Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rick update 6-16-15

It's been a while since I posted an update so here goes. 

We have been back and forth between the Cleveland Clinic main campus downtown and the VA in Lorain and Parma. Most of his pancreatitis issues are still being monitored by his Surgeon Dr. Walsh. I know we have been very frustrated in the past but the more digging into the disease I have done, I realize how lucky we are. Rick's dr is actually 1 of the best there is. Rick is very lucky to be alive. It has been a long, exhausting and draining recovery. I finally think we see light at the end of the tunnel. 

Rick has had about 8 drains so far. He has had them upsized, downsized, replaced due to being pulled out by accident and repositioned. He has had filters for blood clots, stent in his stomach. We have been so lucky that none of these things or the many surgeries and procedures haven't led to any deathly infections. I have managed to keep the drains clear and clean. I have no idea how since I am not in the medical field lol. I guess it was my overprotective scorpio personal to protect Rick and my pure stubbornness to do it the best way possible! 

So anyways...we are finally down to just 1 drain!! They downsized it today to a tiny drain tube with no bulb so it's minimum care. I asked how long that will be in and the Dr. said it was up to me. That made me chuckle. He said I need to keep track of how much is draining. This tube is smaller and will allow the track 
to close up and not leave such a huge hole. So, the next step is removing the filters and stent! We have come a long way because on Thursday.....He will be going back to work!! OMG! It will only be for a few hours but that is HUGE!! I 
can't help but pray things continue to look up. I'm trying to stay positive because being sad and depressed is exhausting lol. It's time to get on with our lives and have some fun!!!