Sunday, September 23, 2007

Feeling Much Better

Thank you for all of the kind thoughts and prayers. Once again, they really really helped. My dad got to come home this afternoon. The test done in radiology on Friday showed nothing - he had to be actively bleeding for it to show anything. Then this morning he had to drink barium and they x-rayed it, and again, nothing showed up. They decided that he is no longer actively bleeding and allowed him to go home. He has diverticulitis and it apparently flaired up in a major way, causing extensive bleeding, and it is now healing and the bleeding has stopped. The problem is, they were never able to identify the exact spot where the bleeding was happening. So, he goes in for a really cool test some time this next week. He swallows a pill that is a camera and wears this wireless thing and the camera travels through his digestive system and sends pictures wirelessly to the thing and then the doctor can see all of his insides. Is that not amazing? It is to me. Anyway, he is going to have to make some dietary changes so that we can prevent this from happening again.

My dad was reading this blog in the hospital and he said, "Your blog has turned into a soap opera. Between Bruiser getting lost and me being in the hospital, there has been a lot of drama in here." He was right. At least thus far it has all been drama with a happy ending. He really appreciated all of the kind comments!

Lucy spent quite a bit of time at the hospital. She was scared at first of all of the tubes, machines, nurses, doctors, etc. Once I got her initially distracted with some snacks, she lightened up and had a blast. I thought we would never be able to keep her contained, but she once again amazed us all and stayed right in our little area. She was so good at the hospital. I know that it made my dad feel better when she was there. She just lights up any room and that makes everyone feel better.

Now, for a little lighter topic, who else is about to pee their pants because they are so excited about premier week on TV this week?!?!? I am!! What are you most looking forward to? I can't wait for Grey's and Private Practice the very most. I am also ready for Project Runway, but I am not sure when it is starting. Any new shows other than Private Practice that I should watch? TIVO is going to be on fire for the next couple of months. YEAH!!!!!


Carissa said...

I will continue to pray for your dad, but I agree the thought of swallowing a pill and it showing the doctors all of our insides! I hope it helps your dad!

I too am anxious for the new season to start. Just like when I was younger and it was The Cosby Show or Friends now it is Ugly Betty and Gray's! I am looking forward to those two, but I have the DVR set to record a few others I thought sounded ineteresting like Pushing Daisies on ABC. I am not sure how I will keep up but hey no more watching re-runs!

Julie said...

I'm so glad your Dad is on the mend! My grandpa had a bad bout of diverticulitis a few years ago, and it was a horrible experience.

Oh and yes, I'm anxiously waiting for premiere week too!

Kate said...

Glad to hear that your Dad will be okay. What a cool procedure. Yeah for modern medicine!

YES! I'm so excited for TV this week! It'll pass the time during our adoption process. I love Gray's..can't wait for Private Practice as well. Prison Break is a favorite here--which started last week. And we love The Office and Heros. Is it sad that we have TWO Tivos in our home? One for me and one for hubby!

Leslie & Shaune said...

i'd never watched Grey's til last week when i rented season1. lol.
now i'm on Season 2. no hope of getting caught up by Wednesday so i'll have to tape season 4 til i catch up. i'm addicted already.

i'm a slow starter i guess.

Susan said...

So, so glad your dad is back home and on the mend. Prayer, doctors and medicine are wonderful things.

I guess I've been living under a rock, because I had no idea this week was premier week. Pitiful, I know. As you know, Prison Break is my only TV vice. Enjoy the week!

Sherri said...

So glad to hear that your dad is better. I hope that your sister is feeling good too. That camera thing sounds really cool. Will you get to watch a video or something? How cool would that be to see inside your dad's stomach and stuff!?! I am psyched about premier week! I can't wait for Grey's and for Addison's new series. My dvr is set. Give Lucy a hug for me!

LaLa said...

So happy nothing serious was found..that new test is cool. Hope all continues to go well. Of course the princess was good : )

Our DVR is all set!! So excited for all Mon night stuff (the Titans play tonight so have to DVR the new shows) and of course the Office!!!

Meredith Woodruff said...


