Friday, July 13, 2007

Surgery Update

Well, there is not much to say other than surgery was postponed. We just found this out at 4pm. This morning when Neal woke up his potassium was very high. It is very dangerous to have high potassium an be put under, so the docs decided he should get dialysis to remove the potassium first. Afterwards we waited for bloodwork to be completed and by that point the next available surgery time was 5pm. The surgeons felt this was not a good idea since they had been around all day and Neal is a complicated case, along with the fact that only the on call doctors would be around after surgery over the weekend. Once we heard this, Neal went to get some food. He has not been able to eat since early Wednesday. Now the surgeons are saying Monday, Tuesday at the latest for surgery. Unfortunately the bad news is he will have to drink that disgusting stuff again on Sunday night to clean his colon. Neal gagged it down last night.

The surgery will take about 3 hours. Afterwards he will have a feeding tube in his nose for a couple days and probably will not be able to eat for 4-5 days. I will update you as I hear more.

Neal is feeling really well. The neurologists came in yesterday and are treating him daily for migrain headaches. Hopefully that is the solution to his headaches. Visitors are welcome as far as I know, I will let you know if that changes.

Surgery Tomorrow

Not sleeping to well. Everything should go well. See everyone later.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

No Visitors Today

I apologize to yesterdays visitors, I did not realize Neal was not feeling well. He has another headached today, so no visitors. This has been going on all week. The doctors are no longer allowing him to get pain medicine to cure them. Neal is receiving a neurology consult while he is there. So far, he has only seen an intern. The doctors are supposed to go back to see him later today. I hope the issue is resolved. It is horrible to hear and see him in so much pain/discomfort.

Tomorrow surgery is scheduled for 10:30 am. I hope to post an update once he is out. My assumption is he will be pretty doped up over the weekend.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Neal was readmitted tonight. His INR was 1.5. He will need to be on a heparin IV drip. As soon as we got there, he said he loves the hospital beds and will sleep good tonight. He needs a good nights sleep. Please feel free to visit him the next 2 days. He will probably be bored. Neal also took his cell phone, so you can call or text him. He is in Rhodes 950, a private room. He was admitted into a a shared room and was moved already to a private suite (in his words), that is great news! Surgery is scheduled for Friday at 10:30.

The video games will be there shortly if you care to visit (fake car crashes seem to be popular). The schedule is in effect. Thank you to everyone that is helping me. Denise and Austin will be down starting Thursday for the next 2 weeks. That will be very helpful. Austin, you better get ready for football camp!!!!

Neal has dialysis Wednesday from 12-4.
Neal is going in for bloodwork this morning. Depending on his numbers he will be admitted today or tomorrow. He has not been feeling well the last couple of days. We are not sure what is going on. Hopefully after the surgery he will have a nice string of healthy days.