I know it’s been a while but here’s an update on what’s been going on this last month.
Sometimes things get posted On Facebook and we forget to post them on the website for people who are not on Facebook. So here are a few things that have been posted on Facebook in the last couple of weeks.
The first is a video from the hospital, Tuesday may 16th, explaining what had happened and where we were at at that point. Check it out.
If you subscribe to my YouTube page you’ll get updates when we post videos.
I was going to do a separate post about the artwork I did on the windows but for now here’s a couple pictures and a small description. The reasons behind each of the drawings I will hopefully get to posting on soon.
This is what I left on the windows of my hospital room. Who knows how long they’ll stay before someone cleans the window but hopefully they will bless a few patients that will stay in this room. I will probably write a post on what the two paintings mean to me but for now I just wanted to share my art. I’m still learning how to write in the “new style calligraphy” and it was incredibly hard to do with window paint. The first one says “Today I choose Joy” the second one says “Love conquers Fear.” Hope you enjoy.
Here is one more post from Facebook, this one was actually this morning, so I think we’re up-to-date now.
Just hanging out on the couch, getting my antibiotics infused, dreaming about traveling again someday, watching a little Rick Steves. #piccline #travelbug #itsgonnabeawhile #setbackssuck #somethingtoworktowards #travelgoals #traveldreams #oneleggedwoman
Soon we will be doing a video with more updates on what’s going on. It’s a busy time right now for us. Along with me recovering from being in the hospital we are in the middle of moving. We will be moving to a new place to live at the end of the month. We knew this was happening all along, that we could only stay in our house until the end of May. We did think thing that’s were going to have an a little differently. Will explain all in the post later. We miss everyone back home in Idaho. We are very thankful for all the support we have received from family and friends. We couldn’t make it through all this without you guys.
One last thing: we actually had plans to go home to Idaho this Sunday but unfortunately because of the setback of being in the hospital we had to cancel those plans. I am feeling very discouraged by not being able to see my nephews get a adopted officially, but we thank God for FaceTime and then we can be there virtually. 😁
We have had a ton of encouragement and a little discouragement these last few week, but we are thankful that we do not carry these burdens, and that we have a faith that gives us the strength to go through this. A faith that doesn’t promise every day to be easy, but that does promises He will not leave us to go through it alone.
Jay made us stew last night. He pre-cooked some of it at our house and then brought the rest to cook in the crockpot he bought for us. It cooked all day in the hospital room. It smelled so good in here. My grandma’s stew recipe is my favorite meal so it was amazing to get to have it in the hospital. Thank you Jay!
Jay has been here since Wednesday and he is leaving this afternoon. He has been a godsend. Doing errands for us, cleaning up our house, keeping me company so David can have a break, and I’m sure much more everyday. Family is so important to me. I’m so thankful that he was here.
I will update everyone soon with more details, but for now, I’m doing ok, pain is under control, may be able to go home from the hospital tomorrow or Wednesday. Thanks for everyone’s prayers and loving support.
Saturday started off with a lot of frustration and anger. The pain was manageable with medications, but still sitting between 7 and 10. It would settle down to about 7 until Angela moved. Then the pain would jump to 10. The teams were making their rounds, and Dr Spencer stopped by. She came in strictly to take care of Angela. She looked at the MRI and consulted with all the rest of the teams. She explained what they saw on the MRI.
There was an infection in the bone and a puss filled abscess in her stump. Because of the unknowns, Dr. Spencer said they would enter through the amputation scar and take care of it. The abscess could be filled with viscous fluid or filled with more of a liquid puss. Spencer wanted to actually cut open the leg so that all the puss and infection could be removed and flushed. Without opening up the wound, there would be no way to be able to drain the abscess with a syringe if the puss isn’t liquid.
Angela started off the day with an INR count of 3.2. It went up to 4.5 by about 9 am. Another IV was put into Angela’s arm so that she would have a faster IV to give her vitamin k. She was also given 5 units of fresh frozen plasma to help bring her INR down to 2. Once it reached 2, the doctor wanted to go ahead with the surgery. He was hoping for around noon. She finally reached 1.5 at about 1:00 pm. It was time to get her moved to pre-op.
Down in pre-op, we waited for everyone to get ready. Dr. Spencer explained what her plan was, and showed us where the incision and procedure would be, and what would happen. They planned on taking multiple cultures throughout the surgery in the hopes that they can find an aggressive antibiotic for the infection. The whole operation was only supposed to be a couple of hours at the most. I prayed and with Angela, and we held each other. The anesthesiologist administered the initial relaxer, and we said our goodbyes. They wheeled Angela toward the operating room around 2:45 pm on Saturday.
