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So you know what doesn’t help when your mother is in the hospital?

Ending up in the hospital yourself.

4:30 am on Wednesday morning I woke up in a crazy amount of stomach pain and wound up in the emergency room (no, not the same hospital as my mother).

After a bunch of morphine and tests in the ER, I was admitted.

But they never could quite figure out what was wrong with me. Maybe a kidney stone. Maybe a horrible virus. Maybe an evil warlock took over my insides. All I know is that I couldn’t move for 48 hours and all I did was cry.

Worst part: They had to put in a catheter which is just totally icky and I can’t even believe I just mentioned it on this blog. Even better, the first nurse didn’t know how to insert it properly. So she did it incorrectly and then had to send another nurse to try again.

Best part: Cute GI doctor came in to assess me. He said I could be suffering from diverticulitis but that he doesn’t usually see it in younger patients. Wait, he’s cute and he just called me young?! Things are looking up at the hospital.

Even better part: After two days, my pain vanished and I felt like superwoman.

The absolute best part: For the entire 48 hours, my very sweet husband basically never left my side. He just watched me suffer, fluffed my pillows, brought me ginger ale and promised me it would get better.

And he was right.

mama bird notes:

Thank you to my in-laws who delayed their trip to Florida and took care of our girls while I recovered.

My mother is now out of ICU and on the main floor of the hospital. This means she is healing. She is working with the occupational therapist and the physical therapist and will hopefully be on her way to rehab in a few weeks. She is trying to take it one day at a time. It’s not easy but she’s doing it. Thank you for all your endless prayers. xo

44 Responses to things are never boring around here

  • Portia says:

    Oh man…when it rains…it pours…good news is that the sun always comes out. Isn’t that what Annie said? Concerning your catheter…that’s just wrong…I am so sorry girl! An RN not inserting a catheter properly on a young healthy woman? Wrong. Glad the GI doctor made up for that mess. πŸ™‚

  • vodkamom says:

    Oh my God. Has my bad luck “charm” rubbed off on you? I’m SORRY! I didn’t mean to stand so close to you!

    (I am so glad all is well.)

  • e says:

    I BEGGED you to move to Jersey! Westchester must be a hex! I cannot believe this happened to you and I am cringing thinking of you in all that pain. You poor thing! I have tears thinking of Rick staying by your side the whole time and how lucky you are to have him! (Did you tell the hot doc that Rick was your brother? I kid!) Here’s to a change in luck and a MUCH better new year for the whole fam, Huge hugs.

  • Oh my! My hubby took his mother to ER last night for pain in her side, maybe kidney. Here’s to everyone recovering! Do you need that pain first to become Superwoman? I’ve got a lot to do here??!!

  • Marinka says:

    My Christmas gift is going to be late this year, isn’t it?

    I’m so glad that you’re better and that your mom is out of ICU.

    Here’s to a boring 2010!

  • Jodi says:

    Oh Kelcey. That sucks. I remember having exactly the same thing about 2 years ago. They never figured out what was wrong with me, but said all the same things they said to you. Glad you’re better! P.S. It’s not Westchester!!

  • I’m sooo very glad that your mother is out of ICU. With your comments locked I found no way to let you know that I too was praying for you all…

    I’m sorry that you were hospitalized — yes diverticulitis is possible in the “young”! I have 2 friends who actually suffered from it in their 20s!

    Stay healthy!

  • Karen Bland says:

    JEEZ – I’m so sorry – where was that cute doctor during the single days? Try to enjoy the holidays somewhat – thinking of you and wishing the hex away!

  • Betsy says:

    I don’t know what to say. I am just glas that you ore feelong better and your mom is taking slow steps in the right direction.

  • Terra says:

    oh man. I had to take hubby to hospital once- he thought he was having a heartattack…tons of hours and tons of dollars later he was fine and to this day we don’t know what it was….HANG IN THEIR

  • Ugh! UGH! I’m glad you feel better but how awful to not know what caused it. Side note: I have 2 friends who have suffered with diverticulitis and are young. So that shouldn’t be ruled out on youth alone. But I’m assuming it was ruled out for better reasons, lol.

    Hope your mom continues to heal. Wow, what a wild ride for you and your family! And this close to the holidays too.

  • francine Kasen says:

    Super woman is right! You are sure proving that Women are the stronger sex!! Our thoughts are with you, and we are happy you are feeling better!! XXX

  • zaydie says:

    It was our pleasure being with the girls these last few days. Sorry it had to be at your expense however. All is well that ends well. Hopefully this 2 foot snow fall will end soon enough for us to get to Florida in time for your visit. Love Bubbie and Zaydie

  • Karen Veronica says:

    You’re so skilled at juggling so many tasks, I’m sure it wasn’t caregiver stress that sent you to the hospital – glad you’re better. What is your mom’s new room number, pease?

  • Heather says:

    UGH!!! Crazy!
    Actually, I had something very similar to this several years ago after my dad died. They never figured out exactly what it was, but they believed it was probably a burst ovarian cyst. I guess that once they burst, there’s no evidence of them having been there (except an increased white blood cell count). And, I had every test under the sun. It was hell. I’m so sorry that you’re going through all this.
    I’m glad to hear your mom is doing a little better. She sounds like quite a trooper (just like you!)

  • EW says:

    Hoping you finish the year safely and happily! And continued improvement to your mom. You sound like you’ve had a challenging time lately, here’s to a less challenging 2010!

  • I had a huge issue with the catheter when I gave birth to my first son. As in “I took issue with it” that is. For some reason – of all of the icky things that happened that day, the idea of the catheter made me crazy. I never felt it once since it was (obviously) inserted after my epidural, but after the birth when they took it out and then said they probably should have left it in and wanted to reinsert it, I threw a fit. I assumed it would be hideously painful and claimed that I could make it to the bathroom on my own (since I could move my legs more easily at that point). With the help of two nurses, I was able to shuffle over to the toilet but almost wiped out when I tried to sit. After scrambling to grab me and get me back into an upright position, they were like, “yeah – we’re remembering this and it’s never happening again.” So I added to their knowledge that day. And I guess that was kind of special…

    I’m so sorry about all of that pain you were in for TWO DAYS. Mystery ailments are the worst. I’m so glad it wasn’t anything serious.

  • Lisa says:

    I am so sorry you are dealing with so much! I found out this year I have diverticulitis and I am 35 yrs old. I think pregnancy aged my body on the inside πŸ˜‰

    For your family and mine – 2010 will be the year of good health!

  • LT says:

    I hope that you continue to feel better (along with your mom). You have had more than your fair share of bad things – I wish only good things for you and your family. Great post! XOXO

  • Gropius says:

    Oh ouch. Glad you are okay now, but what a scary incident. I guess you’re on a whole new diet now? I’ve had friends with this and all I can say is, at least you can control it. They probably eat much healthier than me…

  • Alecia says:

    Ick! I am sorry sorry to learn this. Glad you are better! I feel your pain on the catheter. They had to re-put one in me twice after my c-section because apparently the spinal had made more than just my abdomen numb. I was actually thankful though because I had to go so bad.

    Scary! I hope your holidays are superb!

kelcey kintner