Tuesday, November 17, 2009

catscans, infections and contrast-oh my!!!!!

8:35 p.m.
Catscans, infections and contrast-oh my!!!! Sorry, still caught up in the Wizard of Oz, which was recently on TV-really if we don't make light of this situation once in a while, we're really going to lose it.

So, Alison ended up going for her catscan at 2:00 a.m. We got the results today and it appears that Alison has an infection in her lower abdomen. During the day, the doctors discussed having the fluid around her left lung and the fluid in her lower abdomen tapped tomorrow. We also were told that she will need to be on IV antibiotics for two weeks. Since the antibiotics were started last Friday for other reasons, we will need to be here in the hospital for at least another 9 days-UGH!!!!! That would have us in the hospital for Thanksgiving. Dr. Emre said that depending on how things go, perhaps he can let Alison come home for Thanksgiving Day and then maybe go back in the hospital for a couple more-he isn't promising anything-we'll have to see how things progress.

Now we just heard that Alison needs to go for another catscan tonight-will this ever end?. Alison is such a trooper-she just mixed that enormous amount of contrast with crystal lite and started drinking it-AGAIN-not an easy task for most-definitely, more challenging for her with the state of her stomach, crohn's etc. We are so very proud of our daughter-it's been a really tough day, with the news about the infection and now looking at a much longer stay in the hospital. Although we know that she is pretty bummed-she is being so cooperative with pretty unpleasant circumstances. It's close to 9 p.m now, which means that the earliest we'll be going down for the catscan is 11:30 p.m.-well, I guess that beats the 2:00 a.m. catscan from last night. Wish her luck! We'll update tomorrow.

Love, Karen and Joe


  1. Sounds pretty challenging. My heart goes out to all of you. I will be thinking of you guys and praying for some answers and strength and stamina for the next few days.
    Love, Terri

  2. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lets hope with the antibiotics there will be a light at the end of this long tunnel. Here's hoping for good results with tonights catscan and Alison being able to go home for Thanksgiving. But in reality whatever day she comes home will be Thanksgiving day in our eyes. You are amazing and deserve a break. We'll keep praying out here.
    Sending lots of hugs