After waiting for the 4Runner for over a half hour and another almost 2 hour drive back to the house in Plymouth, I finally got back to the house at around 5:15 pm. I quickly packed up some clothes, toiletries, Angela’s Kindle, and my computer. I left the house at about 5:30 to get back to the hospital so I could be there when Angela woke up. Dr. Spencer called me at about 5:50 pm to let me know that she was finished. She tried to explain what they found in the stump. There were small syringe-like bone growths that irritated the tissue, especially the masses. Any pressure would have caused very intense pain. There were also clots that Dr. Spencer removed. This is all that Dr. Spencer tried to explain to me over the phone. It wasn’t until about 6:45 pm when I was allowed back to be with Angela, and she slept for another hour and a half.
When she started waking up, the pain was excruciating. Dr. Spencer warned me that it would probably be bad until at least Monday, possibly later. She said the pain could actually be worse than the pain that brought us into the ER in the first place. It took nearly an hour after Angela was awake to get a small handle on the pain. Angela moved back to her room on the 6th floor. It took a while to get on top of the pain again, and was finally able to around 9 or 10. We learned that Angela was given 2 units of blood during the surgery, and to be on the safe side, the doctors wanted to give her some more units tonight. They decided to give Angela another 4 units of blood, being spread over about 5 hours. Starting around 11 pm on Saturday, the transfusions won’t be done until close to 4 am on Sunday.
The floor physician has come by several times, tonight. He explained to the best of his ability what his understanding of what happened during the surgery was. His understanding was that, during the surgery, there were several pools of blood where they puss was thought to have been. He said that Angela lost some “old” blood, and that’s why she had the transfusion. Something he was hesitant to go into too much elaboration on was a potential course of action depending on the severity and response of the infection in the bone. One possibility, if antibiotics don’t completely remove the bone infection is an additional amputation. That would involve trimming the bone a little more to remove the infected portion. I’m praying that this never happens. That God clears the infection in the bone and tissue and the infection dies without doing anymore damage.
I’m praying that the morning orthopedic doctors fully explain what was discovered during the surgery, what risks there are, and what treatment options are available. I feel like this is a huge mountain that we just couldn’t find until yesterday, and now that we’ve found it, we are able to finally get past it and all this pain, these setbacks, and uncertainties.
Angela had the worst pain she’s ever experienced in her stump. Two calls to the orthopedic doctor and 7 hours later, we went to the emergency room. 7 hours and 3 medications later, the pain finally started to ease just a bit. Pain went from a 10 to a 7 or 8. Her stump was swollen and felt a little warm. She had a little fever, too.
Angela was admitted to the hospital, and they performed ultrasound on her stump to search for clots. Although there were no blood clots, there was a little bit of inflammation in the outer side of her stump. She was given antibiotics through her IV, and the pain, hematology, orthopedic, and vascular anomalies teams discussed what to do next.
An MRI was the next step, so they brought Angela to radiology/MRI around 6 pm Friday. Even with muscle relaxers and pain medicine, the position for the MRI was just too unbearable for my beautiful bride. Around 8:30 pm they took her back for an MRI under anesthesia. They finally brought me to send her in the recovery room around midnight. We were brought to a new, bigger room to stay.
The floor doctor came by a short time ago and explained the results of the MRI. There is an infection in the bone, and there is a large pocket of puss in the stump. One again, Angela can’t eat or drink anything because they are going to have to go in and clear out the puss. Whether it’s draining it with a syringe or through a more invasive surgery, they are going to remove the puss and clear up the infection.
It’s just before 2 am on Saturday, and I’m just 5 hours away from being awake for 48 hours. Praise God for all the strength, support, grace, and hope he has given me through all of this. Although there was nothing I could do to relieve the pain Angela experiences, sometimes even to the point of screaming in anguish because it is so unbearable and excruciating, and she feels like she’s dying, God gave me the strength and support to be Angela’s anchor. She can lean on me for hope and strength.
God has performed so many miracles since we decided to proceed with the amputation. So many of you are supporting us with prayer and financial help. The expenses are growing and the time we need to stay has grown, yet I know God will continue to provide. I don’t know how, but I believe he will provide a proper wheelchair, perfect prosthetic leg, and great rehab. I want to shout out how much the glory and praise goes to God. God is so good.
I love you guys!