Saturday, August 31, 2013

The very worst part about being in the hospital

So here I am, surrounded by all these handsome docs, with dirty hair. Blchh. 
Justina was kind enough to bring me my hat.


All your kind wishes and concerns are helping tremendously. I'm supposed to get out of the ICU today. My jeans will fit so much better once I get home, since I haven't been allowed to eat or drink anything since my arrival. They even took away my ice chips! But another cute doctor was here this morning and he gave the all clear for a clear liquid diet, which should arrive any second now. I have never looked forward to a glass of water so much in my entire life. None of the docs have an explanation for why my gut would have twisted and strangled itself. They say that usually happens only in very young children, to which I respond "and horses." If two bodily functions happen by Monday, they might let me go home then. You horse owners will know what those are.

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  1. Not being a horse owner I had to Google the two functions. :) Clear liquids-boullion and Jello? It will taste good I'll bet. Fingers crossed that you'll be home Monday.

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  2. Same thing happened to my Mother in her 80s. She's fine now, but it was a long, slow recovery. So pace yourself!
    I do hope you can go home on Monday.

    Julia

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  3. good progress indeed and on top you'll fit into your jeans! sending good vibes for a perfect bodily transit on Monday...

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  4. That eye shot said it all. Beseeching and damning in one level gaze. We'll all be glad to see you back on the ranch. Love.

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  5. Here is hoping you are on your way back to the ranch soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

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  6. good luck with it but follow instructions and take care. Don't try to do too much-- and knowing it's you, that will be hardest of all

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  7. We can't do without you Carson. Go for the bodily functions ;)

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  8. Carson,
    Praying for your speedy recovery and that your back in the saddle ASAP! So thankful for your wonderful support team- those taking care of you and for those taking care of your babies back at the ranch!
    Hugs,
    Deb from Viola, Ks

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  9. Ah, a twisted gut. And here all this time I thought you must be getting too much desert sand in your diet. :)
    Great news about moving out of the ICU and going home sooner than later. Fingers crossed for those two bodily functions (I know what they are) to occur.

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  10. no horses here, but i know what the bodily functions are... i had surgery and had the same thing told to me.. hope they happen soon. I do hope your babies are not missing you to much, especially smooch. who is keeping him? please let us know in your next update post... phooey on handsome men, i rather have all those guys you have waiting at home for you. and gals.

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  11. Cute doctors are always "good" medicine....Feel better and come home soon..!
    Hugs from NC ((()))

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  12. Hi Linda! I am so glad to hear that you are on the mend. I was worried when there wasn't a new post - and wow, for good reason! Enjoy the view of the handsome docs and get well soon!

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  13. I'm not a horse owner, but I'll bet I could guess what those bodily functions are. Good thing they're letting you eat something now, or those things'd never happen!

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  14. Goodness, just leave it to you to have had something out of the ordinary happen. The doctors don't know you climb ladders on tables do they?
    I am so very glad that you got to the hospital in time for them to take care of your twisted issue. My spidey senses knew something was amiss but I never would have thought it was you that was having a procedure but rather would have thought it was a trip to the vet for one of your beloveds.
    Let everyone take good care of you and heal. Much love from the Cuckoos. When the Cuckettes heard of your situation our in-house philospher Ry said, "well Lucy will take good care of Carson when she gets home, so tell Ms. Linda not to worry". I wonder if someone should let Lucy know? Oma Linda

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  15. OMG! I'm so excited to see you and hear from you! I know you said you probably couldn't post often but I have still been checking every 30 minutes, just in case. It was like in the movies when I saw a new post, music seemed to start playing and everything was brighter. Have someone bring you some baby powder and brush it through your hair. It helps some, but the hat looks terrific anyway!
    XO

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  16. Here's to lots o'flatus!
    A pal of mine had something similar happen two years ago--you are lucky to be going home so quickly--he waited to go to the ER until it was almost "too" late and spent 6 months in rehab.
    Get well soon!

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  17. I'm so sorry you are stuck in the hospital girl! A good 15 years ago I was there for gallbladder issues and they wouldn't let me eat either so I know your pain with that! Hopefully you'll get to go home Monday! I will be praying for you!

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  18. Wow, so glad you are doing better! Well Ive heard of people identifying with their critters but its a bit much to create human colic... Have your vet come by and take a look at you, the docs can compare notes and the vet can apply the surgical techniques to horses. Cross species medicine, the new frontier! Ha!
    Anyway happy you had someone to fetch you and get you to help in a timely manner, it probably would have upset everyone to have a medevac chopper in the pasture. Keep the butte flowing and get well soon!

