Asking for help with my mom

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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You all are so nice that I wanted to share a family crisis that we are having.  My mom (70 yrs old) had an emergency appendectomy (appendix) on Friday.  They removed it before it rupured but she had a really distended tummy from the beginning.  Well, this happended on Friday and she has just gotten worse.  She went into respirtory arrest in the middle of the night last night and turned blue.  They had to manually breathe for her until they got her on a ventalator.  Now they have her in like a drug coma so she will sleep so they can keep her stablized.  They think that her belly is so swollen because her colon is still not working from surgery and then the gas that she already had in it.  Her belly is extremely distended. They are thinking that maybe her colon etc is SO swollen that it put too much pressure on her lungs and that may be what caused her respirtory arrest last night. We are really struggling. They have her on some hard core drugs to keep her asleep because she freaks out with all the tubes in her throat and nose.
So, please say a prayer for her!!  She is SO scared.  When she woke up at 4 a.m. and called for the nurse, she asked her not to leave her because she could not breathe.  Your prayers would be really appreciated!!!
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.

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   Posted 3/17/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   

You know that you can share anything with us. That is what this great big family is for.

It probably is a good thing that they keep her in the drug induced state to keep her calm so that her system relaxes and passes the gas more easily. It's better that way than to see her sooooo scared and possibly cause other problems with blood pressure or heart. Keep thinking positive thoughts and talking positively with her even though she is asleep.

I will keep you, your mom, and your family in my prayers. Please keep us posted on your mom's progress.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 3/17/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you are going thru this especially while you are trying to recover yourself. I will keep your mom in my prayers that she recovers quickly. (((((HUGS)))))

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008

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   Posted 3/17/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
how horrible, for her, i hate to hear that. I will definetly keep her in my thoughts and prayers

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   Posted 3/17/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
chilli im praying for your mom and i hope she finds relief...stay strong
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting has been my Godsend...Thank you

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