Just Updates #9: Finally Home

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 02-08-2014 05:30 PM 1791 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dearest Friends and Family!

Thank you so very much for your kind encouragement, your prayers and your ever persistent caring. I was discharged from the hospital yesterday morning, after having abdominal surgery on Wens the 5th of February. Even though I went through ever test known to nurse and doctor…or so it seems:), every thing was coming up normal save some erosions in my stomach. Although those would cause pain they had not progressed into ulcers and therefore the doctors were sure that they were not responsible for the intense pain I was having. I was deeply adamant that I was not crazy, seeking drugs or attention and that it hurt were I told them.

Finally a surgeon came and listened to me, read me history in my chart and considered that perhaps since my kidneys and my bladder had been damaged in the same explosion that gave me the TBI, perhaps the gallbladder was also injured and although functioning was telling me it was done! His partner though that since the pain radiated to the “belly button” and then to the right lower quadrant that they should do an exploratory lap. as well. I was all for it. I new something was wrong.

Well, they found that my gallbladder was indeed enlarged and unhappy so they removed it. They found several adhesions under my ambiocal hernia repair that were sticking to my small intestines so they cut and fixed those. The found my appendix was also irritated so they removed that as well. They found another hernia, but only the tear in the wall with no intestine going through it, on my lower right side but decide to leave it as there was so much already done they did not want to stress my system out. They examined all my 28 feet of my intestine :) and found that a small section of my colon is thickened and a colonoscopy is indicated!

Coming out of the haze of surgery was not fun. My uvula swelled to the size of a pin pog ball and started to discharged dark green nasty mucus. It was very hard to swallow, but thank God not to breath. When I was finally clear headed I new they had nailed everything. I felt great…I mean sure I hurt but not like before. Everything inside felt as it should be!

I am still very sore and moving a bit awkwardly. But I feel so much better!!! I really hope this photo does not offend anyone. If so I will totally take it down. I though you might like to see what they did. Four holes, three small ones for the probes and scopes and one large, over an inch to remove everything.

Thank you all again so very much for your prayers, thoughts and compassion! LJs really is like a family! I love that!

More to follow!...


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 05:40 PM

Nate sounds like your on the up swing,pray for a speedy recovery and that it dose away with the pain , hang in there ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 05:42 PM

THANK GOODNESS,,,, I THANK GOD AND YOUR DOCTORS, MY DEAR FRIEND IS WELL OND ON THE MEND, IM SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU, I KNOW WHAT PAIN IS LIKE AND I WAS SO VERY SORRY YOU WERE IN TO MUCH OF IT..oppps forgot to turn off my caps….so glad your home nate….now you can heal and move on with your life…now one last thing…NOW FINISH THAT FLOOR….!!!!...LOL…..LOVE YA BROTHER, IM GLAD YOUR HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY…OPPPS MORE CAPS…its off now….lol… oh yea…what a cute tummy you have, t must like to give it a rub now and then…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 05:46 PM

Truely HAPPY for you and T, now it’s time to relax, heal and enjoy life to the fullest extent. :-)

Best Regards. – Len.
Lord when things are difficult, lead us to Your word and remind us that You are in control.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 05:57 PM

this is in answer to all the prayer nate
thank you lord !

both of you home
and on the mend

now you can get back to some bologna sandwiches
and back to work soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 06:09 PM

GREAT NEWS, NATE. Your recent experience in the hospital reinforces my firm belief that professionals of all kinds do not know everything, and the patient/client should be unhesitating in expressing their feelings, personal opinions and experiences to make communication as clear and meaningful as possible. You knew you were still hurting, and when you found the right physician, you were on your way to recovery. Hoping your healing is swift and complete, and again, Godspeed. Karl

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#6 posted 02-08-2014 06:12 PM

So glad to hear they fixed you up. Hope you mend fast and get back in the shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 02-08-2014 06:14 PM

Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery and healing.
Take care and Gods blessings to you!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-08-2014 06:43 PM

Nate, glad someone listened and believed you. Hope the recovery is quick.
Thank you for your sacrifice on our behalf.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 02-08-2014 06:58 PM

Hey Nate, Glad things are going to be alright just don’t rush things let yourself heal Then you can make all the sawdust you want. thanks for keeping us posted.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#10 posted 02-08-2014 07:07 PM

Great news, Nate. And good job standing up for yourself with the doctors until one of them listened and figured out the problem(s). Hooah!

-- Dave K.

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#11 posted 02-08-2014 07:18 PM

Rest and heal Nate! You and your wife have gone through so much … it’s wonderful to finally see everything turning around for the better. This will immobilize you for a number of weeks I’m sure, so gather your patience together :). ... because we all want you fit as a fiddle!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 08:00 PM

Glad to hear they found something and you’re on the mend. I’m pretty touchy about gory surgery photos but that one’s nothing bad. Just listen to the post op instructions now ya hear. :)

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#13 posted 02-08-2014 08:09 PM

and i have to mention that my wife said from the begining that it was the gallbladder…there now she is happy…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 08:14 PM

Good to hear, Nate. Smart Wife!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 02-08-2014 09:48 PM

Glad you are finally back home Nate. I am also happy the surgeries went well.

The make those entry holes for the microsurgery much smaller now. That should heal faster.

Now its healing time. Take it easy!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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