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She's been out of the hospital for a few days. I wanted to wait for a bit to ensure she wasn't going to turn around and go right back in. :) She's been back at home and taking it easy. The AVM(arteriovenous malformations) in her small intestine appear to have self-corrected.  (She had several that were cauterized during her first hospital the previous week.)  While she was in the hospital during her two stays, she received approximately 9 pints of blood. That's a goodly amount.

She's thankful to be at home. The entire time she was going through this, she was craving to be at home and have a juicy steak and baked potato. She got her dinner on Wednesday.



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Less than 48 hours after being discharged from the hospital, Tom's mother is back in the hospital with the same symptoms. Last go-round, the GI doctor had found a few internal sites of bleeding between the stomach and small intestine and cauterized them. She was discharged a day or two later feeling much better with her hemoglobin levels rising significantly.

We are all just a bit stressed.

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Jan. 18th, 2009 11:44 am
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Her first night in the hospital was  bad - she slept poorly, and she was in a great deal of pain. On Saturday, they performed an upper GI scope, did a number of blood tests, and gave her four pints of blood. At this point, they believe she has a burst vein in her GI tract that is causing her pain as well as a number of her other symptoms. This should self-correct in a day or so.

She may get one of those cool swallowable camera-pills tomorrow that will go through her entire gastrointestinal tract and take photos every half-second so they can see where the bleed is actually occurring.  Her oncologist is not concerned based upon her test results and symptoms, so this is fabulous news.

We were wrecks yesterday. We explained to Amelia what was going on, because there were so many phone calls with worried tones.  She started acting up.  Today, we took the kids out for pancakes first thing, and I'm focusing on keeping them happy and engaged. I should have done that yesterday, but my worries got the best of me. My heart is relieved today.
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Tom's mother is in the hospital right now in Sioux Falls. She passed out at a wedding this afternoon, was treated at her local hospital, and transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital for additional testing. She's talked to all of her children on the phone, but this could be quite serious. The closest child lives 872 miles from her. (When she retired, she moved back to her childhood town.)

Tom's mother survived breast cancer almost a decade ago and colon cancer four years ago. She's in her seventies, but she's quite active with daily walks and as much tennis as she can fit in with living in the Dakotas in the winter.

We're all very concerned. All of Tom's siblings have been burning up the phone lines this evening. Her blood sugar is elevated (which is something that she has never had a problem with), and her hemoglobin count is low.  She was rather ill on her birthday 2 weeks ago, which may have led to this, but I'm spitballing here.

I had a temporary dental crown put on this morning, which I thought was going to be the worst part of the day. Little did I know!

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