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Reborn
08-30-2013, 04:00 AM
and you may not know how your kind and loving thoughts and prayers have helped me. Your support is felt each and every day. Even in my weaknesses you were my strength, and those who know understand the vulnerability of going through a traumatic experience in the hospital. My appreciation for doctors, surgeons, nurses and techs has never been higher then it is now. Our Loving God put me in the hands of the best team that I could have had.

I went into the Emergency Room Tuesday night with severe abdomen pain (unbearable really). Eventually the diagnosis was Pancreatitis caused by Gall Stones getting lodged in a duct that is a passageway for fluid coming out of the pancreas to help in the digestive process. So this pain I was feeling was created by my pancreas being infected. The first process for recovery had to be to get this infection taken care of. Unfortunately, this meant that I could not put anything inside me at all. Not food, not water, not even ice..NADA. This was perhaps the toughest part of the recovery....I lay in my hospital bed in unbearable pain and nothing to put in me....

Accept antibiotics and pain medicine. Thank God for pain medicine, right? I was stoned out of my mind, but I was able to sleep some while in that drug induced state. On the 3rd day I finally got to chew ice. What a great feeling hey? I never would have dreamed ice could taste and feel that good. I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dry in my mouth for two days, and couldn't even swallow. On the 3rd day I also began to walk around the hospital halls...ever so slowly..I hated this because of the pain, but unfortunately, in this case, "pain is the pathway to recovery." ONe of my doctors told me that my ability to recovery would depend on my ability to keep up the walking daily.

While waiting for the infection to clear up, and have the surgeon go in and get the Gall Stones out of there, the stones actually dislodged themselves. We decided that the best thing to do at this time was to go in and take out the Gall Bladder. So that's what my surgeon did. The surgery was not easy because, as my doctor told me, there was so much #### all over that it was very difficult to maneuver around inside of me stomach. But in the end the surgery was very successful.

I had to spend another 18 hours before surgery without being able to put anything inside of me at all. Again. This is NOT fun at all. On the second day after surgery I was finally allowed to take my first bite of real food. It was a home made muffin with an orange flavor. It was so good. I fell in love with oatmeal, so that's a good thing. Also feel in love with mashed potatoes and gravy...Love juices now, and yes...jello is one of my favorite foods. lol

I'm a long ways from being recovered, but I am home and that is nice. I'm still pretty medicated. The best advice comes from GoZags, to take it slow and easy. And watch some football this weekend. smiling....

Again. Thank you all for everything. God bless each of you and your families. I am reminded once again, that "no man is island." The power I feel in my life is not the Power of me, but will always be the power of WE.

bartruff1
08-30-2013, 04:42 AM
I had the same experience and as I recall, when the emergency room doctor was making his decision about what was wrong...one of the options was Cancer of the Pancreas ...so having my gall bladder out was a relief.

The good news is that in a short time you will be amazed about how good you feel (you more than likely had been sick for quite some time) and the rest of your life will be that much sweeter and especially the really important things....and of course the coming season...

Welcome home

gu03alum
08-30-2013, 04:59 AM
I'm glad to hear your doing better!

3zagda
08-30-2013, 05:04 AM
Reborn,
So glad to hear you are doing much better and recovering. Always enjoy your posts, good to have you back! As B said above, most likely once fully recovered you should feel much better with the gall bladder and stones out of there.

Birddog
08-30-2013, 05:06 AM
That's some tough duty, glad you you're on the mend.

Radbooks
08-30-2013, 05:12 AM
I'm so glad you are feeling better and that the surgery was successful! I've missed you! Take care of yourself as you recover from all of this.

Jedster
08-30-2013, 05:46 AM
Wishing you a speedy recovery! Enjoy the football games this weekend!

TexasZagFan
08-30-2013, 05:52 AM
Glad to hear you're doing better, reborn!

Knotsolucky
08-30-2013, 05:56 AM
Glad your home and feeling better Reborn...

Zagdawg
08-30-2013, 06:07 AM
Keep getting better and stay healthy-- glad you are back.

gozagswoohoo
08-30-2013, 06:10 AM
Ugh, sounds terrible.


