Last time I posted the hospital he was in finally gave him a colonoscopy. Well, they found lots of infection, swelling, etc., but thankfully no colon cancer! After trying to give him meds, he continued to worsen. Internal bleeding was added to his list of diabetes problems, heart A fib problems which they think are causing his strokes...he was truly a mess.
FINALLY the doctors admitted they couldn't find the answer. So he left this hospital:
And they transferred him to this hospital:
I think Jerry thought he got taken to a 5 star hotel. Room service food delivered whenever you want. Good food. LOL, when they tried to put him on an all liquid diet he threw a fit! He arrived here on a week ago Friday, and they just let him rest for the weekend. His internal bleeding did worsen as time went though.
On Monday (a week ago today) they ran tests on him. And by afternoon; they had an answer.
Did you hear me...IN ONE DAY! (after 9 weeks at the other hospital and thousands and thousands of dollars of tests.)
This is what threw his body into DKA. What made him sick and lose weight (40+ pounds). What zapped his energy (well 3 strokes did that too).
They kept him in this latest hospital for a week to monitor him, and all his meds. He is home now.
He feels and acts so much better but he has a long healing process ahead of him. And his meds are really messing with his blood sugar. This is so scary because even with LOTS of insulin and eating right, the meds are keeping his sugar from 250-350. This can cause more strokes.
It's a vicious cycle. He's going to attempt to go to work tomorrow. Financially it is quite necessary, but oh man, you KNOW I am going to worry.
Some stats for you: 10 weeks plus however many days on this one off work. Personal time ran out several weeks ago.
Hospital stays: 5 (I don't remember how many days each) Two different hospitals
ER visits: 5 (two different hospitals)
Total hospitals involved: 3
Ambulance trips: 2 from two different towns.
MRI's: I can count at least 6..but there were probably more
CT scans: umm more than 10
Ultrasounds: around 5
Blood tests: ha, impossible to count.
Medical bills total: I am not looking yet. I haven't even opened them.
How am I doing? Happy to have Jerry home but am ready for it all to end. Running a home based business as a single mom is WAY harder than working as a single mom. I know. I've done both now. Today I am just fussy because I am so dog gone busy!!!!
How is Stephen? He has taken to stuttering..and it is progressively getting worse. I am not going to rush to some doctor so he can get rushed to some speech therapist so that we'll have to go into the parents as teachers program. Not my thing. He's not even three yet. If it worsens, and AFTER life calms down, I'll consider talking to his doctor. But NOT right now. No way.
Seth? ahh, he's almost 15. Not much more to say about that :)
Thank you all for your prayers and concern. Things are looking up. Way up. And blessings abound. Many many blessings.