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Posted 2018-12-17T20:06:26Z

Post Surgery Update

My surgery 12/5 went very well and, as of today, I am still inpatient at MD Anderson. My original discharge date of 12/13 was pushed back due to minor internal bleeding from surgery. Rather than having additional surgery, the doctor wanted to see if this could resolve itself and I’ve been successful (WOOT!). I’m now crossing my fingers for new discharge of tomorrow, 12/18.

During the surgery, they removed my entire stomach, cut out any areas in the stomach cavity (i.e. peritoneum, for my clinical friends) where they saw additional growth, washed the entire area with hot chemo/HIPEC again, and placed a feeding tube. There is a rough picture above of how they reconnected me. (courtesy of Sister Kristen)

I have been up and walking since the day after surgery and am getting around pretty well. I have a little soreness around the area where my feeding tube is and a whole lot of back pain from the not-so-great hospital bed. They expect the back pain to resolve once I’m released and can sleep in a regular bed. Needless to say, I am anxious to test this theory out.

Right now, I am receiving nutrition via an IV/PICC line. The plan is to transition me this week to soft “first foods” (via mouth) and supplement using the feeding tube.  I’ll eventually be able to eat regular food; I’ll just require smaller and more frequent portions. I have an appointment with the dietician this week to set goals and track my daily intake.

Once I return to Charleston, I am on my own (for the most part). I’ll have my feeding tube and PICC line removed, locally, and I’ll have periodic CT scans to monitor my stomach. Any additional follow up should be done remotely.

I’ve had several WONDERFUL caregivers since I’ve been here – Adrian’s Aunt Carla and his mother, Mae, as well as my oldest sister, Kristen. (Side note: despite being 7 years older, everyone thinks she’s my twin.) Once discharged, I’ll head to the apartment we rented and then will move to Aunt Carla’s in Livingston on the 23rd for Christmas and the remainder of my stay in Houston. Adrian and Bouden will be flying in on Saturday the 22nd with the puppy (HOPPER!!). I don’t have a date yet for our return to Charleston.

We have received a massive amount of support from friends and family and it means the world to us. Please continue passing along the good vibes, prayers and love!!




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Comments (14)

  • Jac Teppersmith
    Jac Teppersmith

    Kari thank you for the update. It means the world to us that you are on the mend and have such great caregivers watching out for you. We are excited you will be discharged and in a more comfortable, restfull space so you can continue your healing. Sending you healing vibes and hope you have a great Christmas with your 2 and 4 legged kiddos :)

    one year ago · Reply
  • Rebecca Nassif
    Rebecca Nassif

    Kari, I am SO GLAD to have this positive update! You've been on my mind a lot. I'm so grateful for your medical team and everyone else who's taking such good care of you!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Rebecca Nassif
      Rebecca Nassif

      Oh, and I love the diagram!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Erin

    Thank you for the update!! Oh my gosh I’m so happy right now!!! You’re such a fighter!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Cindy Schick
    Cindy Schick

    What wonderful news!! I’m very happy for you, you always “sound” amazing and positive in these updates! I can literally hear you talking to me in the upbeat way you have 🤗. Hugs and kisses to you and a speedy recovery. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We love you!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kathy Moore
    Kathy Moore

    Woohoo! Fingers crossed that they release you tomorrow!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Stacy Henderson
    Stacy Henderson

    Great news Kari!!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Samantha Andrews
    Samantha Andrews

    It means the world to all of us getting such a detailed account- especially when you must still be weak. That was one HECK of an operation!)))) Seeing Bowden and Adrian tomorrow for dinner with dear Hal and Karl 😊 Any chance Hopper will be in tow?)) Rest up. XO

    one year ago · Reply
  • Mabel Tippens
    Mabel Tippens

    I am so honored to have been able to help you! You are so strong and so very dear to me. Love you so much, Mae

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kathy Jones
    Kathy Jones

    Kari, you are so strong! I am so happy that your family will be together for the Christmas, I wish you a great recovery; I hope yo see you soon. Healing vibes your way!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Arthur Ellis
    Arthur Ellis

    This has made it a wonderful holiday season just knowing you are progressing well. Thank you Kari

    one year ago · Reply
  • Laura B Cole
    Laura B Cole

    Kari, I’m so glad to hear that your surgery went well and that you are being a stellar patient 😉. Keep up the good work and the good attitude, that’s 3/4 of the battle. Missing you lots here and can’t wait to get Hopper and Hazel together for a play date when you get back!! Lots of love, Merry Christmas!! Laura

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kristin Fonseca
    Kristin Fonseca

    So glad to hear this update! It sounds like you’ve climbed a big mountain—super excited for you and what’s ahead! I’ll be thinking of you this holiday and the weeks between as well as through your recovery. Much love, Kristin Schick Fonseca

    one year ago · Reply
  • Donna J Parrish
    Donna J Parrish

    Wow, Kari! Thank you for this update! I'm continuing to pray for you daily. I do hope prayers were answered and you were able to be discharged today! I know you are ready to be out of there and to be with Adrian and Bouden soon. Sounds like you have had amazing caregivers. What a blessing! I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and that you will continue to heal and feel better every day. I love you! Blessings! Donna

    one year ago · Reply