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  19. I'm one of your anonymous lurker type followers, but once in a blue moon I leave a comment. I enjoy reading your blog most every day and I have to admit when we got stuck on Door Number Three for several days, I wondered where you were! I'm glad you're getting the care you need and I certainly hope you are on the mend now. Get well soon! -- Min

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  20. Hey Carson,
    I am game for you putting those cutie doctors' pictures there with you on your next post...I think bloggyville would love to see them..Ok, maybe just me, but cute guys are hard to come by these days. ...LOL
    Praying you recover fast and are able
    to leave the confines of the hospital...
    Love from NC

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  21. Hope you are home soon and feeling back to normal!

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  22. Hoping you have all good things happen soon and you're able to go home. I know what you mean about looking forward to a glass of water. I've just been through a stint in the hospital and couldn't have ice chips either. When they put me on a liquid diet I was in heaven. Feel better.

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  23. Twisted gut? Yikes!!! Was starting to worry about rattlesnakes and trying to figure out who to phone to go check on you (easier said than done when I'm in Yorkshire and all I know is that you live somewhere in NM)!

    So glad you're on the mend and will be heading back to the 7msn soon but get lots of rest and enjoy all the attention from the cute docs in the meantime xxx

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  24. We know your type, always taking care of everybody else...now let those close to you take care of you now that you need it. They want to, so let them! You will feel much better when you get a shower and a shampoo. Hope you get to sleep in your own bed soon.

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  25. Ok, so you're looking much more like yourself today than even yesterday. That's great! Steady progress by the day... that's awesome!!! You gave us such a scare and I'm so grateful that you're okay. xo

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  26. Thanks for the update!!! I am glad you are getting out of the ICU; maybe you can get some sleep then! Fingers crossed for a good system start up for discharge on Monday!!

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  27. Can you at least brush your teeth..? That's what would drive me crazy. I hate fuzzy teeth.

    I'm glad to hear you're doing well! Considering...

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  28. Take care, Linda. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  29. Well, bless Justina for bringing you your hat ! I can;t believe how good you look, though.....did someone photoshop that photo of you ?

    I hope things move along nicely ;) and that you are home soon

    You are missed and loved !

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  30. wow! you are such a fast healer!!! it would'a put anyone down for awhile...but not you! very impressed. but don't push it...wanna stay on that path to wellness. good luck with the "elimination", etc. baby steps on intake until you see how it goes. just friendly advice, not firm orders. those will come if you don't take as good care of yourself as you do your "family" back on the ranch. we are a bossy bunch, your devoted fans. wishing you the best!!!

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  31. Michelle from BC8/31/13, 6:10 PM

    Had us worried for a couple days! Glad you are the mend. DO try to get a picture of your cute Doctors ... for the blog of course!!

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  32. Like so many others I am a long time reader and first time poster wanting to say I hope your med team hears good stomach sounds so you can go home and recuperate with your beloved animals and in familiar surroundings. Looking forward to more posts like the recent fly mask wedgie which made me laugh out loud and made me grateful I hadn't just taken a sip of coffee. Hope you have an uneventful and speedy recovery and are laughing out loud soon yourself. Sue S.

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  33. Here's hoping those things work as expected and you can go home soon.

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  34. Hope everything comes out all right! ;D

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  35. It's pretty much all about the peeps, poops, and hiney music, to qualify for discharge papers from the hospital. Hope all systems cooperate!

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  36. I am sending thoughts and wishes for a speedy and clean recovery from here in NC. I too spent time waiting for those 2 things to happen while in the hospital. I have found being threatened with a catheter is a great motivator!

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  37. Glad to see an update, I worry, even if told not to.

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  38. Hope you are feeling better and on the mend.

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  39. Hope you are feeling better and on the mend.

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  40. It seems like a rather drastic way to lose a few pounds! I hope all goes according to plans.

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  41. Yeouch! We NICU nurses know that bowel issue as NEC (necrotising colitis), and it's nasty! Glad you are on the mend. Good luck with the two functions :)
    Reb

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  42. this is what has always scared me, that you'd get hurt and be by yourself and not able to get help (comes from being a heart patient myself) but now I feel better knowing you can get someone to come take you to medical attention if you're bad off. take care and heal well, take it easy when you get home as we all know that horse people "forget" about that when we get home and have our babies. lol

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  43. I hope you feel lots better real soon; it's amazing how much better you can feel on a liquid diet. Most often when you're on an IV you don't get hungry. I hope that's the case with you. But taking away your ice chips is inhumane! Did you cheat and eat a bunch of them instead of letting them melt in your mouth? Here's hoping those bodily functions kick in real soon. There's no place like home, especially a hospital.

