Hey guys. This is Carlow's fiancee Ness. Sorry about the lack of updates before. I have my computer back and can fill you guys all in.
He's back in the hospital. He woke up this morning around 4:30 with a feeling like there was something in his J-pouch. Then, around 7:00 a.m., he told me to go tell him mum to call his doctor because he didn't think he'd be able to sit in a car for 30 minutes to make his post-op consult. So, we called and they said they'd have his doc get back to us. Yeah. Well, by 7:20 he was in screaming agony. We called an ambulance and they rushed him to the hospital. He was begging for pain medicine, anything to put him out of his misery. (He said he was a 10 on the pain scale -- and I believe him, from the sounds he was making.)
They kept him in the ER for most of the day. Eventually, they got his pain semi-under control, but then his heart rate spiked up to the 170s, so they decided not to move him.
Eventually, his doctor, through X-ray and CT scan, concluded he had a clot that was blocking the flow of blood and some kind of abscess near his pouch. They're giving him IV Heparin for the clot, and they're going to drain him in the morning. He's in the ICU now. When I left him, he was sleeping/ hallucinating peacefully, from the drugs. Thank God for them. For real.
Anyway, I just thought you guys would like to know. Any support you could send our way would be great. I know he turns to you guys a lot for advice. So thanks.
Diagnosed Fall of 2004
(Scheduled for Stage 1 of IPAA in late February:Complete!)
Prednisone (10mg taper)