I am so glad your dad is feeling better! I have been keeping updated from your blog & Kate. I know that must have been so scary for all of you. I have never heard of such a test! That is just amazing!!! I'll keep him in my prayers!


Jen said...

Hey Kelly,

I will keep your dad in our prayers. One of our best friends is a gastroenterologist--they can do such amazing stuff! I've never heard of the camera in a pill, but how cool is that??

It's great news that he is no longer bleeding internally. He should be getting lots of diet advice--the main stuff being to stay hydrated and eat lots of soluble fiber foods to ensure that he doesn't get constipated causing the diverticuli to bulge and become inflamed. (hope that wasn't TMI!) Lucy can share her Cheerios!!

I'm looking forward to Grey's Anatomy and Bones. I also like "My name is Earl" when I need a good laugh.

Mrs.B said...

Oh that camera pill so totally cool. Doctor Oz took one the other day when he was on Oprah! I am glad your Dad is back and feeling better. I cant wait for Project Runway either. I don't watch much Tv but that is one of my favorite shows.

Shawna said...

Kel, I'm soooo glad to hear your dad is feeling better. He's been in my prayers! Now onto premiere week, along with Private Practice, I'm really excited about Dirty Sexy Money, which comes on right after it. It's been getting rave reviews, so I'm excited about checking it out.

Love and miss!

Sara said...

GREAT news about your dad! Yeah! Hey can I swallow a camera pill to get a good look at the baby? ;)

I can't wait for Grey's!!! I highly suggest watching Dancing With the Stars. It premieres tonight. Total guilty pleasure but it is very entertaining. Jeff is even into it!!

KrisJ said...

YES!! I am so excited about premiere week, it is about time! I have found that I dont sleep well because adoption brain so all the tivo recording will help pass the hours! Im so happy your dad is doing better! -Kris

Nicki said...

I am so relieved about your Dad! That pill test sounds SUPER cool!!! And yes, I am totally giddy with anticipation over premier week!

rachel said...

I'm so glad your dad is doing better. I'm sure being back home will help him a lot. I'll continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

And YES I am so excited for TV this week. I admittedly watch way too much TV in the evenings. I love Grey's, CSI, How I Met Your Mother and America's Next Top Model the most...but I tune into about dozen other shows, too! (see? too much tv!)

Sherri said...

Is today your referral anniversary (is that what you call it)? I know it is close. Can you believe it, one year ago you first saw Lucy's pretty little face!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that your dad is feeling better and has gotten to come home! We had been thinking of you guys! Let me know if ya'll need anything at all! love, Stacey

kate carter said...

kel! so glad things are better....they had that camera pill on oprah the other day! please post the video when he is done...juuuuuuust kiddingggg.
i'm going to ask for one of those pils for christmas just to check on everything. ha!
miss ya'll

Katherine, aka katedrew94 said...

I'm glad your dad is on the mend Kelly.

We are going to watch Big Bang Theory, it looks pretty funny.

Sue & Charlie said...

Kelly, Glad your dad is alright! One show that doesn't start until November is October Road, it was after Grey's last can catch up on all 6 episodes on is very geared to the early 30's crowd. A lot of early 90's referrences.

Emily said...

i am so glad your dad is ok. i am not sure if i posted..but he has been in my prayers. it sort of puts it all in perspective during times like that. ALL that matters is family and health. if those are in place, we are all truly blessed.

ok, so now the less serious comment..
i am also excited abt 'the office' and i love '30 rock'.
but i am most excited abt gray's anatomy. wahoo. not sure abt private practice. that girl sort of annoys me! and i really didn't like her hair do at the emmys:)

Heather said...

So glad your dad is doing better. You have had a lot going on lately! Hope the drama dies down.

Yes, Tivo will be working overtime at our house, too.

Laurie said...

So sorry Kelly, I totally missed the post about your dad being hospitalized. I'm so glad to hear things are under control now. Wishing your dad and family all the best.

Ryan and Heather said...

So glad to hear your dad is doing better! That can be some very serious stuff if it's not taken care of the right way!