part of her intestines.... That means she's leaking into her abdominal cavity.

I swear that brat better get better!! It's all I can really think about right now....

Kat

Jan in CA
08-28-2008, 05:52 PM
I hope they can do the surgery soon! If I may ask..is she a young woman?

evona
08-28-2008, 07:56 PM
I will pray that the delay is minor and that she will have the surgery and be well soon :pray: Crossed Fingers

remclave
08-28-2008, 08:10 PM
She's only 36 Jan. So if she takes care of herself (like she has much choice with all of us) she will heal okay and be able to carry on. Her dad has been through this and he's still active so that's a real good sign.

Dawn's surgery was delayed for three reasons: one (and I think it's the more critical of the three) is her potassium was too low, her blood pressure had shot up (she's on a nitro patch now) and last, the surgeon visited her and told her that the staff didn't prep the room properly. She was up and about today even though she's not supposed to be ambulatory or her ulcer could start gushing again.

Dawn's parents are here now and I am very happy to see that she has perked up a great deal. Even though she plays the loner, there's such a thing as too much loneliness. My ability to visit only once a day just wasn't enough to keep away hospital depression. Not that she would ever admit to it....

Thank you for all your prayers and keep 'em coming. I really believe they are helping.

Blessings,
Kat

edited for stupid redundancies....

evona
08-28-2008, 08:14 PM
I am glad to hear that your friend has her family around her now too, Maybe they can help make sure she will stay put like she's supposed to :fingerwag:

remclave
08-28-2008, 08:43 PM
I am glad to hear that your friend has her family around her now too, Maybe they can help make sure she will stay put like she's supposed to :fingerwag:
:teehee: I totally agree with you but she's such an ornery little cuss that I have to wonder who's the stronger personality. :roflhard::mrgreen:

sue in canada
08-28-2008, 10:24 PM
I hope the surgery delay isn't too long. Glad to hear that your friend has family with her now. You are certainly a great friend to her.

remclave
08-30-2008, 09:14 PM
:P I realize it's been a couple days since I've updated this thread. I crashed pretty early last night after visiting with her.

Dawn's surgery went very well. The surgeon only had to remove the damaged part of her stomach. She was very lucky in that she did not damage her intestines or colon after all! She did lose about 1/2 her stomach and the surgeon took her gall bladder. It was inflamed and the surgeon said that it may be what lead to her ulcer....

I visited with her today and she was already sucking on ice chips and trying to sit up on her own. We (her sister, father and I) would jump up and help her as she is too freaking stubborn to ask for help even now.

Dawn showed me where the surgeon had made his incision and it went from her sternum to her belly button and it was beautiful. No bandage. The surgeon used surgical superglue instead of sutures or staples and already it looks as if she had the surgery several days ago instead of just over 36 hours. No redness or swelling.

I'm so proud of Dawn. She is behaving herself for the most part. :D

Dawn told me I need to bring the Oddball Blanket #5 for a visit at the hospital so she can see it before I finish it. I only have a few more rows to go and then I will be taking photos. So she said she wants to see it before I finish it as it will be traveling back to Shandeh before she gets home from the hospital.

Blessings All,
Kat

sue in canada
08-30-2008, 09:21 PM
Glad to hear that Dawn is doing so well.

Daylilydayzed
08-30-2008, 09:31 PM
Well I am so glad that Dawn is recovering so well. I must admit that I do not know her or you but since my name was in the thread I had to read what had happened to her. My name is Julia Dawn, I went by Dawn most of my life since I didn't like my first name, everyone mispronounced it as Julie. My name has an a on the end not an e is what I had to tell them