I finally got to meet the surgeon who operated on Mum Xmas eve. He was able to answer my huge list of questions and give us some idea of what’s going to happen in the immediate future.
Mum had about 70% of her pancrease removed along with her gall bladder and almost a litre of pussy nastiness. She has been unlucky in developing this severe form of pancreatitus which occurs in about 10 out of a 100 people. And yes it was all caused through gall stones. Reminding me that when life has settled down a bit, I must do the liver and gall bladder cleanse as described in Andreas Moritz’s book “the liver and gall bladder flush”. He describes how many of us in the west have gallstones due to our diet and how they can cause many diseases and conditions that seem totally un-related. And I don’t ever want to go through what my Mum’s suffering.
He said her liver is “lovely” but her kidneys are still struggling a bit following the illness and surgery. However, she is finally absorbing some nutrician through her NJ tube and was able to sit out of bed yesterday for a couple of hours.
She’s still not out of the woods and they will keep her in Southampton for at least a couple more weeks in case of any complications that develop. Luckily Southampton general is a specialist unit for this sort of gastro and liver surgery. And I have to admit I’m really impressed with the care she’s getting here. I wished I’d pushed for her to be moved to a bigger hospital much sooner. Yeovil were great but they were pretty slow in comparison.
She’ll then be transferred back to Yeovil into a general ward and I imagine that she’ll be in hospital for another 6-8 weeks. But at the moment that’s a “how long is a piece of string?” question. It’s going to be a long recovery. He said at least 6 months. But with all the reiki, prayers and healing that she’s receiving, she could prove them wrong. Never say never!
I’m still staying in a relatives house on the hospital grounds. It’s very comfortable and the other relatives are great. We’re all in the same boat so it helps to have others around who know what you’re going through.