Kathy is my mom, so I will be writing this from the only perspective I know. This is the place for updates to family, friends and colleagues.
Mom originally had a laparoscopic surgery to her stomach on Wednesday, Jan. 25. She was expected to stay for only two nights. As we all know by now, it has turned into much more.
On Friday, Jan. 27, doctors began to suspect it was a leak at an internal suture site that had been causing incapacitating nausea and vomiting. Her original surgeon performed an emergency surgery to her abdomen late Saturday, Jan. 28. He was unable to close the wound and so it remained open with negative-pressure wound therapy. She was on a ventilator, pain medication, antibiotics, sedation and several other drugs to help her heal.
On Monday, Jan. 30, her surgeon was able to go in and close the wound with the help of a antimicrobial, resorbable mesh. Following the surgery, she was medically paralyzed to keep her still for several reasons. The goals then were to wean her off the paralytic and sedation and get her up and out of the hospital. Unfortunately, it has not been that easy.