…But this time it isn’t because of cancer. Wednesday morning Allison started to feel a little bit of pain in her stomach. As a person who lives with celiac, she didn’t think this was out of the ordinary, but by mid day the pain had become unbearable. Finally in the late afternoon, she allowed me to take her to the hospital in hopes that we could find some relief. She was admitted through the ER and via a CT scan and some IV fluids, it revealed that her appendix had gone all Grinch’s heart on us (it grew too big) and they wanted to do surgery immediately.
Well, not immediately immediately, but like within the next couple of hours. So Allison and I resumed a position we have known all too well this year - sitting together in the hospital (editors note: this year ya’ll. woof). The roles were reversed this time and I think the ER nurse was a little surprised at how well we know all about the fluids and medication options they were telling her for surgery. Finally, around 10 pm, they wheeled her back for an emergency appendectomy. I, for the first time, had to be the one waiting in the little surgery waiting room and get the phone call that they had started and it was going well. After the surgery the doctor came and got me and lead me on what felt like a cavernous tour of the hospital until we got to our room for what remained of the night.
The surgery went really well and was very smooth but still inflicted a lot of pain. The medicine they wanted to use to treat the pain decided it really didn’t want to help out and instead made Allison crazy sick. No details are needed but use your imagination - all of your imagination for smells and colors and grossness. But she’s a champ and we got home today around 5 pm.
You all have been so gracious and generous with your prayers and loving on our little family through this year. Unfortunately, I am not up to speed yet and am limited in my abilities to really help Allison. We do, I imagine, make quite the sight with our semi hunched, super slow gait. But we need help again mostly with meals. Fortunately, turn around on an appendectomy is fairly quick - about a week - so still no breezy walk in the park. When emergencies arise a lot of people ask how can I help - and for us, for this week - the best way to help would be to share a meal. I’m not really supposed to be doing any lifting of groceries and heavy pots and pains just yet and now Allison gets to be on some of the same restrictions. So for the next week or so, if you would like to help us with meals, we would absolutely love that. Our good friend Natalie has graciously offered to coordinate so feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Thanks so much for all your continued prayers and love and encouragement. It’s been quite the year and we wouldn’t have even made it this far without you beside us. Thanks so much…