Prayer Request - Update!
My dad took my mom to the ER last evening. She had been having terrible stomach pain. Long story short, her stomach was partially twisted, she also had a hernia type issue going on. Apparently there were gases in her stomach that caused the twisting, and they were able to relieve that with an NG tube, and the stomach untwisted. So no longer an emergency situation. (if it hadn't untwisted they would have done emergency surgery. If the stomach is constricted it cuts off the blood flow to the stomach and that is not good.)
This morning they are thinking she may not need surgery at all. Dad and I will be going in to the hospital soon, and will get all the latest information.
Thanks in advance for any prayers on her behalf.
Mom is doing very well! She did not need surgery, praise the Lord!
Here is what happened - Mom felt sick after church on Sunday, so they went home. She started to have pain, and felt like she had gas in her stomach that she couldn't relieve. When she started to dry heave she had my dad take her to the ER. There, because of her pain in her belly, they did a CAT scan. The radiologist read it and called the doc in the ER. They saw her hernia (which she's had for four years, but the ER doc didn't know yet, and we didn't know the extent of the hernia) and thought she'd need emergency surgery. They saw that the stomach was twisted, and were concerned about it cutting off blood flow if it stayed that way too long.
They spoke of surgery with my parents, and then they put in an NG tube to try to relieve the gasses in the stomach, and sent her for a more specific scan of her thoracic (chest) cavity. What they was that the tube didn't get into the stomach because of the twisting so it hadn't done anything. Mom's pain had stopped on its own.
When the ER doc consulted with the general surgeon group in the hospital, that doc looked at mom's medical records and saw that the hernia was 'old news'. The confusion for my parents was that the ER doc called it an esophageal hernia so they thought it was different than the 'hiatal hernia' that she'd had for four years. I guess its pushed up a bit more so it is considered an esophageal hernia now. My parents thought the ER doc was talking about a new hernia. The hernia is quite a sight apparently with part of her stomach, colon and pancreas pushing up into the chest cavity through a hole in her diaphragm.
The general surgeon told my mom that since they have been managing her hernia, and she has no problematic issue - no shortness of breath, no issues with digestion, etc - that he recommends they just continue to do manage it. Surgery of that kind can lead to serious complications, including the stomach not functioning. We were in complete agreement. So they did a liquid diet for lunch, regular food for dinner, and since she's done fine, she'll go home today.
Thank you for praying!