As a lot of our friends on Facebook know,
the last couple days have been very stressful.
I had mentioned on Friday's post that George didn't feel well.
He'd been having some pain in his lower abdomen.
Saturday morning he wasn't feeling better,
so off we went to the Custer hospital ER.
He got poked and prodded,
and a CT scan done.
Dr. Joy (who is terrific by the way)
thought maybe it was his appendix,
or kidney or gall stones.
What she found was air in his abdominal cavity.
It was not obvious where the leak was coming from,
so she decided the best course of action
was to send him via ambulance
to Rapid City Regional Hospital.
They took him in right away,
straight to pre-op.
The anesthesiologist came by to explain
his part in the surgery,
and the surgeon, Dr. Miller,
also explained what he thought might be the issue.
He explained that although he was to do
laparoscopic exploratory surgery,
if he found anything more,
he may have to open George up to repair the issue.
His thought was that it could be a rupture
of either the appendix, an ulcer, or George's colon.
The nurses got George all prepped,
including shaving his belly :-)
Once Dr. Miller was ready,
they sent me off to go eat something,
and wait in the surgery waiting room.
We had gone to Custer hospital at 8 am,
and it was now about 3:30.
At around 6 pm Dr. Miller came into the waiting room
where he explained what he found.
George's appendix was fine,
no ulcers at all,
but a small area of his colon had abscessed.
He did say it was diverticulitis.
For now he's installed a drain to relieve the abscess,
loaded George up with antibiotics,
and he's gotten some pain meds to help.
I spent the night in a Quality Inn in the same block
as the hospital,
and got an employee rate courtesy of the owners
of the campground :-)
This morning I went in to visit George,
and he was looking so much better!
He was even enjoying his liquid breakfast :-)
Dr. Miller came by on his rounds and did explain
that he's concerned about this happening again.
He's suggesting going in and removing the
diseased part of the colon at some point.
We're going to find out what he means
by 'some point'.
George wants to do it asap!
We should know tomorrow when that might be.
In the meantime, the campground manager
is so supportive!
She and her husband drove to Rapid City to visit George
I left this morning to get some groceries,
and to come home and do laundry,
and get some rest myself.
I'll do some work tomorrow here at the campground,
then depending on how George is doing,
go back to the hospital on Tuesday.
Rapid City is a 45 minute drive away.
Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts.
We both have been feeling them!