In the Hospital Again

Today I spent six hours at Zale Lipshy Hospital where I got the CI surgery. For the past three nights (yes, nights only… go figure), vomitting ensued despite my eating less and less. It got to the point of mild dehydration. Calling two doctors, my primary care and the surgeon… both said to report to their respective hospital mini-ERs, get an IV, and blood work.
Despite Zale Lipshy being further away, we decided it was best to go there since they have the CI expertise and can check the ear. Doctor came in and saw no issues, but I had a CT scan later in the afternoon to make sure. CT scan was normal.
I got three hours of fluid out of it and my mind put at ease that it wasn’t the surgery. The nurse brought me a bite to eat. This is when we figured it out. As soon as I took a bite of a plain turkey sandwich with no dressing, I got a heartburn. As soon as I stopped eating, it went away. Yep, it had to be GERD. I’ve had GERD problems for years plus I’ve been diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus. It must’ve been severely acting up in the past few days… maybe from all the abuse I’ve had over the summer.
We left a message for my stomach doctor. In the meantime, I’m hydrated again and have some serious meds for nausea to ward it off at night. Fun summer, eh? School starts next week, maybe I’ll be my old self again then.
Yes, my mother got chicken soup for me… from a can. Really, I’m thankful for my parents who drove to Dallas from Fort Worth to sit with me all afternoon so my husband could take care of school registration and picking up the kids. It’s a blessing to have such a supportive and caring family.


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    • Sara on August 5, 2003 at 8:41 am
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    Hey Meryl,
    Hope you have a speedy recovery. I’ll be thinking about you.
    Take care,

    • Virginia on August 5, 2003 at 9:22 am
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    Hope you continue to get better! Love the virtual reality of being there through this blog and album.

  1. Glad you got rehydrated! I’ve found that major surgery gives me an icky gut for a bit afterwards. My doc did a blood test for h.pylori, apparently a stomach bacteria that causes these problems and is the cause of many of the ulcerous conditions.
    I hope you’re careful with this condition, and take care of yourself. Don’t push too hard!

    • Ramona on August 5, 2003 at 7:25 pm
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    Please take care of yourself, rest and get well soon.

  2. Meryl,
    Glad to see you’re doing well after your surgery.
    all wishes and Hopes for a speedy recovery, and renewed joy of hearing!!!
    see you on ryze!

    • Alex on August 6, 2003 at 7:10 pm
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    I hope the implant works for you!
    As someone with the same condition caused by repeat infections and a radical mastiodectomy, I fully understand your situation.
    I’m fortunate to be able to use my hearing aids and, I hope to stay that way for as long as possible.
    (Must admit, it is nice to be able to shut off the background noise once in a while… 😉
    Take good care!
    Alex F

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