She looks like an elephant!
Saturday February 07th 2009, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare,Non-Knitting

I have a pic, but I am not sure I am supposed to post it.  After I get that cleared up I will add it if I am told to.  We had a set back today, nothing all that unexpected, but she is back in the hospital.  They put a tube in her nose to drain her stomach, and it makes her look like a very cute and small elephant.  She does not however really like this tube as it is very uncomfortable.  Hopefully they will figure out the cause of this set back and get her going forward quickly.  She actually is stronger than she has been, but not being able to eat, and a few other issues have landed her back with the experts.  We spent 9 hours in urgent care, and the ER before they got her settled in her new room.  She got her first ambulance ride, and first visit to the local ER.  (I always took the children in when they got hurt, so I did not realize she had never benn there before.)  I did not think to bring the laptop on what we thought was a 2hr trip to urgent care, so I am posting the status for her.

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Richard, You’re both in my thoughts and prayers. This, too, shall pass and Alison will be home again with you soon, better than ever. Warm thoughts, hugs and prayers coming your way.


Comment by Candy 02.07.09 @ 11:55 pm

Thank you, Richard, for the update, though I’m sorry to hear there’s been a setback. I hope the doctors will be able to take care of everything and Alison will soon be back to her non-elephant-like self. 🙂

Comment by AmyS 02.08.09 @ 12:14 am

Bless her heart. I’m sure this is very trying for both of you. I will keep her (and you) in my prayers.

Comment by Renna 02.08.09 @ 12:25 am

So sorry to hear that Alison is back in the hospital again. May her stay be a short one.

Comment by Diane in Northern CA 02.08.09 @ 12:39 am

A wise man waits to get the all clear before posting a picture of someone with a tube up their nose. Hope ‘Queen Celeste’ is back home soon.

Comment by LynnM 02.08.09 @ 1:18 am

Oh dear! I worried that she was being sent home a little too soon. I sure hope she is back on track very soon. The long silence today was definitely worrisome. We are so spoiled!

I can’t think of anyone who I would picture as an elephant less than Alison! Poor baby! Prayers continue. Thanks for the update Richard.

Love & Hugs

Comment by Gretchen 02.08.09 @ 1:24 am

A sigh and a gentle hand squeeze and an offer to help to both of you…hang in there…

Comment by Betsy 02.08.09 @ 4:36 am

My thoughts are with you both as are my prayers

Comment by Eileen 02.08.09 @ 5:22 am

Prayers are still coming your way, long-distance from Vermont. Alison has been through so much and we all pray that she will permanently start feeling better. Thank you, Richard, for keeping us posted and God bless you for taking such good care of your darling wife.

Comment by Joansie 02.08.09 @ 6:23 am

My dad reports that the tube down the nose is the worst. (Of course he only lost a foot of his colon, and they stitched it back together.) Still, the tube in the nose is really uncomfortable, and real healing will start when Alison can rest without interruption. Meanwhile, hold down the fort, and thanks for keeping us posted.

Comment by LauraN 02.08.09 @ 6:37 am

I immediately thought of Queen Celeste, too! Loved those Babar stories when I was little. My favorite, though, was the one where Zephyr rescues General Huc’s daughter from Polomoche and the Gogottes. 🙂

I have had you much in my thoughts, and was hoping last night was a better one than the previous. Sorry to hear it was not so, and hope the tube will come out soon, and you will be home again before you know it.

Blessings on you, “Queen Celeste,” and don’t lose heart. A someone else already said before me, this, too, shall pass.

Many thanks again, Richard, for the update.

Comment by Paula 02.08.09 @ 6:46 am

The incision hurts, but that tube is a device of torture! I, too worried that she went home too soon. But, from years of experience, I can tell you that this is practically normal after intestinal surgery. The plumbing just wasn’t quite ready to go back to work. This, too shall pass. Hopefully quickly.

Comment by Kathy Sue 02.08.09 @ 6:53 am

I am so sorry to hear this. I pray you will soon be able to eat on your own and go home again. Take care, my friend, and know you are loved.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.08.09 @ 7:04 am

Tell her that someday this will all be a very unhappy memory. But until then, all of our love to all of you.

Comment by afton 02.08.09 @ 7:34 am

You are a good man, and a good husband to a lovely woman. Alison, I wish you a better day and wellness.

Comment by Mady 02.08.09 @ 7:35 am

Thinking of you both. Take care.

Comment by Michelle 02.08.09 @ 7:37 am

I hope that she can get back home soon. I’m sure this will all take time, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I’m sure she knows, but please tell her we will continue to pray for her.