I think I speak for everyone here when I say...."We are super glad you didn't die".


WELCOME BACK!

cjm720
08-30-2013, 06:33 AM
Heeeee's back! Glad all went well, heal up.

bigblahla
08-30-2013, 06:38 AM
Welcome back Reborn. Add some cream gravy and a little chicken fried steak and I be lovin me some mashed taters too! :)

Go!! Zags!!!

former1dog
08-30-2013, 06:57 AM
Very happy that you're on the path to recovery Reborn. God Bless.

GoZags
08-30-2013, 07:37 AM
I need to lose a couple of lbs, but you'll excuse me if I don't choose the surefire "Reborn" plan, right?

So glad you're on the road to recovery, and thanks to your son for letting us know.

Heal quickly ..... the board has missed your contributions.

OTOH, if you going down again leads to a Reid Travis commitment (similar to the Josh Perkins verbal while you were out of commission) I'm hoping you'd be able to step up and take another bruise for the team. (Just kidding with you now that we know you're all right and again, welcome back).
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sittingon50
08-30-2013, 07:39 AM
:lmao:

TheZagPhish
08-30-2013, 08:04 AM
Cheers, Reborn!

Now let's get on with hyping the season and players, please.

Nice to see you back in the saddle, dear fellow.

CaliforniaZaggin'
08-30-2013, 08:21 AM
Glad to hear you're doing better and back at home. Get well soon, buddy!

gamagin
08-30-2013, 08:32 AM
particularly pleased with the happy ending.

best regards,

Lurknomore
08-30-2013, 08:39 AM
YAY, a Reborn post!

Glad you are on the mend.

MBAGael
08-30-2013, 08:40 AM
Great to hear, take it easy so you are ready for the basketball season!

jim77
08-30-2013, 09:16 AM
Glad to see you're on the mend. Great to have you back. The best is yet to come! :)

Reborn
08-30-2013, 09:41 AM
thanks everyone. The domino effect has begun with the verbal commitment of Perkins and they're falling the right way.

Yes.....The best is yet to come...

Go Zags!!!

ZagaZags
08-30-2013, 09:44 AM
Welcome back.

zag67
08-30-2013, 10:34 AM
Glad to see you have the energy to type. that's good enough to keep all of us honest. hope everything is good

MickMick
08-30-2013, 10:50 AM
Glad to see you here again.

DixieZag
08-30-2013, 10:54 AM
Really good to hear from you. I have had minor pancreatitis and would not wish it upon anyone. I said when I heard that you were tough and you most certainly are.

Welcome back and let's get ready for a great season.

MDABE80
08-30-2013, 12:22 PM
Good post GZ. Congrats to Reborn!!
Good to know somebody gets terrific care outside of the Ocare program. Ok ok...I know..............

GrizZAG
08-30-2013, 03:11 PM
" I was stoned out of my mind"

Glad you are back up and running. Your comment gives a whole new meaning to this phrase. Ouch!!

Great season ahead and glad you will be a part of it again.

primal23
08-30-2013, 03:45 PM
Glad you are doing better and welcome back Reborn!

Dogtownkid
08-30-2013, 04:08 PM
Sounds miserable, but glad you're back and feeling better.

kitzbuel
08-30-2013, 04:24 PM
My wife has gone through several bouts of pancreatitis, the pain is completely debilitating. Glad to see you are recovering and hope you stay on the road to full recovery.

Proudzagmom
08-31-2013, 11:14 AM
So glad to hear you're on the mend. :)

Zippyzaggy
09-02-2013, 09:47 PM
...the diagnosis was Pancreatitis .... Unfortunately, this meant that I could not put anything inside me at all. Not food, not water, not even ice... would help

You mean BEER wouldn't work?! :)


Glad you are on the mend.

Zippyzaggy
09-02-2013, 10:01 PM
...the diagnosis was Pancreatitis ... Unfortunately, this meant that I could not put anything inside me at all. Not food, not water, not even ice..NADA.

You mean BEER wouldn't work, Egaads! ;)

Glad things are on the up and up!