When I last posted I mentioned that the worst part of waiting for the surgery on the 13th of February was how far away it seemed. With a cancer we can’t fully know or understand, time isn’t our greatest friend. One of the things we fear most we are now facing.
Francis began experiencing abdominal pain late Wednesday and into Thursday. He was having difficulty sleeping on Thursday night and moved to the couch around 2 AM Friday morning to make sure his tossing and turning wouldn’t keep me awake. He returned to bed around 5 AM, but the pain gradually increased throughout the day.
At 3:00 yesterday afternoon, we contacted MD Anderson and the PA for Francis’s surgeon. She advised us to go to the emergency room because the symptoms we were describing sounded like an obstruction in his intestines.
So here we go again. After another frustrating Friday evening in the ER at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Francis is now in a room and resting beside me.
He’s receiving pain medication and fluids by IV. They had to place an NG tube last night to drain his stomach. That is a horrible medical device, and in our opinion just shy of torture.
We were informed by his nurse that after an X-ray this morning his NG tube wasn’t well placed. Rather than just adjusting it, they had to remove it completely and plan to reinsert it here in a little bit. We’re REALLY unhappy about this! We’re hoping there is something they can give him to calm him down/sedate him a bit before doing the reinsertion.
Here are the things we need: prayers for this obstruction to go away on its own without the need for surgery, wisdom and patience for the doctors and medical staff here (our confidence in them is important, and it’s badly damaged from previous experience), clarity for us to know when to get more answers and take more time before making any decisions and when to know that the guidance we’re getting is accurate, and ultimately that we can still do the surgery as planned in Houston in a couple of weeks.