From the I.C.U.

I’m writing this from the I.C.U. because there is a shortage of available rooms on the floor and I’m on the waiting list.

On Feb. 25, the lower lobe of my left lung was removed because of a 4cm mass. A sample of that is being tested at a couple of Mayo clinic facilities. They still don’t know what it was.

The first week of recovery was pretty rough and is kind of a blur now. The pain was mostly controllable, but the worst part was getting over the anesthetics and then the narcotics I was taking for pain. Delicate balance there between enduring pain levels and how sick the drugs make me.

I don’t think I’m wording this all that well, but please understand that this is the very first day I’m even able to do this much.

After 12 days in the hospital, I went home and the home health nurses were coming to help. 3 days later I had to go back to the emergency room because of excessive bleeding from one of the chest tube incisions. I thought they would just stitch me up and send me back home. Instead I was readmitted and Sunday morning another drain tube was inserted. This time on the front of my chest – this is a better place for it. The first time I had two tubes inserted in my back. Hard to get comfortable that way.

So, I’m guessing that I’ll get to return home in a couple of days.

God bless my husband who has gone way beyond the basics in taking care of me.

Thank you, Jesus, for holding my hand.


Filed under Faith, Family, Vicissitudes of Life

8 responses to “From the I.C.U.

  1. I am so relieved to hear an update. You have really been in my prayers, and will continue to be as you await test results and work through your recovery.

  2. Carla — I am sooo relieved to hear from you. Mamosa said exactly what I was going to say. Take care my friend!

    The next time we are in Tulsa I want you bright eyed and bushy tailed so that we can get together! 🙂

  3. marges8

    Carla – I was just checking out some of the blogs from people who had commented on my blog. I am so sorry to hear of the thing you have been going thru and know you have been added to my prayer list. Hope by now 3-21-10 you are back home and on the mend. Keep your faith and things can only get better. In friendship Marge

  4. Carla,
    I came to your website while researching Mom and Pop stores. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and your family’s stories.
    I hope for your speedy recovery and will pray for your health.

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