So, as a few of you may recall, a couple months back, my girlfriend of 21 years, fellow writer Storm DeVille, had to be rushed to the hospital after becoming unresponsive. There, we learned her blood sugar had spiked to 900, and she was going into a diabetic coma.
This soon lead to the discovery that she had an abscess on her liver, which had given her a staph infection. In the midst of all that, we also learned that what she had long thought to be a brown recluse bite was actually skin cancer, which had gone untreated long enough to be a problem.
At first, we were told it was a really bad problem. After she was transferred to a long term care facility at a different hospital, the radio endocrinologist and oncologist both assured us it wasn’t actually as bad we’d been told. They both told us they had seen much worse, and that this was, quite literally, the least concerning of Storm’s health issues.
Yes. When cancer is the least worrisome thing wrong with you, you are officially really fucked up.
Now, the doctors got her blood sugar under control, then began treating the abscess with a drain inserted through her abdomen, and lots of antibiotics. She was responding really, really well to it all, too. Until she suddenly got violently ill again.
The plan for her to come home fell apart that moment as her doctors began trying to figure out what was causing her to be so ill that she was vomiting stomach acid several times a day. This eventually led them to find that her gall bladder was very messed up. According to the scans, she had a lot of gall stones, which where causing severe blockage, preventing her gall bladder from functioning. They believe this is a problem she’s had for a number of years, and likely, what is at the root of all her other health problems.
Basically, as it was explained to me, it goes like this. Her gall bladder not working correctly, and sometimes failing to work at all, caused a spike in the sodium content of her blood. Apparently, that’s a thing that can happen, and when it does, it can cause abscesses to form, such as on the liver. This lead to her developing a staph infection, which likely triggered her diabetes. They did admit the diabetes may have come first, and further raised the sodium content of her blood, leading to the abscess. What they do know is that all of these factors together caused her benign skin cancer to suddenly become malignant.
It’s like knocking over that first domino in a chain. Everything pretty much went down hill from that first problem of her gall bladder.
Normally, they would just remove the gall bladder and call it a day. However, because they were still treating the abscess and the staph infection, they deemed it too much of a risk at this time. She’ll still have to have her gall bladder removed, just later, when she’s healthier. In the mean time, they have inserted another drain, through her abdomen again, directly into her gall bladder to prevent it from causing any more problems.
So, two drains, a crap ton of antibiotics, and a life time subscription to the insulin of the month club later, and her doctors feel confident she will make a full recovery, leaving just the skin cancer to deal with. At this point, it will have to be dealt with somewhere down the road, as everyone involved thinks it best to let all these other problems be tended to first.
Again, I point out how the cancer is the least concerning thing going on here. When my girl gets messed up, she doesn’t half ass it.
Now, for the good news. Last Friday, her doctor called and said that she was finally in a good position to come home, very soon. Tuesday, actually. By the time you read this, that would be tomorrow. So, off I’ll be going tomorrow morning to finally bring her home, after ten weeks in the hospital.
Yes, ten weeks. Almost eleven. She was very sick. Fortunately, she is doing much better now.
There’s still a lot to be done, of course, as she is going to need minor surgery for the gall bladder problem, mild radiation treatment for the cancer, and another surgery for the area affected by the cancer. This will all probably happen over the course of several months, though, and according to all the doctors taking care of her, shouldn’t pose any major obstacles.
Naturally, they won’t say she’ll be 100% fine, because there’s always room for the unexpected to crop up, such as the issue with her gall bladder, that got missed for a month and a half, by several doctors, all while she was in a hospital, under round the clock care. Still, they are all very optimistic, and have encouraged both of us to be as well.
Many people, too many to even name, have kept both Storm, and me, in their thoughts and prayers since all of this began. I don’t even know how to thank them all for the emotional support they gave me during this time, much less the enormous support they gave Storm as she struggled to recover from all of this.
In the end, all I can say is thank you. It means everything.
More updates will come as they are warranted, but for the next couple of months, I’ll be taking time away from doing my weekly anime recaps, so I can focus on taking care of Storm. Thank you all for understanding, and see ya soon.