Sunday, May 6, 2012

From the Hospital.....

Hello blogging friends.  We are in the middle of another "adventure".  I'm typing this post from the children's hospital.  Joy is the patient.  She was admitted through the emergency room Friday night (well more like early Saturday morning) with pancreatitis.  

She has been in pretty severe abdominal pain.  Enough so for her to want to go to the emergency room, which is a huge thing for her considering her phobia of needles.  She has been a trooper though having IVs and blood drawn numerous times.  

An ultrasound has ruled out most of the "normal" things they might expect to see as contributing causes of pancreatitis in children: gallstones, pseudo cysts, enlarged pancreas, or a blocked duct.  Other things that contribute could be familia (family history) which is something we're asking about in relatives, or a recent virus or illness.  As far as we know, none of those apply.  Actually, they have told us that we may never know the original cause and we could have recurring episodes.  The "stomach issues" she has had in the past were most likely related to this (which date back to before we went to China).   

She hasn't been able to eat anything by mouth at all.  She has been on  "nothing by mouth" orders.   Just today they are allowing her to drink water.  Bless, her heart, she really wants to eat. She is so hungry.   Until her pancreatic enzymes come down more and her pain lessens, the doctor won't let her eat.  She has a long list of foods she keeps thinking about.  :)

Her pancreatic enzymes have come down today (one of them from the 1300 range to the 500 range). According to the doctor, until her pancreatic enzymes come down more, and her pain improves, we can't go home.  Today she hasn't had morphine but is still hurting.  I think she's just trying to not get it because she has a very high pain tolerance.  Actually, she is sleeping right now for the first time today, which is a good thing. 

We would appreciate your prayers.  I'll try to keep you updated.

Oh, and Luke is camping out here in the room with us by choice. :) My mom and dad have come to take him home with them many times and he wants to stay with his Joy.  He is "helping take care of her".  He was ready with a tissue to wipe away her tears!  He's been here the entire time and has done so well, especially for a 4 year old energetic little boy.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!  :)     

41 comments:

Rachel said...

Joy will totally be in my prayers!

basketsnprims said...

Praying for a speedy recovery for sweet Joy, bless her heart.
hugs,
pam

Bobbi Jo said...

Prayers out to Joy and your family. Probably one of the most painful things you can have as a human being. Not fun at all. (This comes from my own experience.) Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Never So Simple said...

Oh Tammy you all have been through so much lately. Please send Joy our love and we are praying for her. I remember when she was younger and had tummy issues. Poor thing I know it's hard for you to watch her be hungry and cry. I remember Ray being so hungry I felt guilty everytime I ate and went without most of the time.

Luke is growing into such a good boy. I know he loves his Joy. I'm sure he is a huge help. Please keep us posted about Joy.

Donna

bettyj said...

Oh goodness. I wondered where you were. I am so sorry for Joy. I just pray for a speedy recovery. Luke loves her so much, I bet he is being such a good boy. Bless his heart. Keep us posted and hopefully she'll recover quickly. I bet that was part of what was wrong with her the day we met.Give her a hug, from me.

Zaroga said...
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Zaroga said...

Prayers forJoy and all of the family

LynnMarie said...

Oh MY! I'm so sorry for what you are all going through. I am praying for you all hand hope that Joy can enjoy some real food soon.

Loretta said...

Oh this has to be a bit scary for her...My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Bless little Luke's heart...he really loves his sister...You take care too! Love to you all! Loretta

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Prayers going up for Joy.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Oh my, sounds like what I went through and the only thing that would help the awful pain was morphine for me as well a few weeks ago. So sorry she's going through this!!! I'll be praying for all of you! So sweet of Luke!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Susannah said...

Pass my get well wishes along to Joy. I hope this is over with soon. She is such a nice girl who does not deserve to be so sick. Prayers will be said here.

Susannah

Anonymous said...

Tammy we are praying for Joy and Luke is a very special boy.He loves his Joy!!!Talk to yall soon. Chuck Turner

Karen said...

