On December 23rd, 2017 she was admitted to the hospital for a severe cough, malnourishment, fever and stomach pains. We all assumed it was going to be another surgery involving her Chron's. Well we were all shocked to see the CT scan showed a massive 7 inch tumor attached to her right ovary. She has five blood clots in her legs as well. She did have a procedure to put a blood clot filter before her first major surgery. Her journey in the hospital happened to be 34 days long. The Dr's didn't want to do the surgery to remove the tumor right away because of the blood clots in her legs and her fevers showing an active infection somewhere.
On December 29th she had her first surgery to remove the tumor. The Doctor's were extremely happy with how the surgery had gone. They felt it had gone a lot better than they thought it was going to but the tumor had grown from 7 inches to over 10 inches in the 6 days she was hospitalized before surgery. She did have a complete hysterectomy.
The next two days is when things for her go downhill. After the surgery she was not improving like we were hoping for instead she was becoming worse. She knew something wasn't right.
She became extremely sick and the nurse decided to check her vitals. Her pulse was at 186 beats per minute (average is 60-80) and her blood pressure was dangerously low. The emergency team rushed in and tried medication and then shocking her heart but neither worked. She was in septic shock and was rushed into emergency surgery to open her incision back up.
A portion of her intestine from a previous Chrons resection surgery had kinked, died and perforated a hole causing bowel to leak into her body leading to sepsis infection. She was on a ventilator following her second surgery for many days while they pumped her body with a large amount of fluids to rid the infection and for the next two surgeries. The ICU Dr that was brutally honest said that she was practically dead with a centimeter of life left when she arrived to the ICU after the emergency surgery.
As the days went on it was such an emotional waiting game to see if she would pull through or not. She is one of the strongest people I know and she continued to improve and fight. I could describe each step forward as well as every step backwards but this would be very long.
Two more major surgeries happened after the emergency surgery. One to clean her stomach out because it had been left open because of the swelling. The other one she was given an ileostomy to wear a bag. The intestinal Dr is unsure if the ileostomy bag will be a permanent situation or if he'll be able to reverse it but given her previous history he is unsure she has enough healthy intestine left to do a reversal. The incision from the first surgery that was reopened was left open.
To conclude this for right now before updates. She is home which was not an easy road and she is at a very tiny 95 pounds dressed. The tumor was diagnosed as Ovarian Cancer and chemo therapy is recommended but we are unsure if her body will be able to handle it.
My mom is such a strong woman and she is fighting as hard as she can! My dad is such a wonderful person as well he has been there every day right by her side not just for this but through every hospital stay she has ever had.
All funds raised will be used for medical bills and expenses. I wish that we were not in this situation to even need to ask for help but I want to thank each and everyone of you for doing what you can whether that being a donation, sharing or praying for her.
This was our Christmas Day
Dr Jaxson said he was going to fix GMom
This was right after the emergency surgery.
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