And Mady is right, you are a good man and a good husband to a lovely woman. May God bless you both.

Comment by Momo Fali 02.08.09 @ 7:38 am

Hugs to both of you during this trying time.

Comment by dianna rubidge 02.08.09 @ 9:02 am

Oh, dear! Hospitals are no fun, and tubes down the nose even less so. Thank you, Richard, for keeping us posted. You both are in my prayers.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.08.09 @ 9:12 am

yes, but does she have the ears to match? I think not…

hugs and kisses, and prayers always.


Comment by morgan 02.08.09 @ 9:20 am

Insurance is a wonderful thing – except it has dictated how long people can stay in the hospital – and they send people home waaaaaay to early. You should have time to learn how to do things and time to be sure there won’t be these issues happening because you have had more time to heal ….. frustrates me no end. And I am sure you too at this point ….

Thanks Richard for the update –
Alison – hang in there it will get better – although I’m sure at this point you are questioning that.

As always lots of prayers going out – soft hugs and love heading your way ….

Comment by rho 02.08.09 @ 9:22 am

Richard, you are a dear. With everything going on, you still post. Thank you. What more to be said? You, Alison, your entire family are in my prayers. I’m putting you in the prayer box this morning in church.

Comment by Linda W 02.08.09 @ 9:47 am

Hugs and good wished from the bunch of us.

Comment by Gigi 02.08.09 @ 10:02 am

Oh goodness, I hope she will be back at home very soon.
Richard, thank you so much for letting us know. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Comment by sonya 02.08.09 @ 10:33 am

Thank you, Richard, for letting us know. Dear Alison, just because you are a good patient doesn’t mean you have to demonstrate same! (Hugs and grins.) Glad you are where they can take care of you and you can just Zen out.

Oh, and there IS no such thing as a two-hour urgent care visit. Just sayin’.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 02.08.09 @ 10:57 am

Sending love and healing wishes, Alison. xoxoxoxo

Comment by Romi 02.08.09 @ 12:20 pm

Oh dear. I’m sorry to hear of the setback. Hope that the elephant thing is temporary – and that the docs figure out what’s happening fast!

Comment by Renee 02.08.09 @ 1:39 pm

Ditto all the comments about getting permission to post pix like that! We have some of my mother recovering from various things that definitely fall into the “blackmail only” category.

Hugs and prayers going out to all of you. Richard, you definitely need a pair of sox too!

Comment by Margo Lynn 02.08.09 @ 2:21 pm

I have to admit I WAS getting worried when I didn’t see a new post for a day.
Thank you for the update.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Please tell Alison that there are many more people pulling for her than even these wonderful comments are showing; consider this a “sampler”. 🙂

Comment by karin 02.08.09 @ 2:32 pm

Thanks for the update. Hope Alison gets back to looking her usual self very soon.

Comment by RobinM 02.08.09 @ 2:42 pm

Bummer about having to go back to the hospital. I was concerned that you headed home too early as much as you wanted to be there on your own bed and couch. Thanks, Richard, for keeping all of us to date on Alison’s progress. You are in our prayers, too!
Love, Nancy W.

Comment by Nancy 02.08.09 @ 2:51 pm

Sorry you are back there, great that Alison is stronger than she has been. They will figure out for you. Love and prayers to you all. I hope Alison will be back home soon. thank you for the update.

Comment by Vicki 02.08.09 @ 3:21 pm

Hugs, prayers and warm thoughts for both of you. Hope she’s back out and feeling better soon. Take care of yourself, too, Richard.

Comment by Cynthia 02.08.09 @ 3:28 pm


“With the experts” is right where we want her. Thanks for touching base, please send our hugs along when you see her again.

One day, hour, minute at a time…


Comment by LynnH 02.08.09 @ 3:49 pm

Rich, I am so sorry to hear of this set back, I’m sure it’s just fine tuning and she’ll be back home and doing much better quickly. Prayers continue for the both of you.

Comment by shellyh 02.08.09 @ 4:34 pm

Hopefully it is a relatively quick fix issue. I’m thinking of you Alison!

Comment by Carol 02.08.09 @ 4:39 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted, Richard. Thinking of you and the cute elephant (oh, I can’t wait to see that picture – is that very wrong of me?).

Comment by Lene 02.08.09 @ 5:19 pm

Oh, dear. Prayers for you both, as well as the team of experts…

Comment by Pegi 02.08.09 @ 5:59 pm

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