Sunday, April 05, 2009

day 47: from good to bad to worse

Remember those kidney stones?  Well they reared their ugly head last night, J was in so much pain I actually thought he might die. We went to the "emergency room" at 11pm only to find there were no doctors on duty.  In fact, there were only two women on duty for the whole hospital.  So they medicate him (I could elaborate here but it was actually too scary to recount) and then we go home only for the medication to wear off.  We come back in the morning and things proceeded to get worse.  I don't think I've been this scared in a long time.

Long story short is the stones are one issue but there might be something worse underneath, something that caught us terribly by surprise and has us rather scared.  We've been advised by the doctor here that we need to go to the states and see a specialist and we need to go soon so after much debate and heartache and tears we are flying home in a couple days so we can make sure (we have to make sure we will make sure it will be fine it will be it must) that J is okay and to also deal with those nasty stones, something relegated to the side for the moment yet painful as hell.

So after 47 days we are unexpectedly going back but are leaving our house and our puppy and our car in good hands and will return as soon as we make sure J is okay.  Coming back home is the phrase I used and was surprised at it's ease. This has been an adventure from the beginning, as much as we want to understand why this is happening we can only feel thankful for friends ready to assist in the states and our new community here and for health insurance, that nasty bugger that everyone complains about until you really need it and then you realize how utterly grateful you are that it exists. 

Because last night scared me and it scared me bad.  

PS. If you are sending supplies for M's preschool but haven't yet shipped them please hold off till we know our return date.  If you've already shipped a package I've asked a friend here to intervene and hope she can pick them up in my absence.  I apologize for this, am not sure what else I can do. 

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40 comments:

PunditMom said...

I'm so sorry. I know this is so scary. I am thinking of you. Let me know what you need. xo

Jessica said...

So sorry that you're going through this. Thoughts with you all. Safe travels.

Magpie said...

I hope all's well, and soon. Thinking of you.

Pgoodness said...

Oh, no. Good thoughts for you and J as you handle this bump in the road. Be safe.

Gina said...

Wow - prayers and good thoughts for you all. Severe pain and medical problems are scary in even the best of situations - I can't even imagine adding the stress of having to travel to deal with them.

I hope everything is OK!

Kyla said...

Thinking of you all.

Border Explorer said...

Sounds like it was a terrifying experience with more unknowns ahead. I will be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

TZT said...

Will be thinking of you, hoping that it all turns out okay.

slouching mom said...

Oh, Jen. This must be incredibly frightening. Will be thinking about you -- and hoping that it's just a scare, nothing more.

de said...

Oh, crappy crappington (yeah, I just called Lorenzo a Mo-Fu for slamming my hand in a door, so I'm trying to be a bit more creative with my curses).

I'm so sorry for you guys. I hate that J is in pain and that you are frightened. I am thankful that you have options and that if you need help here that you are going to get it.

PS. I sent a package on 4/2 which should arrive any time between the ninth and the 16th. It is just stuff for the school (sorry, I didn't stick in any personal goodies, but I was afraid if I thought about it too long it would take me forever to get it out the door).

Anjali said...

Oh, no. Thinking of you all.

Bon said...

oh Jen. i'm so sorry for J's pain and the fear and for the sudden need to change plans at least for a bit. breathe, and come back, and get him well, and we will all be with you as you begin this adventure again after that.

ms. changes pants while driving said...

sending good thoughts and vibes your way. safe travels.

Madge said...

we are all sending good thoughts and vibes your way.

jess said...

Praying for you all.

Mad said...

Oh Jen. I am so sorry for you and for J. I hope it gets cleared up quickly and that you can settle back into your new life. I STILL have your package on my dining room table. I will sit tight until I hear from you.

KC said...

Oh honey. No. let me know what is going on when you find out some more info. xoxo

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thordora said...

Oh....oh ohoh.

You'll be back before you know it. I'm thinking of all of you-I can only imagine how scary it's been. Stuff like that is hard enough in country...

QT said...

Wishing you safe travels, competent medical care, and smooth sailing. I'm so sorry this happened.

Amber said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending good thoughts your way for a smooth trip and quick recovery.

meno said...

You know i will be thinking of you and hoping that all will be well.

flutter said...

well, shit. I love you and yours and am sending good thoughts your way. Anything you need, babe, anytime.

Blair_Stephens said...

De-lurking to send good vibes and positive healing energy to you and yours. :-)

kgirl said...

Oh no; thinking of you guys, and sending healing energy. Safe travels, Jen.

Bethany said...

Oh Jen, I'm so, so sorry. Sending healing thought's J's way and wishing for peace for you. Safe travels.

Binky said...

I'll be thinking of J, M, and you. Wishing you safe travels, pain relief, and good health.

Emily said...

Ugh. I'm so sorry this is happening.

I've had kidney stones and they are miserable. I will be thinking about J as you guys travel.

Sending care packages of good thoughts for all of you!

Brandi said...

de-lurking to wish you safe travels and improved health and peace of mind

Susanne said...

Sending good thoughts your way. Safe travels and improved health.

jaded said...

Talk about trial by fire. Best wishes to your family.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Oh, Jen. Wishing you godspeed and good medical care with happy results. Best to you and M and J.

Ally said...

Oh Jen. Poor you and poor J! This sounds scary. I'm wishing you all safe travels and quick answers and easy solutions, and a safe return back to your new home.

Christine said...

Safe trip, speedy recovery. You're in my thoughts.

Amy Y said...

Oh poor J!!! I'm sorry Jen! I hope everything's Ok. No, I know it will be ~ just hang in there. Sending get healthy vibes to your man and safe travels to your family!

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Anonymous said...

If you wind up in one of Chicago's great hospitals... YOU MUST CALL ME..and stay here on the North Shore. I admire you and your family, and for sure I want to help out any way I can.

For all you have given, it's only natural that we ALL want to give back. I'm one of those people.

I'm totally in your corner, praying.

alejna said...

I wish you safe travels and excellent medical attention. I'll be thinking of you.

krista said...

my thoughts...my well wishes...all my good is facing your way.
be well.

joker the lurcher said...

lots of hugs - we've been there with the kidney stuff, although a different sort to stones. hope things are ok. angharad