Saturday, April 28, 2012

Finally Back at Home!

Got home from the hospital yesterday about 4:00PM. What a day!! Told we were going to be going home early in the morning and then had to wait most of the day to get all the paperwork and arrangements taken care of. But that is normal I guess. All I know is that I was ready to come home!!

The week started out all wrong. We checked in at Duke Hospital on Monday afternoon around 5:00, as instructed. It took about an hour to get checked in and into a room. Mid morning Tuesday we were told that they would not be able to do the feeding tube surgical procedure until Wednesday. Well, that didn’t make me happy at all but then my body kicked in and decided to get a migraine. This one made me very nauseous so there was no way to do it that day. That night (Wednesday) they put in the nose tube and I don’t care what anyone says, I would rather give birth!! The only good thing about this was that they could use it to put in the barrium and I did not have to actually drink it. I was hoping to have my surgery early Thursday morning but it was 2:20PM before they took me in. I was back in the room at 3:45PM.

Not a long surgical procedure at all but….. now the healing begins and there is a lot of soreness at the site of the surgery. We learned how to do the feedings, had everything ready to go and finally got to leave the hospital about 3:00.

It was so good to get home and see my fur babies. They seemed happy to see me too! The supplier for my oxygen came last night at 9:15PM to get us set up and trained on how to use the pump, stand and bags for the feedings. I will be getting fed 12 hours each night and this will supplement my diet with an additional 900-1000 calories per day plus a lot of other vitamins and nutrients that I probably need,

Now my goal is to get all healed up so that I can get back to a more normal routine and do some things for myself again. Not sure when I will get back to the fitness center yet but hope it will not be too long.

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!!


  1. Sounds like you had quite an ordeal. Glad you are now back in your own home with your fur babies!! I know they missed you!! It is always good to be home and be able to sleep in your own bed.

    We will continue to pray this feeding tube does just what the doctors want it to do. You take care of yourself!!

  2. Oh, you poor thing. It sounds like you had quite an ordeal and I'm sure it was hard on Charlie as well. At least you're not back home and set up for the nightly feedings. I have to think that all those extra calories and vitamins would be a big help to your body.

    Hang in there, enjoy being home and enjoy the furbabies.

  3. So sorry Sherry that you have to go through this. Praying that all your discomfort will be healed very soon. Glad you are home. Much better for the healing process. God Bless!

  4. Oh my Sherry, I have been wondering how you are. What an ordeal, but you made it thru and now all you have to do is rest, heal and let it all begin to work for you. Continuing to pray for you and Charley. God bless!

  5. Glad to hear you are home and appearing to be in good spirits. What an ordeal is right.

    If I had to gain weight, I think I'd prefer chocolate cake and ice cream to what you are going through - but, I'll probably never have to worry about having to gain weight!!

    Take care and good luck with this procedure.

  6. What a experience! No matter how good a hospital and staff are, sometimes things don't go right for the patient and it seems that was the case. Kind of a Murphy's Law. Hope the healing is a smoother process and hope the feeding tube makes you gain weight like you've never dreamed :)
    Good luck!

  7. John agrees with you. Having that feeding tube is no picnic. I pray that you gain the needed weight and that your transplant is just around the corner. Being home is great medicine. Hugs to you.....

  8. Glad you got the procedure done and over with. Mike never had the pump, he did hand feedings. The pump will be SO much better. Keep us updated as you can! HUGS to you both!!!

  9. So glad that part is finally behind you and now you can start packing on those pounds (hopefully) and get that lung transplant. I'm sure your babies were just as happy as you were for you to be home.

  10. We are thinking of you and pulling.....for you both.... We are getting excited about heading for the hills in just over 2 weeks..... It sure is slow around here, no body here......Take care of yourself,,,,,,,God Bless...
    Mike and Pat