Post by strippitman on Dec 18, 2019 8:16:47 GMT -5
A week ago today I took my 75 year old pretty healthy dad down to IU Methodist in Indy to have an elective surgery performed. I definitely wasn't prepared for everything that was about to transpire. My dad told me the plan was that if everything went well his recovery would take anywhere from 3-5 days and then he would get released and then he would stay at my brother's house (in Indy) for a few more days until he was comfortable with coming back home. The surgery was an extremely rare situation and it took a lot of research to find a surgeon who would even take this particular case on. All that was known prior to the surgery was that most of my dads digestinal organs had migrated into his chest cavity over many years (at least 20 years) through a lesion in his diaphragm. His stomach was pressed against his heart! The doctor who took on this case told me after the surgery that my dads situation was the worst he's ever seen of it's kind. The plan was to pull everything back in place laproscopically but if he had to he would use his hands to move the organs into place. He ended having to use both hands to get the stomach and spleen back through the diaphragm. It turns out 75% of the colon, all of the intestines, the spleen and the stomach were all in dads chest. His right lung was only 20% of it's potential size. The surgery actually went pretty well but the day after the surgery everything went haywire. As I walked into his room the next morning he was gone and that freaked me out. I was informed that he had been moved to the ICU overnight. Upon walking into the ICU I see a whole team of doctors working on him. They informed me that his condition was declining fast and they weren't sure what was causing the decline. Dad continued to decline throughout the day. The next morning when I got to his room there once again was a team of doctors frantically working on him. One of the doctors showed me an image he got from doing a scope on dads stomach and the stomach was full of black spots. He was afraid that the stomach was dying. At that point it was decided that they needed to reopen dads gut to take a look. Upon opening his gut they found the stomach to only be bruised but the intestine was dying rapidly. They ended up having to cut out 7 feet of dads intestines. At this point dad was in septic shock and they had him in a medically induced coma. They installed a breathing tube because he was laboring to breathe. It was just awful seeing my dad laying there helpless with all those machines hooked up to him. I couldn't sleep for three days because the anxiety of everything was killing me. I am glad to announce though that he has made a turn around and the breathing tube was removed yesterday. It looks like he is on the road to recovery but it is going to be a rough road ahead. It's definitely going to be much more difficult than him or I ever imagined. There are still several obstacles in the way but I am optimistic he will make a full recovery.