Wed, Mar 6, 2013
These last two days have been quite a blur. On Monday, Stephen’s knee was still in a lot of pain after his MPFL reconstruction surgery but he was more focused on the pain he was feeling in his stomach. The pain medication he had been taking severely upset his stomach. He described it as a feeling of fullness with intense pain. We tried over the counter medicines to try to settle his stomach but nothing worked.
Later in the day, Stephen had his first physical therapy appointment. It lasted about two hours and was just what he needed. It gave Stephen the assurance that it was okay to move his leg a little and the ligaments wouldn’t tear. He was exhausted when he finished with his physical therapist and wanted to go back to the room and rest.
About an hour after we returned home, Stephen’s stomach pains increased and he began vomiting. This continued throughout the night. At about 5 AM, I took him to the emergency room. The ER doctor was concerned based on our description of Stephen’s discomfort that there could be a blood clot on his lung. They took and x-ray and an MRI and fortunately no clot was found. The doctor told us she felt that the pain medicine caused his GI tract to become inflamed plus he was extremely dehydrated.
He’s feeling a bit better now and can keep down fluids. He still has the pain in his stomach but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. Hopefully he can sleep tonight…hopefully we can sleep tonight. I don’t think I’ve ever been this exhausted and I know Stephen feels the same way.