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  44. So glad you are going to be okay! Will continu to send prayers tht you have a speedy recovery. Carson, you will feel 900000% better once you get home and are around the herd. There is no place like home.

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  45. Glad to hear you are progressing in your recovery!

    I had an ulcer and was hospitalized with a liquid diet and my most memorable breakfast was a cup of vile black coffee and another cup of beef bouillon. At the same time! Double yuck!

    Cheers and take care of yourself.

    Jo

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  46. Heck of a way to go on a diet there Carson. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  47. Looking much better today (well, yesterday technically) Ms Carson. Speedy recovery to you!

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  48. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sure glad you for to the hospital as soon as you did.

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  49. Looking much better! How did the chicken broth and jello go? Getting out of ICU will be good! Perhaps they will let you shower then. Eat gently. Sleep. Having your gut rearranged is tiring.

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  50. Lucky to have a sister stand by you. Great news, Carson. Lets hope all systems go and you'll be home soon. You might just need a ranch hand for a little while but knowing you, you'll be up and running before we know it. Take special care of yerself, ya hear!

    Best always,

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  51. Oh, holy crap! (OK, wrong word to use) .. I'm just now catching up on blogs, so I missed most of the drama. The previous comments are spot on: take it slow and steady when you get home. Let Smooch provide you with news from the outside while those close to you
    take care of the important tasks -- feeding, fly masks and oodles of love for *your* family.

    As for the cute doctors .. yes, the older I get, the younger and more adorable they seem to be. Enjoy the eye candy and GET WELL, SOON!

    Maggy

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  52. The hat makes the world better, huh. The healing will happen in its own time. Thank you so much for the update.

    You weren't even rolling around on your back with your legs in the air. Go figure. I browsed the Cozumel pictures again. Worse places to convalesce. Maybe mentally anyway.

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  53. We were preparing to drive from St. Louis to Branson, Missouri when we saw no updates to your blog. I asked my wife if she wanted me to drive on to New Mexico and I think she was considering it. (Locating you would have been an interesting proposition, however.) We decided your friends and relatives would handle whatever situation existed. We are glad they did and you are recovering and occasionally on-line. Please get well, and be well.

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  54. You DO look better than in the first photo! I hope someone is sharing the good news with all the critters. I hope all systems are go and you can leave soon!

    Happy Labor Day,
    Nancy in Iowa

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  55. Fingers crossed that all systems are "go". LOL! I know the ambivalence of weight loss that happens in a way that you wouldn't choose, but I know you'll roll with it. Here's to a speedy recovery and return to your 4 legged family!

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  56. Hang in there. I hope ou get back to your four legged family members soon!

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  57. jone in AZ9/1/13, 9:03 AM

    I knew it wasn't your critters who'd colicked. You take such good care of them! Now maybe it's time for you to add a pinch of that psyllium to your morning oatmeal every once in a while? All the best for the two bodily functions!!

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  58. Here are some more GOOD WISHES! I know what ' the two' are also ... I get to be my mother's rehab nurse post-ortho surgeries. #1 is easier than #2 ... especially with all the pain killers -- they can really inhibit #2 (don't ask how I know that).

    Gastro surgery is quite a different scenario than Orthopedics. At least she was able to start eating post surgery.

    So, follow the Drs orders and don't overdue it.

    Take all the help that is offered and beg for more! Really!!

    It may mean having more people around than you are used to, but it beats a REHAB facility without a herd and assorted domesticated critters. Sleeping in your own bed makes a big difference (according to the parents).

    M in NC

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  59. So sorry you are going through all this, but glad you have your sense of humor and amazing family and friends to see you through it. I thought you might enjoy Andy Borowitz's talk at the World Science Festival about his experience. Different segment of the GI tract, but quite a tale (and hilarious). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mvhjZ-ClLw

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  60. Some hospitals carry no-rinse shampoo. It's pretty good stuff and helps make you feel better. Walgreen's & Walmart carry the stuff.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/21108158?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227015571668&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=t&wl3=18158288590&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=40020862390&veh=sem

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