Last week Tuesday, the 19th of February, had us waiting around the day ward of Pretoria East Hospital. The ERCP was done after what felt like countless hours of waiting around the ward. When K was wheeled into theatre at around 13h15, my hopes were for us to find the cause and fix it.
The ERCP was successful. The liquid around the gallbladder was drained but no obstructions or abnormalities was present. The bad news was that we were no-where closer to finding out what was causing the pain. Along with the success of the procedure there was a new abdominal pain – the doctor did explain to us that one of the risks of having the procedure done was contracting an infection called pancreatitis. The pain was excruciating from the moment he was wheeled out of surgery. Later afternoon K made a deal with the doctor that if the pain did not get better by that evening we would need to have him admitted.
Wednesday morning K was in so much pain that instead of going to work, he had one of the work driver take him straight back to the hospital. Dr Potgieter tested for pancreatitis and all sorts. For the next 3 days K was pricked for more blood, x-ray’ed again and given copious amounts of pain medication.
By Friday afternoon the doctor declared K strong enough to come home. The pain was still there, but not quite as hectic as it had been in previous days. Today – nearly a whole week later, K is feeling better. He has pain from time to time and drink the needed painkillers as the need arises. But for the most part he feels much better.
So does that mean they have fixed him? I don’t know. I sure hope so. For the moment he is okay – hopefully if there is pain again the doctors will know what the new plan of action will be to sort out the problem.
I am just very grateful to have my husband better again.