Praying for Joy!

Wendi said...

Awww... what a great brother Luke is. Praying for sweet Joy!

Sheila said...

Dear Tammy,
It breaks my heart to know that Joy is hurting so much. I will be praying for her and your family. What a sweet brother Luke is.
hugz and blessings~

Penny said...

So sorry to hear this..... Prayers for a speedy recovery for Joy. I hope her pain subsides soon. So hard to watch our children hurting.....
How sweet that Luke wants to be with his Joy... and that he has been such a good boy while there.
Thoughts and prayers for the whole family -- it has been a tough go of it for a while now.

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Sending up Prayers for Joy taht she feels better soon so she can go home and have some of moms home cooking.
Prayers for you and your family.

Blessings
Tonya

Tonya said...

Tammy,

So sorry to hear that Joy is in the hospital. We will be praying for her.

Love,

Tonya

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Sorry to hear this, Tammy! Sending Prayers out to Joy and your family for a speedy recovery!

Clara said...

Hope things are going better. Hugs for Joy and you all, Clara.

SweetPepperRose said...

Prayers for Joy that she will be healed, and your entire family.
JoAnn

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Dawn said...

God love her. I have already and will continue to keep your little Joy in my prayers. May Gods grace surround her and his healing hand touch her.

Angee @ Homemaking Merry Hearts said...

Oh my goodness.....lifting prayers for Joy and your whole family. May God grant you strength and wrap his loving arms around you all. May HE take away Joy's pain and heal her body!

Tiffany said...

Oh, Tammy! I am praying for wisdom for the doctors and strength and peace for Joy and her family!

Allison said...

Sending prayers Tammy and I hope she is feeling better soon.

Heather's Stitches said...

Tammy~

We will be praying for Joy and continued healing!

The Graves Family

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I'm so sorry that Joy is not feeling well...and I pray for her with everything in me.
Bless that little brother Luke...what a huge loving heart he has.
Big hugs to all of you.
Karen

Gla said...

We will be remembering Joy and you and your family in our prayers. Blessings and Hugs.

Redeemedmama said...

Oh my goodness, poor baby. I am glad you are able to get some answers though. Praying she gets to feeling better soon. hugs, tammy

Kathryn said...

Oh no!!
I will be praying for Joy :)

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

Tammy I am so sorry to hear Joy is so sick, please know I am praying for you all. Please give her a big hug for me, I can so relate to her needle phobia. God bles you all my friend!<3

Hollie said...

Praying for Joy as well as you all! Bless Luke's precious little heart!! He just makes my heart melt! He feels that he's gotta be there for his BIG SIS!!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I will keep Joy in my prayers for a speedy recovery and that she gets to eat some real food soon..what a little trooper Luke is being..I will keep you all in my prayers.;)

~Sara said...

Oh no :( You are definitely in my prayers. I know what you are going through.We constantly deal with those issues with our youngest son. They haven't figured out what causes it.Last time he had a flare, was result of mono. His tonsils were also swollen almost closed.I hope they can find some answers for you. It can be so frustrating not to know.It also takes a toll on the family. Sending hugs and will keep you all in our prayers.

Tanya said...

Oh Tammy,
Goodness gracious! How awful for Joy...for you...for Jason...for Luke! You just came out of a crisis for your family and now again. Doesn't it seem like it always happens like that? God knows our strength and will not give us more than we can bear though. Oh my, I am thinking of you and praying for sweet Joy. That poor little girl is so tiny as it is and can't afford to not eat for too long! ;0)
Please keep us posted on how she is doing when you can.
Thinking of you....
BIG hugs,
Tanya

Sharon said...

You will be in my prayers for sure.
I do hope that you get some answers and that Joy can eat again soon.
Please keep us updated.
Prayers for Joy and the whole family.
Hugs

Nancy M. said...

Praying for Joy! I do hope she is feeling better by now! That is so sweet of Luke to want to stay with her!