Hello family, friends, and fans of Peter Carey.
One of the most loving and welcoming souls we know, Peter, had an extremely painful and scary start to 2014. The week before his college classes were to start, on Jan. 15th, he went to the Dr. after 2 days of stomach pain. They sent him to the ER for surgery immediately for an appendectomy. The Dr. said he had a 'severe' rupture with lots of contaminants in his abdomen. After 5 days of recovery, he went home.
Two and a half days later, he went back with a 'stitch' in his right side that turned out to be an abscess growing in his gut. They admitted him again, and Peter went back into surgery to have a drain inserted into to abscess. After 5 more days in the hospital and now that he was on the "BIG-GUN-targeted IV antibiotics" they were preparing to send him home.
When they took out the drain, he began to bleed uncontrollably, which shocked the staff! After stopping it on the surface, it continued to bleed internally, sending Pete into excruciating pain, and into yet another CT scan. He spent that night and the next day in ICU for close monitoring as he had a very large hematoma (blood blister) in his right abdomen along with a handful of other abscesses. Hoping it would reabsorb and resolve itself, they kept him under watch for another 5 days.
On Super Bowl Sunday, he took a turn for the worse (and not because of the Broncos) and the Dr.s took him back into surgery on Monday for 'the big one' - a six inch incision - to suck out the hematoma and 'to stick my hands into his guts and clean out every nook and cranny' as stated by his diminutive (thankfully) sized surgeon. While in there, they installed another drain to continue to empty the hematoma. They took out about "a wine bottle" amount of coagulated blood during surgery!
He was able to come home the next week on Tues. for a total of 25 days in the hospital, loosing about 25 lbs (he was down to 132!), still on IV antibiotics and basically 'grounded' for 4-6 weeks.
He is still recovering. He is well but still healing internally.
He found out his maximum out of pocket for the year payment for med expenses is $6000, which we're confident he will reach (based on earlier med bills so far). He hasn't gotten a total yet as they are still processing with the insurance company, but the guess is it will be over $300,000. He was in the hospital for 25 days (1 in ICU), had 3 operations, and at least a handful of CT scans and such.
He is trying to appeal his tuition cost for the classes he had to drop. He's concerned it will affect his application for further financial aid which is what is getting him through school, as he dropped his classes after the deadline. He did manage to keep his on-line class, but that may jeopardize his tuition appeal. Seems like a lot of Catch 22s, but Pete is focused on building his health and well-being, staying positive, and taking it one day at a ti
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